What to Pack for 10 Days in Banff and Jasper



As promised guys, I want to share our packing list for our 10 day trip to Banff and Jasper which we took in August. We did quite a bit of research ahead of the trip to ensure that we would have clothing for their typical August weather – cool mornings and evenings but warm days. In hindsight, I did not over pack and was prepared for all of our day trips and activities. The one area I didn’t pack properly for the evenings as it was in the 40s most nights. I packed Summer evening attire, such as dresses as well as flowy tank tops with jeans when in reality I should have packed jeans, silk blouses and a light wrap or sweater.

Otherwise, here is the packing list we used and would recommend to others who decide to make this trip.


  • Hiking Boots (his/her)
  • Trail Shoes (his/her)
  • Sandals for evenings/driving between cities  (his/her)


Active Clothing:


  • Four outfits for dinners and exploring towns
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries
  • Kindle, iPad or books for evening reading

Your turn: Any other questions regarding gear before I focus the rest of the recaps on the activities and lodging? 





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  1. Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales September 20, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Looks like a great and thorough list! I would definitely recommend erring on the side of caution for cooler weather. A friend and I were in Banff and Jasper the last weekend of August last year and we encountered a lot of snow (at a relatively low elevation) which we were not quite prepared for! Haha. It was also very cool in the mornings in town, but we heard that weather was quite unseasonal. I also found having a pair of gloves and my Vinyasa scarf from Lululemon (so cozy) really nice to have!

    • ashleyd September 20, 2016 / 5:47 pm

      That is crazy as we had temps in the 80s! Great tip though Danielle!

  2. Emily September 20, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    haha I’ve never heard of bear spray!!! The trip looked awesome, it reminded me of Switzerland a bit (picture perfect).

    • ashleyd September 20, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks Emily – it reminded us of Switzerland as well!

  3. Sally @ sweat out the small stuff September 20, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I’ll be in Banff and jasper next week! Only a few days though. Most of the trip will be in Seattle and Vancouver. But I have most of these items. I plan on gloves and a wool hat as the forecast calls for freezing temps in the mornings. Where did you get your bear spray? And what exactly does it do to keep the Bears away?

    • ashleyd September 20, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      If you click the link that is the spray we used and we bought it at REI.

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