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    Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island

    by HORSCHECK Updated Dec 12, 2015

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    Miscellaneous: Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island.

    The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get an interesting insight into the life of the British people and their peculiarities.

    Some places Bryson visits on his trip include Bradford, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Llandudno, London, Porthmanog and Thurso.
    This book is definitely a must-read for everyone before or after a trip to Britain.

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    Rough Guide Britain

    by HORSCHECK Updated Nov 17, 2015

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    Miscellaneous: To explore Great Britain an up to date guidebook is very useful. I often use the Rough Guide to Britain (England, Wales, Scotland). It covers information for all budgets on the best places to stay, eat and drink. Plenty of recommendations and practical tips on exploring the countries make this book an useful travel companion.

    Website: http://www.roughguides.com/

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    Bring Water Repellant Jackets and Clothes

    by machomikemd Written Jul 14, 2015

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: although Spring and Summer are the Best times to visit London, you must be prepared for any eventuality as even though spring weather in London is cold, you can experience unusual dry spell and even occasional spring rain showers that you can be walking around in a light coat one day or even without one as it can be really hot (not very unusual) then must have an umbrella or wearing a water repelland coat of jacket after a few hours as there can be rain showers going abruptly so better be prepared so as to bring the all weather gear like the water repellent or waterproof wear and umbrellas just to be sure.

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    Bring Smartphones with Large Memories

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2015

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    Photo Equipment: In today's wired world, Point and Shoot Cameras and Digital SLR's are slowly but surely becoming obsolete as the Newer Generation of Smartphones churned up by noted Makers such as Samsung, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, LG and others now have better cameras installed in their smartphones with higher megapixel content rivalling the Stand Alone Digital Cameras and better low light Shooting Conditions too and some even have optical zoom capabilites. You can now practically just bring your trusted smartphone to take photos and videos of your travel, provided that they have a large memory capacity and you can instantly share these pictures and videos to your favorite social media immediately (just as long as you have an internet connection) unlike the digital cameras of which you need to transfer to a laptop and then share the pictures.

    I am using mostly my smartphones to take pictures and videos of my travel (an Iphone 6 plus and Samsaung Galaxy 4) for the sheer convenience it gives.

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    Bring A Powerful Optical Zoom Camera

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2015

    Photo Equipment: If you are the intrepid shooter of lots of films and videos on your travels, then you must have a powerful optical zoom camera like a canon sx60 (which has a 50x optical zoom) or a nikon coolpix 610 (52x optical zoom). They are less bulky than the DSLR cameras and the zoom capacity lets you view and shoot objects and pretty girls from far away. Also have the new large capacity SDXC cards, which are better than the regular SDHC cards which can hold only up to 64 gigabytes of memory as compared to the SDXC cards which now have up to 512 Gigabytes of memories. perfect for shooting full hd videos and taking pictures at the same time as the new cameras like the canon sx60 and olympus sz-31 MR can do. But don't forget to bring your powerbank as an accompaniment to your camera so you can charge your cameras while travelling too.

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    Bring A Lightweight Luggage and Hand Carry Extra

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2015

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    Luggage and bags: if you are a shopaholic like me, you pack light on your travels so that you can have many space in your luggage to fill up with goodies since London has lots of shopping options like Top Shop, Marks and Spencer, Harrods and a lot more! Also carry a spare bag with a trolley so that you can have additional space to fill your extra bag with goodies that you can hand carry since you are allowed to hand carry another bag besides your small personal bag (not exceeding 7 kilograms in weight) and it helps if that extra bag you're carrying has wheels too so that you are not hard pressed to carry two bags when you check in at the airport for departure. also, using Gulf Airlines such as Etihad or Emirates or Qatar Airways if the best at they have a 30 kilogram baggage allowance! unlikeother Airlines such as Delta or United Airlines or KLM, so you save more for the luggage allowance!

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    Bring Medicines

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2015

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Again, when travelling away from home, do carry extra medicine since they might become handy if there will be an emergency that arise like food allergy so you must have anti-allergy medicine or if you have a loose bowel movement due to the food you eat or you are lactose intolerant hence having an anti bowel medications are handy. also bring ibuprofen or paracetamol tablets for fever since you might get a flu due to the weather and also have medicine for motion sickness. If you have a medical conditon like hypertension or diabetes or asthma, then it is better to have an extra small bag for extra medicines at your check in luggage and don't forget to tell your doctor to write your prescriptions as you need to carry them in case the customs authorities in the Heathrow Airport ask why you have medications in your luggage.

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    Bring Powerbank for Extra Battery Life

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 11, 2015

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    Photo Equipment: In today's world of power hungry point and shoot phones, smart phones and tablets and other high tech devices, batterty life is a big deal when travelling moreso if you are in the business of taking many shots and videos of you travels and hence, the solution is the USB powerbank storage device (preferably the 8,400 mAH up to 15,000 mAH variety so that you can do multiple recharges on camera battery or smartphone battery or Tablet Battery before recharging your USB powerbank), which can easily recharge your camera battery plus smart phone and tablet devices when the need arises in any type of situations.

    You wouldn't want to have an empty battery while taking photos or videos of the Bukingham Palace Changing of Guards or the Thames River Cruise do you?

