Good Beer Guide by Tim Webb
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.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
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
Packing for Airline carry-on bag to avoid problem
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.
- Luxury Travel
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.
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.
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
Every good VT-er knows! Camera!!!
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!)
- Budget Travel
All four seasons in one day
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.
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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
If you travel by car
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!
- Road Trip
What to Pack
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.
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.
- Castles and Palaces
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.
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.
My guide books in Brussels and Belgium
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.
Belgium. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 2000, 206 pages.
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