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Vancouver – What to Pack – Clothing and Supplies Tips

Vancouver What to Pack

Planning a trip to Vancouver, Canada? Check out these tips for what to pack so you can enjoy your visit!


No matter what you have planned for your Vancouver adventure, these luggage options are ideal for a short or long-term stay.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear

Vancouver is widely known to be a fairly rainy place to visit, so you’ll want to make sure that you are able to stay dry!

If you have a raincoat or slicker, it would be a great idea to pack it. A good waterproof jacket with a hood would be a valuable asset to bring or purchase. People who live in Vancouver swear by Gortex jackets, so they would be worth looking into. You don’t necessarily need rainboots, however, you will want to make sure you bring a comfortable pair of shoes that won’t get ruined if they are subjected to rain. Speaking of good shoes, a lot of the activities in Vancouver require you to be on your feet, so a good pair of walking shoes would be a smart addition to your suitcase. You may also want to bring a pair of dressy shoes for going out to dinner or clubs and perhaps a pair such as sandals or slippers for lounging during the day.

Umbrellas are a must! A small one that can collapse down and fit into a backpack is ideal since they are small and easily taken out or put away. They’ll also come in handy in crowded areas like sidewalks, unlike massive ones that can bump into people around you.

Clothes to Pack

Toiletries and Medical Supplies and Outdoor Gear

Yes, it does rain in Vancouver quite a bit, but if you visit during the summer, you’ll definitely want to bring sunscreen for when the sun comes out. If you forget to bring it, grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores all carry sunscreen in the city, so you’ll easily be able to get some.

If you plan to do any hiking or camping you’ll definitely want to pack or pick up some bug spray. A backpack to carry your essentials is also a smart thing to bring with you.

Make sure you bring any medications you need, but over the counter items like aspirin are available all over the place. Bring your lip balm, cosmetics, hair care and general personal items, but there are plenty of places to get these items as well.

Toiletries to Pack

Photo Equipment

Bring your camera! You may even want to bring an extra memory card or two. You’ll take lots of photos, but if you do run out of memory, you can visit a photo lab and get your digital photos burned to a CD.

Electronics to Pack


Once you get to Vancouver, pick up a hiking book to find the best places to go at one of the local book stores and grab a copy of the Vancouver edition of “Secrets of the City” which has lots of interesting facts about the city and will be a unique keepsake to remember your visit!

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack for Vancouver, Canada.

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