Toronto What to Pack

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    by sabe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Miscellaneous: Pack a car, cause the TTC (buses, streetcars etc subways etc) refuses to put up timetables..(the idea I guess is; stand and wait and hopefully one day a bus will come by and pick you up) This is very annoying, VERY annoying. They used to have a number at every TTC stop which you could call and a mechanical voice would tell you when the next bus (etc) would arrive..but unfortunatly this system wasn't 2000 compatible so bang boom it crashed and hasn't worked since then. High-technology society my butt.

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    by daffodil Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summers are hot and humid (mostly), but the weather can change suddenly to cool and crisp even in June or July, so always bring a sweater or light jacket.
    In winter the weather is cold, but generally we don't get too much snow. Toronto is also pretty windy (especially downtown and near the lake) so always bundle up in winter!
    There really isn't a spring or fall here, it just seems that one day you wake up and it is all of a sudden warm or cold again. But for the possibly one or two weeks that we do have the change over it usually rains a lot.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get it all here if you need to...its a big city.

    Photo Equipment: You can get it all at Henry's Camera, 119 Church St. In fact, you can even sell it there too!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you go camping up north, which I do recommend, don't go in June, because we have the tiny flies that cause bites about 5 times as bad as mosquitos. If you go any other time of the summer bring insect repellant to ward off hungry mosquitos. It is even a good idea to use it in the suburbs if you are siting outside at night.

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    by wallypup Updated Aug 24, 2002

    Luggage and bags: well a suit case that is small enough to fit in your trunk or with you on the airplane.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It depends on the season that you go in
    for example summer well the temperature at night drops but not as much as in the winter time. The day time though it will be atleast in the 70's

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In Toronto You can get any supplies that you need
    I can tell you one thing there are no wal marts in canada, they are just in the United States.

    Photo Equipment: Well it may depend on the camera that you have
    you could bring the charger if you need to but if it is a 35 mm camera then the stores have all the batteries you will need

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be prepared for cold nights because that temp does drop & it drops quick.
    So you will definitely need a good sleeping bag & a tent .

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    Comfy shoes a must!

    by TracyG Updated Aug 24, 2002

    Luggage and bags: If you are going to be staying in a hotel and not moving around then a suitcase will be fine, othere than this it is probably best to bring a rucksack.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just a comfortable pair of shoes for you to walk around the city. Also bring a smart set of clothes for nights out at restaurants, clubs etc.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just a usual first aid kit should be fine. Also maybe, think about bringing some insect repellant during the summer months, mosquitos can be a problem.

    Photo Equipment: You should have no problems finding anything that you need, though do take enough film to cover your stay at Niagara, as it is way overpriced here.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Maybe a lightwaterproof jacket for the occasional shower or at Niagara.

    Miscellaneous: Take a waterbottle with you on trips. These are easier to fill up with water, juice etc. and it saves you paying over $2 for a bottle of water at Niagara.

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    by selbyone Written Aug 26, 2002

    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.

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    Winter packing.

    by jon_and_may Written Apr 7, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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    Summer packing

    by jon_and_may Written Apr 7, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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    Spring packing.

    by jon_and_may Written Apr 7, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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    Wrap up warm

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 3, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If visiting during the winter months wrap up warm!! Ii was so cold, I wore thermal underwear and 2 layers everyday!!

    I couldnt care less if I looked dorky I just wanted to be warm!

    Photo Equipment: Take a decent camera! Mine broke because I dropped it in a puddle ! That why Ive hardly any pics of my stay in Toronto!

    Wrap up Warm!

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    by roger-ramjet Written Jul 16, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: From the end of dec through to March bring as many clothes as possible as it get freezing -20 to -30 is not uncommon + you have the wind chill on top of that. If you don't have the right gear forget about going outside for long periods.

