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Miscellaneous: Dutch people do their own laundry. I've not seen a household where there is no washing machine. So laundromats are few and far between. However, if you do need to have your laundry done, I found this info right here on VT by using the search box and the words 'laundry amsterdam':
Here's a list of other dry-cleaning/laundry services
Under the map on the right you see a link 'vergroot de kaart'. Click on that and you get the same list with a map of Amsterdam.
The central area is just under the letters 'erd' of AmstERDam.
Written Apr 29, 2011
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We went in March and weather was very cold, not rain and some sunny so put on my luggage winter cloth and confortable shoes there is lot to walk in Amsterdam.
Fuimos en Marzo e hizo mucho frio, no llovio y salió el sol, así que pusimos en la maleta ropa de invierno y zapatos cómodos porque en Amsterdam hay mucho que andar.
Photo Equipment: Of course my digital camera with batteries and empty memory stick and ready to take lots of photos.
Por su puesto la cámara digital con sus pilas y la tarjeta de memoria vacia para echar mogollón de fotos.
Written Mar 15, 2011
Luggage and bags: In the winter time, it is cold here. It is freezing! But when you walk in doors its really hot so layer up. Bring scarfs and gloves too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I brought my uugs which kept me really warm but if it rained they would get wet. So make sure you wear comfortable,weather resistant shoes. I had some leather boots but they had a heel on them and I was afraid I would fall. Alot of people though were running around town with some nice high heeled boots. They looked really stylish. If you dont have any they have plenty of stores all over the place that sell nice boots.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring lots of moisturizer for your face and sunscreen. Even when its cold your face can get burned from the freezing cold air.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Make sure to bring an umbrella, they also sell light rain gear around town.
Miscellaneous: If you forget anything dont worry, they sell everything in Amsterdam
Written Nov 25, 2008
Luggage and bags: JUST BRING A BACKPACK U DONT NEED A SUITCASE
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I WAS IN AMSTERDAM FOR A WEEK ALL I BROUGHT WAS 2 PAIRS OF JEANS 4 SHIRTS AND 2 HOODIES YOU DONT NEED ALOT OF CLOTHING
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ALL I BROUGHT WAS SOAP, SHAMPOO, DEODORANT , TOOTH PASTE AND TOOTHBRUSH
Photo Equipment: MAKE SURE U BRING UR OWN BATTERYS THERE HARD TO FIND IN AMSTERDAM AND WHEN U FIND THEM THERE EXPENSIVE AS HELL
Written Jan 16, 2007
Luggage and bags: While a seasoned traveler will most likely know, for first timers it can be a little bit of a shocker.
Skycaps & bell hops are not part of the local culture! You are expected to carry your own bags. The good news is that the airport does offer free carts, as well as some hotels.
Also while flying from/to the U.S. the limit is almost twice what domestic travel is here. Most European domestic flights limit you to 1 check in bag at 40 to 50 pound limit and 1 carry on with a 11 pound limit.
If you are flying through, no problem. However if you have set your trip on different tickets (example Amsterdam for a few days, then booked a flight for Paris) this can be a problem. Make sure you check the airlines limits before leaving.
Written May 18, 2005
Miscellaneous: Especially for Americans who drink more than their fair share of coffee, I would suggest packing some.
While the coffee served here is wonderful, it's sold by the cup (no free refills). When you figure any where from 1.50 to 2.50 euro a cup then figure the current dollar/euro exchange rate, that darn expensive!
Of course you can buy coffee at the local grocery stores, however the odds are you have some spare space in the suitcase, why not use it. The space it takes on the way over, can be used for what you buy here.
Also would suggest bring instant or coffee bags, since most hotels have tea kettles rather than the mini Mr. Coffee.
Also if you like to travel with a cup, I would suggest bringing your own travel mug. In six months I haven't seen a styrofoam cup yet. The few places that do sell coffee to go, serve in paper or worse yet thin plastic.
Written May 18, 2005
Luggage and bags: The main shopping areas are the Leidsestraat between the Leidseplein and Spui, and the Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk.
There are large stores near the Munt Tower, and at the Dam.
The flower market on the Singel (between the top of the Leidsestraat and the Munt Tower) is not to be missed.
Updated Mar 3, 2003
Miscellaneous: There is absolutely nothing you can´t buy when you are in Amsterdam. So no worries, if you forgot something simple buy it! Amsterdam likes to make money.
Amsterdam has this toilets they call a ´curl´ after its form. So if you are male and have to go simply walk into the curl, its free! No money making here....
Updated Nov 7, 2002
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: don't be worried about what thigs you bring to Amsterdam, be careful about things you take to your country, remember some thing you can buy with out problems over there are avoid over the rest of the world!!!!
Written Sep 12, 2002
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You do not need to bring a full suitcase, because shopping in A'dam is really fun.
If you are a shopping victim, A'dam is the place for you. The main shopping area is the Nieuwdijk, Kalverstraat, but you will not find a lot of interesting shops there: it is a typical pedestrian street with basically the same stuff than any other city. You have to look for the many exclusive, eccentirc shops you will find scattered all over the city centre. But get ready to make your credit card turn into fire, since prices are not low there.
The best thing about shopping in Amsterdam is that most shops are open also on Sundays.
Miscellaneous: Just in case you might be the motif on a post-card, dress smart ;)
Written Aug 26, 2002
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