- A waterproof rainjacket or umbrella (got to love the rain!)
But...you can buy one there. So many places. Check my shopping tips section.
- Runners - for lots of walking and hiking
- Layers - It's never too cold or hot
Luggage and bags:
Standard backpack with enough room for rain gear.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are in Vancouver in the fall, winter or spring and are here for an extended period you will most definately experiece some kind of liquid sunshine. In the summer months the notorious stretches of rain are few and far between but pack a light rain coat just in case (always have an umbrella handy). The fall has been great lately (until late/mid-october) and even the late winter into the spring has been mild as of late. But this IS Vancouver and consistent weather is never consistent, so regardless of your season of visit to Vancouver be sure to pack appropriately.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything you need is available in our pharmacies and you may find will be cheaper than the U.S.
Photo Equipment: Widely available. Costco is good for large amounts of film if you are a member. Bring lots as the city is very photogenic.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are a hiker or climber bring your gear. The North Shore mountains are great for hiking and climbing at the Chief is very popular. Free camping sites in southern B.C. are abound.
Luggage and bags:
If you have a napsack spray it with a waterproofing agent, or at least have a garbage back to put over it. It rains ALOT here and you will get very wet if you're not prepared.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing, Shoes, and Weather Gear should all be treated somehow or another so they are waterproof, or at least won't be damaged by the rain.
Miscellaneous: There's so many things to do here, that it would be too much to give all tips on what to bring. Something you can't do without is some rain-gear (for hikers) or an umbrella (for city-slickers). The climate here is very mild, but rainy as well. Fall, winter and spring tend to be changeable and also in summer you can have some showers. And here's a map to guide you around as well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When it comes to Vancouver, the watchword is WATERPROOF. Let's face it, Vancouver is WET. We get more rain than I care to think about and, I'm proud to say, THIS is the rain that WETS. If you have one, bring a Gore-Tex jacket; it will be your saviour. (Don't worry too much if you're coming during June-September, but otherwise, be prepared for some rain.)
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.
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