Redisch is a JourneyWoman who lives in Oslo, Norway. She loves to
wander the world, mostly with her kids and sometimes solo. When
she isn't travelling, she happily writes about where she's been
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Guide's local online Oslo
We asked Anne-Sophie
to advise our JW Network on the packing basics for travel to Oslo
during the summer months. This is what she said...
Travelling to Oslo,
you don’t really have to bring anything. You can buy most
anything you’ll ever need here. However, you’ll probably
pay more than you’d like, so below is a list of a few items
to bring for your summer visit to Oslo. (Remember to save the receipts
if you do buy – and take advantage of the VAT-
refund when you leave.)
The most obvious item to bring to Oslo is warm clothing, even
in summer. A warm day can turn into a cool (in more ways than
one) evening on the fjord, so bring a sweater and a wind and
waterproof jacket. Norwegians often use all-weather jackets,
handy both in summer and winter. The old sou’wester
has become fashionable as well; a rain hat with a long brim
at the back, guiding rain water away from your neck.
Trainers or tennis
shoes: While you don’t have to walk
in Oslo, why wouldn’t you? The city’s close proximity
to nature is a major draw for any visitor to Oslo. And locals
walk everywhere. So bring good shoes. A pair of Wellingtons
(rain boots) are useful as well. If you’re going to
hike, bike, canoe or just hang out in our great forests or
mountains, mozzie (mosquito) repellent is a good idea.
that said, don’t forget to pack t-shirts, summer dresses,
and – unless you prefer sunning au naturel (perfectly
acceptable here) – your bikini!
not to pack...
clothes: Most locals don’t bother. Even
business meetings are rather informal. And girls, leave the
large make-up bag at home. If you’re looking to play
with a Viking boy, your hiking- or skiing skills will be far
more relevant than lip gloss.
or animals: Since 1976, Norway has been party
to the CITES convention governing trade in endangered species,
so you can’t bring endangered plants or animals into
the country, including things made from them, so leave the
croc-leather shoes behind, as well as any ivory, corals or
leopard fur coats you might have laying about.
things you might not think to pack...
(and by drugs, I mean the legal stuff): Many
Norwegians are reluctant, or even downright sceptical, to
pills of any kind, including meds for head aches, indigestion,
red eyes, hangovers, etc. If
you swear by Advil, NightNurse, Tylenol, Peptobismol or other
horrid-looking concoctions, be aware that in Norway these
types of meds may require prescriptions (and thus a visit
to the doctor). Non-prescription drugs are available at the
apotek (chemist/drug-store). Only a few basics, like paracetamol
and nose spray, are available in supermarkets, in a locked
cabinet by the cash register. And they’re all rather
expensive, so bring your own (in the original package).
If you’re coming from Britain or America, you’ll
need a power adapter. We use 220 – 230 v and prongs
with two round plugs, same as continental Europe.
computers and debit cards...
typical Oslovian seems to carry a mini computer in her backpack.
Other than that, a debit card (locally known as a minibank
card) is the only real necessity. Many never carry cash. In
fact, the only ones not accepting minibank cards are beggars
on the streets. And they often joke about getting a machine.