Russia What to Pack

  • Copy of my visa to Russia (2005)
    Copy of my visa to Russia (2005)
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    Copy of my Russian Visa
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  • In Your Pocket - Moscow
    In Your Pocket - Moscow
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Russia What to Pack

  • General advices

    Moscow What to Pack

    Despite the usual snowy image of Russia, summers in Moscow are hot, usually upwards of +25, and frequently over +30. Hence, pack plenty of summer clothing - especially as cheaper fashion such as, say, H&M, is harder to come by. And, in general, Moscow is expensive where clothes are concerned, designer or not. Comfortable shoes are again a must, but...

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  • Clothes

    Saint Petersburg What to Pack

    For a summer trip to St. Petersburg, pack a light jacket (Spring or Autumn-weight) for when the sun goes down or when it rains. Take clothes that you can layer and peel off as it gets warmer. The touristic sights are walkable only in comfortable shoes and dry weather. But bring the umbrella, it will definitely come handy!

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  • Clothing

    Moscow What to Pack

    Winter in Moscow is not as cool as people say it is. All you will need is and good winter jacket and sweater's. Please keep in mind men there do not wear fur coat's. And when you get there it would be a good idea for you to buy a hat like Tim's (at the picture).

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  • Rainy Weather

    Saint Petersburg What to Pack

    SPB is quite rainy place and when it rains is lasts long. Especially if you are visiting during spring or autumun, an umbrella is strongly recommended. It rains heavily and sometimes non-stop few days.

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  • Money

    Moscow What to Pack

    Beside your credit card take some cush (rubles) 1 - you can use credit card not everywhere; 2- sometimes better and much more save use cash in small shops and restaurants. Never show how much money you have. And don't put all money in one place.

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  • Miscellaneous

    Saint Petersburg What to Pack

    An excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern or Central Europe is "In Your Pocket". It provides information of more than 50 cities at the travel portal In Your Pocket . About 20 printed full city guides are available locally at various places. I got myself the St. Petersburg guide (150 Rubels, 2005) at the book shop "Anglia",...

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  • Toilet Paper/Medicine

    Moscow What to Pack

    Always carry toilet paper with you where ever you go. It is the main essential item to take. Most public (and many private) places do not have it. You can get most major brands of personal care products in Russia now. Don't worry about running out of things, you will be able to buy more.

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  • Insect Repellent

    Saint Petersburg What to Pack

    Take note if you are like me and don’t enjoy mosquitoes feeding on you whilst you sleep be aware that they are prevalent in St Petersburg, certainly in September and October when I visited. I would like to think that I was personally responsible for keeping the city mosquitoes population under control during my time here. If you would like a...

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  • Climate

    Saint Petersburg What to Pack

    St. Petersburg is very far to the North and because of this it never gets really warm there, even in the summer. Our guide told us that they always have to be careful of frost even in the main growing season. It also rains here quite a bit, almost every day, so be sure to keep these things in mind when packing.

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  • Visa

    I would take a one year visa but for that someone has to invite you to Russia. But at least in Finland travel agencies get you this "invitation". If I've understood it correctly in some countries you can get soon even longer visa without invitation.When you are applying the visa you have to but whole Russia as a traveling area so that you are...

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  • Russian Visa

    Every foreigner needs a visa to go to Russia. In order to get it, you need to get an invitation (aka visa support letter) from Russia first and then apply for the visa at the Russian consulate either by yourself or through a local travel agent . Then you need to submit all your documents, including your visa support, to the Russian consulate....

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  • Ladies need to cover their hair in...

    Ladies should always have decent clothings and even as a tourist you will also always need a head-scarf,to cover your hair, when entering Orthodox Churches - except at some very few places like the museum-churches where the rules are not so very strict. You will be able to buy almost anything in Russia, when you forgot something, prices will in...

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  • For the cruise

    Wine, beer and drinks not including coffee and tea are probably not included in your cruise package, but each cabin has a refrigerator. You can save money on beer, liquors and wine, and greatly improve the quality of the wine, by bringing your own on board. Two bottles per person can be brought in your luggage if you fly into Russia. If you...

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  • Some stuff

    In the old days someone who travels to Russia was advised to bring lots of stuff from the west as it was not available there, but thankfully by today this is not needed anymore and you can have and find almost anything you might need in Russia as well.

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  • Novel (Fiction)

    Valentin RasputinPozjar; Siberj bez romantiki 1985Dutch translation:Brand ISBN: 90-295-3447-8 1987Siberië, dat altijd zo onaantastbaar heeft geleken, wordt thans geconfronteerd met een leegroof door het Sovjet-modernisme, met een gulzigheid die doet denken aan de wijze waarop de yankees het wilde Westen uitzogen.Valentin Rasputin waagt het in...