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    only a few things

    by BURGUN Updated Aug 9, 2004

    Luggage and bags: it was only 4 days and i got two-three pairs of trousers, shirts, shorts, t-shirts and some other stuff which all travellers know. It was summer time and the best season of Toronto...that's why i didn't need to take any coats with me but you'd better be taking a sweater or something like that because at night it gets a little cooler. As my friends told me, the winters are terrible and very cold. If you're brave enough to go to Toronto in winter time, you'd better be prepared seriously unless you want to freeze.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: some clubs/bars do not allow jeans and sneakers. So...just for your information.

    Photo Equipment: of course!!!

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    Be prepared for anything!

    by Jele Written Aug 10, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Toronto can get very cold in the winter, but the summers here can also get very hot and humid.

    If you'll be here in the winter, snow boots are a must, and a warm parka is also the best protection against the cold weather.

    Summers days can range from rather cool (around 20c) to very hot (around 30c). Lately, I find that the weather seems to be getting more and more humid, and on hot days like these, there are often smog alerts.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any medical supplies can be purchased at a local pharmacy.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Recently, a few beaches in Toronto have received the International Blue Flag. So, if you are a beach bum, don't forget your towels and swimsuits!

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    cold and windy

    by iam1wthee Updated Aug 22, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I've been here in the spring and summer and there was always at least one day where it was quite cool and windy. Always pack a jacket with hood or bring a hat and wear socks even in August

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It can get cold in August. July seems to be the time when you will get the most wear out of your swimsuit.

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    It's not cold all year round....

    by graememooney Written Apr 16, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Contrary to some of our neighbours to the south's impression of our country, it is not winter all year round here. Hot & humid June - August....September (summer wear), September/October - cool & comfortable (light jacket/sweater), November - March - cold, really cold (winter jacket, gloves, hat). April/May/October/November can be anything from 0C to 30C - so best to be prepared for all of it. Even if before you leave you check the weather, it can change in a day from cold to hot.

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  • Toronto has FOUR SEASONS: Packing list for one

    by chokmah Updated May 27, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everyday Footwear:
    One comfortable running/walking shoe
    One dress shoe
    Seasonal Footwear:
    Winter: Pair of winter boots (warm hiking / ski are great)
    Spring: Rain boots, galoshes
    Summer: Sport / dressy sandals
    Fall: Dress boots

    Winter: warm coat/parka, fleece (pants, tops, etc.), undershirt and long johns (underpants), warm hat, gloves, and scarf, clothes you would wear in early spring or fall (see below) in DARKER colours

    Spring: Sweaters (fleece, wool, cotton, etc.), hoodie, ponchos, leather jacket, long & short sleeved shirts, heavier jeans, rain jacket, umbrella, sun hat, sunglasses, etc. in PASTEL, METALLIC, or LIGHT colours with some DARKER.

    Summer: thin and light cottons, linens, and sport nylons, shorts, cropped pants, tank tops, skirts, sun hat, sun glasses, light jeans, khaki's, etc. in LIGHT colours (white, beige, etc.)

    Fall: Sweaters (fleece, wool, cotton, heavy linen, etc.), hoodies, ponchos, long & short sleeved shirts, heavier jeans, etc.. in DARKER colours

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Unless you have a favorite toiletry, why not skip most of it and visit our popular Shoppers Drug Mart which has buckets of small sized toiletries one can buy for between $1 and $3.50 (at time of post) and during spring and fall you can buy a bag of toiletries for around $7. Shoppers Drug Marts can be found all over the place.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimsuit

    Miscellaneous: Toronto has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Spring usually goes from April to May; Summer, June to September; Fall, October to November; and winter, December to March.

    Check Weather
    A couple of days before you depart on your trip, if possible, check the weather reports.
    Check the 7 and 14 day forecast to get an idea of what the weather will be like and re-pack if necessary.

    It can become very cold in summer and very warm in winter for a few days to a week at a time while the rest of the time it's pretty much what's to be expected plus or minus better or worse weather.

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