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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you bring a rain jacket and comfortable shoes for walking since Amsterdam is easy to explore on foot and the weather can change at a moments notice.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your photo gear so you're ready any situation. You might need some faster film for capturing sights from a moving canal boat and be prepared for sudden rains by having the right protective gear for your expensive camera equipment.
What to take
Luggage and bags: Take very good care of your luggage all the way from your home to your Hotel in Amsterdam.
Be particularly alert if you arrive in Amsterdam via Centraal (Central) Railway Station. Keep tickets, money etc on you in an inner pocket and /or money belt throughout the whole journey. A flat fabric shoulder bag ( the old "Hippy" type) worn INSIDE your outermost garment, (coat, jacket etc,) is also good for this.
Ensure essential things like Passport, Credit Cards,Travellers Cheques, large amounts of money, tickets, etc are not easy pickings for thieves.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good pair of comfortable waterproof shoes/boots/trainers, 2 pairs if possible in case one pair gets wet. Similarly, a change of clothing is recommended, even for a short stay. Waterproof over clothing - forget about umbrellas - these often get destroyed in the wind or lost. Maybe take a plastic raincoat/mac, while not the height of fashion, they are cheap and compact when folded- and they keep you dry. A warm sweater, Amsterdam can get cold even in Summer
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Minor first-aid things like plasters for cuts & blisters, headache pills etc. and prescription drugs. Pharmacies/Drugstores -"Apotheek" - are rare in the centre of Amsterdam. Consider taking some earplugs if you are a light sleeper, Amsterdam is noisy most hours of the day and night, as might your Hotel also be !!
Photo Equipment: Cameras: Pocket sized ones are best for security & convenience, take spare batteries - hard to find in the central shops & stores.
Miscellaneous: Mosquitoes are said to be a problem in Summer due to the canals. Electricity voltage in the Netherlands is 220V, 50 cycle AC, which is compatible with the UK however, Travel Plug adapter required for electric razors etc.
2 (round) pin plug are used for razors etc. - USA Note: Sockets are larger than your plugs, adapter required as well as voltage adjustment.
You may also need to adjust voltages and buy a plug adapter if you live elsewhere in the world. Most en-suite hotel bathrooms have hair dryers.
Maps, Guides etc. : You will need a good map of Amsterdam, this can be purchased at Amsterdam Rail Station`s magazine/bookshop/store , near the main entrance or any Souvenir shop on Damrak.
American & English cigarettes are expensive, hand-rolling cigarettes is the norm in the Netherlands and Tobacco is relatively cheap: €3.70, UK£2.46p/US$3,70 for 50 grams.
Comfortable shoes are a must.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes are a given. This is a walking city.Also the summer months can be very hot and most places have no air-conditioning.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to have a good supply of your own prescription drugs on hand. Also have items like aspirin, and stomach remedys.These vary greatly from what we are used to here in North America.
If you are like me crazy for shopping .......
Luggage and bags: Bring a small bag to have on you're back with you when you go shopping that way you dont have to be anoid when you have so many bags in you hand that makes it some what impossibel to look at other things!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Daytime , Good shoes !!! No high heals girls...
Photo Equipment: Always remember a camera, so much fun to look at later.!! It can sure be a good laugh
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Luggage and bags: Most male and female Amsterdammers use satchels, they seem to be very popular here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear flat shoes when walking around the city. My high heel shoes got caught in tramlines and it broke :( On the other hand, it meant having to go shoe shopping in one of the world's most funkiest cities!! (darn it!) ;-p
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy walking shoes if you like to walk as much as I do. An umbrella is always good, especially in autumn and winter.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I think you should be able to find everything you need in case you leave anything behind. I had a bad headache and my friend Serge took me to a pharmacy for some headache tablets.
Luggage and bags: I think that you have to bring with you a big bag, because it's cold in Amsterdam.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In Amsterdam you can wear what you want, but I think the best is hippy style, anyway take with you some jumpers and throusers because in the night is very cold!!! You must have comfortable shoes because Amsterdam is big and you will have to walk a lot.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I think you should take with you something for flu.
Photo Equipment: If you go to the camping it's difficult to recharge you telephone or camera. You don't have the light everyday.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you go to camping take with you a hot sleeping-bag!
Comfortable Flat Shoes
Luggage and bags: Many hotels don't have lifts/elevators. Check in advance or be sure you are able to lift your own luggage!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring comfortable flat shoes. Unless your riding a bike everywhere, this is a total walking city. However, the extensive cobblestone doesn't match well with heels.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most hotels don't supply much in the way of toiletries (compared at lease to what is common in North America). Be sure to bring your own essentials
Suggest avoiding white tennis shoes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I had read that wearing white tennis shoes would label you as an American tourist, and it appeared that it was probably a true statement. I wore boots, and my boyfriend wore his tennis shoes the first day, but by the second he was wearing some black shoes! (But after all that walking, he was back into the white tennis shoes!) And I would definitely suggest the white tennis shoes over heels! (And be sure to watch where you are walking so you don't have to clean any dog poo off your shoes!)
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