Washington D.C. What to Pack

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Washington D.C. What to Pack

  • Weather Related Clothing / Accessories

    Washington D.C. What to Pack

    When you come to see Washington in the summer you can count on several things: there will be a LOT of people and it is likely to be hot. Walking around all day in the heat will do a number on your feet, so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and cotton clothes. Bear in mind that inside the museums they usually turn up the air conditioning...

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  • Comfy Shoes

    Washington D.C. What to Pack

    Try to pack light, using only small suitcases, totes, or duffel bags. If you take the metro to and from the airport, you don't want to clog the buses and trains with all of your luggage. Bust out the worn-in sneakers or your favorite pair of comfy shoes, because DC is largely a pedestrian city, made up of people who take the Metro and walk...

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  • Plan Ahead / Security Sense

    Washington D.C. What to Pack

    Security is tight anywhere you go in DC. No matter it's a government building, museum, or gallery, airport-level security is mandatory. If you can, don't wear clothing or shoes with metal parts. I had a metal buckle on my belt, and wound up having to 'unbelt' myself in every building. Haha, I didn't know so many people want to see me undress.

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    Washington D.C. What to Pack

    We used two small backpacks as it was only a four day trip. This allowed us to bring all our luggage on as carry on which saved us not only time but also money as all checked bags are paid for on domestic flights in the US. Dress in layers for northeastern fall weather. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Even with DC's great Metro, you do A LOT...

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  • When you go touristing

    When you are out and about to check out the sights of Washington you might want to pack a bottle of water (or whatever your drink of choice is. Getting a drink and a snack from one of the vendors at/near any of the main tourist sights will be frightfully expensive, particularly if you are traveling as a family. Especially during the summer...

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  • Washington in Summer

    When you come to see Washington in the summer you can count on several things: there will be a LOT of people and it is likely to be hot. Walking around all day in the heat will do a number on your feet, so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes and cotton clothes. Bear in mind that inside the museums they usually turn up the air...

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  • travel light but not without a tripod

    We used two small backpacks as it was only a four day trip. This allowed us to bring all our luggage on as carry on which saved us not only time but also money as all checked bags are paid for on domestic flights in the US. Dress in layers for northeastern fall weather. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Even with DC's great Metro, you do A LOT...

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  • Everything we need for our weekend...

    A small roller board big enough for both our things, I also take a large day bag to put our toiletries in. We travel to DC at all times of the year and usually for just a night or two. We take along with us very comfy casual clothing. I usually take a few pair of jeans, skirt and comfy tops as well as a pair of comfy boots or sandals. ` The usual...

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  • Hot as a Furnace

    I was in DC at the end of June and it was BOILING. It was like walking in a sauna, with sweat dripping down you all the time (this, from a person who never sweats). So if you are planning a trip in the summer, stick to light, airy cotton clothing. I would stay away from skin-tight acrylics unless your are a glutton for punishment. But if you plan...

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  • Be a Good Pedestrian

    Try to pack light, using only small suitcases, totes, or duffel bags. If you take the metro to and from the airport, you don't want to clog the buses and trains with all of your luggage. Bust out the worn-in sneakers or your favorite pair of comfy shoes, because DC is largely a pedestrian city, made up of people who take the Metro and walk...

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  • you'll be doing a lot of walking

    make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes coz you'll definitely do a lot of walking. don't ever ever forget to bring a camera with a lot of memory (a plus is to bring an extra memory card) and make sure your batteries are always charged. you wouldn't want to miss that crucial photo op!

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  • Don't freeze your ears off

    It might be the low season in January, but I still see the occasional tourist. Please, for God's sake, bring something to cover your head. We get bitterly cold winds in January/February even when the actual temp doesn't sound that cold. They're pretty strong between the buildings where you'd expect wind tunnels, but if you're out on the Mall,...

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  • Tennis Shoes or blisters

    Make sure to bring a comfortable pair of tennis shoes. If you plan on seeing D.C. plan on doing a lot of walking. Make sure to bring an extra memory card or film. I went through a lot more pictures than I expected.

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  • Fill a Backpack for Cherry Blossoms

    A visit to Washington D.C.'s Tidal Basin to view the famous cherry blossoms will take about 3-4 hours to do right. Therefore, fill a backpack with food (the area is great for picknicking) and extra clothes (if it starts out warm), since the spring weather in Washington can change quickly. If the day starts out cool, bring an empty backpack to give...

