What should I bring?

We recommend packing as lightly as possible! Note that almost all hostels we use have guest laundry facilities, so you will be able to wash your clothes while on tour. Please read our baggage restrictions for more information.

Packing Lists

The following is a suggested clothing list only, based on our experience:

  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes for trail walking. Hiking shoes/boots are not required, unless you plan on doing more challenging hikes on your own, or you are travelling in the spring/autumn when conditions may be wet/snowy/muddy!
  • 1 pair of smart-casual shoes
  • 1 pair of flip-flops/thongs/jandals
  • 2 pairs of jeans/long pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts/skirts
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • 2 sweaters/jumpers (layers!)
  • Smart casual evening wear
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • 1 rain/windproof jacket
  • Hat for sun & rain protection
  • Beanie (called a toque in Canada) & light gloves – it can get cold in the Rockies and in the Coastal Mountains at higher altitudes and/or on/near the glaciers, even in the middle of summer!

Other general items to pack:

  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Electrical plug adapter
  • Camera, batteries, chargers
  • Flashlight/torch (or use an app on your smartphone)

NOTE: a sleeping bag is NOT required, and in fact, many hostels will NOT allow them due to potential bed bug issues. All hostels we use provide pillows and bed linen.