What to pack for Germany

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  • walters packing list for Germany

    by waltersfamily Updated Mar 22, 2004

    Luggage and bags: red carry ons for girls , blue carry ones for boys, 2 extra suit cases for souveniers

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nice, smart casual clothes, no holes!
    3 pairs of pants, 2 jeans, 1 nicer set of kahki's
    4-5 shirts (1 nicer one)
    4 pairs of socks
    4-5 pairs of underwear
    1 swimsuit
    1 pair of pajamas
    1 sweatshirt
    1 light jacket (would work in the rain)
    1 set of church clothes
    2 pairs of walking shoes
    1 pair church shoes (or sandals)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: hair bands,
    2 brushes, 1 comb
    blow dryer
    curling iron
    shaving vream
    contact lens stuff
    makeup bag
    hair gel
    tooth brushes
    mini first aid kit, bandaids, baby wipes, tylenol

    Photo Equipment: fun cameras for kids
    digital camera
    video camera? no use marks

    Miscellaneous: back pack with books to read in plane, set of cards play game, travel games? CD's?

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    Climate in Germany

    by Leipzig Updated Feb 10, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: HAMBURG (north): Summers average maximum is about 22°C (72°F) minimum around 12°C (54°F). Winters average maximum is about 4°C (39°F) minimum around 0°C (32°F).

    LEIPZIG (east): Summers average maximum is about 25°C (77°F) minimum around 15°C (59°F). Winters average maximum is about 4°C (39°F) minimum around -1°C (30°F).

    COLOGNE (west): Summers average maximum is about 23°C (73°F) minimum around 12°C (54°F). Winters average maximum is about 6°C (43°F) minimum around 2°C (36°F).

    MUNICH (south): Summers average maximum is about 25°C (77°F) minimum around 12°C (54°F). Winters average maximum is about 2°C (36°F) minimum around -3°C (26°F).


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    by Leipzig Updated Feb 10, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: All over the year it's a good idea to bring warm weather clothes and cool weather gear as well as good rain-repellant coat or jacket! Winters when visiting Germany's south or east you should bring a fur.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Germany has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. Winters snow is likely in the east, the south and the mountains. In spring and fall it can be very windy in the north. Bring your umbrella at anytime in the year!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy everything you need at drugstores (Drogerie) or parmacies (Apotheke)

    Photo Equipment: It's easy to get films and batteries for every kind of camera!

    Miscellaneous: Credit Cards: paying with credit cards in Hotels, big stores, restaurants and boutiques is possible, in pubs or small stores less customary.

    the sunny side of life :-D

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    by Gili_S Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't bring with you anything that you can buy it cheaper in Germany

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get everything here and probably cheaper.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras & Equipment are cheap here compare to other European countries.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It is very organised here, have a tent & sleeping bags and you can save a lot by using camping sites

    Miscellaneous: If you don’t have a car or forgotten it at home, don’t worry, just buy a Porsche.

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    by acemj Updated Jun 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Well, you don't need to pack an extra bag to bring back bits of the Berlin Wall because from I've been told, there is almost nothing left of it!!

    This is a photo taken in 1989 only weeks before the wall came down. The Brandenberg Gate is seen just beyond the wall.

    Photo Equipment: As always, bring your camera equipment. If you forget it, you can always buy it here, but camera equipment is more expensive here than in the States.

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    Packing for Germany

    by Weissdorn Updated Mar 14, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I stress - bring light-weight luggage and bags, and leave half the stuff you want to pack at home. The reason for this is that many will be staying in hotels and guest houses, where they:
    a) don't have parking near the accomodation
    b) are not anywhere near the train station
    c) do not have elevators, even though they have multiple stories.

    Murphy's law says that your hotel is going to be located the farthest point away from the train station, on the top floor, on the most swealtering day, and you're exhausted on that day.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable clothing is best for travel. Bring a few changes for hot and cold weather.

    It rains a lot in Germany, so bring appropriate rain gear. Germany is located in a temperature zone, so you should always bring a coat - even in summer.

    Bring at least 2 pair of comfortable walking shoes, to change, so that you won't get blisters from walking. Ladies, leave your high-heels at home, because high heels and cobble stones just don't mix.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should just bring basic toiletries. If you need something else, I can't think of any toiletries that aren't readily available in Germany.

    You should bring an adequate amount of prescription drugs you think you will need to cover your trip. Although Germany has a very good standard of medicine, you may not always be able to obtain your brand of medication in Germany. Bring a copy of your prescription, so that a drug store can help you get your medication if you lose it.

    Photo Equipment: Bring whatever you like - chemical film, tapes and digital chips are readily available in Germany.

    I suggest you select photo equipment that have regular size batteries (AA or AAA), because you can purchase an inexpensive battery recharger for 220 V/50 Hz in any electronic shop.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going on a sports trip in Germany, the airlines are accommodating if you want to bring special outdoor equipment, such as diving tanks, skiis, and bicycles.

