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    Warm clothes.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Jun 29, 2014

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When it is cold and lots of snow during the winter season. Bring warm clothes and shoes. I guess noone dont like to travel and be cold. If you look on the map Sweden is situated in the orth of Europe and it can be really cold here during our winter from November to the end of April. Get lots of warm clothes and use very good boots.

    Snow in Eskilstuna.

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    Dont forget this when you travel to Göteborg.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Jun 29, 2014

    Luggage and bags: An umbrella. Because here on the west coast it can rain a lot. And of course a rain coat! It can rain a lot here, so that is a very good thing to bring with you. Of course you dont like to walk around in such a Lovely city as Göteborg and be wet, and after a while it will be very Cold. you can also get a bad Cold from wet clothes!

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    I know it sounds obvious.

    by planxty Written Jun 3, 2013

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I mentioned in my introduction page that I visited Sweden in February and March and it was cold, very cold. We spent most of our time in the North of the country and it was mostly below -20 degrees C. As the title suggests it is obvious but you really do need to pack for extremely cold and snowy conditions. You should certainly consider thermals, stout waterproof boots preferably with thermal insoles, a fleece, mountain coat (preferably Goretex or similar), gloves, the whole lot.

    The image shows the standard kit I wore out every day. The other guy is a great Irish musician called Pat, who had been living in Sweden for some years and was obviously acclimatised as he didn't seem to need the full Arctic gear. The image was actually taken on the music tour I undertook some years ago. I cannot remember now exactly where it was (it gets like that on the road) but the conditions are fairly typical of what we encountered.

    planxty (and friend) in full winter kit, Sweden.

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    Booze!

    by Andrew_W_K Written Jun 26, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: If you like a drink bring it with you. The prices in Stockholm are truly frightening particularly in restaurants where a small beer will set you back £5 and a basic bottle of wine £33 - I'm not joking and I don't mean expensive restaurants either (well expensive by UK standards but not by Swedish).

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    Lights and showers

    by PALLINA Written Oct 25, 2007

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellent if you want to go fishing or camping by a lake

    Miscellaneous: I would raccomend a rain jacket (anyway also in the sunniest month of July) and a dark mask to put on to avoid lights coming into the windows during the nights in summer. If you are not used to such clear nights it could be a nightmare trying to sleep in Scandinavia. Windows have only glasses not also dark doors like by us!

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    Swedish coins

    by KaisaL Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: tag everything with colored tape, ribbon or such

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: be prepared for warm, cool, rain

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If coming from USA, make sure you bring with your cold medicines, asprin, etc. You cannot purchase these items over the counter.

    Photo Equipment: I have found its nice to have with your laptop that will burn CD's. When my memory card is full, i just download onto the laptop.

    Miscellaneous: Have with you Swedish coins. Most of the public restroom require you to pay to use them, even at the airport. Also its now easier to use your debit card in the ATM's instead of American Express TC. Each time you cash in your Travelers checks your charged a fee. So cash in a large amount each time.

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    Mosquito repellent and other things....

    by tini58de Updated May 14, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Windproof clothes and good walking shoes - both for the outdoors as well as for cities!! The cobble stone in Stockholm is hard on your feet, so you will really appreciate good footwear!

    Photo Equipment: lots of film or memory cards!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: moquito repellent!!! This is the most important thing when going camping in summer!

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    Photo Equipment - General Advice

    by aliante1981 Updated Feb 23, 2005

    Photo Equipment: Any piece of photo equipment you might fancy is easily available in almost any town - well, except really expensive/professional digital cameras & accessories costing 10000 & upwards:)))

    However, they are much more expensive here than in practically any other country, so I suggest you bring at least the minimum you think you'll need + at least 10% more (if you see a really gorgeous scene) with you.

    Postcard map of Sweden

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    Good clothing is the key to a good experience

    by Maline Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the cold months (roughly speaking november through march) you should definitely bring the following items:
    A warm jacket
    Long legged underwear
    Protection for your head
    Muffler/scarf
    Warm shoes, maybe even with extra inside soles
    Warm socks
    Gloves
    This list is valid for visiting any part of Sweden during this time. In the southernmost parts it might not be necessary, but you never know. At least if you are coming dec-feb bring warm clothes and shoes!!

    A good material is Gore-Tex which protests against both cold and humidity while letting the body breathe.

    *If you are planning on outdoor activities and/or visiting the northern parts of the country, you must be even more careful with your dressing. The key to keeping warm in cold weather is layering. If you come without the appropriat gear, there are several stores in Sweden that carry these items.

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    Climate in Sweden

    by Leipzig Updated Aug 12, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Katterjakk (north): Summers average maximum is about 13°C (55°F) minimum around 6°C (43°F). Winters average maximum is about -5°C (23°F) minimum around -15°C (5°F). It can rain/shower all over the year, mainly in April.

    Ostersund (center): Summers average maximum is about 18°C (64°F) minimum around 10°C (50°F). Winters average maximum is about -3°C (26°F) minimum around -8°C (18°F). It can rain/shower all over the year, mainly winters.

    Stockholm (east): Summers average maximum is about 22°C (73°F) minimum around 14°C (57°F). Winters average maximum is about 0°C (32°F) minimum around -4°C (25°F). It can rain/shower all over the year, mainly in May.

    Göteborg (southwest): Summers average maximum is about 19°C (66°F) minimum around 12°C (52°F). Winters average maximum is about 3°C (38°F) minimum around -1°C (30°F). It can rain/shower all over the year - there is no specific rainy season.

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    What to put in your bag

    by ginte Written Apr 13, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter for how long you are going to stay in Sweden and no matter at what period of the year, the weather can change several times per day. So, even if you travel there just for a few days or a week it's necessary to have few T-shirts, one warm sweater and another light sweater, also a jacket from the rain as in the whole Scandinavia. Good shoes are also required as you will walk a lot for sure in 'discovering' cities or nature.

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    Packing List

    by Gili_S Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter: Bring warm cloths and good shoes.
    In Summer: Light cloths but also something to get warm at cold days or in the mountains.
    Rainy weather cloths will be very helpful.
    If you are planning going out, restaurants, nightclubs, its recommended also some elegant cloths. Swedes like to dress well while going out.

    Miscellaneous: Bring with you as much duty free as you aloud, everything will cost you more in local stores & pharmacies.
    Don't forget! Bring lots of money.

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    dress like a michelin guy?

    by Marlene_swe Updated Sep 27, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It depends on where and when in Sweden you go: if you go to northern Sweden at winter, be sure to dress in warm clothes as warm jacket, winter shoes, gloves, hat and a knitted scarf. And don't forget warm underwear. When you go out in the snow and cold, you will really looks like the michelin guy!

    If you travel to Sweden in summer, you can dress lightly. T-shirt and shorts/skirt is enough during sunny and warm days, but bring a thin sweater to wear at evenings just in case.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find everything you need here in the pharmacist.

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    Warmest clothes is a must

    by blueboo Written Jun 2, 2003

    Luggage and bags: I backpacked there when it's really cold, sometime during Christmas. It's not the coldest but enought to freak me out. So save most of the space of your backpack for warm clothes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring pills for headache, cough or any other flu symdromes, it helps, really! or you can get some ming gum or sugar in any convenient store, it sooth your throat when walking in a chilling wind.

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    Packing List

    by Maline Updated May 20, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: If you plan to party in Sweden, it might be advisable to bring some alcohol in on your own, because the price on alcohol can be a real shock.
    On the other hand buying alcohol means you have to visit the liquor store Systembolaget, with its longs waiting lines and great stock.

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