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    Souvenirs from Berlin

    by hopang Updated Aug 12, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: We always shop for small and handy souvenirs, guide book and postcards to take home when we travel in a foreign country since our travel motto is to take nothing but souvenir snapshots and to leave nothing but shoeprints. Berlin is no exception. Picture location and attraction plate, several refrigerators magnets and replica of famous beer glass are what we purchased from the city of Berlin beside the several postcards we sent to friends and relatives. You may shop from many souvenir shops in the city especially at Kurfürstendamm shopping district. They even open until late at night.

    We bought also a Berlin guide book in Swedish, viz Berlin och Potsdam, published by Schöning GmbH & Co (as depicted on our second photograph). This guide book has more than 170 beautiful photographs including several city maps and a map of metro and subway network in the city of Berlin - wonderful to keep, merely for our reading pleasure and to add to our growing travel guide book collections!

    Our souvenirs from Berlin Berlin och Potsdam Souvenir shop at Kurf��rstendamm
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    When camping in Germany

    by mustertal Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: Plastic boxes with lid's ,keep thing's dry as does black bin liner's.
    Always make a list

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You need, water-proof's, good strong footwear.
    A pair of jogging trouser's for ease around the campsite.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always remember to take a little more than you need. Have a couple of hook's to stick on the door to hang thing's on. When going to the toilet block, keep your toiletries in a carrier bag stops then getting wet. Always take a First aid Kit, suntan Lotion and insect repellent

    Photo Equipment: Nothing special ,just what you would normally take.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take enough gas to last your trip, if possible. Camping gas it available, but not Calor gas. Have a supply of tin's for emergency's. Keep matches in a container to keep dry. Don't camp under tree's or near water. Make sure you are well pegged down
    guy rope's as well. Take spare batteries, toilet paper, torch, tent peg's to suit all types of ground, some can be hard and stony. Bottled water, always have some on board. Always make a list, including all your camping equipment.

    Miscellaneous: Always camp in safe place's. Take purifying table's to put in your water container. Keep all food of the ground, I use plastic box's with lid's. Ant powder and insect repellent are a must. Most thing's can easily be found in Germany, there campsite's are usually of a good standard.
    Don't forget your Camping Carnet from your travel club or insures many site's give you a reduction if you have one.
    The speed limit when towing is 55mph.

    Farm Campsite
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    Cold autumn

    by mirchica Written Jan 9, 2011

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go in the autumn and you’re from a warm country be prepared for cold weather. Germans say that the winter starts in October. Take an umbrella and warm clothes cause the weather could be very windy especially along a river.

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    General

    by hopang Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: A rucksack or a light travelling bag for you to carry along with you when touring Germany. It will become handy when you pruchase some small items such as postcards and small souvenirs.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer can be quite hot in Germany, therefore light clothing may be necessary. But please bring along a light jacket in case it becomes chilly with lower temperature. It can be quite cold in the evening. You definitely need thick winter jacket if you decide to visit Germany during winter.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget to bring along with you your daily supplies of medicines if you are on medication. We would suggest painkillers and headache tablets in case you fall sick during your vacation! Other items you may consider are plasters for minor cuts, nail-creeper and small scissors.

    Photo Equipment: You are not supposed to forget to bring along your digital camera, camcorder plus accessories such as battery, battery charger and memory cards.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring along an umbrella or a raincoat in case it rains as it rains quite a lot during spring and autumn. Also bring along your swim wear if you decide to swim along the coast such as in Kiel.

    Miscellaneous: Miscellaneous items to be brought with you include mobile phone and its battery charger, mp3 player, iPod, maps of Germany and guide books etc.

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    Do I Need Rain Gear?

    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 12, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Yes you do need rain gear - any time of the year. Any season. Rain occurs all year round. If there is a rainy season here, it lasts from January to December. Statistically winter and summer get more rain than spring and autumn, but you cannot rely on that. Weather statistics are useless because every year is different, and weather forecasts are not reliable for more than three, maybe four days in advance. Anything further has the value of a prediction by Sybil Trelawney.

    Rule of thumb: In summer the rain is usually warmer than in winter.

    Never ever, not even in highest summer, travel in Germany (and the rest of Central Europe) without a rainproof jacket, at least one warm fleece or sweater that fits underneath the jacket, and at least one pair of closed shoes that are suitable for walking in the rain.
    Also take a folding umbrella unless you either absolutely hate them, or spend your holidays mountain hiking or by the seaside - in both latter cases an umbrella is useless because of the wind.

    Seeking refuge under the umbrella in Dresden

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    "Zwiebelsystem" - "Onion System"

    by Kathrin_E Written Mar 12, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: "Onion System" describes how Germans pack and dress when travelling in changeable weather conditions. Layers, layers, layers, like an onion, that can be put on or peeled off according to current conditions and needs.

    The weather cannot be predicted for more than a couple of days in advance and changes quickly, so you never know. Especially in spring and autumn "Zwiebelsystem" is the only way to go. You wll have warm sunny days and you will have chilly overcast or rainy days. If you want to pack light but have something suitable for all conditions, bring clothes that can be worn in layers.

