Use this holiday packing list for Poland to have a stress-free vacation by ensuring you’ve thought of everything before you go.
For Poland, you’ll need the essentials of any travel trip – passport, plane tickets, hotel confirmation printouts, local currency (the Polish zloty), credit card and a debit card for ATM withdrawals.
Poland has a widespread ATM network that accepts international bank cards, and also has money exchangers – “Kantor” – who usually offer a better rate than you’ll find at home.
A passport travel wallet is useful for keeping everything stashed in one place. It’s best to split up your valuables around your person – keep a spare credit card and some cash in a around the neck wallet for example.
Visas, Vaccinations and Travel Insurance for Poland
Ensure you have travel insurance before you go so you’re covered for any accidents or annoyances like losing your luggage. You probably don’t need a visa – here’s a list of all countries that don’t require a visa for Poland if you’re staying less than 90 days
http://www.msz.gov.pl/en/travel_to_poland/entering_poland/visa_free/visa_free_countries. You don’t need vaccinations for Poland, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends travellers be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, regardless of their destination. Talk to your doctor about making sure you are covered at least six weeks before your departure.
Poland Maps and Guidebooks
You can get all your travel info off the Internet, but it’s also useful to have a Poland guidebook for super quick referral – and a paper map is much easier to get a general sense of the big picture about where you’re going (or where you’re currently standing!). Used in conjunction with your phone’s Maps feature and apps like Foursquare and Tripadvisor which can instantly tell you what’s near to you. It’s a fun way to discover new places.
Clothes To Pack For Poland
Clothes wise you want layers – if you’re going during summer, jeans, shorts,skirts as well as a daily change of underwear and socks. If you plan to do a lot of walking or exercise in general, heat-wicking tshirts and underwear like Under Armour is probably a better choice than traditional cotton which can chafe. A light hooded rain jacket and a baseball cap to keep the rain out of your eyes is wise, maybe an umbrella too. Sunglasses are important to protect your eyes.
If you’re going during winter, temperatures drop often below zero celsius. January and February are usually the coldest months. Be prepared for cold, rain, wind and snow. But also sun! The weather is highly changeable. You’ll need a quality rain jacket, a fleece or fleece jumpers – think layers so you can wrap up as much as you need and easily remove once you go into a warmer environment. Hat, gloves and scarf are also essential, along with good quality waterproof shoes or boots.
Organise your clothes in your luggage with invaluable travel cubes which let you easily unpack and repack without having to throw everything out the bag just to find one thing. Get TSA approved locks for your luggage to keep everything safe.
Luggage and Toiletries for Poland
Toiletries wise, you can buy everyday items like deodorant, shampoo etc easlly in local stores. Bring your favourite brand of razors and tampons. Sun screen, after sun and mosquito repellant are important, even in winter. One item that is super useful is a quick dry towel which is super light and takes up little room. Get a decent toiletry bag to make it easy to access all your bottles and containers quickly and so it doesn’t turn into a soggy mess. You also want to pack Gaviscon or similar for indigestion, Imodium for diarrhea, and travel tissues for visits to the bathroom just in case there’s no paper available.
Poland Electricity and Your Travel Electronics
Don’t forget to pack your phone charger and make sure your phone is switched to roaming. You’ll need a universal adaptor. Poland uses the 220 – 240 Volts Electricity. Poland’s plugs are the 2 rounded pins type.
If you’re bringing a Kindle, a tablet or a laptop, make sure you have chargers for them too. Get an adaptor that has a USB port so you can easily charge your devices. Having a small but powerful torch is a good idea, just in case your phone battery dies.
Poland SIM Cards
If you don’t want to use roaming on your phone due to expensive charges, you can buy a Polish SIM Card. As of July 2016, Polish SIM cards have to be registered, so it’s best to buy the SIM direct from an operator’s store and let them set it up for you. More details at Wikia’s pre-paid Polish SIM card page.
Travelling To Poland – Make The Journey Comfortable
For the journey there, consider having ear plugs, neck pillow and an eye mask handy. Tissues, anti-histamine tablets and moisturiser are also good to help combat sneeziness and dry skin brought on by the canned air in airplane cabins.