What do Aussies need to pack for a trip to Canada?
So you're from Australia, used to the heat and not used to snow...what do you need to pack?
Being from South Australia, we are used to the 40+ degree summers and winters of around 10-15 degrees. So generally we only have a lot of summer clothing and just your average jacket.
Our favourite purchases for our Canada trip was our Aldi jackets! Equivalent to something you'd pay $250 for at Kathmandu or similar, we paid only $50 for at Aldi. They were waterproof, had lots of pockets inside and outside, detachable hoodies, button and zip up, very warm - they were perfect for the cold Canadian weather. But even more importantly, they were lightweight and easy to fold up into our suitcases. So make sure whatever jacket you take doesn't take up your whole suitcase.
Another must is a beanie and some gloves! We didn't spend much on gloves, ours was from a local store and paid less than $10 for them. My beanies are from this amazing company called "Love your Melon" which are a company who support children battling cancer. They donate 50% of the sale to research and support for paediatric cancer. Check them out for sure! These beanies are outstanding quality too!
You'll definitely need good hiking shoes or boots. If you are wanting to see some of the popular landmarks such as Moraine Lake or Johnston's Canyon, then you will need good footwear!
I collaborated with Steel Blue Boots for my Southern Cross ladies boots which were perfect for what I needed. (You can find a bunch of my posts with these boots on my Instagram highlights) Most days I had these on and walked around 20,000 to 40,000 steps per day in them! They are super comfy, water resistant and Podiatry/Physiotherapy approved. My fiance also has a pair of Steel Blues which he wears at work daily and wore everyday in Canada as well. We LOVE them. Highly recommend if you haven't got anything suitable for hiking.
Of course depending on whether you are heading to Canada during winter or summer will determine clothing you will need mostly. As we enjoyed a bit of both seasons we packed all sorts. Mostly pants and jumpers but also some shirts, shorts and even bathers! When the sun comes out and your out hiking, you'll get pretty hot!
If you are planning on enjoying lots of snow, make sure you pack some waterproof pants. We found some excellent pants at Aussie Disposals from $20 up to $100 depending on if you just want to play around or if you wanted to go skiing etc.
Don't forget socks! We packed ankle socks, crew cut socks and some merino socks for the colder days out hiking. Make sure you have plenty of socks. My favourite socks are called Feetures. They are a moisture wicking material and have arch support too. They hold their stretch and just feel super comfy. You can get Feetures in an ultra light, thinner sock through to a heavy cushioned or merino style.
Don't forget your camera!
Canada is the most photogenic place I have ever visited! The landscapes are so beautiful and like nothing I've seen back at home. The turquoise coloured lakes, the lush greenery and pine forests, flowing rivers and of course the massive snowy mountains!
The Canadian Rockies are a really popular place for photographers around the world. Jasper and Banff national parks are stunning with so many places to see and hidden gems, you will be taking snaps in all directions. I used my Samsung Galaxy S9+ for most of my photos but I also used a Canon M3 to capture some wider landscape shots.