Must-pack: A Checklist
- Rain jacket – I wear the Arc’teryx Atom jacket or you could pack something similar
- Jeans or trousers
- T-shirts – for sleeping, exercise and for going out
- Long sleeve t-shirt – Icebreaker 100% Merino baselayer or similar
- Sweater or Cardigan
- Socks & Underwear
- Swim- and/or Gymwear
Accessories & Electronics
- Smartphone loaded with books and music
- Travel adapter for power outlets
- External battery for smartphone
- Snacks – nuts, fruit bars, dried fruits, a bar of chocolate
- Water container – Hydroflask and Nalgene are great
- Headphones – Preferably noise canceling. Sony and Bose make fantastic pairs
- Luggage lock – Better safe than sorry
- Toothbrush – This Sonicare brush is great.
- Sunscreen (except during winter) – La Roche Posay is great
- Visa – Not all countries require a visa, you can check if you have to apply here
- Debit- and Creditcard – Not all stores accept Creditcards, but almost all accept debit cards. Visa & Mastercard are generally accepted, Amex is not.
- Student cards – If you’re a student, you can get a large discount on many activities (Museums, Tours, etc.)
1. Travel Adapter
No matter when you are visiting, if your electronics don’t come with a plug for a type F or type C outlet, an adapter cannot be excluded from your packing list for Holland. I recommend getting a travel adapter with type F adapter support because it allows type F plugs to be grounded. A type C plug is practically the same but is not grounded. Both are compatible with the same type of plugs, but since type F is grounded, it’s safer. I recommend ordering this travel adapter from Amazon, it’s cheap and can be used on virtually any type of outlet, so you will be able to use it on all your future trips as well.
2. Power Bank
You can find almost anything you’d need to know on your phone – it probably takes pictures too! Needless to say, a charged phone is essential. This power bank is able to charge my iPhone about 7 times on a single charge. Incredibly convenient, and a must-have for long day-trips.
3. Rain Jacket
You’re bound to encounter rain. Don’t let that ruin your trip though: bring a good, lightweight, and breathable rain jacket. One of my absolute favorites is this Gore-Tex jacket by Arc’teryx. It’s definitely a high-end option, probably one of the best raining jackets available, although this option from The North Face is a great multi-purpose jacket. Depending on the months and season, you may want to bring different layers and style of clothing.
Judging from the average temperatures displayed in the graph above, it may seem like the average temperature in the summer isn’t too hot, however, Holland has had some scorching summers in recent years. In 2019, the hottest temperature recorded was above 39°C/102°F, so Holland can definitely get very hot. Nevertheless, there’s even a high chance of rain in the summer, therefore I’d recommend including a rainjacket or at least a small travel umbrella on your packing list for Holland.
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