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  • Sourcebook (Mythen en Fabels van...

    H.C. ten BergeSiberiërs; Vertellingen uit Siberië ISBN: 90-290-2325-2 1987Vertellingen uit Siberië verhaald over de Mythen en Fabels van de Noordelijke Volken.Het is een boek vol fascinerende verhalen van de oudste bewonders van Siberië. Uit aanwezig, maar vaak zeer moeilijk toegankelijk bronnenmateriaal heeft Ten Berge een verhaaltableau...

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  • Sourcebook (Taiga)

    Cathleen Naundorf - Klaus-Peter Walter - Alfred EisfeldBegegnung met dem Horizont: Die grosse Taiga 1996Dutch translation:Ontmoetingen met de Horizon; De grote Taiga ISBN: 90-5108-241-X 1997Van de oeral in het westen tot de gebergten ten oosten van de Jena, en van de poolcirkel tot de grens van Mongolië strekken zich over Siberië reusachtige...

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  • Sourcebook (Transsiberia Expres)

    Rudolf BraunburgTranssibirische Eisenbahn 1987Dutch translation:De transsiberië Expres; in kleur ISBN: 90-6097-228-7 1987In dit boek wordt de reis van Moskou naar Khabarovsk beschreven. Het grote avontuur van de treinreis duurt ruim vijf dagen of 8.531 kilometer. Die afstand komt overeen met ongeveer éénvierde van de aardomtrek. Het feit, dat men...

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  • Travel Story (Nicolas Vanier)

    Nicolas VanierTranssibérie, le mythe sauvage 1992Dutch translation:Siberië; Tussen Tajga's en Toendra's ISBN: 90-6291-763-1 1992Siberië: een gebied dat zich uitstrekt van Mongolië tot aan de Noordelijke IJszee en van de Oeral tot aan de Beringstraat. Het is een van de laatste en grootste nog ongerepte gebieden op onze aarde. Nicolas Vanier en...

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  • Travel Story (Ulla-Lena Lundberg)

    Ulla-Lena LundbergSibirien; Ett självporträtt med vingar 1993Dutch translation:Siberië; Een zelfportret met vleugels ISBN: 90-74345-29-8 2002Ooit stond ik klokkend en piepend in Siberië met pluimen en waaiers. Ik ging door mijn knieën en pikte zo heftig in de grond dat het mos in 't rond vloog. Hij waar ik een oogje op had, ging met klapperende...

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  • Travel Story (Colin Thubron)

    Colin ThubronIn Siberia ISBN: 0-0609-5373-x 2006Dutch translation:In Siberië ISBN: 978-90-471-0017-1 2006Many adventurers plunge into Siberia in search of untrammeled roads or unspoiled grandeur; only a handful bring with them a significant knowledge of the land's history, geology and wildlife. Even rarer are those who relay the experience as...

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  • Travel Map

    International Travel MapsRussia ISBN: 8-15534-13769-2 scale 1 : 6.000.000

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  • Guidebook (Russia)

    Lonely PlanetRussia & Belarus ISBN: 1-74104-291-7 4th Edition March 2006

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  • Cup-of-Noodles

    Bring a dozen or so of instant noodles packages. If your restaurant car is far away (ours was 14 cars away on one train), it can be quite an expedition to head off to the restaurant car, and the food is drab anyway. You can make instant noodles from the boiling water dispensed from the samovar by the provodnitsas' cabin. The packages are light to...

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  • Dress Code for Long Distance Trains in...

    There is a decent amount of space, so you can bring whatever you can carry. The temperature inside the trains in the winter is 29° C; it says so on the electronic sign by the doors - nice and toasty warm. The Lonely Planet recommends bringing slippers for the train and I heartily endorse this.The standard train-wear comprises of track pants, socks...

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  • Basics

    A light day pack is very useful for excursions and strap on bum bags, flags, English language patches and other Hi I am a foreigner should be avoided. To really fit in, use a plastic bag as a day pack. Brightly coloured clothes can mark you out as a foreigner and may attract unwanted attention. For winter you'll need a thick, windproof coat and a...

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  • Photo's and an English-Russian...

    Russian's love pictures and can spend hours and hours talking about them. Especially pictures of your home, family and friends will be an opening to Russian heart and soul and result in ... new pictures from new friends. A English-Russian dictionary could come in handy for those who have no knowledge of the Russian language and cyrilic writing.

