This weekend we head north of the border to play two games in Abbotsford, BC against the Heat. Unlike most road trips, we actually get a warm reception in Abbotsford, because we are associated with the Vancouver Canucks, who play about an hour away.
Packing for a road trip is something I haven’t had to do in quite a while. Over the years, I have picked up some tips to successfully packing for a weekend of hockey. A suit is essential, as we are required to wear one while traveling, as well as, to and from games. Shoes and a toothbrush are the other key essentials. Unfortunately, I know from personal experience that forgetting dress shoes can be a costly mistake, because your only options are to buy a new pair, or pay the fine and have the #thebooys remind you of it for weeks to come. The option I chose, trying to pass black sneakers for dress shoes, was a poor one as I didn’t even make it down the hotel hallway before I heard laughter and saw some pictures being taken.
Personally, another key item to pack is an extra dress shirt or two depending on the length of the trip. Nothing worse than only having the one shirt and you end up spilling something down the front. For me, it’s usually the chocolate sauce from the pregame ice cream.
The last key to packing for a road trip is managing to get everything to fit into a carry-on bag. Here the usual tricks work, travel size toiletries, rolled up tees, etc. It’s a lot easier for the European players, because their clothes tend to be smaller and a bit tight, not to mention any specific players, but one rhymes with Smeddie Tack!