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Romania Healthy Travel Packing List

Pack items for your health and safety.

  • You may not be able to purchase and pack all of these items, and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
  • This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Check our Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work.
  • Remember to pack extras of important health supplies in case of travel delays.

Prescription medicines

  • Your prescriptions
  • Travelers' diarrhea antibiotic
  • Suture/syringe kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Altitude sickness medicine

Medical supplies

  • Glasses Consider packing spare glasses in case yours are damaged
  • Contact lenses Consider packing spare contacts in case yours are damaged
  • Needles or syringes (for diabetes, for example) Requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Suture kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Diabetes testing supplies
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)
  • Medical alert bracelet or necklace

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Cough suppression/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Medicine for pain and fever Examples: acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Saline nose spray

Supplies to prevent illness or injury

  • Hand sanitizer or wipes Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes
  • Water purification tablets See CDC recommendations: Water Disinfection .
  • Insect repellent Select an insect repellent based on CDC recommendations: Avoid Bug Bites
  • Permethrin Permethrin is insect repellent for clothing. It may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection. See Sun Exposure .
  • Sunglasses and hat Wear for additional sun protection. A wide brim hat is preferred.
  • Personal safety equipment Examples: child safety seats, bicycle helmets
  • Latex condoms

First-aid kit

  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Antifungal ointments
  • Antibacterial ointments
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser
  • Aloe gel For sunburns
  • Insect bite treatment Anti-itch gel or cream
  • Bandages Multiple sizes, gauze, and adhesive tape
  • Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
  • Elastic/compression bandage wrap For sprains and strains
  • Disposable gloves
  • Digital thermometer
  • Scissors and safety pins
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Health insurance documents Health insurance card (your regular plan and/or supplemental travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms
  • Copies of all prescriptions Make sure prescriptions include generic names. Bring prescriptions for medicines, eye glasses/contacts, and other medical supplies.
  • Family member or close contact remaining in the United States
  • Health care provider(s) at home
  • Lodging at your destination
  • Hospitals or clinics (including emergency services) in your destination
  • US embassy or consulate in the destination country or countries

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17 Top Romania Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

what to pack for Romania

Romania is one of the most unique, historical countries in Europe. Its history is riddled with some of the most voracious characters and destinations in the world including Vlad The Impaler, whom some say the famous Bran Stoker’s character Dracula is based on, and Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle. Romania has vast landscapes, beautiful architecture, and a vibe that is completely different than most places in Europe. It has a rich history and vibrant energy that contributes to the exciting energy and nightlife that is exclusive to Romania. To make sure you experience all there is to see in Romania, I’ve created a list of packing essentials, what to see, how to dress for the season and the vibe, and a list of FAQs, all to make this your best trip yet!

What to Pack for Romania – 17 Essentials

1. universal power adapter.

Make sure you grab this Universal Power Adapter for all of your travel destinations! Romania has a 250 V, 50 Hz type F prongs (rounded tips), so make sure you have at least two of the adapters to bring along for your trip. Having an extra 1 or 2 is always a good idea in case you lose or forget one somewhere so you’re not stranded without one. You’ll need them to charge your phones, laptops, cameras, any device you can think of, plus you’ll have a lifetime replacement guarantee .

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2. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

Have you ever been somewhere you want to take pictures but your phone is dead and you have no place to charge it? I think we’ve all been there. Don’t ever find yourself in that situation again. Grab this portable charger that you can carry with you anywhere so you don’t have to worry about missing that great photo opp. And the best thing? It’s compact and carries enough power to cover more than a full charge to the newest iPhone models.


3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN , is important to have when traveling. It will protect your information and passwords from being swiped if you are in a cafe, restaurant, hotel, or Airbnb, or airport using public WiFi. It’s also important to have if you want to access websites from home that may not be available in Romania.

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4. Windproof Travel Umbrella

This portable umbrella is a must-have for being in the occasional rain shower that may happen in certain seasons in Romania. It’s lightweight, weighing less than 1 lb., and only 12 inches long. It’s also windproof for any wind gusts that may come with the rainfall.

travel umbrella

5. LifeStraw Waterbottle

Don’t travel without this lightweight, durable water bottle. It filters out harmful bacteria, improves taste, and reduces chemicals. It also helps to eliminate the waste of single-use bottles and cups. Even better, it’s leak-proof so that you can throw it in your pack and not worry about your belongings getting wet!

Lifestraw Water Bottle

6. Neck Wallet

There is always a risk of having items stolen no matter where we are. That risk is increased when we travel. Make sure to grab this Neck Wallet to keep all of your important items safe and secure while you are in Romania. This wallet has RFID blocking so clever scammers can’t scan important information through your wallet.

Neck Wallet

7. Lightweight Sweater

Dressing in layers is important in the changing weather of Romania. Grab this lightweight sweater to carry along with you. It can easily fit into your pack, over a shirt, and under a jacket.

Sweater women

8. Packing Cubes

Do you have to pack and repack your suitcase to try to fit everything in? Use these handy packing cubes to create more space and make everything more compact. Also, you can organize everything easier so that you can grab what you need without digging through every item in your suitcase.


9. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

When traveling, it’s important to keep your items safe so that no one can open them and take your belongings. Having this handy set of luggage locks will do just that. Now you can check your bags at the airport and lock them up to ease your mind that no one will be looking through your items.

luggage locks

10. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

Romania is home to some of the best hot springs in Europe! Even the ancient Romans traveled to the area for the well-known mineral-rich, thermal baths. Make sure you bring this quick-dry towel with you. It’s lightweight and has a carabiner attached so that once you use it, you can attach it to your bag to quick-dry on the way to the next destination.

HERO Travel Towel - Blue

11. Hanging Toiletry Bag

It’s easy for all of your small items and toiletries to get lost in your travel bags. Make sure to pack this handy hanging toiletry bag to save yourself time and headaches while traveling. Separate and organize your items, and keep anything that may leak in the leak-proof compartments.

Toiletry Bag

12. Cooling Towels

Romania can get warm, especially during the summer months. A great way to stay cool while exploring the cities or when out in nature is with a cooling towel. They’re compact and simple to use. Just wet the towel, wring out any excess water, and the towel instantly becomes 10-20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. I like to drape it around my neck to cool off or cover my arms and shoulders from the sun.

cooling towel

13. Solid Shampoo

When traveling, you have to make sure that you pack all of your liquids in that annoying quart-sized plastic bag. Cut down on what you have to carry along with you by bringing this solid shampoo by Lush. Skeptical? I know I was, but this shampoo works just as well as the liquid variety!

Solid Shampoo

14. Theft-Proof Backpack

When traveling anywhere, there is always the risk of getting something stolen when you are in high tourist areas. Make sure all of your items are protected with a handy, safe, and lightweight backpack. It’s stylish and durable so that you don’t have to worry about losing your precious items.

backpack laptop

15. Theft-Proof Tank-Top

Keep your cash, credit cards, and other important items close with this theft-proof tank-top that not only will keep your items safe but is stylish as well. No more worrying about what to do with your money or pulling out your wallet in front of everyone, this is the best place to put keep your small important items tucked away.

adult top tank

16. Travel Insurance for Romania

If you’ve traveled enough you know that things don’t always happen as planned. Make sure that you are protected in case something does happen while you are in another country. is the best travel insurance comparison site that offers plans covering lost or stolen luggage, flight cancelations, and medical costs (and more) that could accrue while you are abroad.

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17. Jet Lag Relief

One of the hardest things to overcome when you first arrive in a new country is jet lag. This homeopathic jet-lag supplement helps your body to acclimate to the new time zone and makes the recovery process quicker and easier. You’ll arrive in Romania feeling refreshed and ready to explore!

