You’re not alone if you’re unsure what to bring to Canada. Planning a trip to Canada might be thrilling, but packing can be challenging.
This is because Canada is a large country with many diverse temperature zones. To make matters harder, even though the month may be the same, the weather in different places varies.
Also, remember that if you have an EU passport, you will need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to enter Canada; many other passports do as well.
To assist you in planning your trip to Canada, we’ve developed a list of essential items you should purchase before leaving and a list of things to bring to Canada.
Your packing list for Canada has the same necessary clothing items as every other travel itinerary.
We’ll go through the variations you need to consider when packing apparel for specific seasons below.
- Pants – Pants are necessary; however, there are various styles of pants to pack. Activity has an impact on this as well. Active pants (yoga pants, for example) are great for trekking, moving, and layering under other pants for warmth and rest. Jeans are great for day-to-day exploration and can be styled up or down. A dress pants or khaki is a good idea to pack if you plan to go for a nice meal. In the seasonal portions, we go over different sorts of pants.
- Socks – having a pair of lighter socks is always a smart idea. The thickness may vary according to the season.
- Underwear is a relatively normal item, so do what you want with it.
- Wool Jacket – A wool jacket is an essential item to have on hand in any season. Summer nights and cooler spring/fall days call for an outer layer. It’s perfect for layering under your warm winter coat in the cold.
- Shirts – Shirts, just like pants, are essential. The season/weather and your activity will determine which shirts/tops you bring. For varying temperatures, a blend of basic t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts is ideal. T-shirts are appropriate for hot summer days, but long sleeves are preferable for warding off bugs on cool summer evenings. Consider wearing fancier dress shirts or tops if you plan on going out for good drinks or dinners while city cruising.
Other clothes include:
Based on the different seasons in Canada, you will need the following items.
- A Waterproof/Resistant Jacket
For these two seasons, having a solid outer layer is crucial. On the East Coast, a light, water-resistant jacket can serve as a windbreaker or a rain guard during the wet spring season in Ontario.
- Waterproof Boot/Shoe
Having a rubber boot for the spring is a good idea because the thawing snow can leave the ground quite wet. These boots are great for trekking because they have a mud-resistant tread and are generally warmer, making them a terrific choice for fall footwear.
- Jumpsuits, dresses, and skirts
You can wear your loveliest lightweight dresses and match them with comfy sandals to go museum touring or explore outdoor exhibitions in downtown neighborhoods! Short dresses made of quick-drying fabric are ideal for city walks, park strolls, and road excursions!
- Breathable Socks
For your hiking shoes, including a pair of moisture-wicking socks. When you’re out, and about touring a city or on day-long excursions, these socks will assist in limiting bacterial and fungi growth.
These are much-needed for anyone who plans to frequent the trails in Canada.
- Loungewear: Pack a pair of loungewear for the duration of your trip, whether you’re staying at a resort or an Airbnb!
- Snow pants
In most places, you can get by with just a pair of jeans and fleece-lined leggings, but if you want to enjoy winters outside, you need to include a pair of snow pants on your Canada winter packing list.
When you’re active, snow pants give the most warmth and are more durable and breathable. Snow pants can be worn with leggings underneath. The North Face’s snow pants may be found here.
- A cozy scarf may instantly enliven your clothing while also keeping you warm.
- Baselayers (thermal clothing)
- Layering is vital in the winter, and your base layer is your long johns/thermal gear.
- You will need to layer when partaking in outside activities.
Warm gloves are required to protect your fingertips from harsh winter conditions. It may seem simple to add to your Canada packing list, but it is frequently overlooked (and often lost), especially if you are not acclimated to the cold.
So, you’ll need warm gloves, preferably with tech fingers, so that you can operate your smartphone or tablet without difficulty!
- A cozy toque
Isn’t it true that a toque, a beanie, and a warm cap/hat are all the same? An excellent cozy beanie, like a scarf, can suddenly transform your clothing into something charming and snow-worthy!
Wear a few beanies in various colors to brighten up your winter wardrobe.
- Snow boots or winter boots
Invest in an excellent pair of winter boots that can withstand the elements. Here’s what to look for: ankle-length is better for layering, and choose a pair with insulation, such as fleece, based on your cold tolerance.
Give importance to the base and ensure it provides adequate traction when walking on ice areas.
Bring your warmest socks to the store when trying on boots!
Your toiletries won’t alter much depending on the season. However, if you plan on spending time outside throughout the spring and summer months, we recommend purchasing sunscreen and bug repellent.
- Toiletries Bag – We prefer to travel with toiletries bags because it prevents us from bringing useless items that we won’t use anyway.
