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Our packing tips

With over 30 years experience of train travel through different climates and landscapes, we wanted to share our tips on what to pack when travelling with us. From our Canadian routes, to our US route, and what to wear onboard, we have lots of suggestions!

Our Canadian rail routes

First Passage to the West, Journey through the Clouds, or Rainforest to Gold Rush

On our Canadian routes, we travel between coastal, desert, and alpine climates. Temperatures differ significantly depending on location, time of day, and season. Kamloops, in particular, can reach up to 30°C / 86°F in the summer, while in the Canadian Rockies, weather can change dramatically in a short period of time.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a recommended packing list to help you prepare for your Canadian Rockies adventure. 

Packing list:

  • Lightweight and waterproof jacket or windbreaker
  • Lightweight but warm jacket for Spring/Fall journeys
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • Warm and cool, quick-dry layers
  • Comfortable, waterproof shoes for sightseeing
  • Casual sneakers and sandals
  • A scarf
  • A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • A small backpack or daypack
  • Camera
  • A good book
  • If hiking: hiking shoes or boots, wool socks, bug spray and water bottle

 

Canadian rail routes average daily temperatures range

temperature chart Canadian destinations

Our US rail route

Rockies to the Red Rocks

On our Rockies to the Red Rocks route, we travel between desert landscapes and the Colorado Rocky Mountains at an elevation of up to 1,750 m / 5,741 ft. Moab, in particular can reach up to 38°C / 100 °F in the summer, while in the Colorado Rocky Mountains weather can change dramatically in a short period of time

With this in mind, we’ve put together a recommended packing list to help you prepare for your American Southwest adventure.

Packing List:

  • Warm and cool, quick-dry layers
  • Comfortable shoes with good tread for sightseeing
  • Casual sneakers and sandals
  • Lightweight, waterproof, and breathable jacket or windbreaker
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater
  • A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • A small backpack or daypack
  • Bandana
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • A good book
  • If hiking: hiking shoes or boots, wool socks, bug spray and water bottle
  • If canyoneering: fully enclosed shoes (ideally approach shoes) and Merino wool socks

 

Rockies to the Red Rocks average daily temperatures range

temperature chart American destinations

Packing for onboard the train

Dress onboard Rocky Mountaineer is casual. Here are some recommendations on what you may want to wear onboard the train:

  • Comfortable, cool layers as there are expansive windows
  • A light jacket or sweater as the air conditioning may feel just right for some, but chilly for others
  • Flat-soled shoes with grip to help keep you steady with the natural movement of the train
  • A hat and sunglasses for sunny days

We recommend that you bring a day pack or bag which is small enough to fit at your feet onboard the train as there is no overhead or under seat storage, and you will not have access to your checked luggage. Please make sure to bring all your medications, valuables, travel documents and personal items with you.

Other things you may want to have with you:

  • Electronic devices (laptop, tablet, mobile phone)
  • Headphones
  • Extra camera batteries 

Note: electrical outlets available onboard the train are limited.