Jet Lag

18. Activated Charcoal

Romanian food can be heavy and don’t forget about the Pollenca, a popular fruit brandy that all of the locals partake in. Make sure your digestive system stays on track with activated charcoal to keep your system running smoothly.

Activated Charcoal

Other Romania Packing List Items Not to Forget

  • TSA - approved travel-sized bottles
  • Theft proof travel backpack
  • Rolling suitcase
  • Stain remover wipes
  • Body lotion
  • Mini Hairbrush
  • Sunglasses case
  • Travel Toothbrush
  • Hanging toiletry case
  • First Aid Kit
  • Nail Clippers
  • Flexible Tripod
  • Vitamins Women’s
  • Vitamins Men’s
  • Selfie-Stick
  • Flash Drive
  • Kindle Cover
  • Neck Pillow
  • Travel Razor - Women
  • Travel Razor - Men
  • Dental Floss
  • Facial Cleansing Wipes
  • Hard copies of all travel documents

What to Wear in Romania

While in Romania, knowing what to wear will depend upon which season you are planning to visit. Romania’s climate is temperate and has four distinct seasons. Its average temperatures range from 90 degrees in the hot summer months of July and August and cold and snow-covered in the winter months of January and February, especially in the mountain regions. Most tourists visit in the summer months so it’s important to have comfortable clothes and shoes, a sweater, and even a lightweight jacket. Layers are important as the weather changes throughout the day. If you are traveling in the winter, bundle up! You’ll need warm coats and even boots if you plan to be outside. What Women Should Wear in Romania? - (Click to expand) Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

romania women jeans

Packing for the Seasons in Romania

Spring – march, april, may:.

Spring will begin to warm up but can still be a little bit unpredictable when it comes to weather. Expect rain and cool temperatures. Make sure you have a rain jacket, long pants, rain boots, or waterproof shoes, and always dress in layers.

SUMMER  – June, July, August:

Summer is the best time to visit Romania. It is warm, reaching 28 degrees C (82 degrees F). It’s important to dress in layers, lightweight clothes, comfortable sneakers, and a sweater or jacket for evenings as it cools off.

FALL – September, October, November:

The rainy season starts at the end of September and the weather starts to cool off quite a bit. Romania will typically see its first snowfall at the end of October and November. Make sure to dress in layers and have sweaters, jeans, closed shoes, and warm jackets on hand.

WINTER  – December, January, February:

Winter is quite cold in Romania so you will need to have a heavy jacket, boots, and gloves. Snowfall is common and the ground is snow-covered throughout the winter months. Dress in warm layers, winter coat, hat, gloves, and insulated shoes or boots.

Nightlife: Romanian people love to dress up.

Women typically wear dresses, heels, shawls, and full makeup when they go out on the town. Don’t show up in jeans and tennis shoes, you will definitely stand out for all the wrong reasons!

Men will wear dress pants and even a suit jacket when they are out on the town. Make sure to have at least nice pants and a button-down shirt if you are hitting the club scene..

Tourist attractions: For the most part, casual attire is perfect for tourist attractions for both men and women. A shirt, sweatshirt, pants or shorts, comfortable shoes, and a neck wallet are perfect for a day of touring the city.

Hiking: If you are going for a hike make sure to wear hiking pants or shorts, a quick-drying top, hiking shoes, or boots.

What NOT to Bring to Romania

1. don't bring bulky books.

Don’t bring books on your trip. If you plan to take some time for yourself to read, make sure to grab a kindle instead. It has lots of options for reading material and is a lot less bulky than bringing heavy books along with you on your trip.

2. DON'T PACK Unnecessary Valuables

Don’t bring unnecessary valuables such as jewelry, or expensive merchandise, or electronics. These items can be easily lost, broken, or make a target for petty theft.

3. DON'T BRING Too Many Clothes

Don’t bring too many clothes! Overpacking can make for long and tedious travel when walking through airports or getting from the airport to your final destination. Only pack what you need to make the traveling part of your trip less stressful.

4. DON'T TAKE Gear You Won’t Use

Don’t pack gear you won’t use. Bringing lots of camera equipment or heavy and bulky items will definitely weigh you down and also attract attention from petty thieves.

5. DON'T BRING a Bath Towel

Packing a bulky bath towel takes up a ton of space. And when it becomes wet, it will weigh you down. Consider taking a lightweight, quick-dry towel that you can easily fold up and throw in your pack.

6. DON'T BRING Lots of cash

Carrying lots of cash is never a great idea. It makes you an easy target for theft no matter where you are. Carry only what you need and opt for a credit card that will work in other countries. Make sure to check with your bank before you leave to ensure that it can be used in Romania.

FAQs about traveling to Romania

1. what is the local currency in romania.

The local currency in Romania is the leu, or lei (plural). Don’t go to exchange your money at the airport, you will pay very high fees. It’s best to use your credit card at a cash machine and take money out that way. Make sure to call your bank and let them know you will be traveling in another country so they don’t shut down your credit card access while you are in another country!

2. What language is spoken in Romania?

The official language of Romania is Romanian. It’s spoken by 89% of the population. Many people speak Italian as there is a large population of Romanians who work in Italy.

3. How can I communicate with the local people?

English is very well-spoken and understood in Romania, especially by the younger generations. Romanians are some of the best English speakers in the world so you shouldn’t have a problem communicating while you are there. But always make sure to have a translation tool downloaded on your phone to make communication easier.

4. What is the weather like in Romania?

The weather in Romania is very similar to the Upper Mid-West of the United States. It has four seasons, cold winters and warm summers.

5. What is the best time of year to visit Romania?

The best time to visit Romania is in the summer, although there are still plenty of destinations to visit in any season.

6. How do I get around Romania?

The best way to travel in Romania is to ask the front desk of the hotel you are staying at to call you a taxi or an Uber. They have contacts that they trust and will help you to get to where you would like to go. There are buses and trains in Romania but they are difficult to navigate so I wouldn’t suggest it unless you have to travel a far distance.

7. What are the best things to see in Romania?

Some of the most popular sites to see are in Bucharest. In Old Town, there are lots of cafes, restaurants, and bars that have popped up recently. Another thing to check out is Revolution Square where you can find out some of Romania’s dark history. If there is one place to get a guided tour, it’s here. Transylvania, home of Braun Castle, aka Dracula’s Castle, is a must-see while in Romania. There are many Monasteries, Castles, and Parks scattered throughout the country. Make sure to see at least one of each.

8. What is the nightlife like in Romania?

Romania is known for its nightlife. Most clubs open around midnight and don’t close until the last person has danced his way to bed. There are plenty of other things to do in Romania, but if you love the club scene, you’re bound for an unforgettable night!

9. Should I tip?

The standard tipping rate is about 5-10% for a table fee. Which is about 5 lei or the equivalent of $1 USD. Keep in mind that service in Romania is different than in the US. They are typically shorter and to the point. It doesn’t mean they are giving bad service, it’s just that their service culture is different than in the US. Remember that leaving a little more than average is always appreciated.

10. What is the local food like?

The food in Romania is a bit heavier and consists of meaty dishes with vegetables and potatoes as side dishes. Polenta, cabbage rolls, grilled minced meat, tripe soup, and sweetbreads are some of the traditional menu items you will see. Don’t forget to start your meal off with an aperitif of Polenka. Which is a traditional plum brandy believed to help with the digestion of the food you will eat.

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The Ultimate Romania Packing List

It often feels like a forgotten corner of Europe, doesn’t it?

But forget about Romania at your peril I say, because this country absolutely deserves a top spot on Europe’s travel map!

