Amsterdam is one of those cities you’ll find yourself thinking about long after you’ve got back home. With all the amazing architecture to explore and friendly people to meet, the capital of the Netherlands really is one of the world’s most breathtaking places. Whether you plan to spend a weekend in Amsterdam or want to stay longer, it’s a good idea to think ahead and make a list of things you want to pack. In case you’re looking for some help, here are five essential items you’ll need.
A quality camera
This one may go without saying but there are just so many beautiful spots in Amsterdam and not taking as many pictures as you can would be a real shame. Although most of us have smartphones with a passable camera, if you’re into photography or you just want to take high-quality snaps for your Instagram page, investing in a good travel camera is recommended. If you end up buying one, make sure you visit some of the top photography spots in Amsterdam such as Sint Olofssteeg corner and Groenbuigwal canal towards the Zuiderkerk.
Most tourists stay in Amsterdam’s city centre and if you decide to do the same, bringing earplugs is the only way to make sure you get enough good night’s sleep. With all the popular bars and cafes, noise levels in the city centre remain high the entire evening and peak at about 1 am when all those places close for the night. Things are a little bit better in the morning but there’s still plenty of traffic and having earplugs at hand can be a real lifesaver. If you don’t like earplugs, you can still make a playlist that’ll serenade you to sleep.
A good memory pillow
Amsterdam is great but there are also places outside the city you might want to visit while you’re there. The Pyramid of Austerlitz and Bloemendaal Beach are just some of the other places that are worth the ride. If you want to prevent neck pain when riding on buses, bringing a good memory pillow is a great idea. Luckily, there are brands such as Go Travel that specialise in travel gadgets, meaning that you can find a quality memory pillow that’s guaranteed to help you avoid neck pain.
If you plan to spend a couple of days in Amsterdam, there’s always a chance it’s going to rain. Since the last thing you want to do is spend the entire trip in your hotel room, bringing all kinds of waterproof clothes is recommended. Probably the most important item you need to have is a decent pair of boots that’ll protect you from catching the flu. Packing enough waterproof clothing will give you the courage to go outside and see the sights no matter how heavy the rain is.
A mosquito repellent
A mosquito repellent is one of those things you might want to have in your suitcase no matter where you’re going. When traveling to Amsterdam, you can be assured you’ll need it, especially if you’re traveling between early spring and mid-autumn. These little critters seem to be in love with Amsterdam’s canals and usually target buildings close to them. Although mosquitos in Amsterdam are annoying, you don’t have to worry as they don’t carry any diseases. In case you’re already there and you forgot to pack a mosquito repellent, applying lemon to your skin can help.
Over to you
Amsterdam is one of the most wonderful places you can visit and having the five things we talked about earlier is guaranteed to make your trip more enjoyable. The vibe will draw you back for more and you’ll soon start planning your next trip to the “Venice of the North.”