We have a whole series of good guides we use when we travel to various parts of the country. We also pick up a lot of literature and maps from the welcome stations.
The Delorme series is one of the better sets of maps, guides and lists of places to see.
You woud be well advised to pop one in your trunk for use this year.
Bring a swimsuit. sunscreen, and a hat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring aloe and noxema, in case of sunburn.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you have small children, especially babies, bring a small camping tent. It will block out the sun, sand, and wind. BELIEVE me, they work!!
Luggage and bags:
Don't take as much luggage as I had unless you move to Virginia. You may want after visit.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on a season. Virginia is warmer than lowland part of Germany or Poland but not much :-). There are more rains as well (it's Atlantic state). Check:
24-hr Average Temperature in Richmond
Average Rainfall in Richmond
10 Day Forecast for Richmond
Photo Equipment: Good camera with good flash (historical interiors) and plenty of films or memory cards. For night photography (it's getting dark early in fall) and for caverns of Blue Ridge Mountains take a tripod.
Miscellaneous: Bring enough $$$$$ and good credit cards. Virginia deserves it. Well, it's not highly taxed California with parking space for $40 in San Francisco but there are many tourist attractions which may cost a lot. I paid $90 for 2 to enter collonial Williamsburg. But it's worth that money :-)!
Virginia has four definite seasons, so what you pack is reflected by what season you travel. Comfortable shoes is always a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Travel-sized insect repellent is good to have on hand any time of the year.
Photo Equipment: AH! Depending on what you want to preserve, I actually recommend both a good 35mm camera and a camcorder if you have one. 400iso is great for most photos, though I always have 800iso on hand for good stop action shots along the way.
Luggage and bags:
No need to carry everything you ever owned with you unless you're planning on moving here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Virginia has four distinctive seasons. Dress accordingly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you suffer from allergies, bring your medicine particularly in spring and in autumn.
Photo Equipment: A good 35 mm camera like the pictured Kodak advantix and plenty of film.
Luggage and bags:
We travelled by plane and car so a medium suitcase was fine. Make sure you pack enough underwear for two days in your carry on bag
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you going in the summer make sure your clothing is cotton, silk or other natural fibres.
It's very humid. We were there in June and temperatures were in the high 90s. Of course most places are air conditioned but who wants to stay indoors.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing special. There are many malls where you can get something you've forgotten.
Photo Equipment: I took an ordinaryRichoh cmera. Had no problem getting film or batteries.
Miscellaneous: Find out about the area before you go. Check the website, You don't want to miss anything
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