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).
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
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.
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
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.
Luggage and bags: If you take the train, you will have to handle your own bags. Make sure you can lift them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I have only been to Brussels in November/December. In winter, rain showers are very common. Bring an umbrella or raincoat. Waterproof walking shoes/boots are ideal. It can be cold, so gloves and a hat/earmuffs are a good idea.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Adhesive bandages for blistered feet... and some aspirin if you plan on doing a pub crawl.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't miss to bring your rain coat. They have 225 rainy days overthere.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you want to go to public restroom you have to pay for 'madame pipi'. I don't remember exactly how much it was.
Miscellaneous: At the Grande Place you can find tourist information in the 'Hotel de ville' City hall. If you want to take a day tour to go to Amsterdam, Collogne (Germany), Antwerp, Brugge, Luxembourg ... just ask overthere.
Something to buy in Belgium is chocolat (Leonidas) and hand made (lace-maker) lace like nice pillow. The picture on the left is the Cathedrale St-Michel not far from the Grande Place.
Luggage and bags: The smaller the better!!! I had a huge case with me and even though it had wheels on it, a lot of the streets are finished with cobblestones which makes it very tiring for pulling bags around!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wrap up nice and warm in February.... Liable to snow at that time of year.
Miscellaneous: Make sure to bring an adaptor if you are travelling from a country like Ireland where the electricity supply uses 3 pin plugs, and DON'T leave your adaptor plugged in to the wall when you leave your hotel, ESPECIALLY when your mobile phone has very little power left!!
The Weather in...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No problems with the ladies rooms and lots of doctors and apotheeks. Good medical system.
Photo Equipment: DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA AND FILMS OF 200 ASA (cloudy weather). Your films can be developped in several days in a very cheap shop called DI (esthetical shop with also photo department) or you can develop it in a one hour shop development (so you can see immediately if you're pictures are OK or not!!)
Miscellaneous: MONEY : when you change money, it's always good to have coins of 50 FB and 5 FB (for instance : a bus/metro ticket costs 55 FB).
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