Something of Everything
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Something waterproof is a must. A hooded jacket is the best. The wind can be pretty strong sometimes and then an umbrella is more of a nuisance than a help. Layered clothing is the best for winter and summer. Everywhere has central heating and in some shopping areas it is so hot, you can walk around in short sleeves. Outside on the other hand can be icy so bring the thick jackets.
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Remember even in the summer it can be cold and wet
Luggage and bags: This really depends how long your staying. But something you may want to cosider paticularly if your staying in a hotel in one of the older buildings around victoria many of London hotel rooms are small so a large case may get in the way. I would recommend probably a small case hand luggage size and also a rucksack or similar to carry your camera, bottle of water jacket etc while out sight seeing.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: waterproof jacket is a must even in the summer London can be cold and wet. You may also wish to bring an umberella although personally im not a fan as they imho hinder me and everyone around me lol. In the summer a warm jumper and long trousers is advisable along with the shorts and t-shirts as UK is notrious for 4 seasons in one day. Also remember sun lotion you can still get sunburnt in the uk even on a cold day and Sun glasses. you may also want to invest in a good pair of shoes, boots or trainners for walking as trust me even when using trains, buses, subway you will still walk miles
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all medication you will need with you as over the counter medicines is more restricted here than in places such as a America and getting a prescription can be time consuming and expensive
Photo Equipment: camera and a large amount of film or memory card space as you will take loads of pictures also dont forget the batteries or charger
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Comfortable shoes and water proof jacket
Miscellaneous: also something else to consider is the uk use a 3 pin plug so you will need a travel adaptor and equipment on the correct uk voltage.
Nothing out of the ordinary
Luggage and bags: The tube is the most economical way to travel from Heathrow so wheeled luggage is the way to go, just make sure you can pick it up in case you have to go up some stairs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's always useful to have an umbrella and/or raincoat
Don't be afraid to pack shorts if you are traveling in the summer, you will see both tourists and locals wearing them if it's hot enough.
Don't worry about your feet being fashionable, you will walk a lot in London. Wear whatever shoes are comfortable for walking, I usually bring sandals and a pair of Merrells for rainy days in the summer, hiking boots in the cooler months. Tennis shoes are fine if that's what you are comfortable in.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hotels generally do not have wash clothes, pack your own, do without or buy when you get there
Miscellaneous: I always pack my Streetwise London map, it's laminated so it's very durable
My cameras in London
Photo Equipment: Video camera recorder SONY DCR-HC30E (made in Japan). It was my second video camera. It came in 2004 to change my old SONY Video Camera Recorder (Video 8) CCD-TR303E (1993-2003). It was in use until 2007. It was more convenient for sure and I could to take 4-6 hours of video in every trip. I took it in England for the first time and it helped to take as many videos as I wanted.
My photo camera Olympus Super-zoom 800S (assembled in Philippines, parts made in Japan) analog photo camera (36 shots/film). It was in use in 2000-2004.
An advanced soap-dish with compact zoom. Unfortunately only 3-4 films for every trip that time.
I regret that I didn’t change it in 2002-2003 for a digital camera. That’s why I have so few films about my trip to London.
My guide books in London
Miscellaneous: Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in London.
Around the World. UK. First edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 576 pages, 68 churches, cathedrals and abbeys, 130 museums, 54 castles and palaces, 72 cities, 50 maps, 180 illustrations.
England. Polyglott Verlag GmbH, Munchen, 2002, 96 pages.
Great Britain. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 2003, 222 pages.
London. Editorial Escudo de Oro S.A. - Spain, 105 photographs, 2004, 64 pages.
Luggage and bags: heavy leather or down jacket or coat. wind proof....Scarf, double sometimes, well worth the bitter cold air
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: umbrella....it rained or snow everyday I was there for a week
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toothpaste, avil
Photo Equipment: electronic camera
Miscellaneous: eye drops
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Hiking Pack List - Summer in Yosemite
Luggage and bags: No trolleys! Duffle bag will be fine.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking shoes - don't go without them! Loads of socks! Hot during the day, cold at night so prep for such conditions.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Blister pack, band aid,
Photo Equipment: Durable small camera for small people like me! Get a gorilla pod with t.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping gears as light as you can! Hat! Walking poles are a must! Water! Have one of those bladders from mountaineering shops! Mac in a sac as it might rain when comng back. Food, lots of it for long hikes.
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- Mountain Climbing
Winter Pack List - Don't Go Without
Luggage and bags: Luggage, suitcases are fine. Can walk with them down the shopping centres streets and it's not a fuss. Public transpo's eveywhere and every few minutes. Just remember to have your oyster card!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winter - trainers for comfort walking or boots if you'd like to be in fashion! People love dressing up so pack a couple of evening glam attire with heels. Winter - bring basics i.e. hat, gloves, scarf, thick coat whether you plan to walk around or just be outside a few minutes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip balm!! Hand cream, petroleum jelly for those two tired feet walking around, loads of tissues for that runny nose feeling. Water!
