For 2015, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship makes a welcome return to the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
650,000 spectators lined the banks of the Danube back in 2009, when the last Red Bull Air Race World Championship race took place. With a much-awaited reappearance on the calendar this year, once again the city will be alive with race fever on 4-5 July.
If you scan through photographs of Budapest, those photos in winter will show you that the white snow covering Budapest are simply beautiful. So it really is important that you pack well for the travel if you intend to visit from November to January. It is not for sure that the first snow will arrive in November, sometimes there was even no snow during the Christmas. However, one thing is for sure, February is well-known for being the coldest for the whole winter season.
Prepare Your Packing List
It is very important to prepare yourself well for the Winter in Budapest. Before arrival, your packing list should include some basic items.
One very important tip about handling the cold is with a warm sweater or lightweight fleece. Bring warm and dark colored fleece for layering up. So if you are travelling in autumn over the winter for the first snow, it is a great technique to layer up with another warmer long sleeve t-shirt or blouse for the ladies.
Jeans & Stockings
Jeans are great for winter as they are thick and warm. For ladies, it is important to wear a thick stocking or thighs beneath your jeans. So as for the summer, you can leave your jeans at home as the Budapest summer can be up to 40ºC! Shorts with pockets, which are lightweight, or zip-off legs pants are great. It doubles as swim wear for men at Lake Balaton in Summer travel.
Long Sleeves & Cotton Pants
Shirts and Pants for guys: Go for Cotton/Polyester blend of short/long sleeved shirts. And lightweight cotton pants (or super-lightweight for summer) are ideal as Churches and Basilica visit dress codes.
Swimwear in Winter?
Yes. In the winter, you might still want to explore the thermal baths, bring along your swimwear. For the summer, you can go to the infamous Lake Balaton. The other places where you still can swim in any season are indoor pools within baths or even caves.
Bring as many as 5 sets of underwear and socks if your travel is longer than 2 weeks. It will be wise to do some light laundry to keep your luggage light and fresh throughout the entire journey. So buy some washing detergent.
Footwear: Choose light, cool with good traction shoes for walking. Budapest is a walking city. It is not practical for ladies to wear high-heels. There are still many cobblestones streets where there are beautiful sights to be seen. So you would not want to miss them. Bring along a pair of sandals, it will be useful for summer travel or even the thermal baths hopping. Some people feels comfortable in tennis shoes.
Winter Boots: In February, it is the real winter in Budapest and the temperature dips as low as -20ºC, or let's say -15ºC. You will need a good pair of good footwear that provides warmth and non-slipped walking. Some days the weather conditions can be icy, that is when it rains at 0ºC.
For Budapest winter, you will need at least a warm winter coat that is water-resistant. For the autumn, you can do with a light jacket, also a water-resistant windbreaker with a hood. Shawl are great companions and it is important to wrap it round your entire neck to seal off thus preventing the cold wind from sipping into your clothes through the collars.
Professionals who are here will need the tie (for men) or scarf (for ladies) depending on the type of your travel.
Next is about money, credit cards or debit card for ATM withdrawals. Banks such as Citibank does not have means to access your asian Citibank accounts (at least it is so for Singapore). Hence, better you bring changed Euros as backup to change at the local money changers to Hungarian Forint.
Documents: Passport, Plane ticket/ e-ticket printout, Rail pass, car-rental voucher, driver's license (left-hand drive in Hungary), Student ID etc. It is recommended that you bring the original documents and photocopies. Do carry photocopies separately in luggage. You might also want to keep a record of all reservations for hotels' confirmation emails together for easy retrieval. Trip calendar is very useful to help organize your time as when you are having fun, time flies and it might help to keep track of the days.
This is the part three of the continuation of Packing List for Budapest Travel.
In a small backpack, which is preferably lightweight for carrying a cardigan or a sweater, include your camera, guidebook, picnic goodies such as chocolate bar or muesli bar and a bottle of water/drink.
One thing that you are suggested not to use is 'Fanny packs' (beware of pickpockets since you are not European looking and totally Asian, they (the pickpockets) know right away you are not locals. It is thus safer not to draw their attention to the use of 'fanny packs' which are small fabric pouch secured with a zipper and worn by use of a strap around the hips or waist. This same item has different names from belt pack, belly bag, Baffalo pouch, hip sack, bum bag, banano or moon bag. Whichever it is, you know it is not recommended.
Camera and its batteries (for cold winter, some digital camera might even freeze). So if you do not mind losing a few beautiful photographs, you might want to consider backing up your batteries as they tend to get weak in the cold climate.
Water bottle: Empty a water bottle at airport security, but reuse whereby you can fill up tap water in Hungary as it is perfectly safe to drink directly from the tap. Wristwatch with built-in alarm, this item makes you less reliant on the 'wake-up call' by budget hotels. Earplugs: those types that are expandable foam plugs to reduce unnecessary noise on flight or even some hostel accommodations are just separating you with another traveler with a thin non-sound proofed wall.