Banff Summer Packing List
Okay, so it’s not quite summer yet. But the 20 plus degree temperatures lately have me thinking summer thoughts and I’m sure many of our guests are gearing up for their summer visit, so here is my ultimate packing list for Banff and the Canadian Rockies in general:
Runners are great for sightseeing and cruising around town. If you want to hit the trail, you’ll want something a bit sturdier like proper hiking boots with ankle support or light hikers for tamer trails.
We have so many sunny days in Alberta! So don’t forget that sunscreen.
As per above, a beautiful sunny drive is more enjoyable with good shades.
Pack clothing that can be layered to work for many different types of weather. I often joke that the weather man has the one job in Canada where he can be wrong 95% of the time and never get fired. Be ready for all types of weather. Shirts, tank tops and shorts for sun. Sweaters, fleece and pants for cool nights or rainy days. A wind breaker/rain shell for rain or windy days and even a light hat and thin pair of gloves can be useful especially if you are hiking or going to the top of a gondola at higher elevations.
Lip balm and moisturiser
With all that sun and the higher elevations, Banff can be a dry place. Lip balm and moisturiser will prevent dry itchy skin and chapped lips.
Even if your hotel doesn’t have a pool, you might want to soak in a hot tub after some hiking or visit a hot spring or two, so pack a suit just in case!
You’ll want to keep hydrated when travelling through the Rockies. Especially if you’re doing any hiking, this is essential.
Perfect for packing away your extra layers in case of weather changes, or having somewhere to stash snacks and water.
Small Collapsible Cooler
The weather can get hot and food left in a hot car or bus can spoil quickly. A cooler can help keep your packed lunch and snacks fresh.
Ball cap or sunhat
I am a HUGE fan of wool socks especially if you are doing any hiking. I’m also a big fan of wearing liner socks underneath regular wool hiking socks. This is the best way to prevent blisters in my opinion. Cotton socks just aren’t the same, TRUST me on this.
If you pack any fancier clothes/ shoes, keep these to a minimum. There aren’t many places to go where you’ll need them. You’ll feel comfortable in jeans and a nice shirt in most places. The locals refer to this attire as “mountain casual”.
I hope that helps you when you are preparing for your Canadian adventure.
Happy packing!! See you in Banff soon.