When it comes to packing for your trip, less is more!

MOOSE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Each traveller is allowed to bring one reasonably sized main backpack, bag, or suitcase to be stored in the rear luggage compartment of the bus on travel days, with a maximum allowable weight of 23kg (50lbs) and maximum linear dimensions (Height + Width + Depth) of 158cm (62in). Backpacks are better than suitcases for optimizing storage space in the luggage compartment. It also makes it easier for you to carry upstairs in the hostels we use, none of which have elevators/lifts. In addition, each passenger may bring one “carry-on” item like a day pack or small bag, that will be carried in the passenger compartment of the bus.

NOTE: Moose reserves the right to refuse to accept luggage that exceeds our weight and/or size restrictions. If we choose to accept overweight or oversize luggage, we will charge a fee of $50 per bag for overweight/oversize pieces. Note that the decision to accept an overweight/oversize piece can only be made at departure because it depends on the combined weight and size of all travellers’ luggage. If your luggage is refused, you will need to make (and pay for) your own arrangements to ship or store your luggage, which may result in your missing departure that morning. You would then also need to make (and pay for) your own arrangements to catch up with the tour that afternoon or evening.

WINTER TOURS - SKI/SNOWBOARD BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

In addition to the above standard baggage allowance, if you are travelling on a Moose winter tour you are also allowed to bring one reasonably sized ski/snowboard bag and a ski/snowboard boot bag.

NOTE: You are able to rent ski and snowboard equipment from all of the mountain resorts we visit on our winter tours. This may be a more convenient option than lugging around your own equipment!

WHAT TO BRING

We recommend packing as lightly as possible! Note that almost all hostels we use have guest laundry facilities, so you will be able to wash your clothes while on tour. The lists below show what we recommend bringing.

Summer Tour Packing List

The following is a suggested clothing list only, based on our experience:

  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes for trail walking. Hiking shoes/boots are not required, unless you plan on doing more challenging hikes on your own. If you are travelling in the spring/autumn when conditions may be wet/snowy/muddy, you might want to consider hiking shoes.
  • 1 pair of smart-casual shoes
  • 1 pair of flip-flops/thongs/jandals
  • 2 pairs of jeans/long pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts/skirts
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • 2 sweaters/jumpers (layers!)
  • Smart casual evening wear
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • 1 rain/windproof jacket
  • Hat for sun & rain protection
  • Beanie (called a toque in Canada) & light gloves – it can get cold in the Rockies and in the Coastal Mountains at higher altitudes and/or on/near the glaciers, even in the middle of summer!

Other general items to pack:

  • Reusable water bottle (also consider bringing a coffee/tea mug)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Electrical plug adapter
  • Camera, batteries, chargers
  • Flashlight/torch (or use an app on your smartphone)

NOTE: a sleeping bag is NOT required, and in fact, many hostels will NOT allow them due to potential bed bug issues. All hostels we use provide pillows and bed linen.

Winter Tour Packing List

The following is a suggested clothing list only, based on our experience:

  • 1 pair of comfortable outdoor shoes/boots. Conditions in town and on the few trails we walk may be wet/snowy/icy/muddy.
  • 1 pair of smart-casual shoes
  • 2 pairs of jeans/long pants
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • 2 sweaters/jumpers (layers!)
  • Smart casual evening wear
  • Underwear and socks (consider bringing base layers/thermals)
  • Towel
  • 1 winter/snow jacket
  • Beanie (called a toque in Canada) & winter gloves
  • 1 rain/windproof jacket

Optional items to consider packing:

  • Winter/snow boots
  • Snow pants
  • Skis/snowboard, boots, poles
  • Ski goggles
  • Ski helmet

NOTE: you can rent ski/snowboard equipment, cross country skis, snowshoes and ice skates from the mountain resorts. You can also rent winter jackets, pants, boots, gloves, goggles and helmets from most resorts.

Other general items to pack:

  • Reusable water bottle (also consider bringing a coffee/tea mug)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Electrical plug adapter
  • Camera, batteries, chargers

NOTE: a sleeping bag is NOT required, and in fact, many hostels will NOT allow them due to potential bed bug issues. All hostels we use provide pillows and bed linen.

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