How to Pack for a Trip to Moscow

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You inevitably forget something when you're packing. If you are traveling in the United States, this is usually not a problem. If you happen to be vacationing in Moscow, however, there are some things you won't want to forget.

Things You'll Need

  • Carry-on Bags
  • Garment Bags
  • Luggage Locks
  • Luggage Sets
  • Silk Scarf
  • Travel Clothes
  • Travel Adapters And Converters
  • Water Filters
  • Bottled Water
  • Plastic Freezer Bags
  • Film
  • Backpacks
  • Duffel Bags
  • Check out seasonal weather information before you begin packing. A site such as The Weather Channel is an excellent source.

  • Pack your most comfortable clothes and walking shoes in mostly neutral colors and versatile pieces that can coordinate with more than one thing in your suitcase.

  • Include a light jacket no matter when you're visiting. In the wintertime, it can be used for layering; in the summertime, it will come in handy for that nighttime cruise on the Moscow River.

  • Say, "Yes," to the jeans. You may read travel tips to the contrary, but many Muscovites wear jeans, and you won't stick out like the proverbial sore thumb.

  • Take your most essential cosmetics, health and beauty aids, medicines and vitamins. Don't forget the current converter for your personal appliances.

  • Pack a midsize canvas tote bag if you plan to do any shopping. Many vendors do not have their own bags, especially at flea markets and street-side kiosks.

  • Bring extra batteries and an ample amount of film. These items can be very expensive in Moscow.

  • Limit yourself to luggage that you can carry comfortably. This usually means no more than two pieces of checked luggage and one carry-on bag.

  • Take basic creature comforts, such as your favorite candy bars or snack items. The brands you like may not be readily available in Moscow.

  • Pack several bottles of bottled water and even consider a water filter that will screw onto the faucet where you will be staying. The water in Moscow often disagrees with international travelers.

  • Include Ziplock bags, Ziplock bags and more Ziplock bags. You will find 101 uses for these indispensable items.

Tips & Warnings

  • Women should consider packing a long skirt or dress and a scarf that can be worn on the head. Women in Moscow enjoy a fairly liberated role today, but this type of dress is still expected in some places, including many cathedrals.
  • Unless you have specific plans that require formal attire (attending a performance at the Bolshoi or participating in church services) take mostly casual clothes that exhibit little fashion risk.
  • A flashlight can come in handy because many foyers in Moscow are poorly lit.
  • Don't be scared by many of the travel tips you may read. Some even advise travelers to take along toilet paper - this is overkill at its worst.
  • Take only one credit card with a reasonable limit on it. This way if you lose your wallet or purse you don't have to worry about someone using all your credit cards before you can cancel them.

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