Tanbay had a Thinsulate beanie which he loves and you can get here: Amazon US Store or Amazon UK Store
I just wore my Grandma's beanie <3
2. Ski Coat
Ski coats are PERFECT for winter in Canada - they're waterproof, very well insulated and not very heavy. Plus they have lots of useful pockets.
I also bought my beloved Gillet with me and thought I could wear it on its own if it was too hot and could wear it under the ski coat if it was too cold.
It turned out I only really needed the ski coat. It's so light, it was surprising how warm it was to wear.
- x1 hat
- x1 scarf
- x1 pair of ski gloves
- x1 ski coat
- x3 vests
- x2 long sleeved tops (to wear as an under-layer/ as a top in restaurants)
- x1 warm jumper
- x1 hoody
- x2 t shirts
- x1 joggers
- x2 leggings
- x1 waterproof trousers
What are your must haves for carry-on? Here are ours including @moshi.life mythro air headphones and arcus rucksack, @tepwireless , @360fly , @gopro and our good old Nikon 😁😁 Canada and the USA here we come!! 🎊🎉🎈 #exploreedmonton #sftravel #mymoshilife #tepwireless #travellingweasels #weaselyourwayoutoftheratrace
Personally, I find packing clothes kind of boring, let's move on to packing the fun stuff for Canada!
Arcus multi-function backpack
An Arcus backpack is the dream for any blogger/vlogger/photographer - anyone who has a nice camera, or really anyone who just likes having a nice backpack.
What's so great about it? EVERYTHING!
For starters, there are pockets everywhere - meaning that everything has a special place and you'll never be routing around searching for xyz again:
- There's a hard pocket that's impossible to squash at the top - perfect for fragile things like sunglasses and headphones
- There are not one but two 'secret' pockets for your valuables - one close to your neck perfect for your wallet and phone, and a larger one near your liver - perfect for your passport.
- If you have a big DSLR camera and lenses, we recommend getting the camera insert to put inside the backpack - this means you'll have quick and easy access to your camera. Plus it's super padded: a must for expensive camera equipment
- On top of the camera insert there is enough room for a book, some snacks and comfy plane socks (that's just what we put in it)!
- There's also an additional 'secret' pocket there for important documents
- At the back there is a large thin pocket perfectly designed for a laptop and an iPad and tablet.
- Finally, there are two more thin pockets on the front of the bag - perfect for things you want easy access to, but aren't necessarily valuable - think maps, notes, cables etc.
We still have an old 3+ GoPro, and it still works perfectly. Generally we only use our GoPro for underwater scenes (and for many, many selfies) so it was nice to try it out in a new way: whilst skiing!!
GoPros are perfect for skiing - it's kind of what they're designed for.
Get your own GoPro here! Amazon US Store or Amazon UK Store
And if you have a GoPro, you'll probably need a selfie stick - we love this one: Amazon US Store or Amazon UK Store
Mythro Air headphones
Mythro Air Headphones are awesome! If you've never used bluetooth headphones before, you are missing out: you can listen to music without the annoying cord attaching your to your device. So? So this means you can walk/jog/ski without worrying about being strangled by your iPod!
But Mythro Air Headphones are even better than that: they also have a DJ4two feature which means that if you have two of them, you and your buddy can listen to the same device at the same time!
As a travelling couple, this is a dream come true for us - we spent the four hour journey from Edmonton to Jasper enjoying music together (and having two earplugs each).
They were especially essential on our flight from London to Edmonton: we flew with budget airline WestJet - so budget that they don't even provide TVs on their aeroplanes, instead you must download their app and to watch stuff on your device.
We travel with an iPad with a massive screen and a phone with a tiny screen. BMA (before Mythro Air), we would have squabbled over who gets to watch on the iPad. But with the Mythro Air DJ4Two feature, we could both watch on the iPad! And thus we could watch films together on our flight!!!
[We don't really recommend that you fly with WestJet cause they are kind of crappy, but we do highly recommend that you check out Kiwi.com - this website is incredible for finding the flights that you need - be it cheap flights, easy flights or a combo of the two!]
This was the first trip we've taken with a 360 camera: we wanted to start shooting in 360 degrees!
The 360 degree camera we have is super compact and light, and obviously takes awesome shots!
Instead of investing in a heavy tripod we decided to utilise what we already had to make our own: we use the above mentioned selfie stick (for length) screwed onto a gorilla tripod. I was a bit dubious about this at first, but having used this combo on over 20 different occasions now - including on precarious surfaces like ice, snow and abandoned aeroplane - I can promise you - it won't fall over!!
Get your own 360 degree camera here: Amazon US Store or Amazon UK Store
And the gorilla tripod which we also use for vlogging Amazon US Store or Amazon UK Store
We recommend taking a Tep Wireless with you when you go to Canada. A Tep wireless is a small device that let's you connect your phone, tablet and laptop to the internet anywhere!
In the past we've always got by by just using free hotel wifi, but it wasn't until we had a Tep Wireless that we realised how restricting that is: you have to really plan ahead, and waste lots of time print screening maps/opening times. With a Tep you can be 100% flexible.
And it's not just for on-the-move surfing that we found our Tep useful: we also needed it a few times for secure surfing in hotel rooms - if you need to check your credit card online, you don't want to do it on an open wifi. Tep is for you!
Get your own Tep here: Tep Wireless Device
What do you call something dull but essential? Travel insurance of course!! I cannot stress how important travel insurance is. It's always so important, but especially in Canada where even if you're not doing cool outdoor sports like skiing and fat biking (which you should), it's Canada - there's a big chance you could slip and fall on the ice and break a bone or two!
We recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance - this is what we've been using for the past three years. They are really designed with travel in mind - they don't leave anything out!
Looking for the cheapest and easiest flights to get to Canada? We recommend kiwi.com they're the best comparison website out there - you can be vague about the date you're going, the exact place you're going to, Kiwi doesn't care, they'll find you the cheapest flight. They also make sure to show you which flights are the least hassle too.
So there you have it! Clothing and gadget essentials we think you should take with you to Edmonton and Jasper. I was a bit unsure about what to take, so I hope this has been helpful to you!
Special thanks to Edmonton Tourism and Tourism Jasper for hosting us!
We're Laura and Tanbay, a British/German couple who have successfully weaselled our way out of the rat-race and want you to do the same! We also want to make it clear that we sometimes use “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we use personally and believe will add value to our readers.