Rain gear, Amsterdam
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Typical weather ranges from about 0 degrees Celsius in the depths of winter (although there is usually very little snow) to typically pleasant sunny days of +20 to 25C in the summer. However, the weather can be very unpredictable and change within a matter of hours even if it looks good to start with.
Make sure you a warm coat, gloves, scarf and a hat in winter and a jumper or a cardigan in summer. Any time of the year you should also bring an umbrella (unless it is freezing) and sensible shoes that can take the long walks on the cobbled streets.
Spring and autumn are pleasant, but can be very wet (more than 100mm of rain per month). Be prepared and bring a pair of waterproof shoes and a coat. It can also be windy, so your umbrella won't be much help!
In the summer months there are typically 200 hours of sunshine a month, dropping to between 50 and 100 in the winter.
Luggage and bags: Pack as light as possible, but pack warmer than you thought
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure that you have some good walking shoes, I mean try them out go to a track and walk a mile in them. The best way around the city is walking, so have some good shoes with you. Also pack a weather proof jacket with zip up pockets, and make sure you have a good umbrella even in the summer.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Winters in Amsterdam can be cold and wet. Not surprising as you are in Northern Europe. Make sure you pack something warm as well as wet weather gear. Place special attention on your shoes - I would suggest two pairs. Two pairs of sneakers are insufficient as they are not very good in the rain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you bring comfortable shoes or walking boots. A lot of the pavements and canals are cobbled and somewhat un-even.
It rains a good bit here so bring suitable rainwear.
An umbrella is also useful, if the wind is light. Don't worry if you forget to bring one. There are very plentiful and very cheap here.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Amsterdam is kind of freaky, one minute the sun is shining with a brisk wind and the next minute it can be raining with bone-chilling winds, so it can be very unpredictable. So no matter what time of year bring some warm clothing, like a coat or jacket.
Also good walking shoes are very important because you will be doing a LOT of walking. The city itself is not very big in area so walking most of it is not impossible but in fact very doable.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Just always be prepared for rain, so take a good, sturdy umbrella because the wind is always whipping through those alley-like streets.
Luggage and bags: Take one suitcase and one suiter bag(hanging) along with a small backpack-type bag, and you can have everything you might need...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Khakis, jeans, polos,t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweaters are all appropriate, along with a good dress jacket, shirt, and pants... you don't need numerous amounts of each... walking shoes(leather, preferably), dress shoes... bring an umbrella(small) and/or a light raincoat if possible...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anything you really need from home such as medication... but you can get everything here otherwise...
Photo Equipment: Everything can be purchased here... don't weight yourself down coming here... find an adapter for the elecricity and bring it with you...
Luggage and bags: we brought backpacks and one piece of luggage..plus a day bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: good light backpacking shoes, warm socks, thermal underwear, beanie or other type of hat that will keep your ears warm..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: im not sure if it's all of europe but the toilet paper at our b&b was very rough and not what my spoiled american butt is used to..i suggest you bring some charmin!
Photo Equipment: i brought a fugi digital camera with a 16mb chip, a 32mb chip, and a 64mb chip..we also brought a weather proof 35 mm camera with black and white film.
Miscellaneous: we always bring advil with us, when you get a headache it's nice to be able to just take it now vs. tracking down a store to find some! but thankfully in amsterdam they have coffeeshops which will provide all the daily medicine your body needs..i'll take some white widow over nyquil any day!
Luggage and bags: If flying KLM, a small suitcase with wheels, and take nothing over 20Kilos.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Amsterdam is windy and cold in February. The weather cooperated while I was there for two days and it was sunny but take an umbrella anyway in case it rains. May was nice and warm enough to walk outside in just jeans and a light sweater.
Luggage and bags: Get as less bags as possible. Avoid taking small bags, since while you are on the Central station it might be a bit dangerous for losing them.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Heavy clothes suggested, but also practical ones. Keep in mind that you will walk a lot or cycle a lot, so get clothes that you think wil help you fot that. The most important is a raincoat, since you will wear it almost all day long.