    Emergency motto: "Today I will wear all my clothes..."

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    Onion-style-clothing...

    by chris.hh Updated Feb 21, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: If we go out for a small holiday within Germany we alway take along "onion-style clothing" which means one skin over the other... So you can get rid off one after the other. Even in summer you can be in need of a light jacket. It can rain in summer as well as it even can hail (those little icy balls...). My relatives from the States where very confused when this happened once when they where on a visit in summer. So take along a rain jacket or an umrella, as well as sunglasses. Be prepared for everything;-) Also a sweater and a pair of jeans in the middle of the summer should not be missed in your suitcase.

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    Luggage

    by jabakie Written Apr 18, 2008

    Luggage and bags: If you are travelling my train - TAKE A BACK PACK!!!!!!!!!! You don't check your luggage in on trains in Germany - you drag it with you, wherever you go - not wise to be dragging suitcases on and off a train...THIS WAS NOT FUN :)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go in winter - take a very warm jacket - and make sure it protects you from the wind.

    Photo Equipment: lots of cameras! Scenery is amazing -take lots of photos!

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  • Not too much will be hard to find.

    by gypsymoth Written Mar 2, 2008

    Luggage and bags: I brought a purse that was basically a really small messenger bag. It was nice because I could put all my stuff in it such as my guidebook, a water bottle, camera, and a snack, but it was not so huge that it was heavy or in the way. I also picked up a slightly larger wallet than I normally would use at home, the type that is designed to have a checkbook put in it. It had more sections for bills, and a larger zippered area for coins. I picked it up on a clearance shelf at Target, and it actually wound up being a huge help, because the wallet I normally use does not have a good section for coins, and the extra areas let me easily keep my dollars and euros separate.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was glad that I brought a light jacket, even in July. I thought this might just be because I am not acclimated to colder weather, but even the local people were wearing small jackets. I also was glad that I wore sturdy tennis shoes that were comfortable, because I wound up walking for many hours a day.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I doubt there will be anything that you will not be able to find in Munich. I have found that the first day or two there my allergies normally bother me like crazy. I have not had any problems purchasing cough drops or asprin type medicine. If you have a complicated medical need, or care if it is the particular brand of product is important to you that is when I would suggest bringing it from home, or verifying that it is available. The stores have much more limited hours than what I am used to in Texas, so that would be the only limitation that I can think of that would make things difficult to find. I was generally impressed with the quality of toiletry products available for the price, if you accidentally forget something at home I do not think it would be a big deal to get it there.

    Miscellaneous: It might be nice to have a small water bottle that you can tuck into your purse/bag. Maybe just get a water bottle somewhere and refill it. It will save you a ton of money.

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    PACK LIGHTLY

    by Rumi-fan Written Feb 9, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Pack lightly. My daughters learnt this tip recently. Hahah, this luggage is for 4 people.....still too much.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For those not used to cold weather, i recommend (at the least) thermal under garments. These are so effective and reduced my need for extra heavy layers of clothing.

    Light packing :))) thermal unders can reduce the need for heavy coats

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    Packing List

    by nighthawk Updated Dec 18, 2005

    Luggage and bags: As a motto on VT says : take half the clothes and double the money instead of what you planned to take.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Germany .. great for walking , cycling, city-hopping, road trips, so all depends on your destination and your activities.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Almost anything can be bought at the drug store.

    Travelling in style

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    It can be raining, of course...

    by ChristinaC Updated Oct 28, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in the summrs you should bring both T-shirts and warmer clothes, the weather can change pretty fast ;)

    Photo Equipment: Be sure to bring you camera if you are going to the south of Germany, near the Austrian border. There will be mountains and valleys to take nice pictures of... it is so beautiful!

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    photo equipment

    by Mandy23 Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Photo Equipment: Don't worry about carrying film rolls, there are many shops where you can buy them.

    If you have a digi camera and wanna get prints or a photo CD of your photos, look for stores like 'Photo Porst', 'Wegert' etc. You can give them your card and get them developed. Also many drugstores or other stores offer that service. Many work with Kodak. Well, keep your eyes open and you should be able to find a place to get also prints or a CD from your digital camera pics.

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    http://www.photo-porst.de/

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    http://www.wegert.de/

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    Don't forget your umbrella and jacket

    by terps94 Updated Jul 9, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One thing you will notice in Germany are the luscious green hills and this is because of the amount of rain that falls in this part of the continent. So with that in mind make sure you bring a windbreaker , light jacket and umbrella because even in the summer it can be a little bit chilly.

    Matt and Janet on their way to Neuschwanstein

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    Pack no more than you can carry

    by bakerman Updated May 14, 2004

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping gear is bulky and heavy on top of your other luggage. If you fly in you might want to safe on 'tonnage'. Tents, sleeping bags, etc. are readily available in any German town and city in department stores and specialised shops, so you might want to buy them there. My tip for inexpensive gear of mid-range quality (not fit for expeditions, though) is to buy from one of the big motorcycle-equipment stores 'Louis' or 'Polo'. they have extensive websites, too, so look there before you pay overweight-fees.

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