We flew in directly from Seattle, departing mid-afternoon and arriving bright and early in the morning.  The morning was that; we were not–having not achieved the necessary state of pre-departure exhaustion or inebriation to sleep enroute.

Taking the canal tour is a great orientation to Amsterdam and demands neither effort nor thought.  We had been to Amsterdam last year and wanted to see something new.  So, we went to the Nemo Science Museum along with hundreds of Dutch families and their happy, cute, very indulged children.

The museum has typically Dutch progressive view of personal education for children.

Packing List

Emmy’s Packing List for Amsterdam


  •  I bought my toiletries when I got there
  • Working with Celsius instead of Fahrenheit: 30 is hot, 20 is nice, 10 is cold, 0 is ice. To get to F take the C and double it and then add 30… you’re really close…subtract 3 to get more accurate.
  • I Used lite nylon packing bags for different clothing categories. For example, all my T-shirts went in one bag. I rolled them instead of folded them. They kept better.
  • I xeroxed all my credit and debit cards, front and back along with my drivers license and passport. This turned out to be a Godsend when my wallet was pickpocketed on the tram.


  1.  4 sweaters
  2. 4 day shirts
  3. 4 evening shirts
  4. 4 athletic/free t-shirts
  5. 2 running pants
  6. 2 running bras
  7. 2 pairs of running socks
  8. 4 pairs of day pants
  9. 2 pairs of evening pants
  10. 1 dress
  11. One really nice evening outfit
  12.  Belt
  13. Scarves
  14. 1 skirt
  15. Black boots, brown kicker boots, running sneakers, black flats, black evening heels
  16. Two Raincoats, one long and one short
  17. White down jacket
  18. 10 pairs of underwear
  19. 2 bras, one dress slip, one skirt slip
  20. 6 pairs of socks
  21. 2 pairs of tights, leggings
  22. PJs… lite night gown, flannel pjs
  23. Baseball hat, winter hat
  24. Running/biking gloves


Small Stuff

  1. Travel size toiletries for the first few days
  2. Contact lens stuff and prescription glasses
  3. Reading glasses, sunglasses
  4. Jewelry
  5. Make up
  6. Scissors, tape


Random Essentials

  1. Electronics and necessary chargers: iPad, camera, iphone, converters, mini ipod for running, earbuds.
  2. Laptop and charger
  3. Journals/Pens/pencils
  4. Reading: 1. Paper books  2. Guidebooks and map  3. Download e versions to iPad
  5. Important DocumentsPassport, flight times, wallet with credit cards and cash
  6. Yellow Backpack.
  7. Small purse
  8. Compact-able duffle bag
  9. Small blanket for meditating


Things to Buy in Amsterdam

  1.  Toiletries
  2. Blow dryer
  3. Flat iron
  4. Yoga mat
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