Luggage and bags:
Security would not be the number one priority I would worry about, & just be travel smart when choosing your bags. There is no need to wear your bag in front, tuck your purse really tight to you....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Toronto, like the rest of Canada, is famous for those cold, windy winters, so make sure you bring enough clothes, jackets, scarfs & hats to bear the burden. Treat it like you were heading to a ski resort in the Alps or the Rockies.
Spring and Autumn are not warm all the time, so make sure you bring enough sweaters and shirts in case the warm weather is still hibernating with the bears.
Summer in Toronto is very comfortable, though in some years it has dropped to 10-15 degrees. Bring loose clothing, t-shirts, shorts, etc...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The humidity is somewhat low in Canada & Toronto in general, so bring lotion if you have sensitive skin.
If you are like me, you would also need lip balm, or the blisters will hurt.
Photo Equipment: Toronto is not photogenic like Vancouver or Banff, but there is plenty of sunshine to keep your pictures bright & happy = )
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Like every other place on earth, sunscreen is important for healthy looking skin!
You must bring mosquito repellant, for there is a fear that the West Nile Virus might spread again. Though it is not as contagious here as it has been in the US, situations could change.
Jeans, khakis, slacks are good. Nights are generally very cool, so shorts and skirts are not recommended. Wind breaker/spring jacket that you can wear a fleece/sweatshirt/sweater undernearth for those cool days.
Cloth shoes and sandals are generally not a good idea because of the rain. Best to wear leather shoes, casual boots, or running shoes with leather trimming.
Umbrella is a must, but many can be bought from street vendors and in malls.
Swimming gear not necessary (only if going to amusement park or swimming pool). Shorts and sandals are a good idea as some days will hit 40C with humidity.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen. SPF 15-35 recommended (waterproof kind not necessary).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bug repellant if going into the bush.
Miscellaneous: Refillable waterbottle for long days outside.
Hefty leather shoes or boots. Extra socks in case some get wet. Scarves not necessary, but ladies may want to use one depending on attire. Gloves is a must. Hats are good to pack, but may not be used.
Toronto winters are generally slushy and wet. So particular attention should be paid to your pants, shoes, and socks.
Toronto has a temperate climate (extreme temperature changes). You will need different types of clothing depending on what time of year it is:
DEC-JAN-FEB: Very cold. Temps rarely above freezing. Generally dry, but there could be snowstorms due to lake affect.
MAR-APR-MAY: Temps alternate from day to day, with fewer colder days in May. Bring both winter and summer clothes, because you never know. May is very rainy, and possible severe storms caused by tornado remains.
JUN-JUL-AUG: Hot and humid. Typically dry, with occational severe storms.
SEP-OCT-NOV: Begins to cool down. Summer temps may linger throughout Sept. with rainy weather in early fall, and drier in Nov.
Luggage and bags:
Remember that you shouldn't try to bring any more bags than you can easily manage on your own. This applies to Toronto as well as anywhere you travel. It is difficult to find trollies at the airport, and you need $2 for one. So, if you can't carry the bags then you are going to suffer!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A winter warning for your boots - make sure, if you have leather boots, that they are well coated with protector, because they can get badly salt marked. Intersections don't seem to be well cleared and you stand a great chance of stepping in a puddle or slush that is full of salt. Sometimes rubber boots seem the best!
Photo Equipment: Film is available all over the place. Should you wish to develop it before you leave, you can get great developing done at many of the large Loblaws stores, for a reasonable price.
Pick up a free copy of Tripmag "Toronto and Ontario". It is a useful travel guide for independent travellers about the best that Toronto, Ottawa and Ontario has to offer. It provides information from the city essentials to the best public transportation tipps.
Tripmag is available for free at the airport, train and bus stations, universities, tourist informations and many more places.
Take a free map of Toronto at the Tourist Information Office. The map includes the locations of the main sights, hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes.
There are various Tourist Information Offices within Toronto. One can be found in the Eaton Centre on Level 2, another one is at 255 Front Street West.
