high altitude means it can be cold
Luggage and bags: A backpack makes getting around without a taxi an option and if you are planning any treks in Colombia's amazing nature, you'll need it then too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dressing in layers in important in a high altitude city like Bogota. When the sun it out, it can be quite warm but as soon as it goes in, it can get chilly. Nights as a rule are chilly and you'll be glad to have a jacket and sometimes even a hat. It is a walking town so bring comfy shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun block is important at high altitude especially if you get lucky with the sun like we did.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle is needed for taking interior building shots and for squeezing in all the big churches at close range. A good zoom is great for sneaky people photos.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Of course, in Bogota you won't need camping gear but we had ours with us for our upcoming trek in El Cocuy National Park! :)
Miscellaneous: Thanks to D for being the perfect travel partner. That makes all the difference in the world.
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What to bring and what not to bring
Luggage and bags: Pack light.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring long Pants and a light jacket because it gets chilly at night, and in the day. Sneakers are great.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Wear some sun screen (even though it's chilly, you could get burned from the sun without any protection at all). You could pretty much buy everything you need out there. I would advise on getting your own meds.
Photo Equipment: Digital. But don't wip it out too much. It can cause unwanted attention. If anything, bring a disposable.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bathing suit, towel, sun screen, small bag, hat ...
Sweaters and light coats
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bogota is located on a plateau aprox. 2600 mts. (8528 ft.) above sea level, therefore the weather is rainy, cold and windy most of the year except from early December until mid February when it's dry (but still cold). Pack accordingly, include an umbrella, a light sweater and maybe a coat if you plan to go out at night when temperatures drop and people still like to sit outside at cafes and restaurants.
People in Bogota wear formal almost all the time. If your travel plan includes visits to office buildings, dinner at good restaurants or formal occasions then include formal wear in your packing list.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Widely available at drugstores, large supermarkets.
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Medical supplies.. plasters etc
Luggage and bags: Backpacks, and don't let them out of your site.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather is so changeable in Bogota. One minute its raining and the next the sun is out. Always carry rain gear or a small unmbrella.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you going outside Bogota take some medical supplies with you most of these towns don't have toilets let alone chemists.. The beer being so cheap take headache pills.
Photo Equipment: Throw away cameras.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Walking boots. Hat, long sleeved shirt and trousers.
Miscellaneous: Mosquito Repellent. Always carry your ID. If your stopped by the police they will want to check your passport to make sure you have the correct visa.
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Very Important!! Don't forget to bring sweaters or a good jacket and warm pyjamas! Beacause of the height Bogota is located on, it gets pretty cold sometimes! Not Freezing, but still, you'll be happy to have warm clothes with you!
City map of Bogota
Miscellaneous: At the tourist info in the airport I got this free map of Bogota which is almost full of shopping advice and gives you rather an overview of the city instead of helping you finding out your way. So, rather carry your guidebook what I found more useful.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Nothing special. Just be sure to pack at least one heavy jacket. Nights in Bogota tend to be very cold (under 10° C).
If you come in a business travel you should pack your three-piece suite, white shirt and tie. Business dress is very formal.