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,
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!!!
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.
Regarding good guide books about Kiev or Ukraine I have two recommendations.
Scheer and Schmidt: Die Ukraine entdecken
Trescher Verlag, Berlin
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 email@example.com.
Guidebook Touring Kyiv
Baltia Druk, Kiev
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If yopu travel in winter - it is better to have something really warm - sometimes it can be -20C - 30C, but not often. Be aware of snow in winter. Also, it often happens that after cold weather, warm weather is comming. It is not the best times in Kiev - too wet.
In summer, the weather changes - rain and sun. Usually it is not cold. In august can be really hot, up to 35 C. May is usually sunny and warm.
Shoes should be comfortable for walking as well as your clothes. But I guess you all know this.
Miscellaneous: If you will be cold, you can drink vodka to get warm. But not too much.
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!
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.
Luggage and bags:
Somethink like rucksack or a small easy bag. Be ready to walk a lot and it mostn't make you feel non-comfortable.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Spare shoes. It's absolutely necessary, they must be comfortable. The landscape of Kyiv is very nice as a view but exhausting for tourists.
Don't try to observe the city in 1 day, which is perhaps possible for any other town in Ukraine, but definitely not Kyiv. Lying on the high hills, it makes you go up and down dozens times a day. You won't feel your legs after that.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I think, as usual, you should keep some medicins rom the headaiche.
And yes.. the very important point. For the people suffering of allergy! If you come in June in particular.
In Kyiv there are many trees and one of them is Lombardy poplar. When they're bloomy, the city is covered with poplar fluff, of which people with allergy almost suffocate. So just bear it in mind.
Photo Equipment: Photo or video camera,, usual tourists stuff
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you come at summer time, take the swim-dress.
In this point Kyiv is the unique city where there are absolutely no problems with beaches and swimming.
Apart Dnipro river, there are a lot of lakes in all the districts of the town, so, wherever you will stay (in a hotel of at friends, private appartment) you'll find a place to escape the summer heat which is often almost unbearable.
Luggage and bags:
Bags are being packed regularly in Ukraine. In my travels I met a number of people who I would to some degree call friends. I recently began to think of what became of those people and with a few exceptions almost all have moved elswhere....places like Argentina, Spain, Germany and United States.
Miscellaneous: This is the best map Ive found of Ukraine. SUMMERY...In all Ive seen over 20 cities troughout the country and have done eveything from attend a wedding in a small unnamed rural town to almost being thrown in jail because my papers werent 'in order' to missing trains on a regular basis to being stranded in a small town over half my vacation to meeting some very nice people. The experience changed my life forever.........