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  • Suitably to season and safety...

    Be prepared to have your hand luggage searched each time you enter into any federal building or museum. It can't be large in size. Leave it in your car or hotel as most museum lockers and checkrooms have been closed. Security check points like bag checks and metal detectors will slow down your entry. To enter some museums you can't carry anything...

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  • Don't go outside

    Comfortable shoes for walking around Washington DC is always unbearable. In the summer, British Expats used to get hazard pay for the swamp-like jungle that decends on DC in the summer months. Winter is just miserable, with temperatures hovering near freezing that coat the city in a slippery near-sleet mist. In October and April, you might be...

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  • Security

    Security check points like bag checks and metal detectors will slow down your entry to most museums. To help this process along try not to bring large bags, etc.

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  • Comfortable Shoes are a MUST!!!

    Bring a back pack to hold your daily purchuses while stomping around Washington DC. That is the first thing we bought when we got there since we forgot ours!! It will also come in handy to carry your bottled water, tour books and bandages if you forgot your comfy shoes!!! When heading to Washington DC, be sure you have your most comfortable pair...

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  • Packing is Important, so Pack Smart!

    "Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling." Margaret Lee RunbeckII always suggest to "travel light" because who needs to be dragging luggage or paying to have someone else do it? Washington DC is a walker's town so, of course, walking shoes are essential. It's always wise to have a small umbrella packed. Pack all of your...

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  • Take a tripod for you camera!

    Pack nice clothes as well as comfy clothes if you want to eat out. People dress-up in this town! Bring old worn in shoes. You will walk a lot if you want to see anything. Bring the full arsenal. Bring rain gear, especially in spring. April showers bring May flowers...

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  • Packing List

    No need to overpack unless you go to one of those big (overrated) Washington parties. Dress for the season and keep an umbrella handy because it can rain at any point in the year. If you come in winter, friends and neighbours, make sure you carry along a heavy coat, a stocking cap, and a warm pair of gloves. A 35 mm should be enough, but a...

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  • Historic sites call for lots of...

    Travel as light as possible is what I always advise. Take comfortable apparel appropriate to the weather. I recommend www.weather.com for anyone to check. And if you're there in the winter, definitely bring weather for the snow! These are available at any convenience shop, I'm guessing. Snapshot/Digital/Videocams Think more of outdoor gear if...

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  • Shoes & more!

    Clearly marked baggage! A small tote that you can put all your personal belongings in to carry with you wherever you may go! Pack an extra pair & make sure their both COMFORTABLE!! A light jacket for chilly nights or early morning train arrival! I ALWAYS pack a small pack of band aids in my purse! I ALWAYS have a band aid on me even at home &...

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  • Avoid clothing/shoes with metal parts

    Security is tight anywhere you go in DC. No matter it's a government building, museum, or gallery, airport-level security is mandatory. If you can, don't wear clothing or shoes with metal parts. I had a metal buckle on my belt, and wound up having to 'unbelt' myself in every building. Haha, I didn't know so many people want to see me undress.

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  • Take a Map!!!

    A map of the toruist attractions is a must. I bought a great map at FDR memorial. Also, make sure you have a city map...I got one from my rental car company.People will approach you on the street to give you a "free" map...for a Donation!!! I recommend carrying your own and look the other way when these people approach...some can be rude.

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  • Dress appropriate!

    I went in May! I wore shorts, short sleeves, and Birkenstock flip flops. It was very warm. Make sure your shoes are comfortable. Pack a light backpack of supplies. Take a Digital Camera with lots of free memory cards.

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  • Fans

    When we visited DC the weather was so warm, and the humidity very high, meaning you were bathed in sweat!!! Standing waiting for a tube train was like being in a sauna. As we are visiting DC again in just over a weeks time, I am going to remember to this time take one of those little hand held fans, they have batteries in them. At the push of a...

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  • Be ready for heat in summer and freezing...

    We have 2 seasons--too hot and too cold. Pack for rain and heat in summer, and for dry cold weather in winter. It doesn't snow much, except last year it did. Distances are not short along the mall. Make sure your shoes don't hurt.

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  • What to Bring!

