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Hello! This week has been a sad one across Canada, as wildfires continue to burn in Fort McMurray, Alberta with devastating impacts – more than 80,000 people evacuated and at least 1,600 homes lost. The Canadian government is matching all donations made to the Canadian Red Cross in support of relief efforts: donate here.

If there’s any good news coming out of this terrifying story, it’s from some of the airlines, like Canadian North, who let evacuees bring their pets into the cabin. Just look at this sweet face, wearing a travellin’ scarf and getting ready for take-off:
Big, sweet dog all set for take-off with Canadian North Airlines after Fort McMurray evacuation
Let’s hope everyone in Fort Mac finds some peace and comfort during this terrible time. Thanks for reading The Packing List, let’s do this:


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  • Are you a chronic overpacker who wants to see the light and go carry-on only? Here’s the cure for your disease: a 10-step program.
  • What do you pack for a cross-country cycling trip? Not nearly as much as I thought.
  • When I ran, traveling for marathons was a lot of fun. My crumbling vertebrae say “NOPE!” now, but if you need a nice, concise race kit packing list, this one covers race day beautifully.
  • If sketching and painting are your bag, here are a few ideas for packing your palette. I’ve had a few bursts of artistic inspiration while traveling, but I’ve discovered no one wants to see my drawings of stick figures buying bread.

Zipping the suitcase

What is all of those sporty packing lists? Let’s not repeat that or I’ll be taking my running shoes to London and exercise might interfere with my exploration of local pubs and gin palaces. Tell me what you think about this week’s newsletter or any other travel-related topic by sending a message directly to bitesizedtravel@gmail.com. Find out more about where I travel on http://bitesizedtravel.ca or on one of my many of other internet channels. See you next week!


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