Budapest What to Pack

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    Pack your bathing suit!

    by brwgrl Written Mar 30, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a day pack for all of the walking you'll do. We were here in March and the weather was a bit gloomy but pleasant enough to walk every day. I'm guessing that we walked somewhere between 4-10 miles a day depending on the day.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good walking shoes. Both because it's easy to walk around the cities (Buda & Pest), but also because some of the sidewalks are very uneven and you want to make sure that you don't twist an ankle anywhere, especially in some of the old parts of the cities.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Febreeze - helps with the fact that all of our clothes smelled like cigarette smoke and fried food at the end of every day. We just spritzed them and were good to go.

    We stayed at the nH Budapest and they had toiletries in each room if you forgot anything at home.

    Photo Equipment: We brought 2 cameras - a regular pocket 35 mm and a digital camera. We used both. Just remember to bring extra film or SD cards because there's so much to take pictures of. Seemed to be plenty of places to buy film, but you can bring it with you.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your swim suit! The baths are great - we went to the Szechenyi Baths and spent about 2.5 hours in the outdoor baths and the sauna. Whenever the baths are mixed you will need a suit. Even some of the non-mixed will require suits so be aware. Also bring a towel - you can rent them, but sometimes things get lost in translation (or the lack of translation).

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    Summer in Budapest

    by Dabs Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We visited in August and experienced a severe change in the weather. The first two days it was extremely hot and the 3rd day it was cold and rainy. So even in the summer it's a good idea to pack a rain coat, sweater and an umbrella.

    Miscellaneous: If you plan on visiting the baths, pack a swim cap if you have one or else you'll have to wear the shower caps they sell

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    don't get sick

    by dambigir Written Jan 31, 2006

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: during my visit to Budapest i met one problem. i felt bad, had some sort of not wide spread sickness. not that i was gonna die, but it made me feel uncomfortable. I was looking for Drug-store. It was really hard to find any moreover if u're half a km outside of the city centre. I got used that in my city there are planty of chemists and many of them are open 24/7. Finally spending a lot of time on search i found a drug store where a women didn't speak any other language besides local. using any possible way to explain her what disturbed me, including body language and gestures i asked her to save me. she sold me something being complitely not sure what she gave, i bought something being complitely not sure - will i survive after using it or not. when i finally visited doctor in Manchetser after coming back from Budapesh- she said this medicine has nothing to do with my disease, but it didn't made u any bad. anyway, ppl, always take medicines with yourself, at least on what u can predict may happen with u.

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    no clean trains

    by DPando Written Nov 23, 2005

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: just a few trains are quite clean. above all the toilet go in advance if you are a girl cos it not more comfortable have to go one get in and take wih u a roll paper because there often isnt

    Photo Equipment: So useful will be a tripod for night shots above all at Buda hill

    nice pic on my romanian  train from Budapest

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    Healing baths?

    by belgianchocolate Updated Oct 30, 2004

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies:
    We visited a bath every single day of our trip
    and enjoyed it a lot. After that week my skin
    had never feld that smooth.

    But it doesn't work for your hair... my hair was
    as dry that it would probably catch fire if I walked
    too long in the sun. And it looked like one of
    those bushes that has to roll over the screen
    in those very warm and desolated villages
    in westernmovies.So take some conditioner
    with you. Some extra towels wont hurt either.

    Another thing to take with you when you go bathing
    is something to put on your head.
    Only the géllert bath provides a ridiculous
    blue double plastic thing to put on your head.
    At the other baths if there is a swimming
    section you need to bring it yourself.

    Don't forget.

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    Nothing special...really! :)

    by MedioLatino Written Sep 10, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depending on the time you come! The weather is continental, summer is hot, winter is cold and there might be some rain sometimes...nothing special...really! :)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get it all here, however for special medicaments you will need a doctor's prescription, so if you use something regularly, it's easier to just bring it with you.

    Photo Equipment: You can by all types of negative/dia films, batteries, chargers, memory cards or whatsoever needed, so bring just the equipment you are using! :)

    Me with my

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    by McPee Written Apr 11, 2004

    Photo Equipment: Make sure you take a tripod for night time shots. As you will gather - I forgot.

    Miscellaneous: If you are the owner of a digital camera, MP3 , Mini Disc etc then it is worth taking spare batteries with you. In some areas they are hard to find, and when you can they are sometimes less than worthwhile local brands. Maybe just my luck.

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    Phrase Book

    by acemj Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: If you don't bring an actuall book, at least print out some useful phrases. I've found that when I carry a phrase book, I often don't use it because when you're actually talking to someone you don't have time to refer to the book. They're good to study on the plane, but you might want to carry a small page with just the basic survival phrases.

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    Map of Budapest

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 6, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Take a free map of Budapest at the Tourist Information Office. The map includes the locations of the main sights and a plan of the public transport system (suburban railway, metro, tramway, bus).
    Budapest has a few Tourist Information Offices all over the town. The Main Office with a daily 24-hour service is located at Vorosmarty ter.

    Free Budapest Map
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    by Duffelgirl Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: You can buy everything you need in Hungary (for a good price too!).

    I wouldn't recommend walking around with a big heavy rucksack as it can be awkard, especially on public transport.

    Weather-wise we went in March, which was fairly warm and it didn't rain once. Try to pack layers rather than bulky clothes - I took a few jumpers with me and they didn't make it out of my rucksack for the whole three weeks!

    In the summer months I can imagine Budapest becoming very stuffy and hot .

    Make sure you pack a swimming costume for all those thermal spas and a corkscrew to open your bottle of Bulls blood!

    Top of Gellert Hill
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    by Bigs Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a little backpack for shopping etc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer can be really hot in this city, better bring sunmilk and a cap with you.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your bathing suit......and a bathcap if you have.....the most baths recommend it!

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    by flyingkiwi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Budapest can have some very hot summers but unless you are planning on heading out there then I suggest you pack some warm weather clothes and waterproofs. If travelling in March (like we did) may I suggest that the wet weather clothes are a must!

    Also take a pair of comfortable walking shoes as most of the city can easily be covered on foot

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    by marktynernyc Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a small tote bag to carry your sandals, bathing suit, etc. when you go to the baths.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring a pair of water proof sandals to wear at the baths. In the co-ed bath you'll need to wear a bathing suit.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring body lotion to moisturize your skin after visiting the baths.

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    by babi017 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Being an airline employee, you learn not to overpack. In the past couple of years I have learned that 2 carryons is plenty. 1 smaller sized rollerbag and a small carryon bag that fits over the pull handle.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Only pack the essentials, comfortable walking shoes, travel shoes, and dressy shoes for going out. Clothing: take comfortable clothing. What I learned this year is that they style in Hungary is anything goes.Bring a light jacket for summer nights and something a bit warmer in the fall.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to bring electrical converters for your hairdryer.

    Photo Equipment: I used a dig camera on this trip. brought the battery charger and extra batteries just in case.

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    by lvdpiet Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Budapest is very civilized. Staying in hotels, eating in restaurants is there as common as in Amsterdam or New York. So you know what you need.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everyone is well dressed. So behave !
    Good walking shoes for the city is something you might need. Rain is quiet normal there, so be prepared.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Normal. No extra supply needed. Everything is available in the shops.

    Photo Equipment: Also on this one: Everything is available in the shops.

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