On this website you can see the 5-day weather forecast for Toronto :
The average weather per month :
January : max 0, min -7, rain 23 mm, snow 29 cm
February : max 0, min -6, rain 26 mm, snow 25 cm
March : max 4, min -2, rain 40 mm, snow 19 cm
April : max 10, min 3, rain 57 mm, snow 6 cm
May : max 16, min 8, rain 67 mm, snow 0 cm
June : max 22, min 13, rain 68 mm, snow 0 cm
July : max 25, min 16, rain 69 mm, snow 0 cm
August : max 24, min 16, rain 80 mm, snow 0 cm
September : max 20, min 13, rain 76 mm, snow 0 cm
October : max 13, min 7, rain 60 mm, snow 0 cm
November : max 7, min 2, rain 67 mm, snow 5 cm
December : max 1, min -4, rain 45 mm, snow 27 cm
Luggage and bags:
BIG suitcase! As less clothes as possible!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One favourite pair of (walking)shoes and some slippers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Tootbrush and paste, hairbrush, one in all soap.
Photo Equipment: All you have! and lots of film....especially the 100 ASA thing!
Miscellaneous: I came with 21 kiloos, overthere it weighed less and when I left the suitcase weighed 35.1 kiloos....good thinking eh? ;-)
Yes, do bring shoes for there is quite a bit of discarded gum on our sidewalks (not nice in the summer, especially with bare feet) and if you own a Barbour jacket and you plan to come here in either the Spring or late Fall, then be sure to bring it. Don't even THINK of buying one here in emergency; they are so outrageously overpriced in this city, that you'll have nothing left for one of those snowy-shaky thingy's for your dad. I kid you not; in Dusseldorf I saw the waxed cotton Barbour 'Border Jacket' for roughly around $550.00 CDN, the same jacket here would cost you around $795.00 PLUS tax. Not a good deal. :o(
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy anything here,(except Nivea underarm deodorant) so if you run out; no problem. Do buy insect repellent if you're here for the summer though: 'OFF' is the Canadian favorite. It tastes terrible, and makes a nasty cologne so you won't have much luck in single's clubs, but at least the mosquito's will keep their distance as well. :o)
Wear light clothing and pack sunscrean when visting Canada in the Sumertime. Although in many way's Canada is an ice-box in the wintertime :) Its can get very hot in the summer !! And i've seen so many tourist wearing dark sweaters and Jeans in the middle of the summer !! and going back home like crispy tatters ;). In the same tolken you now have a wonderfull excuse to visit the harbour fronts and to go for a rehreashing swim :-) Cheer's and have a great time in Canada
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: RUNNING SHOES
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 24 hour pharmacies in dowtown Toronto in case you forget something
Photo Equipment: Great photo shop at Yonge and Bloor, 123 Photo can take care of all your needs.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Many proviincial and private parks just 45 minutes to 3 hours outside of Toronto. Make reservations. Lots of fresh water lakes so great fishing, canoeing, water sports of all kinds.
Miscellaneous: Sunglasses, Hat and Sun Screen, Toronto can get very hot and humid in July. 34C can fell like 40C with the humidity. Always carry water. I have seen some interesting water carrying devices
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Late March 2001 was very cold. It was the week of that year's Oscar ceremony. We needed gloves and thermal vests. Weather very cold but dry. Some slight snow flurries. Lots of snow and ice at Niagara. You are able to visit most of the shopping malls and department stores without having to go outside much. Connections via subways.
Luggage and bags:
If you're planning on travelling around Canada at the end of your stay then a large backpack and a smaller rucksack is best. Otherwise a suitcase in place of the backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter in Toronto is COLD. Nothing quite prepares you for it. It's also a long season too. Still quite chilly as late as April. A good ski-type jacket is essential and planty of woolly jumpers. As for the summer, I haven't expericened that yet, but I get the impression it can be pretty humid especially in the city centre.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant for the summer months if you're planning on getting out into the country.