    If you need something special, but forgot it at home, you can but it there - Germany is one of the world's leading consumers for outdoor gear.

    Miscellaneous: If you want to use your cell phone in Germany, talk to your provider first before you come, so they will switch you "on" outside of your country.

    If you are coming from North America, you will have to talk to your network provider for arranging an exchange cell phone, because your phone won't work in Germany. Germany is on the GSM standard (Global Standard for Mobile telephones). Most North American providers have cell phone exchange services for the duration of your stay in Germany.

    Check with your Provider first!
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    Marling Menu Master for Great German Food

    by davequ Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rain gear

    Photo Equipment: Lens filters for overcast and foggy/humid haze.

    Miscellaneous: Marling Menu Master: Have you ever seen a real German menu with no English? Yikes. To avoid being stuck in tourist restaurants with menus in English, take a Marling menumaster with you to decode German menus and open up the world of great German cuisine. I never leave for Europe without one in German, French, and Italian. Get 'em at Amazon and lots of other online travel stores.

    Eat local with this menu decoder
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    Warm clothing

    by lmforrister Written Dec 13, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Germany was extremely cold when i visited in December. I didnt expect it to be as cold as it was which is why i suggest you take very warm clothing including a warm hat, scarf and gloves.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Remember to take your E111 form with you if you are from Europe

    Photo Equipment: Take a camera to take pictures of the Dom Cathedral and the markets. Possibly a camcorder as well

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    by Kristina1701 Updated Nov 4, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: To be honest, the German weather is just terrible! :-) lol One never knows for sure what the weather will be like. It can be hot and sunny and on the next day it can already be cool, cloudy and rainy again, like most of the time.
    In summer, temperatures do usually never reach more than 30-35°C. Besides t-shirts and shorts you should also take trousers and pullovers with you, 'cause as I just mentioned, one never knows what the weather will be like the next day. In spring and fall, temperatures are about 15-20°C. It rains quite often, especially in fall and it can also be a bit stormy. In winter, temperatures can reach -10°C, it depends on where in Germany you are; we don't get much snow though. Nevertheless, you should take warm clothes with you!

    Photo Equipment: Don't worry, we have lots of 'photo-shops' here in Germany and the equipment is even cheaper than, for example, in the United States.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Because of the 'weather- problem', I recommend to do camping only in summer.

    Miscellaneous: For further information on the German weather have a look at the page mentioned below; however it's only available in German.

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    by miromi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:
    an UMBRELLA. self explanatory.
    If you plan for staying in Germany especially long (like, more than 4 days) you might invest in a solar light bulb. these have certain rays that help simulate sunlight, so that when July--oops, I mean winter rather--hits, you will be able to chemically be happy by pretending that you have been frolicking in sunlight instead of hiding away in your apartment because of all the rain. seasonal affective disorder is a very REAL and DANGEROUS affliction and must be treated as soon as possible!
    sunglasses are not needed for obvious reasons, but people seem to wear them anyway

    Photo Equipment: make sure to get film that compensates for the pitch black noon skies!

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    by European Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whatever you decide to bring...don't forget warm clothing and a good umbrella even if its middle of August. Germany has 290 days of rainfall. Gosh...I miss the rain. Can you believe I live in Phoenix now? 340 days of Sun...a nightmare!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Definetely buy perfumes in Germany for French merchandize is really cheap over there.

    Photo Equipment: The standard Photo-Film that we all use is Kodak and Fuji and its rare to find anything below 36 images per container. Also its really cheap to buy film there but development is realy expensive so safe the film for develpent after you arriwe at home.

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    by JOHN_NOMIS Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: YOU CAN BUY ALL THAT THERE.


    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: DIDN'T DO THAT....SORRY!!


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    by Cszar Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in the summer there are a lot of rainfalls. 10 years ago it didn't rain in July - but that changed.
    Nowadays its sometimes so cold you have to wear a jacket. So be prepared!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything available in shops and pharmacies.

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    by highlife Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Study Abroad

    Miscellaneous: For visitors whom it is necessary to have a visa to visit Germany, you even have to have a health-insurance.
    treatment at doctor, hospital (in-), transport-costs to and from hospital, necessary dental treatment up to 600,- DM
    death 10.000 DM, disability 50.000 DM
    Personal- and nonpersonal damage 3.000.000 DM

    Price; persons up to 65 y.o. up to 30 days: 95,- DM

    Don´t hesitate to ask me if you have any more questions!

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    by sonyaschwan Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Make sure you bring a large suitcase so you have plenty of room for all the souvenirs you'll bring home!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A rain jacket and a couple of sweaters are definately must have items.

    Photo Equipment: Make sure to bring at least one extra battery for your camera. You want to have one that takes really good, clear pics with a decent zoom lens for the far away shots.

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