What To Pack

Before You Travel - What to Pack


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Montreal has four distinct seasons and you need to have clothing for all. Summers are generally hot and winters can get very cold. There is lots of opportunity to shop for clothing in Montreal, but you should think about the following:

Clothes for school: All our high schools have either a specific school uniform or a color dress code. In either case the uniform code must be respected and worn every school day. There is also a compulsory uniform and/or dress code for gym class. The uniforms can usually be purchased through the school.

Clothes for winter: Winters in Montreal can get very cold and very windy. Along with regular snow falls our temperature can easily drop to –25 celsius which converts to –13 fahrenheit. This is not even taking into account the wind chill factor. You will need appropriate clothing to stay warm such as a winter jacket, scarf, gloves, hat, sweaters and waterproof winter boots.

Weekend clothing: You will need to bring casual clothing for weekend activities. For girls, pants and/or skirts, blouses, and sweaters will be appropriate, while for boys, pants, shirts, sweaters, and perhaps a blazer. You may be invited to go to an event or out to dinner where the dress code could be a little higher than casual wear.

Presents: It would be nice to bring something from your home country to give to your homestay family or custodian. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive, just something original to your country.

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