- Face Cream – Even in the winter, it’s vital to use a face cream containing SPF. If you spend a lot of time outside and the winter sun reflects off the snow, your skin might be damaged if you don’t cover it.
- Shampoo- If you don’t want to go shopping after you are in Canada, make sure you have shampoo and body wash. Based on the duration of your stay, you might want to carry travel-sized bottles to conserve room and weight in your luggage.
- Toothpaste + Toothbrush – Remember to pack your toothbrush, and remember that your toothpaste must be less than 100ml to fit in your carry-on luggage. When we travel, we enjoy using travel toothbrushes, such as those that fold into themselves.
- Deodorant- If you prefer to use a specific brand of deodorant, don’t forget to bring it with you. You can always buy deodorants once in Canada, but they may not carry your preferred style or brand – especially if you are European and prefer spray deodorants.
- Razor – If you shave frequently, bring your razor with you. If you’re using an electric razor, don’t forget to bring your adapter.
- Hairbrush – Don’t forget to bring your hairbrush. You may always buy new ones in Canada, but if you have a favorite hairbrush, you should bring it.
You shouldn’t simply worry about clothes when preparing for your trip to Canada. Some paperwork and materials are just as significant, if not more so, than your wardrobe.
- Valid Passport – You must bring your valid passport when visiting Canada. For EU citizens who are accustomed to traveling with their ID cards, this will not meet the requirements in Canada. A passport is mandatory.
- eTA – When flying into Canada, many countries require an eTA. Before leaving, check to see if you’ll need an eTA or a visa to visit Canada.
- Proof of Insurance – If you are visiting Canada, you should purchase international health insurance or travel insurance to ensure that you are protected in an emergency. It will not suffice if you hold a blue EU health insurance card.
- Drivers License/International Drivers License – If you plan on renting a car, you will need to bring your driver’s license and, in some situations, an international driver’s license. Before you travel, you can apply for an international driver’s license in your native country.
- Bank Card(s) — Normally, we do not obtain foreign cash before arriving in the nation. We get a significantly better exchange rate if we withdraw money from an ATM. Make sure to bring a matching card and a credit card, as many purchases in Canada can be made with a credit card.
Electronics and other travel-related items
Other travel gear and gadgets that you may want to pack are listed below. However, we felt it would be helpful to provide you with a complete packing list, so here you have it:
- Computer/Tablet + Charger — Bring your computer if you’re traveling for work or simply want to have a tablet with you. Canada has Wi-Fi, so you won’t go anywhere without being able to connect.
- Camera and charger- If you are into photography and taking images on your travels, be sure to bring a camera and a charger with you. Canada is a country that deserves to be photographed. The Rocky Mountains, as well as the Abraham lake and the East Coast coastline, are breathtaking.
- Sunglasses- Sunglasses are a must-have accessory for various seasons. The sun might be quite bright in the summer, but it can also be very bright in the winter. In fact, wearing sunglasses in the winter when it’s incredibly sunny is essential because the sun reflecting off the snow can create a condition known as “snow blindness.” Snow blindness is the last thing you want.
- Adapter- If you’re traveling from Europe to Canada, you’ll need an adaptor to fit the “two flat pin plug” used in North America. We recommend purchasing an adapter that simultaneously charges several USB-based charging devices (phones, for example). Although the voltage in North America differs from that in Europe, most gadgets are compatible with both, so double-check the label. To charge devices in Canada, you’ll need a converter and adapter set if you’re coming from the UK, EU, or other countries.
- Memory Card – If you use cameras or video cameras, memory cards are essential for storing data. To avoid losing vital data, invest in a reliable memory card.
- Travel Pillow/Blanket – A travel blanket is helpful for the flights, but it’s also useful if you become cold on the bus or when just hanging out in your winter lodging. In the summer, it can also be used as a picnic blanket!
- Phone and charger — this should go without saying, but a phone is a must-have these days. Google Maps is fantastic for finding your way across Canada, whether in downtown Toronto or on a hiking route (and you have cell service).
Other items to include in your packing list:
- Bring a water bottle with you on treks and day-long sightseeing tours or road journeys!
- First-aid measures: Another crucial travel necessity for camping, hiking, fishing, or simply getting out and about.
- Add insect spray, bear spray, and mosquito repellent as well.
- Small electronics- Another strategy to save money is to carry little appliances. Packing your vacuum cleaner (assuming it’s not too bulky) could save you more money than buying a new one, for example. Of course, this does not apply to all items, as some are heavier and may absorb a lot of weight.
