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  • peppin
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    Yeah, you can be guaranteed to forget something! But I think the anticipation of forgetting it is actually much worse than the reality.....they have shops in other countries as it turns out

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  • scribe
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    Good luck with your next trip (I saw your other post about versatile dresses). Your first post in this thread reminds me of a lady I met at the weekend who had come over to the UK for a month from Hawaii, and had to be rushed to Marks and Spencer to buy a warm cardigan

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  • peppin
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    Hi guys!
    Sorry this is so late but as usual my family has made me life descend into chaos as usual!
    My Tri-Star did the job just fine, it was a bit of a tight fit in the overhead as I'd packed it pretty tight but it fitted okay. In the end I learnt a few valuable lessons, buy a coat don't pack one, only take 2 pairs max of shoes, don't pack multiples of anything and if you're a serial souvenir buyer carryon only probably isn't for you........Anyway lessons well and truly learnt! I liked traveling light so much that I'm considering carryon only for a more extended trip in the future, it's so nice not having to lug bags and the shocked look on peoples faces when they ask where your luggage is and you can say 'that's it!' LOL
    Vanessa

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  • peppin
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    Shoes never fit me. Ever. They always rub somewhere
    I've done a mock pack and everything fitted okay.......not sure where the coat'll fit but I'll make it I guess
    I've also packed a cardigan for evenings.

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  • WendyK
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    Peppin, have you considered a lightweight, dressy sweater to wear with your dress in the evenings? It's the only thing suggestion I would make, besides the packable jacket that others have mentioned. Enjoy your trip! Canada is beautiful!

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  • Badger
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    Just to hop on Miking's advice regarding footwear: if you decide to get new shoes, get them immediately and start walking in them, and take a few hikes if possible. Nothing's more miserable than going day-in, day-out in new, unbroken-in shoes.

    Have fun on what sounds like an amazing and enviable journey!

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  • peppin
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    Thanks guys, really appreciate the advice! I'll have a couple of mock packs over the week and see how it looks

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  • whisper
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    I was just in Perth and checked out the Katmandu shop. Nice stuff, similar to what Mountain Equipment sells here in Canada but I personally think clothes are cheaper here generally. I loved Western Australia but was aware that it is more expensive that Vancouver. A jacket would be a nice souvenir, if you might have time to shop.

    Enjoy this beautiful country - I sure did love the small part of your's that I saw.

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  • terayon
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    I would expect temperatures to hit daytime highs of around 15 degrees (Celsius) and nighttime lows of around 5 degrees across most of the country. There will certainly be days and nights outside of this range, but your list looks like it'll be able to handle that. I expect you would get use out of a light jacket, like a fleece or soft shell, but anything heavier will be overkill. I would skip the hat and scarf myself (the hoodie will probably do in most circumstances, and if you find you need them you can easily pick them up somewhere).

    You will certainly see some rainy days, but personally I'd just plan to find indoor things to do on those days and carry a compact umbrella for getting around. A soft shell will give you a bit of rain protection too. I would not want to lug rain boots, but YMMV.

    It is possible to see snow fall in May, but it wouldn't likely last long - maybe a day or so in most places. Can't guarantee it, of course, but I would just again plan to find indoor things if it comes up, or pick up an extra layer when you get here if it looks like you need it.

    If you want to hike, there are lots of options, but what to bring for it depends on exactly what type of hiking you're planning. Running shoes will probably do unless you're going somewhere really off the beaten path, and even then may still work depending on the length of the hike, and your particular bones!

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  • peppin
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    @ Moose thanks for the advice I'll try a few different configurations and see how I go. Luckily the ballet flats are really tiny cause they fold in half so they don't take up much space

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  • Moose
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    Peppin, you will absolutlry want a light and packable jacket. I'd cut back to two tank tops and three undwear. Sink washing is so easy I wouldn't schleep the extra weight for five weeks. If you can cut back to packing only two pairs of shoes I think that would be a plus as well. Looking forward to the photos too.
    Moose

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  • peppin
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    Thanks guys I guess I'll pick-up a coat (and shoes if needed!) when I get there.
    @ Miking I'm looking forward to seeing everything This trip is with my mother but I'm hoping to return solo on a 2 year work visa sometime in the future.

    Vanessa

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  • Miking
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    For a lightweight jacket a really popular one amongst ultralight packers is the OR helium 2 which is available at Mountain Equipment Co-op in Vancouver and every other city in your itinerary except Jasper and PEI. As for footwear you could maybe replace your comfy walking shoes with some light gore-tex lined hikers.

    Enjoy your trip. I might be a bit biased but Canada really is a beautiful country, I have been criss-crossing it for years and it never ceases to amaze me. Even if the weather sometimes sucks...

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  • jannilee
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    Since Vancouver is on what we call the "wet coast" you would probably find it easier to find a good reasonably priced one there than in Australia. There are lots of good brands between $100 and $200 CAD. Buy boots here if you need them. If you get cheap rain boots you wont feel bad about leaving them behind when you go home and you may not need them at all.

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  • peppin
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    @ Jannilee I'm an Australian I use the tanks to layer, but I could take just two one to wear and one to sleep in. I better get on this jacket business-anyone have any recommendations for a light weight windproof rainproof jacket? Here's the total list of where we're going:
    Vancouver
    Victoria
    Jasper
    Edmonton
    Calgary
    Winnipeg
    Toronto
    Ottawa
    Quebec
    Montreal
    Halifax
    PEI
    St John Newfoundland
    We're pretty much covering the whole spectrum Except for Tofino which I would've loved to visit And yep what I'm wearing is as well ie I've packed one icebreaker t-shirt and worn one= 2 icebreaker t-shirts

    @ Rocks I'm going to have to put a rush on finding this jacket!

    @ Melissa Pretty much all my t-shirts/long sleeves are icebreaker, love that stuff I'll replace the tank top with a scarf and hat I mostly use my phone and ipad for pics I didn't mention my sunnies as they are always jammed on my head LOL I've been think about boots....they are such a pain cause they are so bulky!

    Vanessa

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