Kiev What to Pack

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  • A view of Upper Kiev from Trukhaniv Island
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  • A view of Upper Kiev from Trukhaniv Island
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    Good walking shoes!

    by Pomocub Written Nov 24, 2012

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Kyiv isn't know for being a flat city so good, sturdy walking shoes are a must.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most toilet/ bathroom facilities in shopping centres will charge you to use toilet paper. It costs very little but it is worth taking some toilet paper with you when you are out incase you go to a toilet and there is no toilet attendant about.

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    hand wipes, toilet paper, klenex.

    by plainnuts Written Aug 23, 2010

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I always pack a few small things like travel tissues toilet paper and hand wipes. most can be found in the local market but I would hate to run out of toilet paper since they charge for it in public bathrooms.

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    Everything's Available!

    by hunterV Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    The Big Belfry of the cave monastery
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    Photo Equipment: The standard voltage in Ukraine is 220 volts. If you bring your electric appliances with you and want to use them effectively and without any risk, don’t forget to take all kinds of adapters and protectors to keep your costly devices from damage.

    Miscellaneous: One of the favorite holidays of the residents and visitors of Kiev is the City Day, or Days of Kiev, that are celebrated on the last weekend of May when all the central city streets turn into a vast stage and fair grounds. This festival attracts a lot of people from all over Ukraine and from abroad and is broadcast on many TV channels. Unlike Kiev, many other Ukrainian cities I know celebrate their City Days in September as, say, Luhansk that celebrates its City Days on the second weekend in September.

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    Our Climate and Weather

    by hunterV Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Kiev has a moderate continental climate with the average January temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees below zero centigrade) and the average July temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees centigrade).
    Summers are warm, but in spite of warm or hot days, the nights can be cool.
    Winters have been warm of late with temperatures above zero on many winter days including New Year’s Day and Christmas.
    So we began to think if it’s time for us to dream of white Christmas together with our friends in Western Europe.

    Miscellaneous: Welcome to Ukraine!

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    English? What English..

    by meteipek Written May 29, 2009

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    Miscellaneous: I couldn't find a better tip classification but; recently (as of 2009) tourism is still not a sector in Kiev, and very few people know English. The new generation youth, the students may be but regular resident does not. Even in the very center and very touristically important places, You can not find someone who understands You. So sign language is always an option yes, but even in the central restaurants, there are not enough waiters to speak English.

    Yes in my country (Turkey) people are not that good in numbers but after tourism, especially in touristic places people with adequate English is very common, and even the sellers in highly touristic places see You and understand from where You are, and speak to You in the appropriate language :]

    So this is a before trip tip; if You have the opportunity, make a local friend before visit or at least a Russian speaking travel buddy. If not make sure You have a small book or card set of mostly used words and sentences. Make sure You have a tourist guide book since there are no plates, signs or any other kind of written document telling the history or the details of the place You are visiting.

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    Money, visa and other information for Ukraine

    by catnl Written Jun 13, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: http://welcometoukraine.com/

    or

    http://www.brama.com/

    here you can find all kind of info about Ukraine.
    last time i was there any amount abve 1000 $ must be tmentioned to customs.
    you can use creditcard in most big cities, certainly in Kiyv.

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    Kiev guidebook

    by hydronetta Written Aug 21, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: A good guidebook is essential if you decide to sightsee on your own. I bought the english edition of "Touring to Kyiv" by Baltija Dryk editions, which it imitates the Eyewitness guides. Lots of photos, essential sightseeing and practical info made it a much better choice over others.

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    Visa matters

    by Bobek Updated Jul 30, 2005

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    Visa for Ukraine

    Miscellaneous: From 1st July 2005 on citizens of the US are allowed to enter Ukraine for 90 days within half a year without visa. This applies for tourists only (compare Decree # 1008/2005).

    According to Decree # 1107/2005 this is very similar for Japanese citizens who may enter without visa starting from 1st August 2005.

    There is a temporary simplification for the entry of tourists with EU or Swiss citizenship for the period of 1st May 2005 until 1st August 2005. No visa are required for this period. For these nationals a health insurance policy must be available with either AXA or Hansa Merkur insurance company. For the period of visa-free entry any other health insurance company is accepted.

    Now citizens from Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Moldavia, Mongolia, the USA, Japan and the States of the former USSR (except Turkmenistan) do not need tourist visa any longer.

