WHAT TO PACK
Travelers are better to carry money, passport, a change of clothes, boots, and other necessities in a carry-on bag when traveling in case suitcases are lost or stolen.
If you are bringing a personal computer to Ukraine, note that electrical current runs on 220v/60Hz in Ukraine, whereas American current is 110v/50Hz. American computer users can choose from these options:
Almost all laptop computers are designed to run off of either 110v or 220v current. The sticker on the bottom of your laptop should indicate whether it is dual voltage or not. Adapter plugs will be necessary to fit into standard European sockets, and a surge protector should always be used. Bring a sufficient supply of software, ribbons, printer cartridges, diskettes, and other computer supplies with you. They are sometimes available in Ukraine, but at a much higher price than in the United States.
Practicality should be the primary consideration when packing. Clothes should be comfortable, durable, versatile, and easy-to-care-for. Clothes will undergo a great deal of wear and tear due to the harsh weather conditions, semi-automatic washing machines, hand washings, and frequent use.
For winter, these items are also recommended:
- Warm, high, waterproof, fleece-lined boots big enough to wear with heavy wool socks
- Warm, lined slippers with soles
- Warm hat
- Lined, waterproof gloves and lightweight wool gloves
- Warm scarves
- Thermal long underwear
- Heavy wool/thermal socks
- Bath towels. Packing a hand towel is a good idea. It can be used in public restrooms and other such facilities. Hotels in smaller cities often have very small bath towels, but not always.
- Shower cap
- Dual voltage hair dryer
- Shaving items
- Toilet paper
- Pocket-sized tissues
- Tampons/sanitary pads
- Cotton balls
- Dental floss
- Handi-wipes or antibacterial hand gel
- Rope or cord to secure train compartment door