Vancouver’s winter months can be all over the map, so it’s best to come prepared for all types of weather. During the Winter Olympics, it felt much like spring weather, but a few weeks later we were back to blistering cold and snow. With a limited amount of suitcase space, it can be difficult to pack everything you need, while still having room for all of your clothes.
1. An umbrella can be used in both rain and snow, and is an essential accessory during the winter months. If you don’t want to pack one, you can usually buy one for about $10-$15 in drug stores.
2. A warm coat will help cut the chill. If it’s waterproof, that’s even better for those days that it may rain. If you plan on skiing, your snow pants and ski jacket are a must.
3. Warm socks will keep your toes warm while you’re out walking the city. Those socks should preferably be worn with waterproof shoes. Nothing is more uncomfortable than walking around with cold, wet feet.
4. A cozy hat, or toque as us Canadians call them, gloves and a scarf will really come in handy on extra cold days, as well as at night when it gets even cooler.
5. The winter months in Vancouver are breathtakingly beautiful, and snapping some pictures will be a souvenir in itself. On a sunny day, you can see the snow-covered mountains from downtown Vancouver, or take a day-trip up to Whistler Blackcomb, Grouse, Seymour, or Cypress, where you can get right in the thick of all that snow. If there’s one thing you make sure not to forget, it’s definitely your camera.