Photo Equipment: Shoot and click would be best bet & gorilla pod
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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 films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
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What clothes to pack?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Check the weather forecast on www.bbc.co.uk/weather just before you come. The UK weather really is unpredictable, and you need to know what's likely to happen so you can pack the right clothes.
Do pack comfortable walking shoes: your feet will thank you, and you'll enjoy your explorations much more.
Don't worry about whether you will look like a tourist. Check out the page links below, and believe that no-one in London cares what you look like, because they really don't. Wear what you feel comfortable wearing!
What to wear in London
How not to look like a tourist
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Wet and Dry
Luggage and bags: Going to London during Summer? Bring along an umbrella or buy one when you get there. The weather can change within minutes from that of sunshine to heavy rain. Especially so when we were at Buckingham Palace and there no shelter around it except for a couple of huge trees.
Consider buying a London Pass
Miscellaneous: We purchased a London Pass, which is a discount card that provides admission, queue jumping privileges and travel bonuses throughout London. We checked out the list of places that were included with the card and then checked out the admission prices to find that we would save money by getting the card. It was definitely worth it for us, and maybe it will provide savings for you too.
For me, there is also value in not having to wait in the long lines that can form during tourist season.
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Include an umbrella and/or rain coat
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Britain has a maritime climate and it's known for its rain even in summer! The rain should not deter you from exploring but it is always best to take an umbrella and/or rain coat. Make sure you have waterproof shoes/boots as well. Seeing people holding umbrellas whilst walking in the rain is a common landscape throughout the country.
Be ready for4seasons in 1day!&u can buy stuff here
Luggage and bags: If your bag has bust or you need an extra one or decide you want to get a permittable sized suitcase for hand-luggage then compare prices at TK Maxx - theres branches at Oxford Street, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Hammersmith, Putney, Colliers WoodARgos is pretty good - also BHS along Oxford Street and Debenhams are often having a good sale - souvenir shops along Oxford street near Marble ARch have been good in the past.
Bear in mind budget carriers from London such as Ryanair are pretty strict with luggage weights - so be aware how much your suitcase weighs on its own - Ryanair have a starting price for 15kg and charge more than others such as Easyjet do for 20kg! They have strict dimensions for cabin luggage as well. Ryanair only allow 10kg cabin baggage but Easyjet allows whatever weight fits into the usual dimensions...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Its not unusual to have such changeable weather here in London that it can be cold,hot,wet,sunny all in a day -bring a hat and sunscreen for fine days and something warm such as a light jacket or fleece even in the summer. If your hotel is handy in the city then you could go change if you get soaked or cold but otherwise its best to keep something with you. There are periods during the summer that we have long hot sunny days and be safe without anything extra even late into the night - but otherwise such as today on the day of the summer solstice - its been wet and cold most of this week, clouds have come over ahead, moved away again, the sun has shone then looked bleak again and temps been low enough to keep on the cardigans.
There are a few shops around you can buy a cheap umbrella from - Sainsburys, Primark, Poundland, some of the souvenir shops are okay but generally over priced.
Basic brands at Sainsburys even have 3 pairs of mens or ladies socks for £1!Primark is pretty cheap for clothing and footwear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sainsbury and Tesco supermarkets generally have a good stock of medical supplies at low prices such as paracetamol and ibubrufen tablets for only 20p a box, ibubrufen gel cheaper than chemists - sticking plasters for £1.40 a box, budget basics brand toothbrushes and toothpaste 10p for 2 and 17p a tube - deodorant for £1 a stick - Basic brand sanitary towels for 14p for a pack of 10 or 65 p for a pack of proper wrapped ones - there are also Poundland shops that do similar items and a wide array of items for only £1.
Boots the chemist also have a range of cheaper brand products as well.
so many of these things dont waste your luggage limits on these things -
Photo Equipment: Memory cards are coming down in price but at certain shops.
Great prices are available for memory cards at Argos - branches around such as at Tottenham Court, Putney, Wandsworth, Balham, Colliers Wood - prices also lower at Sainsbury and Tesco supermarkets.
Packs of RW DVDS are available also for low prices at Sainsburys and Tescos to copy your memory cards onto - though finding an internet cafe that allows it or charges less than £5 to copy onto your own card is not so easy. If you are in Morocco its cheap - about £1. Dont go to Snappy Snaps unless you are happy to pay £10 just to put your pics on DVD!
Jessops and Boots can be good for getting photos and other items made from your memory cards. Jessops and ARgos can be good too for replacement cameras and camera bags.
Poundland is good for batteries including rechargeable - otherwise amazon.co.uk is excellent for specialist batteries for your particular camera....also memory cards
Check out also 7dayshop.com for camera supplies online.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Argos generally has items for lower prices
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Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island
Miscellaneous: Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island.
The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get a nice insight into the life of the British people and their peculiarities. Some places Bryson visits on his trip are: Bradford, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Llandudno, London, Porthmanog and Thurso.
This book is definitely a must-read for everyone before or after a trip to Britain.
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