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  • Noodles

    Noodles. In the Trans Siberian Trains you'll get your meal at about 11.00/12.00 in the afternoon. In the evening you don't receive diner. What you can do is buy noodles, mix them with hot water and eat this as your diner. Of course there is a restaurant in the train, but they have no wide choice in meals. A camera is a thing you don't have to...

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  • Dictionary and Phrasebook (both)

    Most of us remember to take a phrasebook on our trips, but very few of us take a dictionary. The phrasebooks out there are very limited. Therefore, I’d suggest getting a dictionary. It saved us on more then one occasion.

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  • Food + literature......

    Tea bags, instant coffee or instant soups might be appreciated on the train ride - hot water is available! There is a hot water boiler called Samovar in every car of the train!Although I always packed plenty of books for the trainride - I never got to read one, because the company was so good!

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  • Window Cleaning Devices

    Since the windows of your train compartment usually can't be opened, it might be a good idea to take some window cleaning devices with you!

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  • Small Suitcases

    The suitcase should not be too big, otherwise you have problems storing it in your train compartment!!! And that would leave less room for you...There is a possiblility to store the suitcase/backpack under the seat or just above the compartment door, but only if it is not too big!

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  • Onion principle

    Siberia isn't always cold! Some trains and hotels have very efficient heating - so pack warm things, but light clothes as well!

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  • Russian toilets

    Russian public can be very different. Some of them are not a sanitairian dream... especially not the ones in the trains (but, have you ever seen a clean toilet on a train?)... When I arrived in Russia this spring and my friends saw that I had brought a lot of wet tissues (you know the ones you get in airplanes) and papertissues, they all started...

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  • Pack Light

    Small bag plus backpack. Good, sturdy walking shoes. Comfortable socks. Take all your medical supplies, prescription plus other and your vitamins, aspirin, eye drops, etc. Take non-perishable snacks such as dry soup packets, cookies/biscuits, chocolate bars, tea bags, instant coffee packets or bags. Take a metal or non-breakable mug and a...

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  • To Russia

    Bags Heavy Clothes for the winter. None Needed No I guess not. This time it'll be the Toothpaste what you should bring with.Aren't you sick already from that crazy Doc?!!!

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  • To Voronezh

    Handbag Clothes which will keep you warm if it's at winter time. None Yes None Buy a Chewing gum like: "Dirol,Orbit,Extra"to keep your teeth white and to refresh your breath "LOL".

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  • this is for the girls coming in the...

    girls, when you are planning a trip to come to russia in the winter, bring waterproof mascara. I will tell you why. If it snows, your mascara will run out. But when it starts to freeze and the temperatures will get very low, all the hairs in your face will freeze up, and that means your eyelashes too. The things is, when you get insite is very hot...

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  • Russian dictionary

    All my pics at original size:http://www.pbase.com/sibirIf you plan to go to Russia you must study Russian language, at least the more useful words.kharosyj=good krasivyj=nice mala=poco maljenkij=little balsoj=big cas=hour djen=day subota=saturday daragoj=expensive plakhoj=bad njet=no nicevò=nothing who?=kto? skolka?=how much? pacemù?=why?...

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  • Moscow can be chilly!

    I took my usual bag. At that time, a large back-pack type bag, with straps that zipped away into a section. Take good walking shoes and an umbrella, if you go in late autumn or early winter (early to mid-October), as I did. I find it's always a good idea to take extra film and batteries for my camera - they're not likely to be cheaper where I'm...

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  • Packing List

    A book that kept me entertained along the way was the Trans-Siberian Handbook by Bryn Thomas. He chronicles almost every kilometer marker along the way.

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  • Little gifts for the people you meet

    Little presents for host(family) or people that you meet will definately have a very positive effect. Especially typical things from your own country will be happily received, as Russians themselves are very curious of the outside world, but are sadly enough not in the opportunity to travel so much.

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  • Packing List

    Backpacks are practical but virtually unknown in Russia - you will be spotted as tourist immediately. if you want to look russian, don't take too colorful clothing, no hiking shoes and some european plastic bags (but you can buy them in russia also).Woman: take more make-up and high heeled shoes. toilet paper For money: If you have EC-card or...

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  • Packing List

    If you are going on the transsiberian railway, bring a small backpack/suitcase. The storage space beneath the seat/bed, witch is shared between 2 people, is approx. 0.50*0.50*1.5 meters. If you travel in summer, it will get extremely hot in the train. You can open the window, hopefully, but its really only helpful when you stick your head out...

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  • Packing List

    Since Sochi is a resort city You need everything for the relaxation-sunglasses,swimming dress,sun hat ect.It's hardly raining during a summerBut what You really don't need to take with is a good mood-You'll get it here. Photo:This is the entrance to the casino where I work.

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