Comfortable shoes and an umberella are a must!
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!
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Luxury Travel
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.
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.
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.
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
- Beer Tasting
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
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: 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...
For Mid June
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.
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.
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...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Unfortunately, Belgium is a cold and raining country. We can sometimes have hot summer (or nice months of May or September) but take a umbrella with you !
I always suggest to take good walking shoes when you travel because walking around the city the whole day can be painful for your feet.
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).
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.
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