And to help you plan your time there, I’m bringing you my complete packing list for this country.

Kicking off with 10 great tips about how to prep yourself and your gear for a trip to this eastern European gem, the latter half of this article contains a complete item-by-item breakdown of everything that needs to go into your bag for an amazing adventure here.

With epic hiking, exciting cities and plenty of historic castles and villages thrown in for good measure, there’s no question you’re likely to enjoy a lot of different types of activities in Romania, which can make packing for this coutnry a little hard.

But don’t fret, I’ve got the perfect guide to help you out, so let’s get stuck in…

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#1 Prepare for the Season

Romania, Sighisoara, Me and Bicycle

The first tip when it comes to packing properly for Romania is centred around the fact that this country experiences some pretty wild seasons!

Days in the summer can easily reach into the high 30s, even up in the more mountainous area, while the depths of winter regularly see snow and temperatures plummet below zero centigrade.

As such, considering when you plan to travel Romania will be absolutely crucial in getting your gear selection right!

As most people head to Romania during the warmer months  – definitely better for sightseeing, getting around and daylight hours – I’ve decided to base this packing guide around travelling there during the summer too, so do bear that in mind.

If you are planning to head here in the winter for some serious snow action though, then I’d suggest heading across to check out my ski trip packing list instead.

Even if you don’t plan to hit the slopes, the layers I list here will be eqaully applicable in a Romanian winter!

#2 Packing for Romanian Cities

Romania, Bucharest, Origo

It’s very likely that you’ll be visiting at least 1 or 2 cities during your time in Romania, so now I’m moving on to packing tips for these.

Bucharest is the obvious favourite (and rightly so), but you shouldn’t dismiss the country’s other main cities of Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara and Brasov.

As such, you should probably plan for a few good city days during your Romanian trip and pack accordingly.

Flat shoes that can be used for comfortable walking are a must, as well as some comfortable shorts or trousers depending on the temperature.

I’d also recommend a good daypack, so you can carry things comfortably around with you for the whole day, plus a metal water bottle is a great idea as Romanian tap water is drinkable and free!

Dress codes are pretty relaxed in this country and you’ll be fine wearing things above the knee when walking around cities – I just recommend scarves to cover shoulders if you’re entering any churches.

People don’t get super dressed up for dinner or the evenings in Romania, so I wouldn’t advise bringing anything too fancy, but you may want to bring some nicer jeans, smart/casual tops and a pair of evening sandals or pumps if you are heading out and about at night.

#3 Packing for Hiking

Romania, Hiking, Lady

If you weren’t in the know yet, then pleasant surprise announcement… Romania has loads of great national parks and beautiful countryside that offers a huge range of outdoor fun.

From hiking and biking to canyoning and even climbing, it’s all on offer in the mountains here and should definitely be taken advantage of in the lovely summer weather.

Transylvania in the north of the county is really the spot to head to for outdoor fun, so definitely make some you pack some activewear if you’re planning on getting amongst it.

Hiking here can range from easy to super hard (think some pretty epic climbs!), so you’ll need to bring trainers or walking shoes / boots with you depending on your preferences.

Hiking trousers or leggings will certainly make enjoying any active pursuits easier too!

A cap to keep the sun off your face and a small backpack and a buff might also be a good idea and, personally, I always think a thin waterproof / windproof jacket is a good idea even if rain isn’t forecast, as the weather can quickly change at altitude.

#4 Packing for Romanian Village & Castles

Romania, Brasov, Bran Castle

Even outside of any of Romania’s major cities, there’s plenty to be seen, so you should definitely consider some sightseeing days on your itinerary… and pack accordingly!

Top of this list tends to be cute traditional villages, of which there are tons (I love the Saxon villages of Transylvania especially) and a heck of a lot of castles!

Bran and Peles Castles tend to be the favourites here and can easily be enjoyed as part of a top Brasov day trip .

There’s also wine and salt mine tours to consider too.

For all sightseeing days, I recommend comfortable clothes – leggings, shorts or trousers, along with a t-shirt / singlet and a thin jumper.

A scarf can be handy for draping over shoulders if you’re heading into any religious buildings or need to protect yourself from the sun.

Comfortable shoes, like trainers, are ideal and don’t forget a camera to snap all the beautiful historic sights and sweeping countryside views.

If you want to do an Instagram thing (yes it’s a thing), then bringing a nice dress and hat for the castles could be an idea!

#5 Bring Layers!

Europe, Romania, Voronrt Monastery

But while I’ve been listing all the things to take, the next point to make is that taking layers is the key not only to packing light for your Romania trip, but also to ensuring that you’re prepared for all circumstances and range of weathers.

Whether it’s thin sweaters you can wear under jackets, or leggings you can put on under dresses or long tops, layers provide versatility and are an efficient way to pack too.

Opting for layers also tends to mean you go for thin fabrics on your packing list, which not only take up less room in your luggage, but also dry quicker as well.

Layers are great for when you’re up in the mountains, especially during the evening when temperatures can quickly drop.

#6 Use Packing Cubes

Romania, Bucharest, Church Ceiling

And now seems like as good a time as any to tackle the notion of packing cubes – another key way to ensure all your Romanian packing list fits into a small backpack or suitcase.

If you want to compress your gear, so it takes up less space, as well as have it nicely organised, then packing cubes are the answer my friend!

Yes a godsend to disorganised packers everywhere, I absolutely love these ones and personally, would never consider heading off to Romania, or indeed anywhere, without them.

#7 What Luggage Size to Take?

Romania, Transylvania, Spire

And if you manage to condense your stuff down well, then this whole Romanian packing list below should fit into a 30-50l backpack.

I never take anything bigger, even when I’m travelling for 6 months at a time!

This 46l Atmos backpack from Osprey makes a great option or, alternatively, if you’re not visiting Romania as part of a European backpacking trip but a standalone travel adventure, then a small wheeled suitcase may suit you better.

As always, I recommend taking a suitcase that will fit into the overhead locker on a plane or train, so you don’t have to wait for your luggage or risk losing it.

Hard shell suitcases with TSA locks and spinner wheels are the best option. Those with extendable compartments are also great, so you can start small and increase the size if you buy any souvenirs!

Check out this great example I recommend.

#8 Select Footwear Carefully

Romania, Brasov, Gate

Shoes are one of the things that take up the most room in your luggage, so selecting these wisely is a great way to keep your packing weight and size down too.

When it comes to packing for Romania, try to select footwear that is lightweight, (i.e. small, thin sandals or light trainers, pumps or sneakers) for your case or backpack and then wear any hiking boots / shoes you need on the flight there!

I’d suggest that for 1-2 weeks in Romania, 3 pairs of shoes is the max you should need – 1x hiking boots or walking shoes, 1x casual pair of trainers, sneakers or pumps and 1x pair of sandals or flipflops should do it.

Think about shoes that cover a range of circumstances including sightseeing, walking day trips and nights out… and pack appropriately.

#9 Don’t Forget Sunglasses and SPF

Romania, Brasov, Pigeons

It’s worth remembering it can be really sunny during the summer in Romania – think 30 degrees centigrade plus – so you should definitely pack items for your trip that protect your face and eyes from those UV rays.

UV-protected sunglasses and a 30+ SPF are therefore great ideas for your Romanian packing list, especially if you’re planning any outdoor activities.

A hat or cap that protect your head and neck from those UV rays, especially if you’re hiking or enjoying any active pursuits, is also a must.

I’d also advise bringing a good moisturiser you can use on your hands, body and face too in case the sun makes your skin dry, as well as an SPF lip balm (voice of experience!)

