Netherlands = Take your umbrella
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The most important thing to pack when you come to the Ntherlands and Haarlem is an umbrella. Nothing is ever so fast changing as the weather here. Even in the summer it can rain every day! So be prepared.
Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
- Hiking and Walking
Luggage and bags: Backpack or suitcase. Camping sometimes is possible in summer at the farmerarea just outside Haarlem (for example at Liewegje). More info: touristoffice VVV, next to the trainstation.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Autumn: warm clothes and a raincoat / umbrella. Also bring a sjwal! Winter: warm clothes, also gloves and sjwals! Spring: warm and light clothes, remember it also rains in springtime. Summer: light clothes! A sweater, pair of trousers and an umbrella just to make sure. Sometimes it gets a little colder.
Temperatures & weatherconditions:
autumn: fog, rain, strong wind 15-8 degrees Celcius (sept-nov.); winter: fog, snow, freezing, rain, wind 5-minus5 degrees and occasionaly minus 10 degrees Celcius (dec-feb); spring: rain, sometimes warm sun, light wind, rain, occasionally some snow in the beginning of springtime, 5-15 degrees Celcius (march-may); summer: warm, sunny, sometimes rain and a bit of wind , 15-25/30 degrees Celcius (june-august).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All medicines you can find at the local stores like Booths, Kruidvat and Etos. They have headeachepills, stomachpills, creams, plasters etc. etc. For other medication: apothekers (as we call it)are more official medicationhouses, people can get their medicines here on doctors description, but some medicines are also sold without description when officialy possible.
Photo Equipment: You can get everything for your camera here. Filmdevelopment and printing is also possible, even within an hour.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent (waterproof), sleepingbag (if you go camping). Beach: towel, bottle of water (though beaches have good snack and drinkplaces too), suncream, sunglasses.
Luggage and bags: Since Haarlem has no camp sites, I suppose you will stay in hotels. Any luggagetype will do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Holland is very green: It rains a lot, But it can be beautiful wheather as well. So be prepared !
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are no special measurements to be taken.
Photo Equipment: Do'nt forget your camera !!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As the Dutch weather is not to be predicted, just make sure you have something for any weather type: shorts, t-shirts but also jeans, a warm sweater & a jacket. An umbrella isn't a luxury, but you can get them cheap at the shops. Bring your swimsuit! You never know if you can take a dip in the North Sea...Bring some smart shoes, at some nightclubs in Holland sneakers are a definate no-no.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If travelling light, don't worry-you can get about anything you need in Holland.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're planning to go camping-go to Bloemendaal aan Zee (beach place next to Zandvoort. They've got different campingsites there, for instance 'de Lakens' (the sheets).
Wide angle camera lens
Photo Equipment: While most of us now carry point & shot digital cameras. If you do own a camera that has a wide angle lens, bring it!
Haarlem has some beautiful LARGE buildings. It is almost impossible to get some of these buildings in a single shot.
It is one of those places, that carrying the extra weight is well worth it.
Miscellaneous: Typically an umbrella, but I got lucky my second day, when all I needed was ample film as Haarlem is a picturesque town indeed.
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