The Amazing Race Canada casting in 2013. A fashion & travel blogger’s packing list: designer gloves & hats.
Wahh! My Scottish Fold cat, Basil Farrow, found a magic crystal ball.
He rubs it with his big paws. Sparks fly, and a fortune appears…
Road blocks, U-turns and taxi drama? It can only mean one thing… The Amazing Race is coming to Canada! For the first time, Canadians can compete in the race around the world.
I’m a fan of the reality TV show and followed multiple seasons, including the current one that’s nearing the finish line. One of my favorite questions to ponder is: what would I pack if I went on the show?
Functional clothing for a variety of climates is a given. However, with the exception of the Goths Kent and Vyxsin, teams generally aren’t very stylish.
From my perspective as a fashion blogger, racers can do better. I put together a list of female wardrobe essentials. You can be a fierce competitor while looking like a million dollars — and hopefully, take home that grand prize!
Numbered items in this photo are detailed below.
When you’re on camera at all times, touch-ups are in order. Laura Mercier’s makeup brushes (1) come in a hard case and are double-tipped to save space. Lancôme’s Absolu Voyage makeup palette (2) is a marvel of compact design: 20 essentials (for eyes, lips, skin) in a double-decker mirrored box. “Road Blocks” are often outdoors, so I’d remove shine with Dior compact pressed powder and slather on Sisley Paris SPF-30 sunscreen.
Racers need shoes to brave the rain, snow, sleet and hail. I love the sleek look of Adidas Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto. The elegant Ava (3) has a leather sole, and the funky Shizuka II (4) has padding and rubber detail.
Stella McCartney’s Adidas collection balances fashion and performance. Her stretch pants (5) have a compelling shape, and her fleece hoodie jacket (6) has a zippered pocket so your passport and money won’t fall out (as it did for the Rocker duo this year).
In winter weather, I’d cover my ears with a Rag & Bone Farah beanie (7). On sunny days, I’d put on an Eric Javits Squishee (8), it has an all-around brim and packs away easily. As a bonus, a hat hides bad hair. (Here are more tips for maintaining good hair when traveling.)
As the Goth team demonstrates in this video, scarves are handy. Steal their style with a silk Alexander McQueen skull scarf (9). If the clue says “fly to Iceland,” you’ll be glad to have a warm wrap like this Yves St Laurent cashmere leopard print (10).
There’s a lot of dirty work on the Amazing Race, like collecting dead rats and lifting bamboo. The Burton Mix Master glove would be a life-saver, with a thin but protective leather palm and weatherproof membrane. For more nimble tasks, I love these Gucci fingerless gloves (11).
My favorite packs are by Japanese designers. Kolor x Yoshida Technical backpack (12) has a breathable waterproof shell and padded waist straps. The Master-Piece Rumble backpack is similarly chic, with a fold-over flap and durable fabric.
Any Canadians out there who are going to apply to be on the show? Casting details should be released soon.
If you were an Amazing Race contestant, what would you take with you? Your cat? For more tips, watch this packing video I did with all-stars Kent and Vyxsin.