You have booked your vacation to Tofino and now you need to consider what to pack. Our Tofino packing list will help make your vacation go so much smoother! The number one thing to remember when packing for a family vacation in Tofino is to pack layers. The mornings and evenings can get cool even in the middle of July so when you begin your packing, remember this one essential packing tip!

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If you haven’t already, check out our post on the best things to do in Tofino with kids to find inspiration for your next adventure.

Tofino Packing List – Top Ten Tips

  1. Extra swimsuits. While the weather can be beautiful in Tofino, it is still cool in the mornings and evenings so things don’t dry as quickly as you might be used to. Bring two swimsuits and alternate days so one has time to dry before being used again.
  2. Extra clothes for your kids. There is so much to do outdoors and your kids will likely be outside all day long. Clothes tend to get a bit muddy or covered in sand throughout the day from playing on the beach so it is nice to have an extra set to throw on before dinner.
  3. Layers. Pack long sleeves, short sleeves, hoodies, sweaters, shorts, pants and socks. The weather changes throughout the day and layers will help you be prepared to adapt to it.
  4. Hats, tuques, lightly lined jacket and warm footwear. If you like to spend your evenings outside, these items will come in handy so you can enjoy the sunset or spend a few hours by the campfire.
  5. Good pair of hiking or walking shoes. The options for nice long walks or hikes are endless in Tofino. Pack a great pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
  6. Rain jacket or windbreaker and rubber boots. The weather is unpredictable in Tofino but you should always come prepared for a little bit of rain. Rubber boots are perfect for kids to slip on and off and, while some resorts will have rain jackets in your room, they don’t always have sizes for kids.
  7. Pack a wet bag. You will undoubtedly be spending time in the water so packing a wet bag will help keep your wet items separate on day trips and are so helpful for packing for your journey back home.
  8. Beach blanket. This will probably be the item you use every day in Tofino. If you have a beach blanket that is sand free, bring it. Like other beaches in the world, the sand in Tofino gets everywhere!
  9. Sony RX100 pocket camera. The wild and rugged landscape in Tofino is breathtaking no matter how many times you visit. The Sony RX100 is the perfect travel camera and has 200mm of zoom which is perfect for capturing those surfing shots without getting wet.
  10. Workout/yoga gear. There are many opportunities to workout while you are on vacation and trust me, it doesn’t feel like work in Tofino. Yoga on the beach is very popular and morning runs on the beach are the best way to start the day.

What to Pack for Tofino – Other Essential Items

BEACH BAG – If you have space, bring a beach bag to fill with essentials for a day on the beach so you don’t have to keep going back to your car or hotel room.

SUNSCREEN – Even if it is foggy is Tofino, pack water-resistant sunscreen to prevent sunburns. We have been using this one from Green Beaver for many years and it is perfect for Tofino weather.

LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER – If your children’s hair tends to get knotty from a day at the beach or wind or saltwater from the ocean, doing a nightly conditioning treatment will make it so much easier to combo out their hair at the end of the day.

FIRST AID KIT It is always a good idea to pack a small first aid kit wherever you travel and it is recommended to bring it with you to Tofino as well. Tofino is an outdoor adventure destination and as such can bring with it some scrapes, cuts and bruises.

GRAVOL Getting to Tofino involves a drive with many twists and turns and if you plan to do any day trips to the hot springs or a whale watching tour that involves a boat ride, gravol may come in handy.

CHILD-SIZED METAL SHOVELS The beaches in Tofino are the perfect place for kids to spend their days digging and playing in the sand. We have gone through dozens of shovels over the years and have had great success with child-sized metal shovels that won’t break as easily as plastic shovels.

AMAZON FIRE TABLETS After a couple of broken iPad’s we bought two Amazon Fire Tablets for our boys and haven’t looked back. They are a great price, the battery lasts the entire trip to Tofino and they have all the apps and games we need to keep the kids occupied on the drive there and back home.

SCREEN PROTECTOR FILM – With kids it is always a good idea to protect the screens on their electronic devices. These are awesome, of great quality, and relatively easy to apply.