#10 Invest in a Portable Charger

Romania, Timisoara, Statue

I highly recommend investing in a power pack for your trip to Romania, so that you can charge your phone when you’re out and about.

My go-to brand here is Anker and I actually have 2 of their portable chargers – one that comes out with me during the day and the other that is charging wherever I’m staying, so it’s ready to swap over.

For my big camera, I also have a spare battery, so that I can swap batteries around and keep snapping happily away all day.

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Complete Romanian Packing List

Romania, Transylvania, Postăvaru Mountain

So now we come to my complete Romanian Packing List – a full breakdown of all the items you should bring with you on a trip to this country if you’re visiting during the warmer months from May to September.

Geared towards being comfortable and packing light, the length of your stay in Romania will, of course, dictate the amount of each item that you need, but here’s a checklist of all the gear I’d recommend if you’re travelling in this country for a week…

7x Singlets / T-Shirts

3x Thin Long Sleeved Tops

2x Jumpers / Sweaters

2x Jeans / Trousers

2x Leggings – I love my bamboo fibre ones !

7x Underwear

1x Swimwear

3x Scarves / Buffs

Cap / Sun hat

Trainers Pumps / Flats – Converse are a good casual option

Sandals – You can’t go wrong with a Birkenstock !

Thin Toiletries Bag with Hook

Shampoo & Conditioner Bars – Try these !

Shower Gel / Soap

Face Cleanser, Toner, Serum & Moisturiser

Cotton Buds / Pads

SPF Sunscreen & SPF Lip Salve

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss

Razor & Spare Blades

Nail Scissors, Nail File & Tweezers

Hair Bands & Hair Brush

Band Aids, Paracetamol, Antiseptic cream, Antihistamines

Menstrual Cup


Smartphone & Bluetooth Headphones

Portable Charger – Anker for the win!

Spare Lens, Battery, Memory Card & Charger

Euro Adapter – Skross are the best I’ve found

Headlamp & Spare Batteries

Other Things!

Glasses / Contact Lenses if you wear them

Sunglasses with UV Protection

Eye Mask & Earplugs

Water Bottle – Kleen Kanteen ones are great

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Credit Cards and Debit Cards – I always recommend Wise as the best card for good exchange rates and low transaction fees when travelling


Ultimate Romania Packing List

So there you have it, my top tips and complete checklist for your Romanian packing.

Have you travelled Romania?

What was the one item you found most useful?

Any questions, or any suggestions, please drop them into the comments below and I’ll get back to you…

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How To Pack For Your Trip To Romania: Essential Items To Include

  • Last updated Jan 21, 2024
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Are you planning an exciting trip to Romania and feeling overwhelmed with what to pack? Fret not, as we have got you covered! In this article, we will guide you through the essential items you should include in your packing list to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey throughout this beautiful Eastern European country. From versatile clothing options to useful gadgets and travel essentials, we have curated a comprehensive guide to help you prioritize and pack smartly for your trip to Romania. So, let's dive in and discover the must-haves for your adventure in this enchanting land of folklore and history.

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What are the essential items to pack when traveling to romania, are there any specific clothing items that i should bring for various weather conditions in romania, should i pack any specific toiletries or medications for a trip to romania, what is the best type of bag or luggage to bring for traveling in romania, are there any cultural considerations i should keep in mind when packing for a trip to romania.


When traveling to Romania, it's important to be prepared and have all the essential items packed to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. Whether you are visiting the bustling city of Bucharest or exploring the beautiful countryside, here are some must-have items to include in your travel bag.

  • Travel Documents: The first and most important item to pack is your passport and any necessary visas or travel permits. Make sure to have multiple copies of these documents, as well as travel insurance information, in case of emergencies. It's also a good idea to have a copy of your itinerary and important contact numbers.
  • Clothing: Romania experiences four distinct seasons, so pack clothing suitable for the time of year you will be visiting. In summer, lightweight and breathable clothing is essential, along with a hat and sunscreen. In winter, pack warm layers, including a coat, gloves, and a hat. Don't forget comfortable walking shoes, as you'll likely be exploring various attractions and landmarks.
  • Medications and First Aid Kit: If you have any prescription medications, make sure to pack enough for the duration of your trip. It's also a good idea to bring a basic first aid kit with essentials such as band-aids, pain relievers, antacids, and any other personal items you might need.
  • Money and Electronics: Romania's currency is the Romanian leu (RON), so it's important to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in larger establishments, but it's always handy to have some local currency available. Additionally, don't forget to bring a power adapter for your electronics if needed.
  • Essential Toiletries: While you can easily find toiletries in Romania, it's always helpful to have some essentials packed. This includes items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and any other personal care products you prefer to use.
  • Travel Guide and Maps: Romania is a country with a rich history and numerous tourist attractions. Bringing a travel guide or accessing one on your smartphone can provide useful information and help you plan your itinerary. Additionally, having a physical map can be handy when exploring areas without cell service.
  • Snacks and Water Bottle: It's always a good idea to have some snacks and a reusable water bottle with you when traveling. This can come in handy during long bus or train rides or when exploring remote areas where food options may be limited.
  • Travel Adapter: Romania uses the Europlug (Type C) electrical socket, so be sure to pack a travel adapter if necessary. This will allow you to charge your electronic devices without any issues.

Remember, this is just a general list of essential items to pack when traveling to Romania. Depending on the specific activities you plan to engage in, you may need additional items such as hiking gear, swimwear, or camping equipment. It's always a good idea to research your destination and pack accordingly to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

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When traveling to a foreign country, it is essential to pack appropriate clothing for the weather conditions you may encounter. Romania, located in Eastern Europe, experiences a range of weather patterns throughout the year. To ensure comfort and preparedness, it is advisable to bring specific clothing items for each season.

Winter (December to February):

Romanian winters can be harsh, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. When visiting during this time, make sure to pack the following items:

  • Heavy winter coat: A warm, insulated coat is essential to protect yourself from the cold. Look for one that is both waterproof and windproof.
  • Layers: Layering is key to staying warm in extreme temperatures. Pack thermal tops and bottoms, as well as long-sleeved shirts and sweaters.
  • Thick socks and boots: Don't forget to bring warm, moisture-wicking socks and insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry.

Spring (March to May):

Springtime in Romania can be unpredictable, with both cold and mild temperatures. Be prepared with the following clothing items:

  • Lightweight jackets: As temperatures fluctuate, it is beneficial to have a lightweight jacket or windbreaker that can be easily layered.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters: Even though the weather might be warming up, it is still advisable to bring a few long-sleeved shirts and sweaters for cooler days.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: With spring comes the opportunity to explore Romania's beautiful landscapes. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes to fully enjoy outdoor activities.

Summer (June to August):

Summers in Romania are generally hot and sunny. When packing for this season, consider the following clothing items:

  • T-shirts and tank tops: Bring lightweight, breathable shirts to stay cool during hot summer days.
  • Shorts and skirts: Pack a few pairs of shorts and skirts for comfortable and versatile options in the heat.
  • Sun hat and sunglasses: To protect yourself from the strong sun, bring a wide-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses.

Autumn (September to November):

Autumn in Romania is characterized by cool temperatures and changing foliage. Prepare for this season with the following clothing items:

  • Light jackets or cardigans: As the weather cools down, a light jacket or cardigan will provide just enough warmth.
  • Jeans and trousers: Bring a few pairs of jeans and trousers for comfortable and stylish options during autumn.
  • Medium-weight shoes: Pack shoes that are suitable for both rain and cooler temperatures, such as leather boots or sneakers.

