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Bruges is a medieval fairytale dream with its maze of canals and cobblestone streets. Whether you visit in the winter or summer, you’ll fall centuries back in time into this cozy and scenic town. Here’s what to pack for Bruges, Belgium to make the most of your trip, or what I considered the essentials from my four-day weekend there.
What to Pack for Bruges All-Year Round
There’s no way you can go to Bruges without taking photos. It’s so picturesque that naturally every photo you take will look like a postcard!
For traveling, I recommend the Sony A6000, which is the camera I have. It’s lightweight, portable, and takes magnificent photos. For example, the photo above was taken around 11PM without a tripod. I used to have a Nikon D90, but at 2 lbs (1 kg), it wasn’t easy to throw in my head, and after a few hours of walking, I could feel the weight of the camera.
If you get are using the Sony A6000 just for personal use or on your travels, then the kit lens works great. The only additional accessory I advise getting for the lens is a UV filter. Here’s some accessories I bought for my camera, but again, are not necessary to have.
Bruges is full of cobblestone streets, and you can’t get a break from them anywhere. Since the best way to explore this city is by foot, you must wear sneakers to be comfortable and forget about wearing heels of any type. I personally love my Nike Tanjun sneakers because they’re functional but trendy.
If you want a local to take you around for two hours, check out this walking tour. It’s less than $15 a person (as of 02/08/17).
Daypack or Crossbody Purse
Between shopping, eating chocolate and fries, and taking photos, you’ll want to keep your hands free at all times. That’s why I recommend carrying a daypack or a crossbody purse. I would opt for the daypack over the purse because it can potentially carry more things like an umbrella, camera, and water bottle.
I talk about this Anker PowerCore+ Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger in most of my posts because it’s the one thing I use the most at home or abroad. I got this lipstick sized charger at least three years ago and have used it 3+ times a week. It still works great and holds 1.5x charges for my iPhone. You can also use it to charge your mirrorless camera.
What to Pack for Bruges in the Winter
I went to Bruges in January, the coldest time of the year. I wore comfortable boots, a winter jacket, gloves, fluffy circle scarf, and wool socks. Since you’ll be outdoors most of the day walking around, make sure to bundle up like me! Temperatures range from from 43ºF (6ºC) during the day to 32ºF (0ºC) at night.
What to Pack for Bruges in the Spring
March is the driest month of the year in Bruges, but it still rains about 8 days of the month so bringing an umbrella is still a good idea. Wear a jacket suitable for temperatures averaging from 48ºF (9ºC) during the day to 37ºF (3ºC) at night.
What to Pack for Bruges in the Summer
June is the sunniest time of the year in Bruges while August is the hottest, but it’s still fairly cool at an average of 68ºF (20ºC) during the day to 54ºF (12ºC) at night. Jeans and a long-sleeve shirt should be suitable for daytime, but for nighttime, pack a light jacket.
There’s tons of mosquitoes in the summer so bring mosquito repellent if you’re prone to getting bit. My favorite mosquito spray is the Avon mosquito repellent. It’s the only one that actually works for me, is DEET free, and doesn’t leave a weird chemical residue/smell.
Tip: This is the most crowded time of the year other than Christmas. To beat the crowds, go in the winter or fall.
What to Pack for Bruges in the Fall
October and November are the rainiest times of the year so you will definitely need an umbrella, and perhaps even a rain jacket.
Also, October’s temperatures range from 54ºF (12ºC) during the day to 42ºF (6ºC) at night so dress warm.
Although you should pack everything I listed above, make sure to not pack too many extra items because you’ll want space to take home souvenirs like lots and lots of chocolate!
If you’re looking for more information about Bruges like what to do, how to get around, or a local’s suggestion on where to eat? Then check out this city guide detailing everything you need to know about Bruges, Belgium.
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