Items Needed Before Going to Canada

Are you planning a trip to the Great White North but are unsure of what to pack? See our thorough packing list for Canada. I will let you know the items needed before going to Canada.

You could be thinking, “How am I going to get there?” What kind of weather might we expect? What ought I bring to Canada? We have addressed all of your travel-related queries so you can relax and take it easy.

Make your upcoming trip to Canada the trip of a lifetime by getting ready.

CANADA TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

It’s not fun to deal with paperwork and phone chargers, but they may make or break a trip. No matter what time of year you travel, you will need the following things in Canada: I will let you know the items needed before going to Canada.

  • Passport and valid ID or driver’s license
  • Travel insurance
  • Tickets and booking information
  • Medication
  • Phone and accessories
  • Money
  • Hygiene kit
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle

Different packing lists are required for different seasons. Follow our packing list for Canada below to be prepared for anything the Great White North throws at you. Canadian weather varies significantly from season to season.

How to Pack For Canada Considering Weather 

SUMMER

In the summer, daytime temperatures in Canada can reach 95°F (35°C). On average, summers in Canada are warm and dry on the prairies, humid in the center, and cool on the coasts.

Here are the clothes and items pack for maximum comfort in summer in Canada:

  • Underwear (synthetic fabric recommended)
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Short-sleeve shirts (synthetic or cotton)
  • Hiking shorts (quick-dry recommended)
  • Jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt (synthetic recommended)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes
  • Towel
  • Water shoes or flipflops
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses

WINTER

Canada’s terrain transforms into a beautiful wonderland throughout the winter. While it rarely drops below 32°F (0°C) in some places, it can be as low as -14°F (-28°C) in other places.

Here are a few essential items to pack for the Canadian winter:

  • Winter jacket
  • Winter pants
  • Thermal underwear
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Snow boots
  • Heavy wool socks
  • Sweater, sweatshirt, or fleece (preferably wool)
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Winter hat (toque)
  • Underwear
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sunglasses

OPTIONAL STUFF

You don’t absolutely need these items, but they will certainly make your trip easier and more enjoyable.

  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Pocketknife or multi-tool
  • Hiking poles
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit
  • Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
  • Set of eating utensils and a bowl
  • Snacks

TOUR SPECIFIC (DAY TOUR, MULT-DAY, SELF-DRIVE)

No two of our tours are exactly same, like a Canadian snowflake. Certain supplies or arrangements must be made in advance for some tours. The tour’s specific webpage will detail everything you need to pack or bring.

Some trips can call for specific credentials. For instance, be sure to bring a current driver’s license if you’re going on a snowmobile tour! What kind of certification you require and how to proceed are explained on each page of the tour.

EQUIPMENT FOR BACKPACKING TOURS IN CANADA

You’ll need to carry your own sleeping bag for some of our backpacking trips. On some tours, you must carry your own sleeping bag, although you can pay extra to reserve other useful supplies. Utensils, mugs, and bowls might be available for rent, depending on the tour operator.

A pillow, daypack, torch, water bottle, first aid kit, camera, binoculars, fishing equipment, etc. may also be required of you. These specifics, however, vary depending on the tour.

Upon booking, you’ll receive a comprehensive packing list.

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Use duffel bags or soft-sided luggage rather than hardshell luggage. Certain excursions only allow duffel bags.

When traveling on our trips or entering Canada, leave the following items at home:

  • Firearms
  • Pets
  • Fireworks
  • Illicit drugs
  • Firewood

FAQ

WHAT CAMPING EQUIPMENT DO GUESTS HAVE TO BRING?

The majority of tours offer all the gear needed for camping. You might need to carry your own tent on some tours.

CAN GUESTS RENT A SLEEPING BAG?

Yes, but it depends on the tour. You can rent a sleeping bag on some of our tours.

CAN GUESTS BRING A SUITCASE FOR A CAMPING TOUR?

Despite the fact that there are no specific restrictions on the kind of luggage visitors can bring, we firmly advise against it because it might be challenging to manage and transfer. For camping trips, backpacks or duffel bags (if you’re not trekking) are ideal.

CAN BATTERIES BE CHARGED DURING THE TOUR?

If there is a power outlet, your batteries can be charged. It is best to have an extra set of charged batteries or a powerbank because there probably won’t be any power outlets available if you are camping or trekking.

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