In addition to the specific clothing items mentioned above, it is essential to pack the following regardless of the season:

  • Rain gear: Romania is known for its occasional rain showers. Bring a waterproof jacket and umbrella to stay dry.
  • Swimwear: If you plan on visiting Romania's beautiful beaches or enjoying its thermal baths, don't forget to pack swimwear.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: Regardless of the season, it is always a good idea to bring comfortable walking shoes for exploring cities and natural landscapes.

It is important to note that weather conditions can vary, so it is advisable to check the local forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. By packing the appropriate clothing items for each season, you will be prepared to enjoy all that Romania has to offer, regardless of the weather.

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When planning a trip to Romania, it's important to pack the necessary toiletries and medications to ensure a comfortable and safe journey. Whether you're exploring the charming cities or the beautiful countryside, here are some specific items you should consider bringing along:

Basic Toiletries:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste: It's essential to maintain good dental hygiene, so make sure to pack these items.
  • Soap or body wash: A small bottle of soap or body wash will keep you feeling refreshed and clean throughout your trip.
  • Shampoo and conditioner: If you have specific hair care needs, consider packing travel-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner.
  • Deodorant: To stay fresh and odor-free, don't forget to pack your deodorant.
  • Razor and shaving cream: If you're someone who shaves regularly, make sure to bring your razor and shaving cream.


  • Prescription medications: If you have any prescription medications, it's crucial to pack an ample supply for the duration of your trip. It's also advisable to carry a copy of your prescription or a doctor's note, especially if the medications are controlled substances.
  • Over-the-counter medications: It's always a good idea to have a small travel-size kit of over-the-counter medications for common ailments. This can include pain relievers, antacids, antihistamines, and motion sickness medication.
  • Travel sickness medication: If you're prone to motion sickness, consider bringing medications such as Dramamine or Bonine for long car rides or boat trips.
  • First aid kit: A small first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic ointment, and gauze can come in handy for any minor cuts or injuries.

Personal Care Items:

  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays by packing a high SPF sunscreen, especially if you'll be spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • Insect repellent: Depending on the time of year and your destination within Romania, it's wise to carry insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Contact lenses and solution: If you wear contact lenses, be sure to pack an ample supply along with the necessary cleaning solution.
  • Feminine hygiene products: If applicable, make sure to pack an adequate supply of tampons or sanitary pads.

While many toiletries and medications can be purchased in Romania, it's best to bring along the essentials to ensure you have everything you need. Additionally, if you have any specific allergies or medical conditions, it's important to pack any necessary items or alert your travel companions about any special requirements.

In conclusion, when packing for a trip to Romania, it's crucial to bring along basic toiletries such as toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and any other personal care items you may require. Additionally, don't forget to pack an ample supply of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, to ensure your health and well-being during your trip. By being prepared and packing the necessary items, you can enjoy your time in Romania without any unnecessary discomfort or inconvenience.

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When planning a trip to Romania, one of the most important decisions to make is what type of bag or luggage to bring. The right choice can greatly impact the ease and comfort of your journey. In this article, we will discuss the best types of bags or luggage to bring when traveling in Romania.

A backpack is a versatile option that offers both mobility and convenience. It allows you to carry your belongings comfortably on your back, leaving your hands free to navigate through crowded streets or hike in the beautiful Romanian countryside. Opt for a backpack with a padded hip belt and shoulder straps for maximum comfort and weight distribution. Look for one that is durable, waterproof, and has multiple compartments to help you stay organized.

Rolling suitcase:

If you prefer not to carry your belongings on your back, a rolling suitcase is a great option. It allows you to effortlessly tow your luggage behind you, eliminating the strain on your shoulders and back. When choosing a rolling suitcase, consider the size and weight restrictions of the airlines you will be using. Additionally, look for one with sturdy wheels and a durable shell to withstand the rigors of travel.

Duffel bag:

A duffel bag is a practical choice if you will be traveling light or need a bag that can easily fit into smaller spaces. Consider a duffel bag with a shoulder strap for easier carrying and multiple pockets for better organization. Look for one made from durable and water-resistant materials to protect your belongings from the elements.

Travel backpack with wheels:

For those who can't decide between a backpack and a rolling suitcase, a travel backpack with wheels offers the best of both worlds. These hybrid bags typically come with a backpack-style harness that can be easily stored away when not in use, allowing you to switch between carrying options as needed. Look for one with a detachable daypack for added convenience.

Regardless of the type of bag or luggage you choose, there are a few general tips to keep in mind when packing for your trip to Romania:

  • Pack light: Romania's diverse landscapes and attractions make it a great destination for outdoor activities such as hiking and exploring. Packing light will give you more flexibility and freedom to enjoy these activities without being weighed down by heavy luggage.
  • Consider the weather: Romania experiences all four seasons, so make sure to pack accordingly. Layer your clothing and bring a mix of warm and lightweight items, as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Keep important documents and valuables close: When traveling, it's always a good idea to keep important documents such as your passport, ID, and credit cards in a secure and easily accessible place. Consider using a money belt or a travel pouch that can be worn under your clothing to keep these items safe.

In conclusion, the best type of bag or luggage to bring when traveling in Romania ultimately depends on your personal preferences and needs. Whether you choose a backpack, rolling suitcase, duffel bag, or a travel backpack with wheels, make sure to consider factors such as comfort, durability, and organization. By selecting the right bag, you can focus on enjoying the beautiful sights and experiences that Romania has to offer.

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When packing for a trip to Romania, it is important to consider the cultural norms and customs of the country. Romania is a country with a rich cultural heritage, and it is important to respect and embrace local traditions and practices. Here are some cultural considerations to keep in mind when packing for your trip to Romania:

  • Modest Dressing: Romania is a conservative country, and it is customary to dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or rural areas. When packing your clothes, it is advisable to bring clothing items that cover your shoulders and knees. Avoid packing revealing or skimpy outfits, as they can be seen as disrespectful or offensive in certain situations.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Romania is known for its beautiful landscapes, including mountains, forests, and charming villages. It is therefore important to pack comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, depending on your planned activities. You will likely do a lot of walking, so it is essential to have shoes that are both comfortable and practical.
  • Appropriate Attire for Special Occasions: If you are attending a cultural event, such as a wedding or a religious ceremony, it is important to dress appropriately. For men, a suit or a formal shirt and trousers are generally suitable. For women, a dress or a skirt with a blouse is appropriate. It is always best to err on the side of being too formal rather than too casual.
  • Layered Clothing: Romania has a temperate climate with distinct seasons. The weather can be unpredictable, especially in the spring and autumn months, where it can fluctuate between warm and cold temperatures. It is advisable to pack layered clothing to accommodate these changes. This way, you can easily add or remove layers depending on the weather.
  • Respect for Local Traditions: Romania has a rich cultural heritage, and it is important to respect and appreciate local traditions and customs. When packing, consider bringing small gifts or souvenirs that reflect your own culture. These can be exchanged as a sign of friendship and respect with locals you meet during your visit.
  • Medications and Essentials: It is always advisable to pack any necessary medications and personal care items. While these are widely available in Romania, it is better to be prepared as you may not find the exact brand or medication you are used to. Additionally, carrying travel-sized toiletries and a small first-aid kit can also be helpful.

In conclusion, when packing for a trip to Romania, it is important to consider the cultural norms and customs of the country. Dressing modestly, wearing comfortable shoes, and respecting local traditions are some of the key considerations. By being mindful of these cultural aspects, you can have a more enriching and respectful experience during your trip to Romania.

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Romania has a temperate continental climate, so it is best to pack layers of clothing. In the summer months, lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended, as temperatures can reach up to 30°C (86°F). However, it is also advisable to pack a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings. In the winter, especially in mountainous areas, it can get quite cold, so it is important to pack warm clothing such as a heavy coat, hat, gloves, and boots.

