Packing List: 17 Essential Items for Travel In Canada

Planning a trip is daunting, whether you’re travelling for a few days or a few weeks. The last thing you want is to forget something important and not realize until you need it! If you’re planning a trip to Canada or anywhere else it’s a good idea to make a packing list ahead of time. This way, you know exactly what you need to bring.

Being a cross-Canada tour company means we’re pretty experienced in what’s essential when backpacking here. So, we’ve assembled this packing list to help you figure out what to bring when you’re travelling in Canada:

  1. Important Documents

  2. Canadian Currency

  3. Backpack

  4. Packing Cubes

  5. Cell Phone (& Battery Pack)

  6. Camera

  7. Universal Adapter

  8. Clothes

  9. Shoes

  10. Hat (and Sunglasses)

  11. Sunscreen

  12. Reusable Water Bottle

  13. Toiletries and Hygiene Products

  14. Flashlight or a Headlamp

  15. Bug Repellent

  16. First Aid/Emergency Kit

  17. Travel Umbrella & Rain Jacket

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1. Important Documents


The number one item on anyone’s packing list, whether you’re travelling in Canada or anywhere else should be any important papers or documentation.

This includes things like a passport, identification and travel insurance. The last thing you want is to end up far from home without any of these. So, pack them first, then double and triple-check that you have them!

2. Canadian Currency

Canadian Money

This may seem obvious, but a lot of people don’t think of it when making a list of things to pack. If you’re travelling from another country, this is an important one. So, it deserves a place near the top!

You can always take out Canadian currency once you arrive in the country but we recommend planning ahead! Stop by a bank before you leave and take out some Canadian money so that it’s one less thing to think about during your trip.

3. Backpack


Another integral item to add to your packing list before travelling in Canada is a high-quality backpack. If you’re planning to do some intense camping for long periods of time, you don’t want to underspend on this item.

It’s worth the investment to get something that can hold all the necessities on this list. It should also be durable, easy to carry and comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Check out this list to get an idea of what you may need.

4. Packing Cubes

If your trip to Canada is one of your first backpacking adventures then this item may be new to you, but they’re a must on any packing list!

When travelling around, it can be hard to stay organized and quickly find things. This is where the packing cubes come in handy. They let you sort your items into compact compartments, allowing you to know exactly where everything is at all times.

They may seem trivial but they make the world of a difference!

5. Cell Phone (& Battery Pack)

Cell Phone and Battery Pack

We hope while you’re travelling across Canada that you spend less time on your phone and more time experiencing the culture and landscape. However, it’s still a good idea to have a phone around in case you need it.

Just to be on the safe side, consider packing a small portable battery pack for recharging your phone. Hopefully, you won’t need it, but it will come in handy if your phone dies at an inconvenient time!

Finally, it’s worth the investment to purchase a durable, protective case for your phone that’s water-resistant, just in case!

6. Camera

Packing Cameras

This is definitely an optional item for a lot of people, especially considering that all phones have a camera built into them these days. However, for those who have a passion for photography, a nice high-quality camera is a must.

Just remember, if you bring one, pack it in a protective case, as you don’t know what could happen to it on your trip. Better yet, bring a durable camera like a GoPro and get exciting footage no matter what the circumstances are.

7. Universal Adapter

If you’re travelling to Canada from another country, packing a universal adapter is an essential item for your list. It will allow you to use your electronic devices without having to purchase brand new cables for all of them to fit Candian power sockets.

However, if you’re travelling to Canada from the US, this item is not necessary. Canada operates on the same power outlets as the US, so you won’t run into any issues.

8. Clothes

Packing Clothes

When assembling a packing list for your trip into Canada, it’s important to put a lot of thought into the clothes you bring. Additionally, Canada is massive and has many differing climates from coast to coast, making it important to come prepared for sun, rain, wind, and even snow in the higher altitudes!

You don’t want to pack so much that it’s hard to travel with it. However, you definitely don’t want to pack too little and end up wearing dirty clothes for most of your trip.

If you’re planning to go backpacking for a long time, our recommendation is to plan some laundry days. Then, pack slightly more than enough to get you through the time between laundry trips.

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