Packing for Russia

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1. Posted by golfer3 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Any suggestions on what to pack (male and female) for a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg in late September? Casual/informal style only.[/b]

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

bottle of vodka for bribing puposes.
winter coat.
a Cyrillic dictionary.

Know how to say this: Govorite Po-Angliske..or somthin similar. unless you know Russian.

Da Svadanya!

3. Posted by cybervlad (Full Member 78 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

One bottle of vodka is no enough, you need at least 10 :)
Do not take this advise seriously :)

There is no any "dress code" for informal situations. But keep in mind, that weather may be unpredictable (+28C or -6C), see
I think a pair of jeans, shirts, t-shirts, jakets and demi-season (light) overcoat is a good idea.

Instead of dictionary I suggest to get phrase-book with phrases written both in Cyrillic and English transcriptions.

4. Posted by kayossus (Budding Member 6 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

cybervlad and coldwarspy have good suggestions.
I've found that a good pair of polypropylene long underwear can save you the trouble of packing multiple layers worth of bulky clothing - and it breathes, so it's not too uncomfortable if the temperature goes up a bit. Of course a jacket and jeans are still good to have. Though the weather has been considerably warmer the last couple of years than in the past, so a pair of shorts wouldn't necessarily be out of the question.
Old guide books that tell you to think twice about bringing a nice leather jacket because it might make you a target for theives are totally out of date. Your English is more likely to attract pickpockets than your clothing. People here tend to dress in casual European style. Men wear darker colors, women wear anything from black mini-skirts to purple polkadot dresses with flowered hats.
A phrase book is a good idea in any case, but memorizing the Cyrillic alphabet can be done in a couple of days of light study and it will make getting around the metro a lot easier (if you don't already know Russian). There aren't a lot of signs in English and the older people that work in the metro, or in museums tend not to know it. If you get in a linguistic jam though, there is almost always someone within 50 yards or so who can speak English and is willing to help.
Otherwise, I would just suggest making sure that all of your documents are correctly stamped and up-to-date. Sometimes the militsia (police) will try to find an excuse to extract money from you. If you don't give them one and you stand firm they usually change their mind about the "problema" with your passport and go away.
Have fun, and enjoy the Motherland!

5. Posted by Treensbert (Respected Member 321 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

read what the requirements for entering and exiting russia are and remember them. they have several documents you need to get, stamp, re-stamp, ask for, etc, etc. without any one of these you'll be in trouble.

6. Posted by EllieMae (Budding Member 23 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Golfer, I've got one word of advice: LAYER.

As cybervlad said, the weather can be unpredictable, so layers are your best friend. Definitely do bring a light jacket AND don't forget an umbrella. This time of year St. Petersburg can be quite rainy.