Top things to pack for your summer trip to Banff, Alberta | Brewster's Mountain Lodge
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-51343,single-format-standard,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,select-theme-ver-2.3,smooth_scroll,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.4.2,vc_responsive

Banff Summer Packing List

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.

Bathing suit
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!

Water bottle
You’ll want to keep hydrated when travelling through the Rockies. Especially if you’re doing any hiking, this is essential.

Day Pack
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.

Bug spray

Ball cap or sunhat

Wool socks
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.

  • Denise Mason

    Thanks for the tips, very useful for us when we arrive in June. 👍

    May 16, 2018 at 6:20 am
  • OMG Thanks for these tips… im heading to Banff in 1 week for my birthday and had no idea what to pack!

    July 10, 2019 at 7:47 am
  • Hannah

    Thanks so much for the tips. Will be at Banff tomorrow

    August 20, 2019 at 11:12 pm
  • I’ve never been on train, it would be my dream to go with my family, can’t afford it. Maybe some day my dream will come true, amen

    October 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm

Post a Comment