Packing for a Vancouver Summer

Travel Tips — By Natasha John on July 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I have a tendency to be indecisive at times, especially when it comes to what to wear. Fortunately, I live in the right city that welcomes multiple change of outfits, all in one day. Vancouver is known for being warm one minute, pouring the next and sunny an hour later. So, let’s go over some useful items to pack when you’re on route to our fair city.

Photo courtesty of Tourism Vancouver / John Sinal

What to pack:
1. An umbrella will be a life saver for you. Our summers are generally pretty good and rain isn’t as common this time of year, as it is most other seasons. But, that doesn’t mean to say that a surprise shower won’t show up and unleash her fury. So, a fold up umbrella is a useful thing to carry around on days it may rain.
2. A jacket: The summer days are quite warm, but when the evening hits, it cools down quite a bit and you will need something to throw on over that summer dress or t-shirt.
3. Beach gear: There are plenty of beaches in and around Vancouver that offer a perfect hiding spot to beat the summer heat. So, make sure you pack your bathing suit, towel, SPF and other beach necessities.

What not to pack:
1. A fur coat or parka: Although Canada is known as the “Great White North”, it’s not cold enough to wear either of those items in the summer. I should also take a moment to clarify that in Vancouver, we don’t live in igloos, use huskies as transportation or eat whale blubber as our main source of food.

Photo courtesty of Tourism Vancouver / John Sinal

Things you might not think to pack…but come in pretty handy:

1. Shoes you can bike and/or hike in: It would be a crime to come to Vancouver and not ride a bike around the Seawall. If you can bike in heels, more power to you! Heels also are not proper footwear for hiking Grouse, or any of our other lovely hikes around the city. I have seen this done before and it never ends well. Proper hiking shoes are a must.
2. Portable iPod speakers: When having a picnic in the park or lounging on the beach, iPod speakers make it that much more enjoyable. Just don’t be the jerks with the loudest music on the beach.
3. A travel mug/water bottle/shopping bag: We’re a green city, so major points if you bring your own water bottle, travel mug and shopping bag. Our water is clean and tasty, so there is no need to buy bottled water – unless you’re in a pinch.

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