The weather trick
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: My first trip in August 1998 was a little bit spoilt by bad weather at the beginning. The weather forecast for upcoming week was fine and I did not bother to take too much warm clothes with me – honestly I did not even take a pullover or something similar. My luggage consisted of t-shirts and a pair of jeans and sandals. The first evening was quite warm but the rain started and in the morning next day it was bloody cold outside. I really wonder how I survived that day, I put on everything I only had, unfortunately I had no time for shopping that day cause we had an excursion and I thought it would have been a pity to miss that one. Finally I had to buy a jacket and new shoes. During the rest of the weak the weather changed million times - rain, sun, clouds took turns over and over even within a day. So I assume that Czech has sort of distinctly continental climate and weather can change quite often. So you’d better be ready for that.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: That's truth: Czech weather can never be predicted with certainty! We were there in the end of June and expected nice summer weather but had to use umbrella and sweaters 3.5 days from 5 instead!
Do not forget to pack your umbrella!
We recomend WindPro Mini Umbrella with Auto Open & Close. It's engineered to resist windy conditions and works just great. Semi-flexible spars that bend in the wind and prevent the umbrella from becoming a sail. Plus the automatic open-close feature on the umbrella really makes life a bit simpler.
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Depending on weather
Luggage and bags: A wheeled suicase is fine although there are sometimes steps only out of the metro & cobbled streets therefore my advice is a backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes, in winter shoes with a good grip & waterproof, a good waterproof windbreaker. In warmer weather take something to cover your shoulders if going into Jewish synagogues.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Depending on what price hotel you stay toilet paper may equate to sandpaper so take your own fluffy soft stuff :-) You can purchase medicine like headache tablets at the chemists but language problems may make this more difficult.
Photo Equipment: camera of course the scenary makes for some spectacular shots. Be careful with your camera equipment
Miscellaneous: smart clothes if you go to the opera / theatre.
Winter vs. Summer
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Prague is generally warm (15 C or higher) about 9 months a year. The winter is also very mild, with the temperature in Prague goin (usually) no lower than -5 C. However, it is quite windy and the wind is cold. If you are used to warm weather, bundle up, if you are used to cold weather, you could get by with a sweater and a wind breaker.
A Backpacker's Packing List
Luggage and bags: 1 large rucksack, which is comfortable to carry, to pack everything in.
1 small rucksack, to use as a daysack, to carry on your front.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes - most streets are cobbled!
Warm and cold weather clothes - several thin layers are best due to the changable weather.
NOTE: don't wear heeled shoes around town unless you're just out for the evening!
NOTE: most hostels have washing facilites so you don't have to pack clother for every day of your trip.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any medication you use - also bring the packaging to show to a pharmacist if you need more.
Small versions of washkit items (toothpaste, shampoo, etc) to keep down weight & bulk.
Toilet paper - if your precious about what you wipe your bum with. Czech toilet paper is fine for most people. Boots (UK) do a small box which is much better than bringing a roll.
Photo Equipment: You will definately want a camera. Make sure you keep it safe. Your best bet is to secure it to your belt & hang it round your neck or, even better, keep it in your daysack on your front.
Film seems easy to get hold of. If you have a digital camera extra storage cards are expensive so buy before you travel.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to camp check with the campsite you are going to stay at as to whether you can rent items from them. This will keep weight & bulk down.
Miscellaneous: Adapter: If necessary bring a travel plug adapter. It's the standard two-pin European plug here.
Guidebook: if you don't want to join the organised tours you will definately need a guide, otherwise you will miss out! Lonely Planet is currently the most up to date, but the information is still a couple of years old.
Phrasebook: Lonely Planet do a good Eastern Europe phrase book with loads of langauges in.
Ear plugs: If you are staying in a hostel be prepared to be kept awake if you don't have ear plugs.
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Good Exchange offices
Miscellaneous: From my experiences the best rates could be found:
- Several exchanges in "Opleatlova" and "Politickych veznu" streets - close to Wenceslas street,
-small Exchange in metro B vestibule downstairs at junction of the "Jungmannova", "Perlova" and "Narodni" streets,
- Exchange in the passage of the building "Jungmannova" street - No 28 ("TeTa" passage).
Miscellaneous: This little pocket sized book is a must for travellers. to use it just do what the title says, Point it. Hundreds of pictures ranging from cameras to theatres. Worth its wieght in gold. Excellent travel aid!
