Traveling to Armenia: Your Ultimate Packing Guide
Armenia may be a small country, but it packs a lot of punch into those borders. No wonder it’s becoming such a popular travel destination! As well as fascinating history and culture, it’s known for breath-taking landscapes, awesome skiing, and unforgettable (but bumpy) road trips. You probably won’t need much convincing that it should be your next holiday destination, but what should you pack for a trip to Armenia?
Well, we’re going to help you out with that. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most important things to pack for your trip to Armenia. Hopefully, it’ll help you to plan and make the most of your trip and have a truly unforgettable experience! To help you to fully immerse in their culture, we’ve provided a list of the top vacation rentals in Yerevan, Armenia for you to stay and relax after a day’s adventure.
A Sturdy Backpack
First thing’s first when it comes to packing for your holiday – you’re going to need something to put all your stuff in! The streets of Yerevan can be tricky to navigate, and if you’re planning on hiking or trekking, a suitcase is an absolute no no! Instead, a backpack is a great option. Never pack your backpack with more than a third of your body weight in it. Partly because it’ll be painful to carry around, but also, you’ll have some space for souvenirs!
Even if you’re not planning on hiking out in Armenia’s national parks, you’ll still need a good, sturdy pair of shoes for exploring its cities. Make sure that you’ve broken them in before you use them though, otherwise you’ll get blisters! If you don’t fancy wearing walking boots, a reliable pair of trainers should do the trick.
Remember that footwear doesn’t just extend to shoes – you should also get appropriate socks too. Synthetic and wool blends are the best as they’ll keep your feet dry while avoiding blisters. Cotton is likely to trap moisture, leaving you more at risk of blisters and lots of pain after a busy day of sightseeing!
Light Clothing for Summer
Armenia has a continental climate, so the temperatures can soar as high as 40 degrees Celsius (100 F) during the summer. You certainly don’t want to get caught in a jumper and jeans in that! It’s a good idea to bring a mixture of shirts and t-shirts for the top, and some jeans for the bottom. Cool cottons and linens are recommended as they’ll be the best for keeping you cool. Although it’s really hot, you’ll definitely stand out as a tourist if you wear shorts!
Both men and women should remember that if they’re planning on visiting religious attractions to dress modestly and appropriately. Armenia society is quite conservative in general, and you may be turned away from churches if you’re showing too much skin!
Warm Clothing for Winter
The downside of Armenia’s aforementioned continental climate is that during the winter it can easily drop below zero. Accommodation isn’t always well heated so it’s a good idea to bring plenty of layers with you, including a fluffy jumper on the top! If you’re planning on skiing, a down jacket is also a must, as are gloves, scarves, and a hat. If you don’t have enough space in your luggage, try not to worry too much. It’s easy to pick up anything you need in Yerevan!
Toiletries and Full First Aid Kit
If you’re going on a long backpacking trip through Armenia, you’ll want to take some toiletries, but be careful not to overpack your bag. We’d recommend bringing the bare minimum so as not to take up extra size and space in your bag – even if it’s your favorite shampoo or shower gel!
However, an important thing to bring is a first aid kit. Especially if you’re going trekking, hiking, or other outdoor activities. A basic kit should have antiseptic, painkillers, bandages, sterile dressings, and plasters. The last ones are especially important if you’re walking and hiking – one of the most effective ways to treat blisters! You should also consider some motion sickness tablets – especially if you’re traveling by road. Armenia’s are pretty bumpy!
Not only will you need medical supplies in your first aid kit, but a high factor sun cream is also a useful tool. That’s not only if you’re traveling in summer – you can get bad sunburn in winter too! This is especially the case if you’re skiing and the sun reflects off the snow! Last but not least, make sure you’ve got some mosquito repellent in there otherwise things could get itchy!
There are a few pieces of documentation that aren’t always essential to travel in Armenia, but they’re certainly helpful. But first of all, let’s talk about one of the absolute necessary ones! Top of the list is, of course, your passport. And a visa, should you require it! You should also carry a copy of your passport so you can take it out as ID on night’s out in the capital Yerevan.
Other important documents to consider taking with you are an international driving permit – it’ll allow you to rent a car. Also, a debit or credit card for a major bank. With that, you’ll be able to withdraw cash at any ATM and not end up stuck without any money!
English isn’t widely spoken in Armenia, and you may have trouble with communication if you don’t speak Armenian or Russian. It’s always good to have a phrasebook or dictionary so you can learn a few simple greetings and words like please and thank you. A little effort will go a long way with local people!
So, now that you know what to pack for your trip to Armenia…
You might need some help with planning your trip. After all, it’s not easy to get around the country if you don’t speak Armenian or Russian! If that’s the case, let Armenia.Travel help you. That’s where you’ll find some amazing itineraries, events, and travel tips on what to do in this beautiful country! Good luck and safe travels – you’re sure to have an incredible time!
Author: Daniel Hall, travel writer, blogger, and English teacher
Travelling to Armenia: Your Ultimate Packing Guide