If you visit Montreal in the summer, it gets very humid so even if the temperatures don’t llok too hot, pack shorts/short sleeved shirts/sandals. Bring good walking shoes. Montreal is a terrific place to walk.
Photo Equipment: I can’t think of anything out of the ordinary that you have to pack for Canada coming from the US. Canada has the same electric outlets as the US so you don’t need adapters or converters.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are driving into Canada, you might think to bring along your bicycle, Montreal is a great city for bike riding.
Miscellaneous: US residents don’t currently need a passport or a visa but the customs agent said that would be changing in the future. Check the US Department of State website for current requirements. If you do not bring a passport you need proof of US citizenship such as a birth certificate or a naturalization certificate and a photo ID.
Our cell phone worked from Montreal, check with your cellular provider regarding the charges and if your phone will work.
Bring comfortable shoes since you will be doing a lot of walking. You can wear casual shoes or even sneakers/runners for the most part. If you plan on visiting the casino or fancy restaurants and clubs, you should also bring a pair of nice shoes too. If your feet start to hurt, there are lots of Metro stations all over the city.
Miscellaneous: Pack in layers so that you have options for highs and lows in the temperature. It is safe to say that winter will be cold, but the other three seasons can have a variety of temperatures and precipitation. If you are visiting in the warmer months, bring a couple of sweaters, raincoat, or light jacket to layer over your t-shirt.
Before you leave, why not consult the website of those free Montreal newspapers. Montreal has 4 free weekly papers, two in french (VOIR and ICI) and two in english (HOUR and MIRROR). Once you're there, you can find them everywhere in town and in them, you always have a calendar of events, music concerts, movie listings, museum expositions and other weekly activities.
Miscellaneous: After VT, the best place to start your search before coming to Montreal is on the web site of Tourism Montreal. You will find all the information about accomodation, a very good calendar of events, a large guide of restaurants, also many deals and special offers, and more.
Luggage and bags:
One big luggage is okay if you are going to spend one month where you are, but taking the clothes back to the luggage is awful, because you always have more clothes than the time you just arrived, and it is said because you really realized that it it time to leave!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For me one of the difficulties is beindg the shirts and pants, coats as well, I usually take ages to pack! :)
I was really sad that day!!
February 17th, 2005
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The dirty clothes I always put together in a plastic bag, so it does not go together with the clean clothes!
Photo Equipment: Make sure you memory stick is always protected, I never let my stickers or films in my main luggage, the x-ray can simply destroy your best memories!
Miscellaneous: Not to belabor this point, but Montreal is amazing for so many reasons. When you visit, the most important thing to bring is a sense of wonder and the energy to dive into another culture and fully appreciate this beautiful city.
-- A light jacket for the evening. Luckily, I'm from Los Angeles, stuck between an ocean and desert - so I know about the ways that evening weather can turn on you. Shivering's no fun.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - If you're sensitive to mosquito bites, bring whatever you need. They're quite populous in the summer, especially on the "mountain."
Miscellaneous: -- Bring a small umbrella. Montreal's a walking town and there's nothing worse than being stuck in the rain. I'm so used to LA, where it never rains unless it's winter that it didn't occur to me to bring one.
-- It's humid. Bring hankerchiefs. I sure wish I'd had some on hand.
-- Cell phone, any time of the year. Dealing with pay phones and phone cards is a pain.
Luggage and bags:
Winter: Heavy-Duty suitcases
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter: Warm clothes, boots, gloves and hat
Spring: Boots, jacket, sunglasses
Summer: Very light clothes, good shoes
Autumn: umbrella, jacket
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy anything on-site in Montreal. Brind the minimum.
Photo Equipment: Bring your own camera as electronics is not cheap in Montreal.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Outside the island, there are good places to do camping or hiking. Bring your own gear as renting is not easy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Montreal is the type of city you can walk around and explore for hours and hours. The streets filled with interesting sights are endless and the roads are long :P So it's essential that you bring some good sneakers for all that walking!
