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    Camera gear

    by acemj Updated Aug 6, 2005

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    Photo Equipment: You'll want your camera gear to capture the crowds in the city, the historic sites in Old City and some of the architectural splendors, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art or just a shot of the skyline from the West River Drive like this one.

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    Pack for our wacky weather

    by asturnut Written Jan 19, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Philly experiences real extremes of weather, so depending on the season you should pack accordingly. In fall and spring, the weather is variable- one day is a day for shorts and a tank top, then the next day can be so cold and wet you need a sweater, jacket and umbrella.

    Summers are generally extremely hot and by late July and August, the only tolerable clothing covers as little as possible. Some nights may get chilly, but generally it is stifling hot.

    Winters are also variable. It is January as I write this and last week we had bizarre warm weather where people were wearing shorts. Now it is bitterly cold and snowy. Generally by late January it is extremely cold and blustery in the city, without much snow. The tall buildings act as a wind tunnel and the cold is biting. I suggest packing a woolen pea coat because they are warm, fashionable in the city and not too bulky for traveling. If it is very cold out you can compliment with a humongous scarf and gloves and be comfortable.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Do not forget your perscription medicines, although Philadelphia has many 24 hour pharmacies.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Na

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  • Don't bring too much...

    by matt1168 Written May 17, 2003

    Luggage and bags: Don't bring too many bags if you are taking the train from the airport.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It gets cold at night, so pack a jacket if you plan to go out. Long sleeves in the fall and winter and short sleeves in the spring and summer.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most hotels supply all toiletries you will need-- some even supply toothbrushes ;)

    Photo Equipment: You will want to bring a camera, but don't put it out where everybody can see it.

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