How to Pack for a Trip to Moscow

Moscow is the heart of Russia. It is the center of the political, cultural, and economic workings of the country. In Moscow one can visit the Kremlin, Red Square, Saint Basil's Cathedral, which has the famous onion-shaped domes, the Tystsin Botanical Garden, and more. Following is a list of what you may need to pack when traveling to Moscow.


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    Obtain a Passport as well as a travel visa. Passports can be obtained at post offices around the country. Travel visas can be obtained at Russian consulates or authorized Russian travel agencies. Once in Moscow you will receive the visa.
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    Bring US Dollars to change into Russian rubles. This can be done at any currency exchange kiosk or bank. The exchange rate varies, so be sure to check the rates before your trip. If you are reluctant to bring all the money necessary for your visit in cash, bring a credit card. There are ATMs that accept most major credit cards. ATMS will dispense rubles.
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    Bring proper clothing. Moscow's climate is dominated by long winters and high snow fall, but the summers are relatively warm. Make sure to bring clothing appropriate to the season in which you will be travelling.
    • Summer temperatures average 65 °F (18 °C), or 18 Celsius. If you are travelling to Moscow during this time, bring lighter clothing and light jackets for the evening. It is important to remember that Russian casual wear is slightly more formal than U.S. or western casual clothing. Shorts and a T-shirt should not be worn in public
    • On the other hand, winters can be brutal in Moscow, with temperatures at 20 °F (−7 °C) or -6 Celsius. Moscow also experiences heavy snow fall, so when travelling to Moscow during the winter be sure to pack boots, heavy coats, gloves, and scarves and hats.
    • Spring in Moscow is usually cold and wet, so bring umbrellas and keep heavy coats and gloves on hand just in case. Fall clothing is much the same. If you are visiting closer to December, bring heavier coats and clothing.
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    Bring skating equipment. For avid ice skaters, Moscow is a great place to visit.
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    Bring formal wear. Moscow has many fine theaters, and Fall is especially good for seeing the arts as there are many openings and premiers of plays and symphonies.
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    Pack a power outlet adapter. The Russian outlet style, F & C, is not used in most countries. To use any of your personal appliances such as hair dryer or electric razor, you will require a special adapter. These are available in most hardware stores.
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    Pack a Russian to English dictionary for reference.


  • Moscow is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, so be prepared to spend.

Things You'll Need

  • Passport
  • Proper clothing
  • Power adapter

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