Luggage and bags:
Nothing out of the ordinary
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Most definitly pack a pair of sneakes as you will be walking around quite a bit. The city is very safe and convenient to get around by foot.
I was there on May 26 and it rained and got chilly, so most definitly pack a spring jacket and umbrella
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is available
Photo Equipment: Special film if you use professional film. Even though I say a numbrt of well stocked Photo shops.
Miscellaneous: Definitly a french Phrase book helps sometimes - At least to say "Merci" " Je Ne parle pas Francais" etc.
Lots of warm clothing in the winter, and plenty of shorts and T's in the summer. Despite certain rumours about igloos and polar bears (they are further north) it can get quite hot here in the summer, so in July, leave your skiis at home. ;)
Miscellaneous: Most importantly, a French/English (or language of your choice) dictionary!
Luggage and bags:
Take a tip from an airline employee!! Buy American Tourister type luggage (kinda rectangular and semi-soft) You'll find they are less likely to be damaged.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Deending on the season, temperatures here vary from+30 to -30 (80 to -20f). Temperatures are usually humid so if you come during winter, put a lot of layers!
Photo Equipment: Drugstores (JEan-Coutu, Pharmaprix, etc.) Usually have no-name films that are quite inexpensive and that are usually made by Fuji. You can sometimes buy 4 films for 10$
Luggage and bags:
Money - cash, bank card, credit cards, traveller's cheques
Medications (if any) - always good to keep in the original packaging for identification purposes
Plane ticket/frequent flyer cards / travel insurance documents / itinerary
Extra pair of prescription glasses or contacts
Calling cards / cell-phone
Address / contacts for hotel, conference, friends in town, etc.
Business items (if applicable) - lap-top, agenda, extra cards, presentation documents, etc.
Personal listening device / CDs
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes:
Montrealers have a great sense of fashion, from funky hats in winter to breezy sandals in summer, so you might want to pack something besides jeans and sneakers. This unique Montréal style also makes the city a great place to shop, so leave some room in your suitcase!
Spring / Summer: Montréal can be surprisingly hot and humid, so dress accordingly. On the warmest summer days, it doesn't really cool down at night. Early spring and late summer, though, be sure to bring along something extra to pull on if it cools down during the day or later in the evening. Comfortable walking shoes are an absolute must.
Fall / Winter: Montréal can be cold, but you'll be fine as long as you've got warm, dry feet, so pack your boots. Layered outerwear is the best way to go; wear something warm like wool, and something to cut the wind like nylon. Don't forget your scarf, gloves, and especially a hat - it can make a big difference.
Sunglasses (practical and a fashion essential)
Hats / scarves / hair accessories
Umbrella / rain-coat (year round)
Swimsuit and plastic sandals and / or work-out wear, if your hotel has facilities
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you plan on visiting Montreal in the summer, don't forget the sunscreen!
And if you plan on coming in the winter, you might want to bring your vitamins, you can still change you mind and buy some in any pharmacy.
Photo Equipment: Sight-seeing:
Camera (digital, video etc.), film, tapes, cards, batteries
Guide book or maps
Small day pack or fanny pack
Don't worry, you will find anything you are looking for from a place to get you camera repaired to a photo shop to get your pictures developped (35mm, APS, digital ... we have it all!)
Luggage and bags:
ANOTHER TIP ABOUT LUGGAGE! Don't get your bags wrapped in some sort of saran-wrap (they call it secure-wrap or something..) They sell the stuff and wrap it for you at 5 or 10$ a bag.
First of all..it protects nothing..the punch that puts your luggage on the right conveyor belt hit'S it with 100 pounds of power..so no bottles of wine in there!!!
Also it makes them hard to handle for the baggage handlers because when they try to place them in the containers..the block everywhere! The wrap is sticky!! So they kick them and throw them around...now you know..
put much more time in your luggage than my only three days to visit this town... I know this is just a stock tip but... with it I would like to apologize with the people from Montréal and a dear friend on mine in particular who lives here for such a poor page on this lovely town...
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