Brussels What to Pack

  • My guide book in Brussels
    My guide book in Brussels
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • My guide book in Brussels
    My guide book in Brussels
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • My guide book in Brussels
    My guide book in Brussels
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey

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    Universal Plug Adaptors & Extension Cord is a Must

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2015

    Miscellaneous: First is that even the first class hotels in Europe has no Universal Sockets (the three hole configuration with different shapes of the holes) unlike many of the first class hotels in Asia where they are a standard. different countries have different socket plug ins and there are many power plug configurations like the two pin (which we use in the Americas, Parts of Asia and Africa and Americas, the two rounded pin used in Most of Europe and Some parts of Asia and the Middle East and the Three pin configuration used in British Commonwealth Countries Around the World ( Here in Brussels it is a European Standard 2 round pin configuration) and an extension cord!

    as many hotels only have up to 2 sockets for guest in a room. you don't want to spend your time changing devices to be charged using just 2 sockets and there are 2 or more of you with different cameras, smart phones and USB Powerbank Chargers to re charge you devices while on a tour. Also Bring the newest extension Cords which are with USB sockets instead of the regular plug configurations as most devices you now use the the smartphones and tablets and cameras now come in USB enabled sticks

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    Smartphone with Large Memory is a Must!

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2015

    Miscellaneous: In today's wired world, Point and Shoot Cameras and Digital SLR's are slowly but surely becoming obsolete as the Newer Generation of Smartphones churned up by noted Makers such as Samsung, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, LG and others now have better cameras installed in their smartphones with higher megapixel content rivalling the Stand Alone Digital Cameras and better low light Shooting Conditions too and some even have optical zoom capabilites. You can now practically just bring your trusted smartphone to take photos and videos of your travel, provided that they have a large memory capacity and you can instantly share these pictures and videos to your favorite social media immediately (just as long as you have an internet connection) unlike the digital cameras of which you need to transfer to a laptop and then share the pictures.

    I am using mostly my smartphones to take pictures and videos of my travel (an Iphone 6 plus and Samsaung Galaxy 4) for the sheer convenience it gives and the large 128 Gigabyte expandable memory of the Galaxy Note 4 and the 128 Gigabyte Internal Memory of the Iphone 6 is very handy.

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    Bring A Powerful Optical Zoom Camera

    by machomikemd Written Aug 29, 2015

    Photo Equipment: If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx60 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 610 (52x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 64 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 512 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time as the new cameras like the canon sx60 and olympus sz-31 MR can do. But don't forget to bring your powerbank as an accompaniment to your camera so you can charge your cameras while travelling too.

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    Bring Water Repellant Jackets & Umbrellas

    by machomikemd Written Aug 28, 2015

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: although Spring and Summer are the Best times to visit Continetal Europe like here in Brussels, you must be prepared for any eventuality as even though spring weather in Belgium is cold, you can experience unusual dry spell and even occasional spring rain showers that you can be walking around in a light coat one day or even without one as it can be really hot (not very unusual) then must have an umbrella or wearing a water repellant coat of jacket after a few hours as there can be rain showers going abruptly so better be prepared so as to bring the all weather gear like the water repellent or waterproof wear and umbrellas just to be sure specially walking in the Grand Place area and Downtown.

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    My guide books in Brussels and Belgium

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 11, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: 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.
    thill-nels.com

    Belgium. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 2000, 206 pages.

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    Comfortable shoes and an umberella are a must!

    by clareabee Written Jun 13, 2011

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    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!

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    Packing for Airline carry-on bag to avoid problem

    by csordila Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    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.

    A good Travel Guide carry-on bag
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    All four seasons in one day

    by alex0312 Written Oct 12, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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    For Mid June

    by mileslunn Written Jul 22, 2007

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    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.

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    Good Beer Guide by Tim Webb

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 10, 2007

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    Photo Equipment: 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.

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    WIDE ANGLE

    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 10, 2005

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    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.

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    What to Pack

    by roamer61 Written May 31, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.

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    If you travel by car

    by irisbe Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    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!

    (empty) batteries included
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    Every good VT-er knows! Camera!!!

    by irisbe Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Photo Equipment: 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!)

    be camera prepared :)
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    Coins

    by irisbe Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: 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 !

    Gonnie & Tom (Tompt) needing a break? `-)
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