Luggage and bags: not too much luggage and a suitcase on wheels
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to take an umbrella. We were there in May and it rained half of the days. It did not rain for long, but long enough that you would need an umbrella. But if you forget one, you can buy it in Prague at a good price.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can bring shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste and such, but if you don't you can buy it here at a good price as well. The prices for shampoo and conditioner were about the same as in U.S. going by the conversion rate of 21.90CZK per $1
Photo Equipment: I was really happy with my digital camera. It was easy to carry and small. We also had a 35mm manual camera, but it was almost ruined because of the rain and we had to carry it in a bulky camera bag that was not very comfortable. I'd say digital is the way to go especially if you have one with at least 6-7megapix. If you are going to take a manual camera buy film at home.
Miscellaneous: If you use cologne/perfume make sure you take yours. That's one thing that is pretty expensive in Prague. If you smoke, don't bother taking cigarettes with you as they are about 60CZK (about $3) per pack of Marlboro which is much cheaper than in U.S.
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Brrr - Prague in the winter
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: LAYERS!!! MANY OF THEM!! Temps hit -15 when i visited in late January and I was really glad of the layers. Although i took a wooly hat, I ended up buying a new one with ear flaps which was a god send!!
upon being asked for further info:
Well it's the coldest place i've ever been...-15 with a wind-chill of -30 when i was there if i remember rightly!
Miscellaneous: I'll give you my example, when we went walking around, i was wearing jeans, trainers, a tshirt, ski jumper and ski jacket and was still cold. i'd recommend wearing thick tights or something under trousers, if not thermals! and definitely thick/thermal socks! Then, i mean layers on top because when you go into a bar or restaurant they have heaters inside so you want to be able to take your coat and possibly jumper off so that you can 'feel the benefit' afterwards! Don't forget a decent pair of gloves (not nice loose knitted ones with holes), i took ski mits which were a godsend! And also a thick scarf, and if you have one - a bobble hat...i took one but ended up buying a new one (in the centre) with ear flaps too!
In the night i wore knee high boots with thick socks under them, trousers, a top, a long cadri and a coat, with obviously scarf/gloves/hat.
The Shoe Tip - again!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Leave your stilettos at home. You walk a lot in Prague. And on the cobblestones you need much better shoes than on a normal pavement. Take sneakers, boots for tramping, definitely something without heals.
We were in Prague in March. And it was simply freezing. I had to buy a shawl and gloves since I expected spring. But with heavy winds and lot of clouds wheather felt more like deep autumn than a nice spring day. Don't forget warm sweaters. You'll really need them!
Photo Equipment: Lots of films, huge memory cards - you can't stop taking pictures in Prague.
Photo Equipment: Ensure you bring a tripod as there are great opportunities to take amazing night shots of Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Tine Cathedral and other Prague highlights as they are all lit up at night.
Photo Equipment: This is a beautiful city so take a lot of films ot if you have a digital camera take a big memory card.
I took both and with the regular camera i took 250 pictures and on my digital 430.
polar and wool-best friends
Luggage and bags: Bring a back pack to avoid the pickpokets and carry it in front (NOT on your back). it will give you much free hands to take pictures.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: polar clothes and wool socks, gloves, beret (or cap), a nice coat-whatever to keep you warm if you are from a mediterranean country and it is mid-winter. believe me, you haven't ever seen this much cold in your life.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lipstick to protect your lips from cracking and a good hand cream (neutrogena meybe?)
Photo Equipment: lots of batteries and a big memory card (1 GB will be OK for 3 days stay)
A Good Friend
Luggage and bags: Usually I don’t do packing list but when I was doing my Prague page, I had to do that tip. If you are lucky enough to have a friend than certainly it is must packing list for your trip to Prague. It is very incredible to have a friend over Prague trip. It is not just the good company but also it is always good to have some one next to you to motivate you.
Ladies take your hairdryer
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take some comfy trainers as you will tend to walk a lot around Prague and a lot of it is cobbled and your feet will be in bits after a couple of days.
The weather is almost the same as the UK, I was out in September and it was mid 70's so take t-shirts and shorts for the day time and then casual stuff for the evening.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a loo roll if you can because sometimes hotels will only give you one. You can get everything else you need in Prague.
Photo Equipment: You will take a lot of pictures so make sure you take your phone/cam charger and a two pin adapter.
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