Luggage and bags:
Lock it up with a pad lock folks. No joke!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take some crapy clothes with you. Then replace them with new cool new ones you buy alone the way. Donate you old ones to a hostel.
Miscellaneous: And of coarse there’s this old one: “Lay out all the clothes you want to take with you. Take out half the clothes and double your money and you should be fine.”
Exchange point in Amsterdam:
1012 LG AMSTERDAM
Where: when you come out of Central Station, walk straight on, that's Damrak
Head Office in Amsterdam
1079 LH Amsterdam
You can't visit the head office and you cannot exchange cheques but you can call them for information
Miscellaneous: Other exchange points in Amsterdam:
When you've read this page, click Contact in the menu at the top, choose Find A Travelex Branch, then find Amsterdam. It gives a list of 11 exchange points in Amsterdam. The list is here below but if you go via above website, you can click View Details for each branch for opening hours and tel. no's.
Anton de Komplein 4-10
Amsterdam, 1102 DR
Dam 23- 25
Amsterdam, 1012 JS
Amsterdam, 1012 LG
Amsterdam, 1012 LP
Amsterdam, 1102 BR
Amsterdam, 1097 DN
Amsterdam, 1012 XD
Amsterdam, 1017 PR
Amsterdam, 1017 PS
Amsterdam, 1043 DT
Amsterdam, 1012 AB
Luggage and bags:
You want to carry a back pack or small purse, but leave the big stuff back at the hostel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear very secure shoes, the roads are very uneven and it would be easy to twist an ankle. Also, be prepared to walk a lot, of course.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy pads, but you might want to come prepared.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you have an extra battery and card for digital photos.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: TOWEL!
Miscellaneous: Before coming to Amsterdam, make sure you have all the money you want to spend in cash. Most vendors only take cash, and ATMs are hard to find. Plus, it might make you budjet, and in a place with fabulous shopping, it's wise to watch your pennies.
If you carry a journal make sure to carry some tape as well, put in little maps and such to help you get back to your favourite places.
Take your ATM card for a better exchange rate than you'll get from your travel agent in the UK. Use the machines with the 'Cirrus' logo if your card allows it.
Get a good map with a street index because the canals can all look a bit alike after a night out.
We liked the 'Time out' Guidebook the most.
Luggage and bags:
I do fly and drive vacations when I travel. So all I worry about is a car big enough to hold my luggage. Do make sure you know what kind of car you hire before you pick it up. They are smaller than American cars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well make sure you have extra clothes, the weather is always changing. In spring time it was cool, so I had a light jacket with a long sleeve shirt. I wear black pants and good shoes. Sunglasses are a must the days may be cloudy but there still is glare.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Only take what you want from home. You can buy any extra in Holland. I found the stores well stocked with all the travel items.
Photo Equipment: I have a charger that fits the wall sockets there. And batteries are no problem to buy.
Miscellaneous: Money, I came into Holland with no money. And in the late evening in Middelburg its hard to find a cash machine. I got there from Germany at 9 pm. Tired and hungery, I got lost and had no money to call Elisabeth. I was lucky to find a hotel that took some of my Marks. I then called her and they came and rescued me. I was never so glad to see 2 people that day. So get money as soon as possible when you get there. Its not a problem if you are in larger cities, but in small towns and villages. There could be no cash machines.