If you are planning on partaking in outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, or exploring the countryside, it is a good idea to pack appropriate gear. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are essential for exploring the mountainous terrain, and a waterproof jacket is useful for unpredictable weather. If you plan on skiing, you should bring your own equipment or rent it from a local ski resort.

Some essential accessories to pack for a trip to Romania include a good quality travel adapter, as the country uses the Europlug with 230V electricity, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for protection against the sun, and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your travels. It is also a good idea to bring a daypack for carrying essentials while exploring.

Romania is home to many beautiful churches and monasteries, so it is important to pack appropriate clothing for these religious sites. Women should bring a shawl or scarf to cover their shoulders and wear long skirts or pants, while men should wear long pants and a shirt with sleeves. It is important to dress modestly out of respect for the religious customs and traditions. Additionally, it is a good idea to pack comfortable shoes for walking and exploring these sites.

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Printable Packing List For Romania

Romania packing list – all the things you should not forget, what to take in your bag for romania.

You’ve booked your plane ticket and the time of departure is fast approaching? After the joys of such a decision, comes the question of knowing what to put in your suitcase to go to Romania. No need to panic, we have prepared a very complete list of the essential things to bring to make sure you don’t miss anything once you are there.

In order to leave no room for unforeseen events, it’s of course preferable to go through this list a few days before leaving rather than the day before departure, as you might miss some items.

Take the time to read and download it in order to identify the things that you absolutely must pack and that you might miss and that could make you lose time and money if you forget them.

You will also need to think about packing according to the type of accommodation you will be staying in, the different modes of transportation you will use during your trip, the climate and the season, as well as the activities you plan to do.

In order to help you prepare your suitcase, this checklist of the essential things to bring in Romania gathers several categories: clothes, accessories, various objects… It will allow you to have a concrete vision of a typical suitcase for Romania.

An advice, think of keeping some space in your luggage if you wish to bring back souvenirs or to make some clothing shopping on the spot.

Thanks to this travel list, preparing your bag for Romania will be a real child’s play and you will just have to enjoy your adventure!

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  • Important hings to do before you go
  • Essential documents
  • Transport essentials
  • Backpack & luggage
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Hygiene & Toiletries
  • Photo, Video & High Tech
  • Useful accessories
  • Medication and first aid kit
  • Activities and Useful Links (+ Printable checklist PDF)

1/ Important things to do before you go

 Prepare your travel itinerary  Apply for a visa (if necessary)  Make your vaccinations (if necessary)  Check-up at the doctor / dentist  Take out a travel insurance  Photocopy or scan important documents (passport)  Write down e-mail and useful phone numbers in your address book  Warn your bank about your trip abroad (if necessary)  Book accomodation for your first night ( Do it now before everything is fully booked! Check the best hotels on Booking )  Download offline applications and maps for  Download movies offline   Prepare your favorite music playlist  Turn off or turn down the heat of your house  Empty garbage cans  Water the plants   Give a copy of your house/car keys to a family member or friend  Close doors and windows

2/ Essential documents

Even before you buy your plane ticket, remember to check the validity of your passport : it must be valid for at least six months after your return date (for some countries) and have a blank page. Another tip: send your important documents to a secondary email in case you lose them.

   Passport   ID card    Plane or train ticket (have a paper copy just in case)   Reservation documents (e-ticket, train ticket, hotel reservation)   Visa (if necessary)   International driver’s license, if you wish to rent a car   Health insurance card   Travel insurance   Credit card   Cash   Useful numbers in case of emergency   Itinerary and address of your accommodation (hotel / AirBnB / camping)   Vaccination certificate   Diving license, sailing license, etc.   Some business cards with your contact information, email, blog, website

3/ Transport essentials

The little things to have with you at all times during the flight or the trip by train or bus:

 Phone and charger  Book / Magazine / Kindle / Travel Guide  MP3 player   Chewing gum   Pen + notepad  Travel pillow ( my favorite )  Sleep mask ( my favorite )   Earplugs   Snacks / sandwich   Small water bottle  Nasal ointment for dry nose  Sunglasses   Glasses case   Watch   Hand sanitizer   Disposable face mask   Tissues   Motion sickness medication

4/ Backpack & luggage

 Waterproof dry bag ( my favorite )  Handbag   Travel laundry bag ( my favorite )  Carry-on suitcase ( my favorite )  Travel bag ( my favorite )   Luggage tag ( my favorite )   Travel Packing Organizers ( my favorite )   Rain cover for backpack ( my favorite )   Zippered carry-on bag   Shoe bag ( my favorite )   Fanny pack   Lightweight foldable backpack ( my favorite )

5/ Clothing and shoes

  Socks  Underwear (panties, thongs, bras, briefs, boxers…)  Tank tops  Skirt ♀  Dress ♀  Pajamas  T-shirts  Long sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Short sleeve shirt ( for her , for him )  Polo shirt ( for her , for him )   Sweatshirt / pullover ( for her , for him )   Jeans   Lightweight pants ( for her , for him )   Money belt ( my favorite )   Shorts   Jogging suit   Jacket / coat   K-way ( for her , for him )   Windbreaker ( for her , for him )  Hat / cap / beanie   Scarf / bandana   Swimsuit   Buff scarf ( my favorite )

For shoes, you will have to choose according to the activities you plan to do:

 Comfortable walking shoes   Shoes for going out (restaurants, bars, clubs…)  Flip-flops (for the beach, showers…) ( for her , for him )  Hiking shoes ( for her , for him )  Sandals ( for her , for him )   Water shoes for walking in water (beaches, waterfalls, rivers…) ( for her , for him )  Light trekking shoes ( for her , for him )  Crocs

6/ Hygiene & Toiletries

 Microfiber towel ( my favorite )   Toilet bag   Portable Travel Bottles ( my favorite )  Toothbrush & toothpaste  Dental floss  Soap   Shampoo   Facial cleanser   Nail clippers   Cotton buds (biodegradable)   Tweezers   Make-up   Deodorant   Comb / Hairbrush   Razor & shaving foam ♂   Biodegradable wipes ( my favorite )   Toilet paper roll   Perfume   Makeup ♀   Contact Lenses   Contact lens product   Pocket mirror

7/ Photo, Video & High Tech

For photographers and videographers:

 Camera  Lens  Memory card  Polarizing filters   ND filter   Extra battery   Charger + cable + plug adapter   Cleaning kit   External hard drive   USB key   Stabilizer   Drone ( my favorite )    Waterproof phone case   Flash   Solar charger ( my favorite )    Gopro ( my favorite )   Waterproof case   Selfie Pole  External battery / Powerbank ( my favorite ) 

Don’t forget:

 Portable speaker  Ipad / Tablet  Laptop PC  External battery  Headphones or noise cancelling headphones ( my favorite )

Useful apps to download before you go to Romania:

 AirBnB  Booking  Couchsurfing  Flush – Public Toilet Finder (Useful for finding toilets!)  Google Maps  Google Translator  Google Trips  Lonely Planet Guide  LoungeBuddy  Meetup  Tripadvisor  Uber  Whatsapp  XE Currency

8/ Useful accessories

The accessories you will take in your bag for Romania will depend on your travel style:

  TSA lock ( my favorite )  Headlamp ( my favorite )  Sleeping bag ( my favorite )  Sheets ( my favorite )  Swiss Army knife (not in the hand luggage!) ( my favorite )  Travel clothesline ( my favorite )  Powdered or liquid detergent  Clothes pegs  Spork ( my favorite )  Ziploc bags  Lighter  Folding umbrella ( my favorite )  Toilet paper  Mosquito repellent ( my favorite )   Mosquito net ( my favorite )   Sunscreen cream  Aloe vera gel   Waterproof pouch for smartphone    For hikers : GPS, map, compass, water bottle   Walking stick ( my favorite )   Anti-sweat talcum powder ( my favorite )   Beach towel ( my favorite )   Sawyer water filter ( must-have !)  Pills to purify non-drinking water   Mask, snorkel, fins   Diving accessories (gloves, dive computer, lamp, knife…)

9/ Medication and first aid kit

I suggest that you consult your doctor and dentist before leaving. Beware of unauthorized medication and remember to keep your vaccinations up to date!

