Banff Packing List for Toddlers

This Banff packing list for toddlers is focused on a trip during the summer. Also, there are some tips on what to rent so that you don’t have to overpack!

Facts about our trip

  • We visited Banff during peak season of August 2022 for 5 days. See the itinerary here.
  • Banff in August is chilly in the mornings (40 degrees Fahrenheit) and warms up to an average of 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • We stayed in Canmore which is a 30 minute drive from Banff and 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Calgary.
  • Due to the above, we rented a car.
  • We checked in one full size suitcase (which contained mine and the toddler’s gear) and infant car seat
  • Between my husband I, we carried onto the plane one backpack (husband’s clothes), carry one suitecase (more of mine and the toddler’s gear) and a Dagne Dover tote that had toddler snacks, diapers, change of clothes, books and some toys for the airplane ride.

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Renting Baby Gear

In order to get to Banff, we flew into Calgary which is a 1 hour 15 minute drive to Canmore. Our hotel did not provide any cribs so we looked into renting one. I found the Little Traveller and they had everything we needed! The small business does not deliver to Banff/Canmore area but the pick up/drop off location is on the way from the Calgary airport (it’s in a residential area in Calgary). I recommend securing the rentals early as they can sell out during peak season. I did it 5 months ahead. We rented:

  • Pack n Play (i.e. portable crib)
  • Hiking backpack
  • Clip On High Chair
  • Bucket of Toys

Surprisingly, what came in useful was the bucket of toys! Due to all the long drives from Canmore to the sites (normally around 1+ hour long), it was nice to have these toys in the car to entertain the toddler (and we didn’t have to waste suitcase space with toys).

In hindsight, the hiking carrier backpack was not needed, and we could have done with a baby carrier. However, that was because we did not do any long hikes due to the toddler’s two nap schedule.

Banff Packing List for Toddlers

I highlight the items we packed below and how they came in handy!

The Mesa car seat can clip on to the Uppababy Minu (via adaptors ) making it easy to transport through the airport and to be used as a carseat in the rental car. However, any travel carseat/stroller system will do!

What we packed in the suitcase:

Not an exhaustive list, just the highlights of course:

We take this everywhere we go! If you haven’t heard about this, it is a black out tent that fits easily over a pack n play. It is useful when you’re in a hotel room and the toddler’s bedtime is before the parents. The baby has a black out condition to sleep in while you can have the TV/lights on.

Although it was summer time, Banff/Calgary can still get cold during the evenings/early mornings. I got the Patagonia Capilene off Poshmark!

Another great base layer set for the toddler. This brand takes back the clothes when you’re done with them to resell! #sustainability

We put this over the base layer and it was the right amount of layers for the August weather in Banff.

I’m not sure why this is called a sweater because to me it’s more like a down jacket. Anyways, it’s light enough to carry around and warm enough layer over any of the above mentioned clothing for the toddler.

This was for me and similar to the baby’s down sweater, lightweight to carry around and warm enough to layer over.

These were great for the plane ride and long car rides and does not take up packing space!

This mat is great for having at the hotel for diaper changes!

Since our toddler was crawling, we brought two sets of overalls so that he could crawl around in.

What we packed in the day bag:

We packed the following in the Osprey Talon backpack:

  • Water Bladder (for the family)
  • Toddler Snacks (blueberries, meat pouches)
  • Diapers, Wipes, changing pad (we use this Gathre one)
  • Toddler beanie
  • Extra set of clothes for toddler AND parents (We learned the hard way. On the way to Johnston Canyon, the toddler had a blowout that got on both him and the adults. The adults did not have anything to change into).
  • Plastic bags (for the above potential blow out)
  • Silicone mat for the toddler when eating at restaurants
  • SIlicone bib
  • Toddler spoon/fork set
  • Sunscreen

Hope that helps!

Banff packing list for toddlers