I waited until a couple of days before leaving for the Canadian Rockies to pack, as the weather was constantly changing.
It was a good thing, as I ended up taking a much different wardrobe than what I had originally planned. The weather was calling for rain and much cooler weather than I expected for the end of August. We were going to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper and was looking forward to hiking and seeing the sights.
We only use carry on luggage, so I really needed to be careful in not taking unnecessary clothes. When planning my packing, I kept in mind items I could layer for the cooler temperatures in the morning and evening. We ended up wearing everything that we packed.
J’s packing list – 3 pairs of hiking pants, 3 long sleeve shirts, 5 short sleeve Northface/Under Armour shirts, 1 long sleeve heat gear Under Armour shirt, hooded sweatshirt, 8 pairs of socks and underwear, swim suit, flip flops, Northface coat, waterproof hiking shoes, rain pants (similar to these), rain poncho, and hat.
K’s packing list – jeans, hiking pants, leggings, 4 short sleeve Northface shirts, 2 long sleeve heat gear Under Armour shirts, 2 Northface fleece pull over, 2 long sleeve demin shirts, 2 scarfs, 8 pairs of socks and underwear, nightshirt, 2 sports bras, bra, swim suit, flip flops, waterproof hiking shoes, Northface jacket, Northface down vest, rain pants, rain poncho, hat, gloves, and sunglasses.
TIP: Always check the weather report right before you leave to make sure you pack the right clothes.
I was so glad I packed my rain pants at the last minute as we wore them several times during our hikes. We usually wear them over our pants, which keeps them from getting muddy and wet. The pants pack down in a small pouch and do not take up much space. The rain poncho came in handy as we wore it over our backpacks and coats, keeping us dry.
Water proof hiking shoes are a must if you plan on doing a lot of hiking. The trails were very muddy and at times we walked through some water due to all the rainy weather. There is nothing worse than hiking in wet shoes, especially if it’s cold.
The weather report that we had watched before leaving was wrong. We did not have rain the whole time like it was calling for. It might rain in the morning then clear off. Or it would be overcast and rain off and on all day. We never had rain all day during our visit. We had two days of beautiful sunny weather with highs in the upper 70s. The locals told us it had been a very rainy summer.
The temperatures ranged from the 30s to 70s, but most days it was in the low 60s. It definitely was not summer weather, but what can you expect when you are in the mountains.