When planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, the key is to pack light. The city has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty and nightlife that it’s not necessary to bring a lot of things with you. During the summer months, it’s easy to spend all day on the beach and all night partying in the city’s bars and clubs. In the winter, city tours, language courses, galleries and the surrounding countryside will keep you occupied. So much so that it’s not necessary to arrive laden-down with lots of luggage full of things to do.
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Things you need
- Credit card
- Travelex card
Organise your finances. It’s a good idea to arrive to Rio with a range of ways to access your cash. If you travel with only UK pounds to change into Brazilian reales upon arrival, you’re taking a great risk. If you are robbed, you won’t have any other way of getting your hands on cash. It’s a good idea to travel with cash, a debit or credit card and a Travelex card. You can deposit money onto the Travelex card from your bank account and use it like a debit card to pay for things online or in stores and restaurants. If it is stolen, there’s no way for thieves to get at the rest of your money in your bank account.
Choose clothing carefully. When travelling during the warmer months in Rio, roughly October to March, don’t leave without packing swimwear, a couple of items you enjoy wearing when out in the evening, a comfortable pair of shorts and a sweater. If visiting during the colder months, pack an all-purpose coat and a comfortable pair of jeans.
Pack the right footwear. In the summer, you will spend most of your time in flip-flops (even when out during the evening), but it’s a good idea to take a pair of trainers with you in case you decide to go on walking tours in the nearby countryside. In the winter, make sure that you pack a pair of shoes or boots that will be easy to walk around in for hours and which will keep your feet warm. Temperatures in Rio can drop considerably in the winter.
Make room for skin care products in the summer months. Pack creams, lotions and face scrubs. Make the most of the beach location in Rio and use your holiday time to rejuvenate tired skin and greasy pores. Dedicate at least half an hour a day during your holiday to body maintenance. You’ll return home feeling refreshed and sunkissed.
Select your reading material or pack a mobile music device. During moments of calm, in-between city tours, beach action or visits to galleries, you can relax in your hotel or hostel listening to music or catching up on your reading. Something related to Rio might be an inspirational choice for this particular trip.
Remember your camera. Rio is beautiful. It’s a fantastic combination of sun, sand, water, mountains, high-rise buildings, lakes, cobbled streets and markets. There’ll be lots of things you’ll want to take photographs of during your stay.
Tips and warnings
- Pack light. Leave plenty of room in your suitcase to buy things while you’re there.
- Make sure you know who to call if you are robbed and you need to cancel a credit card from Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is prone to pick-pocketing and sometimes being robbed is just bad luck and bad timing.
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