Umbrella, Amsterdam

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    by sandravdp Updated Dec 29, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Take a backpack or suitcase with you.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When it's summer dress lightly, but always bring a sweater, trousers and raincoat along, you never know...Also in winter and autumn it can be very cold. In winter it often freezes, so bring a scarf, gloves and a wintercoat then.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get everything in the supermarket.

    Photo Equipment: Good shops for your film and filmdevelopment are everywhere. No problem!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Umbrella!

    background: Amsterdam Central station.
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    You may have to use an umbrella at any time

    by kri-kri Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During my six-day trip in August, there was only one day that it didn't rain at all. I had to buy two umbrellas and one rain jacket on different occasions before I decide to carry at least one umbrella with me whenever I went.
    Even if the weather looks and feels great, don't be fooled; it can literally rain at ANY given time, so make sure you're as prepared as you can be. Umbrellas are really cheap in Amsterdam and are being sold in most souvenir shops around the centre of Amsterdam, but if your wanderings involve a place outside the busy city centre make sure you carry an umbrella with you. If it starts pouring down on you out of nowhere, you'll know what I mean.

    Good walking shoes are also a MUST - otherwise cobblestones will definitely be blisterous to your feet. Even if you use the excellent tram system for moving around, you still have to face the fact that eventually you'll be doing a LOT of walking, mostly along the canals or busy shopping streets like Kalverstraat.

    Raining on the street
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    Amsterdam weather

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 2, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were lucky with the weather until the last day of our visit when it rained non-stop for a few hours. Unfortunatley we had chosen that day to rent bikes and there was little we could do other than sit in a cafe all afternooon. Bring some raingear and a good umbrella!

    Is it raining?

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    by davequ Updated Jan 26, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Except for the "hot" clubs with aggressive doormen/bouncers, Amsterdam, unlike Paris, is a casual city, not requiring much dress-up, so pack light.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I've never needed an umbrella in Amsterdam
    but I am told I am very lucky.

    Everyone says, buy one there on the street, they are cheap.
    I got 1 for 3 euros and never used it.

    Smarter A'Dam locals say that wind will destroy your umbrella quickly and you are better off with a plastic/water-resistant, hooded light jacket when the weather is rainy/windy, and they are probably right. As many times as I have been to Amsterdam, I have been too fortunate weather-wise to test that theory myself.

    Good walking shoes, but it is better and in my opinion smarter to rent a bicycle from frederic to enhance your experience and minimize walking.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film, batteries, or digital memory. Amsterdam offers hundreds of opportunities for photographers.

    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Budget Travel

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    Rain drops are fallin'

    by ingridf_nl Written Feb 27, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring an umbrella or a rain coat. Some of the springs and summers are stellar and the rain isn't too bad... But on the other hand, it can rain for weeks at a time, especially in the winter... So for your own comfort :) bring something waterproof... (It doesn't usually rain hard, just frequently.)

    rain rain rain

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    rain gear

    by justen Written Nov 22, 2002

    Luggage and bags: try not to bring too many bags as they are hard to keep up with if your hotel can hold them or check you in right away.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable stuff,rain coat,lots of socks and a pair of thermals if you are there in the winter.comfortable shoes that are good for walking and an umbrella.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: good idea to bring a towel and some toilet paper.

    Miscellaneous: bring a map and use it.

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    by BlueBerry_7 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Make sure to leave extra space in one or more of your bags. If you are like me, you want LOTS of souviners to bring home, so make certain there is ideal space left for such items.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always pack something warm, even in Summer months, it tends to get chilly in Amterdam. And BE SURE to have good comfortable walking shoes, this is a MUST because you will be doing a lot of walking! It rains a lot too so make certain the shoes are very slip resistant:)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A WASHCLOTH is definitely a necessity to pack. And always take cold meds, just in case.

    Photo Equipment: Always take a good camera, I have learned after two trips, that I WILL HAVE a digital next time:)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: UMBRELLA, absolutely necessary!!


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    by arigato Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go in the fall, take an umbrella! It was raining quite frequently though this may be true of the rest of the year as well. For early October, a warm jacket is usually good enough, no need for gloves and hats.

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  • Why does it always rain on me?

    by sabsi Updated Feb 14, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Bring an umbrella, for me Amsterdam is one of these places where it's raining everytime I leave the house!!! It even rains on sunny days - especially in spring!

    See what I mean?

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    by seamandrew Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to bring a waterresitant jacket and an umbrella. It rains from time to time!

    Photo Equipment: Cameras are essential! You want to take the memories home don't you?

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