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    Bring Universal Plug Adaptors & Extension Cords

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2015

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    Miscellaneous: different countries have different socket plug ins and there are many power plug configurations like the two pin (which we use in the Americas, Parts of Asia and Africa and Americas, the two rounded pin used in Most of Europe and Some parts of Asia and the Middle East and the Three pin configuration used in British Commonwealth Countries Around the World ( Here in London it is a 3 pin configuration) and an extension cord! as many hotels only have up to 2 sockets for guest in a room. you don't want to spend your time changing devices to be charged using just 2 sockets and there are 2 or more of you with different cameras, smart phones and USB Powerbank Chargers to re charge you devices while on a tour. Also Bring the newest extension Cords which are with USB sockets instead of the regular plug configurations as most devices you now use the the smartphones and tablets and cameras now come in USB enabled sticks.

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  • You will need layers!

    by LondonFan Written Jun 5, 2014

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's true: it often rains in London. But then it is also often very hot. Then it's freezing cold. One thing's for sure - no matter what time of year you visit, you can't predict the weather in London. So my advice is to pack layers. That way you can easily adjust your outfit while you're out and about to suit the changeable conditions. Oh and bring a small umbrella. Unfortunately, you'll probably need it at some point!

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    Something of Everything

    by cleocat Written Feb 20, 2014

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Something waterproof is a must. A hooded jacket is the best. The wind can be pretty strong sometimes and then an umbrella is more of a nuisance than a help. Layered clothing is the best for winter and summer. Everywhere has central heating and in some shopping areas it is so hot, you can walk around in short sleeves. Outside on the other hand can be icy so bring the thick jackets.

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    Remember even in the summer it can be cold and wet

    by sparkieplug24 Written Dec 29, 2013

    Luggage and bags: This really depends how long your staying. But something you may want to cosider paticularly if your staying in a hotel in one of the older buildings around victoria many of London hotel rooms are small so a large case may get in the way. I would recommend probably a small case hand luggage size and also a rucksack or similar to carry your camera, bottle of water jacket etc while out sight seeing.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: waterproof jacket is a must even in the summer London can be cold and wet. You may also wish to bring an umberella although personally im not a fan as they imho hinder me and everyone around me lol. In the summer a warm jumper and long trousers is advisable along with the shorts and t-shirts as UK is notrious for 4 seasons in one day. Also remember sun lotion you can still get sunburnt in the uk even on a cold day and Sun glasses. you may also want to invest in a good pair of shoes, boots or trainners for walking as trust me even when using trains, buses, subway you will still walk miles

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all medication you will need with you as over the counter medicines is more restricted here than in places such as a America and getting a prescription can be time consuming and expensive

    Photo Equipment: camera and a large amount of film or memory card space as you will take loads of pictures also dont forget the batteries or charger

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Comfortable shoes and water proof jacket

    Miscellaneous: also something else to consider is the uk use a 3 pin plug so you will need a travel adaptor and equipment on the correct uk voltage.

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    Nothing out of the ordinary

    by Dabs Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    Luggage and bags: The tube is the most economical way to travel from Heathrow so wheeled luggage is the way to go, just make sure you can pick it up in case you have to go up some stairs.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's always useful to have an umbrella and/or raincoat

    Don't be afraid to pack shorts if you are traveling in the summer, you will see both tourists and locals wearing them if it's hot enough.

    Don't worry about your feet being fashionable, you will walk a lot in London. Wear whatever shoes are comfortable for walking, I usually bring sandals and a pair of Merrells for rainy days in the summer, hiking boots in the cooler months. Tennis shoes are fine if that's what you are comfortable in.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Hotels generally do not have wash clothes, pack your own, do without or buy when you get there

    Miscellaneous: I always pack my Streetwise London map, it's laminated so it's very durable

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    My cameras in London

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 24, 2013

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    Photo Equipment: Video camera recorder SONY DCR-HC30E (made in Japan). It was my second video camera. It came in 2004 to change my old SONY Video Camera Recorder (Video 8) CCD-TR303E (1993-2003). It was in use until 2007. It was more convenient for sure and I could to take 4-6 hours of video in every trip. I took it in England for the first time and it helped to take as many videos as I wanted.

    My photo camera Olympus Super-zoom 800S (assembled in Philippines, parts made in Japan) analog photo camera (36 shots/film). It was in use in 2000-2004.
    An advanced soap-dish with compact zoom. Unfortunately only 3-4 films for every trip that time.
    I regret that I didn’t change it in 2002-2003 for a digital camera. That’s why I have so few films about my trip to London.

    My cameras in London

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    My guide books in London

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jun 23, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in London.

    Around the World. UK. First edition. Publisher "Around the World", 2005, 576 pages, 68 churches, cathedrals and abbeys, 130 museums, 54 castles and palaces, 72 cities, 50 maps, 180 illustrations.
    England. Polyglott Verlag GmbH, Munchen, 2002, 96 pages.
    Great Britain. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 2003, 222 pages.
    London. Editorial Escudo de Oro S.A. - Spain, 105 photographs, 2004, 64 pages.

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What to pack for London?  That's a very good question.  The most important thing to remember is that the weather is completely unpredictable at any time of year.  The expression...

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