Enjoy your commute // How to

Your daily commute doesn’t have to be a slog from Point A to Point B. With a little planning and the right gear, you can travel in style

By Graham F. Scott

On Thursday March 6th, 2008

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Sony PSP with Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law

PSP & Harvey Birdman
PSP $200, game $30, www.bestbuy.ca
Forget that tiny iPod, Sony’s handheld gaming powerhouse is slim, lightweight, and has an enormous screen — perfect for movies, music, and video games. Check out Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, an absurdly funny choose-your-own-adventure based on the Adult Swim cartoon, with the eponymous lawyer/superhero defending your favourite obscure Hanna-Barbera characters.

Swims Overshoes
$110, www.swims.com
One muddy misstep can ruin a half-hour of diligent shoe-polishing. If you’ve invested in a good pair, protect them with these colourful rubber galoshes that pull on over your shoes to shield them from those spring showers.

Porter airlinesPorter Airlines
Starting from $79 www.flyporter.com
Commuting between cities? Just minutes from Toronto’s Union Station, this hipster airline offers regular flights to Ottawa and Montreal (and back). Starting March 31, seven daily flights will serve New York City (well, Newark, NJ to be exact). Travelers enjoy complimentary snacks, booze and legroom.

Sirius Stiletto 2
$399, www.siriuscanada.ca
Start or end the day with the right mood music with this combined satellite radio and MP3 player. With up to 100 hours of your own music, or one of 110 commercial-free stations to choose from, you’ll always have the perfect soundtrack when you hit the road.

Jawbone Bluetooth headset
$120, www.jawbone.com
If you absolutely must be on the phone en route, keep your hands free with a wireless headset that doesn’t make you look like a total dork. This noise-cancelling Bluetooth headset is a fashionable improvement on earlier models, but remember — you’ll still look like you’re talking to yourself.

Perfect 10 Bars
$1.80, Mountain Equipment Co-op
www.perfect10bars.com
An army marches on its stomach, and so do you. Fend off fatigue at the end of the day with a shot of energy from these all-natural, made-in-Canada fruit and nut bars. High in fibre and low in saturated fat, these pocket-sized snacks beg to be snarfed on the go.

I Am Not A Paper CupI Am Not A Paper Cup
$20, www.dcigift.com
Your double extra-hot half-caff lactose-free no-foam mocha latte will taste even better out of this reusable porcelain and silicone travel mug disguised as an ordinary paper cup. In this cheeky vessel, your favourite morning stimulant will stay hot and look hotter.