Shoes: nothing special, better rainproof. A good idea is to get light shoes for better walking and boots if you come on winter.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing partcular. Get some aspirins, in order you get a headache from last night's boozing!!!
Photo Equipment: As many films as you might. Check out that your foto machine is water proof. Also try to get a black- white film, you will get much nicer fotos there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: don't even try it!!!
Luggage and bags: A bag big enough to hold your warm woollies and a good all weather coat (waterproof)take an umbrella no take two umbrellas to be sure to be sure.A small backpack just big enough for your camera and water bottle,map and umbrella.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: umbrella ,raincoat,warm thick sox,walking shoes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good pair of walking shoes. As the weather canged alot when I was there, I was very happy I brought along an all-weather-jacket that could stop rain and wind and was light to carry when the sun was shining :-) I always take along a small backpack so I have my hands free.
Miscellaneous: This picture is from Zaanse Schans.
Luggage and bags: Backpacks or a suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In October take warm clothes such as scarfs and jumpers. Also take waterproof clothing as it can get very wet during the winter months.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Whatever you usually use and lip balm so that your lips don't get chapped (sorry about spelling).
Photo Equipment: A normal camera will do, take extra batteries and film, although you can buy some there.
Miscellaneous: An umbrella.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothing
Summers are lovely but along with your shorts and beachwear pack a light-weight raincoat - the odd shower cannot be ruled out. Winter winds can be cold and you should certainly wrap up well in January and February. The average temperature in these months hovers just above 2 degrees centrigrade. One of the nice things about Holland is that the Dutch are relaxed about clothes. You wear what you feel good in - particularly in Amsterdam when an opera audience happily turns up in jeans and t-shirts. Which is not to say you cannot wear dress if you want to. Men should bring a tie and women a skirt or dress if you plan dining up-market. Otherwise feel free.
Miscellaneous: Value added tax and service charges are included in hotel, restaurant, shopping bills and taxi fares. Tips for extra service are always appreciated but not necessary. It is customary to give taxi drivers a tip of about 10%.Liquor laws
Sales of liquor: From the age of 16 it is legally allowed to buy beer and wine. To buy liquor you must be 18 years old. Alcoholic beverages are for sale at liquor stores and supermarkets. Supermarkets only sell beer, wine and alcoholic beverages with an alcohol percentage up to 12 to 13 percent.
It is prohibited to drive if you are over the 0.5 blood alcohol level. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense and applies to driving a car and riding a motor bike, scooter, moped or bicycle. You risk a fine of 80 euro(between 0.5 - 1 blood alcohol level) and 200 euro between 1 and 1.8 blood alcohol level.
If you are over 1.8 blood alcohol level your case will be taken to court. In addition to a fine, you may be temporarily banned from driving.
For the record, trafficking in (importing or exporting), selling, producing and processing either hard or soft drugs are offenses in Holland. However, the use of drugs is not an offense beacuse the aim of Dutch policy is to prevent and limit the damage drug use causes both the individual and society. To this end, assistance is given to drug addicts to promote their rehabilitation, and to improve their physical and mental condition and their social circumstances. They are more likely to seek assistance because they need not fear prosecution nor risk being branded criminals.
A coffee shop can best be described as a café which does not sell alcoholic beverages and in which, under certain circumstances, soft drugs may be sold. Although the sale of soft drugs is an offense, low priority is given to the prosecution of coffee shop owners, provided they sell small quantities only and meet the following conditions:
no more than five grams per person may be sold in any one transaction;
no hard drugs may be sold;
drugs may not be advertised;
the coffee shop must not cause any nuisance;
no drugs may be sold to persons under the age of 18, nor may minors be admitted on the premises. The mayor of a city has authority to close coffee shops which do not meet these conditions.