    Walking shoes especially. There is a lot to see and do here, and you'll be walking from one place to the other. Even if you get a bus or something to take you from place to place, most of the tours require you to walk, so definetly walking shoes. Like I said before, everything closes early, so if you think you might have a headache, backache,...

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  • Bring film

    Those of you prosaic enough to still be using regular cameras (like me) know about the horrors of running out of film. And, inevitably in a "tourist spot" the film is really expensive. The same goes for D.C. especially if you buy it from one of those kiosks on the National Mall - so bring enough with you!

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  • Packing List

    Bye Bill - I will definitely miss you.His Farewell For Bill Clinton, it was a long, slow goodbye. He stayed up all night packing, worked until the last minute, lingered in the Oval Office and, as he walked out of the White House, sat down at a piano and swayed along as a musician played 'Our love is here to stay.' 'You gave me the ride of my...

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  • Packing List

    please bring plent of shorts and cool shirts during the summer. also some good walking shoes. Resort jus bring a zoom camera to get your best pics. bring water and snacks in the city because there are not many places that are cheap there. The reagan building has great food court and not expensive.

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    Good, comfortable walking shoes are a must! Bring a camera - any kind! There are a multitude of photo ops! An open attitude is helpful - don't get lost in the political, but explore the social and cultural sites!

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  • A city of changing seasons

    The Washington, D.C. area experiences all four seasons. It can be bone-chilling cold in the winter, rainy in the spring, unbearably hot and humid in the summer, and beautiful in the fall (my favorite!). Pack accordingly.

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  • Packing List

    Dress cool in summer time. It gets hot and very, very humid. bullet repellant and methadone Bring a digital camera and/or mini DV cam so you can take LOTS of pictures and then suck them into your computer when you get back home. DC gets very humid in the summer time. Bring plenty of change for tips and tax in restaurants. In addition to even...

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  • Packing List

    Um, summer can be hot. Winter can be cold with snow. Spring can be rainy, as with fall. Although I think spring is supposed to be nice with all the cherry trees in bloom. Anyway, weather really isn't ideal here.

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  • Packing List

    back-pack. Be prepared to have it searched each time you enter into a federal building. No big deal. comfortable shoes. Theres a lot of ground to cover. like all other trips get your supplies from your home area. If you try to buy in the gift shops they will charge you out the wazoo.

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  • Packing List

    This is the view of the city from the Arlington House. It reflects perfectly the very heavy atmosphere that reigned during my last visit. Although it was still mid Spring, it was veery hot and humid. The air was thick and the only refreshing air came with the evening's storms.However, the DC area is known for its extreme temperatures that range...

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  • Packing List

    Bring comfy shoes!! The best way to get around and see the sights is on foot, especially if the weather is nice. However, there's nothing worse than being half-way up the mall and having to stop and put a band-aid on your blister.

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  • Packing List

    In the winter, bring clothes to keep you warm. In the summer time, wear the LEAST possible and bring a TOWEL with you. You will ALWAYS be Sweating. In the fall, no problem. Cool evenings, Warm days. In the Spring - well, there IS no Spring per se. It lasts about 24 hours if you are lucky.

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  • Packing List

    If you are going to be here in the summer, bring light-weight, light-colored clothing and plenty of sunblock. It's likely to be oppressively hot and humid. Also bring an umbrella, because the heat and humidity routinely cause afternoon downpours and thundershowers. If you plan to see the monuments and museums (and you should!), bring comfortable...

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  • Packing List

    I usually bring along TWO types of cameras with me and load them with TWO different types of films i.e. ASA200 film (for day) and the high speed Kodak 800 film for museums or places that do not allow flash photography. Personally, I don't like to lug around with me huge cameras. So, the cameras that I'm using currently are: the Olympus mju Zoom...

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  • Packing List

    The following is a rough guide on what I'd pack along with me for a SUMMER vacation: 2 pairs of pantyhose (to go along with my more dressy outfits). 1 pair of jeans OR a black all-purpose pants 3 to 4 cotton T-shirts. 1 short skirt OR skorts (a mini skirt with a pair of shorts sewn in... Very hip right now). 1 pair of sandals 1 pair of...

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  • Packing List

    I don't necessarily think that there is a 'best type' of bag to take, since that primarily is a personal issue, though I would say that when I travel I try to not look too much like a tourist (the typical ugly American comes to mind) though it is something that is generally easy to find out.Base what you bring on where you are going and the climate...

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