Banff Packing List: What To Pack For Your Trip To Banff
Traveling to Banff? Check out this Banff packing list before you go!
Last year I went to Banff for a few days after riding the Rocky Mountaineer train. I spent a few days exploring the area as well as catching up with a friend who lives in the area. I wanted to share a Banff packing list with suggestions for your trip. Please bear in mind that I went in the middle of July but also note that the weather in the area varies greatly so I was actually not prepared for the weather!
Here are some photos from the trip:
Capturing Moraine Lake’s beauty
I couldn’t help but take a selfie – everyone left after the rain started
Soaking in Lake Louise
Sometimes I make you selfie with me at the Banff Gondola
Banff Packing List – Suggested Clothing
When I was preparing for my trip to Banff the temperature in the area was quite hot, around 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. But of course, with my luck, the temperature dropped to 46 degrees Fahrenheit or 8 degrees Celsius at a drop of a hat. It also rained here and there. Not so summery!! I ended up layering a lot of my clothes and contemplating wearing a blanket out in public. Ha!
- Fjallraven Jacket – I recommend something that can withstand some rain and has a hood
- Patagonia Plaid Flannel (I have one by Uniqlo Men’s)
- Nike sweatpants
- Nike Running Tights
- White T-Shirt
- Black T-Shirt
- Black Leggings
- H&M Loose Jersey Pants
- Summer weight sweater – I brought one by T by Alexander Wang
- Trail running or hiking shoes
- Sandals – I brought my Birkenstocks
- Uniqlo military jacket – for sunny weather
- Vans checkered shoes
- Beth Richards Swimsuit – especially if you’re going to Hot Springs!
- Socks – sport socks and chunky wool socks
- Sleep mask to shade eyes
- Nike circle scarf
- Soxxy Nighthawk compression socks (for plane ride)
- Champion sports bra (for hiking)
I packed for 2 days of sitting on a train. I wore my Nike Sweatpants my first day and then these turned into my pajamas. The next day on the train I wore loose billowy pants by H&M. I didn’t want to feel constricted while sitting for a long time. I always dress in layers and bring a scarf because I never know what the temperatures will be like on a train/plane/etc.
I definitely recommend bringing at last 1 layering piece. Probably a thermal top. I honestly didn’t expect such a drastic weather change of 50 degrees so I was really cold while I was there. I would bring one of my Uniqlo Heat Tech thermal layers. It’s not heavy duty but keeps me warm.
Banff Packing List – Toiletries & Makeup
- Somme Institute Travel Kit
- Tweezer Mini
- Dove deodorant
- Diptyque solid perfume
- Sonicare toothbrush
- DSPTCH men’s Dopp kit
- Bare Minerals foundation powder
- Sephora multi-tasker brush
- Bobbi Brown cream blush
- Benefit mini mascara
- Shu Uemura eyelash curler
- Makeup remover wipes
Banff Packing List – Travel Insurance
With any vacation but especially ones where I am participating in outdoor activities like kayaking, I always book travel insurance. I can try to be careful but it’s still impossible to predict what could happen on any vacation. From past experiences, while traveling and having to go myself or take friends to a hospital, I’m a stickler for travel insurance. Anything from flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage or injury is possible on a trip, so travelers going on a trip should consider Allianz Travel Insurance when it comes to traveling.
Banff Packing List – Helpful Gadgets To Pack (Click on image for more details or to purchase)
Sony RX100 M3 – This is a really great small sized mirrorless camera. Small enough for my purse, not heavy on my shoulders, but a lens wide enough to take in all the glory of Banff. For the average shooter, it will give you amazing quality photos without having to tote all of the lenses. It also takes amazing HD videos and it’s what many YouTubers use to shoot
GoPro Hero 4 – A GoPro is a must when you’re in and around water. I used it when I went canoeing on Moraine Lake, which is a must by the way! Bring it on the water, under the water, up in the air, you name it, GoPro is great for travel. I have the Hero4 Silver edition
GoPro Spare Battery – It’s always a good idea to have a backup battery for your GoPro. Battery life isn’t the best (the newer smaller Session cameras have great battery life) so I recommend having a spare.
Spare memory card – Depending on what you are shooting, it’s good to have spares. You can lose them or you could just need more room! Take a spare. But do remember to back up!
GoPro 3 Way – It’s a love or a hate with selfie sticks but this is also a tripod. As a solo traveler, it’s great to pull out during those moments of solitude. My friend Kori and I hiked to the top of Moraine Lake for the view and it started raining. No one was around but we managed some good selfies with our selfie stick!
Lifeproof cases for your iPhone or iPad. You never know when you’ll drop your phone in a lake or hot tub
Travel Power Strip – One of my favorite things for travel is a foldable power strip. I can’t stress it enough for travel. If you are like me and carry a couple of cameras and a laptop, iPad, iPhone, etc, most hotels or guesthouses (even airports) will not have enough outlets. This solves the problem! I use one by Monster2Go.
Backpack – When you’re going hiking, exploring, kayaking, and such, I find it handy to have a backpack. I like backpacks by Swedish brand Fjallraven. I’ve used the Rucksack 21 and have a Kanken. They come in many sizes, colors, have handy pockets, and even a seat pad for those moments when you’re out in nature.