- Kitchenware – carrying all your pots and pans isn’t ideal, but bringing some cutlery and a few pots (especially the excellent ones) will help you save money and time. You don’t want to spend your first-week eating takeout due to a lack of cookware.
Necessary documents for a Canadian visa
The following are the documents required for a visa to Canada:
- A valid passport, as well as any other travel papers, is required. When applying for a Canadian visa, you must submit photocopies of your passport’s information page. It must include the following:
- The number on your passport.
- The problem and expiration dates.
- Your personal information includes your name, photo, birthplace, and date.
- Forms and documents
- You must install an Application Package from the IRCC website to apply for a Canadian visa. You’ll find an explanatory guide, a paperwork review, and all the forms you need to complete and submit there.
- All of the documents and forms on the checklist must be submitted.
- All of the files and documents on the checklist must be submitted. Examples of these documents are passport copies, photographs, fee receipts, and other identification documents.
- Different nations may require additional documents and those provided on the IRCC’s checklist. You’ll have to check with the visa office in your nation to see whether any further documents are required.
Fees for a Canada visa must be paid in full.
You must pay the required fees and attach receipts to your application for a Canadian visa. The cost of the charge varies depending on the purpose of the trip.
Fees are divided into two categories:
- Fees for processing applications
- Fees for biometrics
Photos of Canadian visas
According to Canada’s rules, you must submit two passport photos. Your application may be rejected if the photos do not meet the conditions set by the Canadian government.
When you take the picture, you might wish to bring the photo specifications with you and display them to the photographer.
You must show proof that you will return to your home nation when your visa expires.
You must persuade your visa officials that you will return home when your visa expires. There are various options for doing so, including:
Employment proof is required.
You must give copies of your job contract and a letter of employment that identifies you as a permanent employee says when you should return to work, and describes your function at the organization.
You must show proof of ownership, such as title records or lease agreements if you own property in your native country.
You must obtain proof of your responsibilities if you have relatives in your home country or people you must look after, such as elderly relatives or youngsters.
Documents of Identity and Civil Status
Your Canada visa application must include photocopies of your identity and civil status documents. Birth certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce/annulment certificates are examples of this.
National IDs or family or household registries may be necessary for specific circumstances.
For more information, you should contact the visa office in your country.
Proof of financial capability
You must show that you can financially support yourself and any family members who may accompany you for the duration of your stay. You can do so by using the following methods:
- Statements from the bank.
- Annual wages are shown on a letter of employment.
- Evidence that you have secured financial assistance from friends or relatives to cover the cost of your stay.
- Evidence of your Canadian host’s or family member’s income.
- The reason for your journey
- When applying for a Canadian visa, you must state why you are visiting Canada. The requirements vary by country, but they may include:
- A letter of invitation from your sponsor or the family member or friend you’ll be visiting.
- Contact information for people who can help you achieve your goal for your visit.
- Any documentation that proves your travel purpose.
- Letter of recommendation/invitation
You may be required to present a letter of invitation from someone in Canada in some situations. That person must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Residence in Canada.
You are not legally accountable for the individual who wrote the letter. That letter must be given to you, and you must include it in your application.
This information about you (the visa applicant) must be included in the letter:
- Date of birth.
- Phone number and address are provided.
- Your relationship with the person who is sending you the letter.
- When you leave, how long do you plan to stay in Canada, and where do you plan to visit.
- How do you intend to sustain yourself financially?
- The following information about the writer must also be included in the letter:
- Their full name and date of birth are required.
- Their phone number and address in Canada.
- Their status as a citizen or a permanent resident, as well as a photocopy of a document proving it.
- Their official title.
- Their family information (names and birth dates for their spouse and dependents).
- What is the total number of individuals in their household?
A Canadian visa can only be obtained if you are in excellent health. Therefore, you may be needed to take a medical exam and submit the results with your application to demonstrate this.
A medical test is normally not required if you plan to stay for less than six months unless you will be dealing with people closely.
On the other hand, your regular doctor will not be able to complete the exam. Therefore, a Panel Physician is required.
Packing for a short vacation might be stressful enough, but picture packing up your current life to move to a new country. It’s crucial to plan exactly what you’ll be taking with you; taking everything you own isn’t impossible, but it can quickly add up. Not only can creating an important packing list save you time, but it will also save you money.
You’ll also need to study to determine what to leave behind and what to pack; you don’t want to leave so many things behind that you wind up having to replace them. Furthermore, if you bring too many products, you may pay a lot in shipping or flight expenses.
Our objective is to take some of the burdens out of organizing your move to Canada by advising you on what clothes, accessories, electronics, etc., are appropriate and must-haves for you in Canada.