Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Brussels.
Brussels. Editions THILL S.A. – Spain, 2003, 98 pages.
Belgium. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 2000, 206 pages.
Luggage and bags:
I would always take a suitcase on wheels as it is a lot easier - just watch other folks feet - particularly when leaving train stations and the airport.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable shoes are a must. We did lots of walking whilst here and heels were just not practical - many parts of the central area are cobblestones so flat shoes are more practical.
The weather here can be unpredictable - so bring an umberella whatever time of the year you visit.
Be prepared for cold weather - we visited mid October and it was freezing - boy was I glad I brought a hat scarf and gloves! - you wouldn't need these in the summer but if you are coming early spring or autumn i would recommend.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: These are freely available - didn't take much notice of the price of things but there were plenty of pharmacies across the city.
Photo Equipment: Take a camera - there are plenty of photo opportunities to be had!
Luggage and bags:
The airlines are notorious for losing luggage, we all know that. Yet, there are still people who make the foolish mistake of putting valuable items in their checked luggage! Most airlines allow you a carry-on bag and one personal item (briefcase, laptop or something like that).
Soft-sided luggage constructed from high-tech material is the best for this purpose. You can use it also as pillow, while you are waiting for a long time on the airport and want to rest.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Personal need: toiletries, a change of underwear, some food, a sweater, wet wipes,
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medications, contact lens paraphernalia, asthma tools, and a little handy-pack of tissues should always go into your carry-on bag
Photo Equipment: Do not forget a small camera and a good Travel Guide! They won't add much space or weight, and are well worth it if you end up spending more time that you expected still and waiting.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The longer the trip, the more items, the larger the Luggage! Just remember, whatever you pack, you have to carry!
Miscellaneous: Choose a bag that is large enough to handle all the things you need to take, but small enough to fit the size requirements at your airline. Things like this should be carried on your person or packed in a carry-on bag that will fit under the seat.
• Small valuables: cash, credit cards, jewelry, cameras.
• Critical items: medicine, keys, passport, tour vouchers, tickets.
• Irreplaceable items: manuscripts, heirlooms.
• Fragile items: eyeglasses, glass containers, liquids.
• Personal need: toiletries, a change of underwear, some food, a sweater, wet wipes,
Remember, the only way to be sure your valuables are not damaged or lost is to keep them with you.
You should bring a light jacket, a relatively heavy sweater, and an umbrella and you should be fine. There are literally 4 seasons in one day. In May 2007, it went from cold drizzle to hot and humid to downpours to freezing wind within a span of a few hours. Your best bet is to layer clothing (shirt, sweater, jacket); this way you can take something off if you get hot and put something back on if you get cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toiletries are really not necessary to bring from home if you would like to conserve space in your luggage. You can easily get these items from stores in Brussels and for the same prices as in the US.
Luggage and bags:
Leave the majority of your luggage at your hotel. Avoid trying to look like a tourist as this will make you a target for pick pockets and those trying to rip you off
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Weather is variable so bring a rain coat and sweater in case it is cold, while also light clothes as it can be quite warm as well. Best to dress in layers as weather can change easily.
10-22mm lens from Canon made my Rebel Yell.
Miscellaneous: Good Beer Guide by Tim Webb is ESSENTIAL.If you live in the UK you can buy it (and afford it, bloody pound!) from bookstores but others must order it at: http://www.camra.org.uk/. CAMRA is the Campaign for Real Ale, a great organization committed to preserving traditional beer.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle for your camera will be very useful if you want to take good photos of the so beautiful ancient buildings. Luckily, one of our friends had one and could take this photo of Brussels Cathedral with the whole building.
Brussels shares a similar climate to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. So pack an umbrella and a warm jacket or sweater, especially for those cool spring nights.
Photo Equipment: Take along ample film, or have plenty of gigabytes for your digital.
Miscellaneous: If you make the trip by car, see that your batteries are working fine... if not, don't forget to have some good "ignition cables with you" and a companion to give you some juice (electricity) to make your car start up again!
I would recomend to bring a good camera, reflex and digital because you going to take a lot of pictures. As for me, developing the film rolls from the reflex cost so much money for the amount of pictures I take!
Bring zoom lenses and tripods with you.
If you go on walking, a small digital might be handy (weight weight!)
Make sure you have some coins with you, whether it is to use the toilet somewhere (they ask normally around 30 Eurocent), whether it is for a parking meter or for a quick "sweet" from one of the many automats in the railway and metro stations.
Don't end up like my dear friends Gonnie and Tom (Tompt) here, needing a break without any coins! Desperate situation `-)
Note of the author
You still can survive absence of the snack, you might survive the penalty fee for not paying at the parking meter... but I don't know about the third option `-)
that could be really desperate !
Luggage and bags:
1 Backpacking Bag
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 7 Boxers/Socks
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1 Toiletries Set Containing:
- 1 Toothbrush
- 1 Comb
- 1 Toothpaste
- 1 Shampoo
- 1 Floss
- 1 Finernail Clipper
2 Rolls TP
1 Medical Kit Containing:
- Alcohol Wipes
- Bug Spray
Photo Equipment: 1 Digital Camera
1 Regular 35mm Camera
1 Video Camera
Miscellaneous: 5 Pens
2 Mini Locks (For Zippers on Daypack)
1 High Quality Swiss Army Knife
1 CD Player w/ CDs
1 Mini Flashlight
1 Plastic Bowl w/ Lid
1 3-in-1 Cutlery Set
1 Plastic Poncho
1 Roll Packing Tape
1 Electric Razor
1 Alarm Clock
Photo Equipment: It might seem like an obvious thought, but apparently not to all who visit here. If you bring your own camera and take your own photos then you have the complete and total ability to, oh I don't know, POST YOUR OWN WORK ONLINE. Imagine, not having to pilfer others' work, it's a wild concept but a good one. Live with it. Or be electrocuted. ;-}}} This premise goes for other global locations as well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ...bring your jeans and sneakers or boots, as well as your light cotton clothes. Even if, technically, it is summer or late spring, bring one sweater or light coat. Or you shall just have to borrow them from your dear friend's closet. ;-))) It might look warm and sunny out there, but step outside, that breeze is chilllly. Once the sun goes down, it might even be considered cold.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It rains a lot in winter.. sometimes in summer too, but the sky is often gray... the sun shines per period.. it is funny.. in can be sunny and 2 min after rain and they sun again after 5 min. You can see that everyone has an ombrella in their bag in case of... That's not a bad idea after all.
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