Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring comfortable shoes if you are staying in the heart of Brussels. The Cobble Stone streets are beautiful, but after a few hours of walking on them, your feet will kill if you are not wearing comfortable walking shoes. *With some sort of cushion if possible*
You may not follow my recommendation but...
Luggage and bags: You will likely need raincoat and umbrellas in rainy Belgium. Yet, I admit that an umbrella is encumbering while walking through Brussels streets, trying to arrange snapshots with telelens... I prefer then the water-repellant hat and the raincoat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on your type of activities (posh resturant or walking, backpacking), you may need classy dress and suits since some restaurants are not casual wear-friendly. For walking, your walking shoes. As in many European cities, avoid stilletos: charming cobbled streets, to start with on Brussels Grand-Place, in Antwerp streets, in Mons streets.. everywhere.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No malaria here :)
Just bring prescriptions for sensitive stuffs.
Photo Equipment: You may need telelens.. Hmm, classical photo freaks would be delighted walking here. Be it in urban areas, making snapshots of birds, flowers in nature reserves. Alternative photo freaks would be pleased immortalizing unusual scenes encountered here and there. Esp. if you come from Asia, bring photo equipment from there, it's usually cheaper from where you are.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Belgium has a coast.. yes, but the chilly waters are not my fave. In case you are tempted to bath, you may always buy your swimwear here. Better travel light, anyways.
In the contrary, bear in mind that in September, the weather can already be chilly. So in September, plan to bring/ buy a parka and a jumper.
Miscellaneous: More than ever, open mind. Belgium, Belgians and Belgian cities are unique. They would be yours if you take time to understand, discover. Their charms lie in the small things too, in the details.
NB: Since you are likely to bring stuffs home (gifts, chocolate, beer, speculoos, jenever, clothes.. hmmm...Belgian design), you'd better leave some place for those.Related to:
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Take with you:
Luggage and bags: Light handbag will really cause you less suffering by moving around when you are for a short period visiting Belgium!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: depends on the weather!
Photo Equipment: Sure!
Miscellaneous: You should take your Umbrela, just in case, you'll never know when it could rain in Belgium!Related to:
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Luggage and bags: All over the year it's a good idea to bring warm weather clothes and cool weather gear as well as good rain-repellant coat or jacket!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your umbrella at anytime in the year!
Miscellaneous: Climate in some Belgian towns
Brussels: Summers average maximum is about 22?C (72?F) minimum around 12?C (54?F). Winters average maximum is about 6?C (43?F) minimum around 1?C (34?F). There is no special rain period.
Antwerp: Summers average maximum is about 22?C (72?F) minimum around 12?C (54?F). Winters average maximum is about 6?C (43?F) minimum around 0?C (32?F). There is no special rain period.
Luggage and bags: Depends on your way of travelling
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A sweater is neccesary and most of the time a jacket too. Most important : bring an umbrella, it rains a lot!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything's easy to find.
Drug stores you can find on almost every corner of the streets.
Photo Equipment: Everything's easy to find.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Belgium is totally unpredictable. Of course, if the weatherman says it will be overcast, he will have more chances to be right, but actually you can have all kinds of weather in one single day. The most normal thing, however is to enjoy glorious sunny days followed by long periodes of grey and wet weather.
Temperatures are only exceptionnaly extreme and in most years, there is not a great variation between the seasons.
This picture was taken in the Belgian coast. No harmattan here, of course. It was just that the sun was about to set and a deep fog started to arrive from the sea, giving a thick consistency to the air.
Umbrella or raincoat
Miscellaneous: It rains quiet often in Belgium. Mostly it's not pouring down, but just a few drops. But of course just a few drops, during a whole day can get you pretty wet!
So, don't forget your umbrella or raincoat. In case you forgot it, don't worry, they are for sale in every big city!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's still hot in Sept in Brugge/Belgium, just cool in the morning and night, so summer wear with a jacket
Miscellaneous: I heard that belgium rains a lot, but when I am here, it's sunshine everyday, umbrella is not a must.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always take your umbrella with you when going out: typical Belgian weather is something like 10 min. sunshine, 30 min. raining, windy and cloudy, sunshine again....
We may experience all 4 seasons in less than 24 hrs.Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It rains a lot in Belgium all year round so rain gear is a must. Umbrella will work inland where it is less windy but along the coast and in Bruges I would take a rain jacket with a hood. Proper shoes with that of course.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Belgium has a couple of thousand more pharmacies than it needs population wise, so you will find it all here. There are no mosquitos (apart from in canal hotels in Brugge) and other pests either so no, just your usual stuff in the hygiene bag I suppose.
Photo Equipment: I find photo stuff slightly more expensive here than in both UK and Sweden to name a couple of places, so you might want to bring film and develop it at home. Having said that, there are cheaper developing offers in the huge supermarkets than in the city centre, if you stay for a longer time and can wait.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Belgium is full of camp sites. The coast quickly fills up during the summer months but inland Flanders is also nice and there are some great campsites in the wilder Ardennes.
Miscellaneous: A good beer head :-)Related to:
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Luggage and bags: Squeezed between the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France, Belgium is one of Europe's tiddlers. The north is flat, the south dominated by the picturesque Ardennes and the 65km North Sea coastline monopolised by resorts, except for a few patches of windswept dunes. Lower Belgium is criss-crossed by a network of canals. Seasons are mild, but the warmest months (July and August) are also the wettest.
When to go
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You're unlikely to encounter extremes in weather during an average Belgian year. April to September is the warmest time, but be prepared for grey skies and soggy streets no matter what time of year you go. Visitors may be forgiven for assuming umbrellas and raincoats are part of the Belgian national dress.Related to:
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Luggage and bags: A normal bag is good
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes for the cities,heavy hiking shoes,casual clothes,hikingclothes,raincoat,sunglasses(weather in belgium is diferent from day to day)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: everithing you need to wash yourself,a litlebit of medicines,(nut much-there are good docters in belgium)
Photo Equipment: Party camera,natur art photography equipment,culture photography,...Related to:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the time of year. Take solid shoes if you are planning to walk a lot. Also, take appropriate dresses if you intend to visit the churches.
Photo Equipment: Well, with all those sights you just have to take lots of film!!! I would suggest packing at least two cameras, especially in summer. No, it's not that in summer they break down more quickly:)))
It is just that you should put different films in them. One should be charged with ISO 200 film - the weather is almost always sunny, so it would be a right idea.
And the other is to have ISO 400 (or, even better, ISO 800) film so that you would get good photos inside the Cathedrals and other monuments (or at night) when can not or do not wish to use flash.
As for availability, all the photo supplies you might possibly need can be found easily in all the country.
Miscellaneous: ATMs and Plastic money: they are the most convenient way to take your money abroad. You get lots of benefits and (almost!!) no problems.
You'll get lower exchange rate than if you were to exchane your cash, and you will pay lower commissions than if you came up with a travel cheque. But, above all, you'll get safety: you will not be crying over money lost forever even if your ATM card gets stolen. And, even more than that, you can pay in many shops by a plastic card.
But, however, here are some important rules to keep in mind:
1) Do use Electron/Cirrus/any other debit card for withdrawals, as any other thing will be considered a cash advance,
2)Try to take out money few times but in bigger sums so as not to accumulate fees,
3) If you loose you card call the issuing company immediatley and better call you bank, too, to block the card.
Miscellaneous: Depends on the time of your travel.
In summer it's about 17°-20° Celsius and in winter for about 0°-5° Celsius.
But it's surely rainy in Belgium. Maybe it's a good tip to be always prepared on that.
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