    For details compare the embassy' s web page.

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  • Unexpected weather...

    by caprice_222 Written Jul 23, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: In Ukraine we have 4 full seasons: winter (the longest one), spring, summer and fall. But winter can find u any time, despite on a season. Its change very often and unexpectedly. So you better take some warm clothers with you and umbrella when u travel to ukraine any time of a year.

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    Water?

    by xxgirasolexx Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Dnipro River

    Miscellaneous: If you are going to be in a remote area, you might want to bring something to cleanse your drinking water like those tablets that supposedly kill every living thing in your drinking water. Either that or be very cautious, only drink bottled water...and try to bring some antibiotics or charcoal tablets. Your stomach will thank you.

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    Toilet paper?

    by xxgirasolexx Written Jul 8, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A bag with wheels is helpful because Kiev involves a lot of walking. The Metro stations and train stations don't have lifts usually, so you will have to walk a long way carrying a lot of stuff if you don't use something with wheels.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer, Ukraine can be very hot, so be sure to bring lightweight clothing that can be washed at night and dries quickly. In winter, be sure to bring very, very warm clothes because no matter what you bring it will never be warm enough. My most prized possesions in Ukrainian winter were my gloves, scarf, and then the boots I purchased there. I had brought very warm boots from the USA, but they just weren't warm enough. I don't really believe in wearing fur, but if you do, this is the place to wear it.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Public toilets don't have toilet paper, so be sure to bring little tissue packages or you will be stuck using a newspaper or something worse. Pack all prescription medications you may need. Things like band-aids and antiseptics can be purchased here.

    Photo Equipment: Film, batteries, cameras, all things can be purchased here at local photo shops.

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    Common sense rules :)

    by Dialing Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Kyiv-Packing Tips

    Luggage and bags: It's advisable that you take all important belongings in your carry-on bag. It will help in case your luggage is lost in the airport or on a train. Pack passport, tickets, itineraries, money, wallets and insurance cars in your carry-on bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you're arriving in winter note -5-+5C,
    in spring: +5-+20C,
    summer: +18-+32C,
    autumn: +23C-+7C in November :-)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are taking shampoos, soaps, laundry kits, shaving creams and other things like that, take travel size products. Note also that such products can be purchased in Ukrainian stores or markets.

    Photo Equipment: Are you digitalized already ?!! battteries, CDs, i-net cafes are easily available, and the rates are better 1.5-2 times then in other places; the same - for photo-prints! Wish you excellent sunny weather! :)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It certainly depends :)

    Miscellaneous: Obviously you check your documents, visas, money and other important things prior to leaving home. Bring a good mood and positive curiosity :) and enjoy your travelling!!!

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    Packing Light

    by highlandlaura Updated Oct 5, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Remember to pack only as much as you can carry for a mile, by yourself. Don't plan on anyone else to carry any of your bags. After you first pack everything, then, take out at least a third! After a couple of trips, you'll get it right first time!

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    A guidebook recommendation

    by Bobek Updated Feb 5, 2004

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    Two excellent Kiev and Ukraine guides

    Miscellaneous: Regarding good guide books about Kiev or Ukraine I have two recommendations.

    Scheer and Schmidt: Die Ukraine entdecken
    Trescher Verlag, Berlin
    ISBN 3-928409-68-9

    For Engish speaking tourists I strongly recommend another one. It is available in ENGLISH or in GERMAN and has obviously been produced with absolute commitment and affinity for the detail. This second lovely book has everything you ever wished to find: many detailed maps, lots of photos and illustrations, comprehensive texts about history, food, sightseeing, accommodation, entertainment and so on. It is excellently designed, of superb paper and printing quality and in consequence absolutely well done. Yet the highlight is that the publisher is a company from Kiev. So buying this book will also contribute a bit to the prosperity of this amazing city.

    The book has been published by Baltia Druk, Kiev and is 7 EUROs (plus shipment). It can be ordered directly from baltija@ukr.net.

    Guidebook Touring Kyiv
    Baltia Druk, Kiev

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  • Packing List

    by StretfordEnd Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm clothing. Kiev is nearly always freezing cold.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In short supply and not up to western standards, taking your own toiletries is to your advantage. Leave them for the maids at your hotel when you are checking out, it will be greatly appreciated.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You are joking.

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