If you have a treatment don’t forget to take your personal medication and your prescription if necessary (or medical certificate).

You can buy a first aid kit already prepared ( my favorite ).

  Cotton buds   Tweezers   Round-tipped scissors   Pairs of single-use latex gloves  Bandages   Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain   Sterile compresses   Disinfectant spray for wounds   Physiological saline solution in pods (wound cleaning)   Condoms and other contraceptives

For longer trips and higher risk locations, we can also add:

  Sterile adhesive skin sutures (steristrips)   Rehydration solutions (in case of dehydration)   Water purification tablets   Water decontamination tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur)   Medication for altitude   Medication for sore throat    Anti-malarial medication   Survival blanket   Tick tweezers   Ointment against itching (antihistamine)   Probiotics for the stomach   Corticosteroid pills and cream   Analgesics (painkillers)   Survival blanket   Cold medicine (decongestant)   Biafine (in case of burns or sunburns)   Broad-spectrum antibiotics without a prescription   Anti-diarrhea tablets (immodium, smecta)

10/ Activities and Useful Links + Printable checklist

You can download the complete travel list in PDF format and print it by clicking here.

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What to Pack for Romania

Wondering what to pack for Romania? Don’t worry, this Romania packing list will help you decide what to take! No matter which season you are travelling in, we’ve listed the essential things to pack when travelling to Romania, plus a few optional items that you might want to add.

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Romania is an amazing country to visit! You might have heard stories about Dracula and Transylvania – which is a real place!

Or you might have heard about the legendary Transfagarasan Road , which was rated World’s Best Road by BBC’s Top Gear.

Or maybe you’ve just seen some gorgeous posts on Instagram with the amazing scenery and sights that Romania has to offer.

Either way, Romania has peaked your interest and now you’re thinking of visiting, but you’re not sure what to pack for a trip to Romania.

Keep on reading, and we’ll go over the essentials of what to pack for Romania . And then you can get planning and packing! (Or you can just scroll to the bottom of this post and download the Romania packing list…)

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Weather in Romania

Romania has four seasons, similar to other parts of Europe and is considered to be a continental climate. Depending on what time of year you are visiting Romania, you will need to pack differently!

Winters are cold, with temperatures hovering around 0°C but can be a few degrees cooler in the western area of Romania. Expect to see snow on the ground, although there isn’t too much unless you head to the mountains where ski resorts are popular in the winter.

Spring is cool and rainy so be sure to pack a rain jacket and umbrella!

Summer weather can be expected from June to August with warm sunny days, although it can still be quite rainy as well! Temperatures can be hot in Bucharest with temperatures around 30°C, but will be more pleasant along the Black Sea coast.

Fall is a great time to visit, as the weather is slightly cooler and drier. The trees start to change colour and are gorgeous to see! (And this is from a Canadian who is used to seeing the trees change colour every year!)

Tips to Pack for a Trip to Romania

While everyone has their own personal preference for suitcases and travel bags, just be aware that there are lots of cobblestone streets in Romania!

Similar to other areas of Europe, suitcases with wheels and spinner type carry-ons may be tricky to manage on many of the streets in Romania.

My personal preference is to use a backpack, although the boys do use small wheeled suitcases. I love the Osprey bags and use either the 40L Fairview , which can pass as a carry-on on most flights or the 55L Fairview if we are travelling for longer than a week or two.

And if you are planning to visit a church while in Romania, be sure to pack a scarf. Romania has many Orthodox churches and they may require shoulders and knees to be covered, some may even ask for a headscarf to be worn.

But now that we’ve got the weather and some general tips out of the way, let’s get on to the packing list for Romania!

Clothes to Pack for Romania

When packing for a trip to Romania, think layers!

A few tanks and tees , a long sleeve shirt , sweater and a jacket or blazer would be good to pack. Tanks and tees can be worn underneath the jacket, blazer or sweater if it is chilly, or worn alone when it is warm.

For bottoms, bring a pair of pants or leggings , a skirt or even a dress if you wish.

Of course, don’t forget to add in a pair of pj’s , undies , bras and socks !

Accessories to Bring

Good comfortable footwear is important when travelling to Romania. Chances are you will be doing a fair bit of walking or hiking, so be sure to pack a comfortable pair of sandals or boots that are good to wear on cobblestones.

Be sure to pack a raincoat or thin jacket , even if you are travelling to Romania in the summer, as weather can change depending which region you are visiting.

Bring a thin puffy coat if you are travelling in the winter, as well as warm socks , a scarf , a hat and mitts !

Kids Clothes

Packing kids clothing is similar to an adult packing list.

We usually try to bring 7 tops , with a mix of long-sleeve and short-sleeve tees, and 4 bottoms including pants and shorts for each child.

A sweater and coat are also good to bring, with comfortable shoes as well.

If you are travelling in the colder weather, be sure to pack a good jacket , hat , mitts and warm socks !

As well as packing clothes for kids, it’s also a good idea to pack some activities and books , and even some small toys, depending on the age of your children.

You know your kids best and what they like, but if you’re looking for some ideas, here are some suggestions for what to pack in a carry-on or some great travel gifts for kids , including some of the best activities for preschoolers to travel with.   

Even if you are staying in hotels, I would still recommend packing shampoo , conditioner and soap , as not all hotels will supply these! Also include a toothbrush , toothpaste , brush , travel hairdryer and whatever makeup you use daily.

Most hotels will provide towels , so you don’t necessarily need to pack one, but we always do – just in case! Sometimes hotel towels can be thin and scratchy, OR if you are staying in a hostel or other type of accommodation you might need to bring your own towel.

Most travel towels roll up small enough that it won’t take up that much room in your luggage.

We always travel with this one and quite often take a Turkish towel as well, which can easily double as a scarf.

First Aid Kit

We’ve got a whole post dedicated to the things you should have in a travel first aid kit .

But if you don’t want to bring a whole first aid kit, at minimum be sure to bring some bandaids , gauze , antiseptic ointment and any medication you may need.

Read more | 10 Things to Have in a Travel First Aid Kit


The list of electronics seems to grow more and more each year.

Like luggage, everyone will have different preferences, so feel free to cross off some of these items or add in your own.

We usually carry a laptop , phone , camera , tablet and kindle , with all of their charging cords.

But whichever electronics you take, be sure to take the charging cord AND a travel adaptor .

Romania uses the standard European plugs which are different than North America.

Documents to Take to Romania

Romania is a member of the European Union, but is not part of the Schengen Area.

Canadian and U.S. citizens, as well as citizens of Australia and New Zealand, do not need a visa to visit Romania, but if you are travelling from another country, it’s best to check visa requirements before travelling.

In addition to a passport , it’s also wise to bring a copy of your health insurance card , driver’s license , and a letter of consent if travelling solo with kids.

It’s also a good idea to have an emergency contact card with your name, phone and email of close contact back home, citizenship and the number of your embassy as well as a trip reference card with a hospital name and address at the destination, embassy contact in destination, accommodation address and contact numbers. 

You can download a template for these cards here .

