Canadian winters on Prince Edward Island can be quite harsh and much of the island shuts down between tourist seasons because many islanders spend winters elsewhere. Therefore, I am only going to focus on how to pack for summer on PEI because that is the best time to visit. Luckily summers on the island are hot and sunny, but pack a wind breaker because it can be quite windy. You don’t need to worry much about sturdy walking shoes for this vacation because the best way to see the island is by car.
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Packing Check List
- Wind-proof jacket
- Light down or fleece jacket.
- 2 Cardigans
- Hats: 1 sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 Skirt
- Leggings (my personal favorite come from Popflex Active)
- 2 Maxi/sun Dresses
- Bathing suit
- Underwear & Socks – I always take one more pair than I should need.
- Beach shoes/flip-flops
- Walking shoes
- TSA approved clear travel toiletry bag
- 3oz bottles for your favorite shampoo/conditioner
- Face wipes (I’ve been trying to go liquid-free by trying out wipes instead of liquids. Let me know if you have any travel liquid-free tips!)
- Want to go green? Have you tried bamboo toothbrushes?
- Camera (I favor the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II)
- All your electronics chargers!
- Travel Power Strip
- iPhone battery pack
- Noise cancelling headphones
- iPhone: For a week long trip to PEI there are enough places with free WiFi that you may not need a data plan for your visit. To drive around the island you will want Google Maps, so download an offline map of the area ahead of time while you have WiFi and you should be good to go. If you are planning to travel longer in Canada and want data, make sure you’re iPhone is unlocked and pick up a Canadian sim card when you get there.
- Shoulder bag, purse, or Stuff Day Pack
- Travel Stuff Duffel for returning with all the shopping you’ve done during the trip.
- Hand sanitizer
- moleskin & band aids
- reusable water bottle
- Laundry bag
- Wear your bulkiest clothes and shoes on the plane.
- When choosing clothes, pick a color scheme so all the pieces can be mixed and matched.
- Never take new shoes. You don’t want to get blisters at the beginning of your trip!
- Put your shoes in bags to keep everything else in your suitcase clean.
- Dress on the island in the summer is pretty casual, however you may feel under-dressed at certain restaurants in the evening.
- Packing Cubes: After watching one of Hey Nadine’s packing YouTube videos, I decided to try out packing cubes and now I swear by them. They keep everything in your suitcase organized AND if TSA goes into your suitcase they won’t have to go through your underwear! I loved them so much I even organized everything in my backpack with pouches (like this one from Out of Print Clothes).
- Roll socks or tights into balls and shove them into the toes of your shoes in your suitcase.
- Google Maps: Download offline maps while on WiFi for island driving directions.
The One Thing I Never Travel Without:
Bose Noice Cancelling Headphones – These block out extra airplane noise like a charm so you don’t have to turn the volume in your earbuds all the way up! They may be a little bulky to travel with, but for long airplane rides, they’re definitely worth it.
Kathy Giles says
Sunscreen, Kindle and foam earplugs for sleeping in case the hotel is noisy. I’m with you on the noise canceling headphones, too. I also like wind pants; they can double as sweats, pjs or a cover up for walking to and from the pool (and they dry fast if they get wet) . I have a lightweight rain jacket with a hood that I use as a windbreaker too because I never remember an umbrella and hate carrying them anyway.
A Suitcase Full of Books says
Oh I can’t believe I left out sunscreen! Of course sun screen! I have a lightweight rain coat too, but I also have a travel umbrella in case it’s too warm for a coat. However, I think had it rained while we were in PEI, it would have been too windy for an umbrella!
Wind pants might be good for any other time of year in PEI, but it was mostly too hot for pants while we were there!
Peter Varadi says
To publish a ‘’Packing Check List’’ was an excellent idea. People usually do not make one and therefore pack three times as much as they will need during their trip. I am filing your list to be used when I plan my next trip.
A Suitcase Full of Books says