When it comes to preparing for a trip to a warm weather climate, packing is a breeze for me. I pretty much just pack my go-to pieces that I already wear in Austin where I’m used to dressing for the heat. But while preparing for Banff, I was so stressed out! I put off packing until the day before I left because I was so back & forth with all my clothing choices.
The weather forecast told me that Banff would be in the ~50s every morning and temps would climb to the high ~80s by mid afternoon. I couldn’t even remember what cold weather felt like… the last time I wore something remotely resembling a sweater outside was in JANUARY which was 8 months ago. So yeah, I was perplexed.
Because I was still determined to keep everything packed in carry-on, I opted for sticking to the minimal amount of each item I was certain I needed and planned to just repeat my morning outfit (AKA leggings + tank/top + jacket or sweatshirt) everyday. In the afternoon, the jacket would come off and I’d just be in my layering tank and leggings; however, most days I had the opportunity to go back to the hotel and change into more comfortable clothing for warm weather (so basically I just changed from leggings to shorts).
If you’re staying in Banff, the town is so small, so you’ll more than likely have the opportunity to go and change. If you plan to do an all day hike, on the other hand, you should dress in layers and bring along a backpack to hold your outer clothes when the temps rise.
You may notice I don’t have a lot of outfits to showcase in this post, and that’s because I pretty much repeated the four shown here. My biggest piece of advice for packing for Banff in the summer would be to prepare for all kinds of weather, but don’t OVER prepare. For example, I had 2 pairs of leggings with me for this 6 day trip when I could have easily survived off one pair. Anything you truly need can be found in their downtown shopping area where there are tons of mainstream stores. Just stick to bringing a couple layers & you’ll be fine!
Banff Summer Packing List
F21 black crop top
F21 gray crop top (not shown)
Tanked ‘LOCAL’ tank top
Black layering tank top (worn underneath)
Black long sleeve layering top (worn underneath)
Eddie Baeur black leggings with pocket sides
Eddie Baeur gray leggings with pocket sides
American Eagle mom jeans (not shown)
American Apparel sunflower shorts
Zara high waist denim shorts (not shown)
Northface black fleece jacket (not shown)
Basic grey sweatshirt
Charlie Southern TX blue hat
2 sports bras
3 pairs of thick hiking socks
7 pairs of underwear
Chacos walking sandals
Sam Edelman slide sandals
Merrel hiking shoes via Amazon
Head to my Instagram & find the “banff” highlight at the top of my bio for an inside look (along with videos, more tips, more things to do, and what I suggest is not worth your time) at my trip in Banff National Park.