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Tofino Packing List – Kitchen Items

Many resorts and accommodations in Tofino will come equipped with kitchens so you can prepare your own meals and spend more time at the beach! We have compiled a list of helpful kitchen items to pack in our Tofino Packing List:

SHARP KNIVES – Bringing your own sharp knife along on your vacation will make preparing your meals SO much easier! The knives in your hotel room sometimes just don’t cut it!

OLIVE OIL/COOKING OIL – This one Tofino packing tip alone will be a lifesaver! Sometimes the pots and pans need oil or you have a recipe that calls for it (really what recipe doesn’t!) so bring along your favourite oil or spray.

SPICES – Spend a little time before you leave deciding what you will cook on vacation and bring along a few spices that the recipes call for.

CONDIMENTS – Buying condiments can be very expensive and you will never use up the entire jar! Bring some basic condiments and save yourself the headache of buying new ones.

TUPPERWARE & ZIPLOC BAGS – There will inevitably be leftovers so bring along a few different sizes of Tupperware and Ziploc bags.

TO-GO MUGS/YETI CUPS – We love our morning walks on the beach or just sitting outside on our patio watching the waves with a cup of coffee. Pack your Yeti cups and keep your coffee hot so you can wander or linger for however long you want to! We also bring our Yeti Wine Mugs so we don’t have to worry about breaking delicate wine glasses.

ALUMINUM FOIL/PLASTIC WRAP – these are a Tofino packing list staple!

SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS – I don’t know about you but I love cooking with freshly ground salt and pepper. I find the flavours are so much fresher so I always add them to my Tofino Packing list.

TRAVEL BLENDER – Pacific Sands Resort has blenders available for guest use but if your accommodation does not have any, I suggest packing a smaller travel blender like a Nutri-Bullet or Ninja. They are perfect for smoothies and for blending things faster so you can spend less time in the kitchen.

Tofino packing list for kids

We always end our days in Tofino at Pacific Sands Resort by roasting S’mores by the campfire after dinner with our kids. I would encourage you to bring a pre-packaged pack of S’mores or purchase one from your resort or local grocery store. It is a fun way to relax and indulge in a sweet treat while talking about your adventures of the day.

It’s always a good idea to call your hotel or accommodation that you have booked before you leave home to find out what things they have stocked and available for kids.

Tofino is a family-friendly location and often has many items available for you to use during your stay so that you do not have to pack them all. These Tofino packing list tips will help prepare you for a wonderful stay in Tofino on the rugged and beautiful west coast of British Columbia.

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18 thoughts on “The Ultimate Tofino Packing List for your West Coast Vacation!

  1. Eva Keller says:

    Great tip to pack 2 swimsuits. I always try to do that, especially when I know I will use it more than once during a vacation.

  2. Stacey Billingsley says:

    I needed this list for my trip to California last summer! I didn’t bring enough warm clothes. I had to buy a sweatshirt at Disneyland. I had to. Ha! I like brining several swimming suits, too. I hate putting on wet ones!

  3. Leeanne says:

    I absolutely agree with your packing list. I love to bring a wet bag with us on all vacations we will be on the water. Everyone always wants that last dip in the water before leaving for home.

  4. Erin says:

    Great list and reminders! We also always pack at least two bathing suits. And leave-in conditioner is a great idea too!!

  5. Lisa Manderino says:

    These are great suggestions. I like having a check list for thing to bring with me so I don’t forget anything!

  6. Sara - Seek Discover Learn says:

    I love the wet bag suggestion. I always freak out when my kids want to go swimming on our last day of a trip because I don’t want to travel with wet clothes.

  7. Hera says:

    Tofino? Not sure where that is, but anywhere I need my bathing suit and hiking shoes is the perfect place for me!

  8. Michele says:

    What a great list. I am the absolute worst when it comes to packing. I always overpack and then forget some of the essentials that I needed.

  9. Blog o Ekonomii says:

    This is my first time I have visited here. I found a lot of interesting stuff in your blog. From the tons of comments on your posts, I guess I am not the only one! keep up the impressive work.

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