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 !
- Budget Travel
My Standard Packing List
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
There are laws here, you know!!!
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.
no matter what the calendar says...
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.
Don't forget an ombrella!
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.
Belgium has issues with mosquitos in the summer.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Belgians like to wear earth tones, unlike London where everyone wears anything and everything. Barbour coats are very much a la mode. Look preppy, and bourgoiuse and you'll blend in fine. Or wear hideous Adidas track suit bottoms and you'll look just like the gang kids. Not that you really need to blend in.
Miscellaneous: Whatever you do, don't forget an umbrella. This is almost as important as your passport.
Walking shoes and rain coat
Luggage and bags: For walking around city: city (=small) backpack to have free hands for... taking pics/movie.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on weather/season but always good walking shoes or boots and rain coat (or less comfortable umbrella).
Check the climate in Brussels:
Check the weather (5-day forecast for Brussels) just before you go:
or even 10-day forecast:
The Weather Channel
Photo Equipment: For pictures at night and bad light (interiors) take a tripod.
Miscellaneous: Buy good map of Brussels (detailed with one-way street marked if you drive a car).
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Shoes................one for the ladies!
Luggage and bags: Pick pockets/Bag snatchers are everywhere. Keep a tight grip on things..........and Americans, please do not wear those "fanny packs" as they are a signal to would be muggers.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If visiting Brussels, ALWAYS bring flat shoes. The streets are cobbled and it is impossible to walk in high heels.
- Beer Tasting
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
Luggage and bags: Take a comfortable backpack with not too much weight...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are a must...you will probably walk almost everywhere you go...
Photo Equipment: Make sure you take a lot of film for the many photos you will want to take. A zoom lens also comes in handy for getting to those 'hard to reach' places...
Climate in Brussels
Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 9 – 17°C ( 49 - 63°F ); min: 3 - 8°C ( 38 - 47°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 19 – 22°C ( 66 - 71°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 8 – 18°C ( 47 - 64°F); min: 3 - 11°C ( 38 – 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 5 – 6°C ( 41 - 43°F); min: 1 - 2°C ( 34 - 36°F )
Don’t take any wooden nickels!
Luggage and bags: Lock it up with a pad lock folks. No joke!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take some crapy clothes with you. Then replace them with new cool new ones you buy alone the way. Donate you old ones to a hostel.
Miscellaneous: And of coarse there’s this old one: “Lay out all the clothes you want to take with you. Take out half the clothes and double your money and you should be fine.”
- Road Trip
Luggage and bags: There are lockers at the three major trainstation in Brussels (Brussels North, Central & South) and also at the airport.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ALWAYS take a rain coat with you! Even in July and August it may rain a lot.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Drug stores (Apotheek - Pharmacie) are easy to find thanks to a green cross. There are a lot of them in each city and they are fairly cheap compared to the USA.
Photo Equipment: If you bring a video camera with you and you run out of tapes, you may face a problem. Americans and French use a different system, so tapes bought here may crash your system.
Be new age and buy yourself a DVD Cam Recorder!
Miscellaneous: We use the same voltage as Continental Europe.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Brussels has a temperate climate, characterised by warm summers and mild winters. Rain may be expected at any time of the year and snow may fall occasionaly during the winter. Summer temperatures range from 18 to 27 degrees Celsius (65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and four to seven degrees Celsius (40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter.
Luggage and bags: Depends on your trip. There's everything from business to backpacking here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella is a must as some days you see nothing but rain here and it can come suddenly. It's also not very windy apart from in January so umbrellas often survive unlike in for instance Edinburgh. With this goes of course shoes that can stand rain.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are thousands of more pharmacies than actually needed in Belgium so you shouldn't have a problem finding what you need in Brussels. Every pharmacy has a note on its door saying where you can find the emergency pharmacy for the week in question.
Photo Equipment: Never had any problems finding photo equipment although the development is more expensive here than both in Sweden and the UK for instance.
Miscellaneous: The picture here has nothing to do with packing but shows the Arch in Parc Cinquantennaire. You can see the Belgian flag as the arch was built to celebrate independency in 1830.
Hotter than Marakesh; Colder than Malmö
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is pretty much the same all year round -- totally unpredictable (we know it will rain, we just don't know when exactly). There is a very hot period of two-three weeks at end of May/first week of June. Otherwise, make sure you have rain-proof clothes and shoes, and an umbrella.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Should be able to get everything in the Pharamacies. Most of them speak some sort of English (and French and some Dutch).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hiking shoes for the south; biking gear for the north; waterproof either direction.