Luggage and bags:
I always travelled with light Backpack, with many pockets. everything neetly wrapped & separatly in plastic bags.a spare bag for dirthy clothes.*
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: the South can be cold..wintertime from July/Aug.warm clothing recommended, good shoes & weathergear*
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: everything can be bought in P.A. for medical supply and medication ask youre G.P.*
Photo Equipment: take minimum supply from home, the rest buy here
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: depense what you prefer..see my Brazil Page*
Miscellaneous: try to learn some portugues sentence....they always come handy. in this part of Brasil, english is a little on the thin site. you might get lucky with german or italian...spanish is often understood,but portugues would give you a little edge
Winter here can be really cruel,it was the first time I had to shopping for sweaters and coats,and the cold was almost my breakpoint back to Rio first year here,I really didn't know anything about cold before,it's terrible to wake up in the morning,I gave up pijamas and get asleep with part of the clothes I will dress next morning,it makes all easier,less torturing!
Summer is a hell,so wet and hot,you wish only to get back home and be nacked or go to the first swiming pool on your way!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy almost everything you wish in the pharmacies without a prescription,but nowadays,the Health Ministry got more hard on this issue,and many times they will ask you for a medical prescription,finally!!
Mostly I recomend medicines for cold,as the weather here in the winter nakes the most improvedvacinations a joke!
Miscellaneous: This picture is pretty old,and show you how the city was almost submerged by the Guaiba lake during the rain seasons,in the winter.
Actually,it happened also in the summer.
This inundations were quite frequent here as I heard from some locals,the epidemic diseases runned those days because of the inundations,and all was a mess,some inhabitants have many stories of those times!
Look at the train station submerged!!
Porto Alegre has a very very cold winter,and if you plann to go to the mountain region in the winter,even colder!Winter is from march to september.
Althought,the summer can be extremely hot,and if you plann to go to our coast(pictures can be found in the travelogue)than,the regular beach clothes are ok..
Storms are frequent,summer or winter..take a strong umbrella in consideration,even with the danger you can fly with it,the storm winds are extremely strong!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In Brazil,unfortunately,you can buy almost EVERYTHING in the drugstore without a medical recipe!It's easy but was supose to be illegal..but..
Than take medicines only if you need a specific one as you can buy a similar here without any problems or explanations..it's a paradise for hypochondrics!
In the winter one may need medicines for flu,in the summer maybe for the sunburns..
Photo Equipment: Your usual camera,but in the winter the sunlight is not strong,the days are very dark!
Miscellaneous: Bring a big smile and a lot of energy..and a pair of good legs as Porto Alegre has many hills,even in the central areas..
Brazil is not all tropical. June to August can get quite cold here in PoA. I've never seen it below 0 c but close. If you take a trip to the mountains it'll be a little below on some days. So warm clothes for this season!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get most things in the city.
Photo Equipment: Ditto above