Luggage and bags:
Take what you can carry and remember you carry it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Vancouver has a temperate Climate thus you should rmember to have an Umbrella handy as it can rain unexpectedly, but summers are hot, and winters are not to cold, so dress accordingly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get what you need here.
Photo Equipment: You can get what you need here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring an umbrella!!! Vancouver is famous for its rain and has the mildest climate in Canada meaning it rarely snows or drops below freezing but also means that it generally doesnt get as hot humid and the other cities do with more extreme climates. Early Autumn is very pretty but at the end of October, the rain usually starts and may not stop until spring...and then it is gorgeous with all the bloom.
Between Fall and Spring (usually between the months of October to May), it's recommended that you bring an umbrella or a water-proof jacket because it rains a lot here during those months. Bring good hiking boots if you plan to do some hiking in the mountains. Summer months are warm yet mild and comfortable, so no need for any special weather gear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are a migraine sufferer like me, remember that migraine medicine is only available as a prescription here, unlike in the United States where it is over the counter. So take your migraine medicine with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Perhaps my time in Vancouver was unusual, but it rained approximately every three minutes while I was there. A light, waterproof jacket was a definite must-have. Despite the rain, the weather was comfortable and warm. The rain wasn't usually a downpour, it was mostly just enough to get you wet right about when you thought you were finally dry again.
Luggage and bags:
I found that a suitcase was the best way to go here but I guess it depends on what kind of travel you like to do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As it seemed to rain every day that we were there I would say that rain gear is a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Unless you have special needs you should be able to find everythign that you need in the city.
Photo Equipment: I'm not a pro but I would assume that you can find pretty much anything photo related in Vancouver
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: be ready to get wet.
Vancouver gets very wet. The climate is similar to Seattle in that rain happens frequently due to location. I reccomend you bring any rainy weather gear you may have. An umbrella will seem priceless if it starts to rain while you're out on a tour.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Anyone camping in the nearby woods/forest area should bring som type of bug spray. The best brand that I've used so far is called Off Heavy Woods. Because weather is unpreductable, you should try the layer method so you won't be too cold or hot.
Now normally this would be where I would warn everyone to bring a large umbrella, a raincoat and boots because it rains and rains and rains 11 months out of the year and sometimes 12.
BUT, something VERY STRANGE (almost frightening) has been happening. I guess it can only be described as the great drought of 2000/1! An entire winter with minimum rain and maximum blue sky.
My advice: get here soon. Payback is inevitable and it'll be ugly!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No good Vancouverite ever leaves home without raingear! Well, there may be a couple of days in the summer ....