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Calgary – What to Pack – Clothing and Supplies Tips

Calgary is one of Canada’s fast-growing cities. Before you head here, bear in mind the frequently changing climate and the many outdoor activities you’ll want to try.

Calgary What to Pack 

The most important thing to remember when packing for a Calgary trip is that the weather can change very quickly. Many locals know that all if you don’t like the weather, all you have to do is wait a few minutes. You need to keep this mind and make sure you’re prepared for warm chinooks in the middle of February and sudden hail in July.


Whether you’re staying for a short period of time or a long while, luggage options from carry-ons to backpacks are needed for your trip.

Summer Travels 

Summer in Calgary is all about enjoying the fresh air. Bring your summer clothing as you’ll want to go hiking and boating. Up in the mountains, it gets cooler so bring a jacket even if you’re going to be here in August. Sunscreen and sunglasses for protection are also a must. It’s not very humid here but it does rain. So bring an umbrella and a good solid pair of rain boots. A folding poncho is also useful.

Clothes to Pack

Winter in Calgary 

This was the site of he 1988 Olympics and many of the venues are still standing. Try your hand at sledding down a ski hill or speed skating across Olympic ice. Along the way, make sure you bring warm clothing including several layers and a jacket. Snow is heavy in this city during the winter so bring good snow boots. Keep in mind that it gets suddenly warm at certain times during the winter so you need to be properly prepared. Waterproof clothing is a must along with a good warm hat. Don’t forget the tissues among other toiletries—especially this time of year.

Toiletries to Pack

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about packing lists for Calgary. 

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