Luggage and bags: Light weight bags but then again I would say that for any place, Sheffield though not as crime ridden as Manchester has its fair share of opportunists, so dont look too wide eyed and touristy... be sensible, blend in and dont expose expensive equipment etc, keep your mobile phone in your bag..etc
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: don't forget those sensible shoes for a good ol' yorkshire hike ;-)
Warm clothes between August-ish and May-ish (the weather however is so unpredictable. If you are hiking etc, it stands to reason you need adequate footwear, thin layers, waterproofs etc, in meadowhall or indoor shopping, leave your coat, its hot, mad and exhausting in those hell holes :-) (Love shopping really, just not with the kids)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The only real dangers in UK are the risk of a wasp/Bee sting in summer..so have handy some waspeze etc, the spiders are defenceless, dogs, not generally rabid (but of course be cautious, young people often have staffy bulls or similar as (thug) status symbols...wonderful dogs tho. Take your own plasters, lotions and potions, if you have an accident in a public place and they administer basic first aid, often they are not allowed to apply anything that you might react to.. obviously if its an emergency then the hospital is different.
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Bathing costumes for children
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If it's a sunny day and you have children don't forget their bathing costumes. They seem to love playing in the fountains at the peace gardens. (If you're taking pictures and they are of someone else's children please keep a respectful distance).
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Back Packs N Boots
Luggage and bags: When coming here you most definately want to try and see the countryside...Peak District. For this you will need a back pack and preferably some walking boots. If you venture out towards areas like Kinder Scout it is a good idea to buy yourself an ordanace survey map and possibly a compass....people do get lost up there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Water Proofs
Thermals if in winter
Boots if hiking
Maps if hiking
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No medical supplies are needed the hospitals are well equipped if you decide to pick a fight with the locals. We dont have flies or any thing like that so no insect repelant needed at any time of the year. Chemists open like the other usual buisseness and close roughly at 530pm...although if you buy the local paper "Sheffield Star" it will list late night opening and just a few chemists....usually until 10pm.
Photo Equipment: Photo eqipment is essential if you are going in to the country side...you will be faced with some amazing scenery..a huge contrast in a short distance from the city. Its relativly easy to get films developed and also a shop called Jessops does a digital service. Get them burnt on to a disc and I guess you have options to email at the few internet cafes that are springing up around Sheffield.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Water proofs are a good idea no matter what time of the year it is if you are in the countryside. One thing you might experiance is that the weather can change dramatically in a matter of a few minutes. It can be sunny when you set off, not a cloud in the sky.....but half way through your walk the heavens can open. About 5 years ago I actually witnessed it snow in august...ten minutes before the snow the sun was shinning. Plenty of camp sites for caravans tents etc etc.....one of the nicest areas to stay is a village called Castleton....this is about 30 minutes drive from Sheffield city center and is situated in the peak district......well worth a visit.....you wont be dissapointed.
Miscellaneous: Mobile phone receptions are not so good if you are out in the hills...so dont fully rely on them. This applies for most networks.
The countryside around Sheffield holds a huge amount of history, but once again it doesnt jump up and bite you.....you have to search for it. It is an excellant area to go mountain biking.......off road 4x4......hiking......camping.....caravaning........hangliding........etc etc
A good common sense thing to do like in most cities is buy a Sheffield A-Z here is a big city and for the sake of maybe four or five pounds the A-Z might save you a lot of hassle.
I know the information here is limited and basic........I live here and have always lived here if any further info is needed about sites etc etc please let me know and I will try to help. If you like hiking research the Pennine Way....world famous walk.
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Luggage and bags: Depending on where you are staying take a case. Taxis are quite cheap as well so getting to your hotel is not a problem.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm clothes as in jumpers, trousers especially in the winter. A few lighter clothes if travelling during summer months.
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