Travel Wallet

To keep all of your documents, papers and money in one place, but also secure, we recommend carrying a travel wallet.

I use this family travel wallet , as it holds my documents as well as my kids’, plus it has the RFID blocking material which protects the information on our cards inside.

Money in Romania

Even though Romania is part of the EU, they don’t use the euro (…yet).

Romanian currency is the Leu.

ATMs and banks are easy to find and many places will prefer cash although debit/credit is still accepted in larger cities.

Miscellaneous Items

Other things you may want to consider packing, are workout clothes, running shoes, bathing suit, lip chap, pen and notebook, a book to read and gum for the plane.

We also always travel with a door stop alarm , and if we are travelling for longer than a week, we also bring a travel clothesline and a bit of laundry soap.

Seasonal Packing List for Romania

If you are planning to visit Romania in the winter , be sure to bring warm clothes! Layers are a good idea, a fleece top , warm jacket , a hat , gloves , warm socks and a scarf are recommended.

For a trip in the spring or summer , be sure to pack a rain jacket and umbrella as well! Shorts and light shirts are great for the daytime but you may want long pants and a sweater for the evenings.

If you are travelling to Romania in the fall , pack layers. The temperature can be lovely or it can be chilly. Rain is also common and snow can begin to fall as early as November in some parts of Romania.

Whichever season you are visiting Romania in, I guarantee that you will love it!

Download the printable Romania packing list here or click on the photo below.

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If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to see and do in Romania, some unusual spots to visit or an itinerary that’s perfect to do with kids, take a look at the posts we have on our Romania page.

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  • The Land of Dracula: Where to Visit in Transylvania
  • Best Things to do in Brasov
  • Driving the Transfagarasan Road
  • Top Things to do in Sibiu with Kids
  • Things to Do in Sighisoara with Kids
  • The Merry Cemetery

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Planning a Trip to Romania: Your Travel Checklist

Planning a Trip to Romania: Your Travel Checklist

Romania is a popular (but still off-beat) vacation spot in Europe.

From the hauntingly beautiful towns of Transylvania to the illustrious Romanian royal castles to the quirky capital of Bucharest , there’s enough to do here to fill up multiple travel itineraries. While it’s a fairly easy country to travel, there are a few things you definitely need to know before you get here.

Step 1:  Check to See if You Need a Visa

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Before heading to Romania, see if you need a visa!

Romania is a member of the European Union, but it is not yet a full participant in the Schengen Zone. The bad news? This means that you need to check visa requirements here on an individual country-by-country basis. The good news? Any days spent in Romanis do not count against your total Schengen Zone days. This makes Romania a popular place for backpackers to come to hang out when they’re out of Schengen days.

At present, this is the list of countries who do not need a visa to stay for 90 days or less in a 6-month period, but again, please double check at things may change! You can check up-to-date visa information for traveling to Romania here . 

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norh Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portuga, San Marino, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela

Substitute Visas

If you hold a valid multi-entry visa to the Schengen Zone, you can enter Romania for 90 days out of a six-month window as long as your visa will be valid beyond the length of your stay. 

How to Get a Romanian Visa

If you do need a visa, you may luck out and be able to apply for an eVisa . Check if your passport qualifies here. 

Step 2. Book Your Tickets

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I usually travel to Romania by bus or train, but if you’re coming from outside of the region your best option is to fly.

Most people who fly into Romania by heading to Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport; however, there are a few other international airports in the country that may be more convienant if you have a more Transylvania-centric itinerary. 

Unless you’re intent on starting your trip in a particular city, it would be smart to check the prices into Bucharest, Cluj, and Sibiu. Those looking for a Romanian Black Sea vacation should look for flights into Constanta. However, there are even more international airports in the country that have ongoing commercial flights (some of them through budget airlines) so you may want to use Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” feature to see all the flights into the country. (You will probably have to click each Romanian city individually if they don’t auto-populate).   

We usually use a combination of  Skyscanner  and  Google Flights  when we are searching for flights. Use Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” feature, which is helpful for determining which of the two cities to fly into. 

If you know exactly which airport you need to fly from and into, then use Google Flights which has a nicer interface and updates with the correct prices faster, so there are no disappointments when you click through unlike Skyscanner sometimes has. 

Many travelers visit Romania as part of a larger  Balkan backpacking trip.  Most of these travelers will arrive by bus or train. If you will be taking a bus or train trip, read our guide on  surviving a Balkan bus trip (and pack snacks).

Step 3. Plan Your Itinerary

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If you love castles, make sure Transylvania is on your itinerary.

For the purpose of this article, we’re going to assume that you are only visiting Romania. If you are planning a multi-country Balkan trip, we have a whole post all about  Balkan itineraries  for you to read!

If you have four days or less, I would suggest visiting Bucharest as a city break. 

With four days or more, you’ll have enough time to explore more of the country from your Bucharest base, so you can pick one or two of the  best Bucharest day trips. 

If you have a week, you can combine Bucharest (3 days) with Transylvania. Here are our Transylvania itinerary suggestions , which you could do part of (3-4 days) or the entire thing (7-10 days) 

Another alternative would be to see Bucharest (3 days), Bucovina (2 days) and head south to Transylvania (3 or more days). 

Romania is not a country that you can cover in two weeks (or even a month) so you will want to pick which regions to see ahead of time. Note that travel time between cities can be long if you’re using public transportation. 

For more places to visit in Romania, here are lists of our favorite Romanian cities and Romanian castles. 

Step 4. Plan Your Activities

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If you want to visit Peles Castle, you’ll need to plan ahead of time!

Once you’ve determined what cities are on your itinerary, it’s time to plan your activities!

We have several guides for activities in and near Bucharest:

  • 17 Things to Do in Bucharest
  • 7 Excellent Day Trips from Bucharest Worth Taking
  • 9 Wonderful Things to Do in Bucharest in Winter
  • 27 Stunning & Most Instagrammable Places in Bucharest

If you want to do any city tours or day trips, we recommend booking in advance, as sometimes tours book out especially in the peak season (May to September). We personally use and recommend  GetYourGuide  when searching for tours in Romania and the Balkans in general. We like that they have a best-price guarantee and that they tell you the name of the tour companies they partner with (unlike Viator), so you can research it and be sure it’s worth your money! 

Step 5. Budget Your Trip

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Once you know your budget, you know how much you can spend in delightfully Instagrammable Bucharest cafes

Romania is definitely a budget-friendly destination, but we prefer to spend a little more money and see how much nicer of a trip that extra few bucks a day goes. 

The budget traveler can easily travel to Romania on $45 dollars per day. Of this, $15 will go towards a bed in a hostel dorm. The other $30 dollars will go to cooking meals in a shared kitchen, eating street foot, budget-friendly and free activities,  Romanian souvenirs , and public transportation. 

Mid-Range travelers can have a fantastic time in Romania for $60-$80 dollars per day. This means staying in a cheap but wonderfully private room, eating out at a mix of local restaurants and higher-end restaurants, going out for drinks at the local bars, taking taxis, and indulging in a  few guided tours . The range mostly has to do with whether you’re traveling solo or with someone, since it will obviously cost more for a private room if you’re the only one paying for it. You can find private and double rooms in most parts of Romania for about $20-$30 dollars.

Luxury travelers will find they can have a baller time for $100-$150 dollars a day. You’ll find five-star hotels in Bucharest for around $100 dollars a night, so if you’re splitting the cost with someone your money goes  very  far. You can eat at the nicest restaurants, go on as many guided tours as you want, and shop for  fabulous souvenirs  and I still think it would be hard to spend above this range. 

Step 6. Book Your Accommodations

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You can stay at Bucharest’s Haunted Cismigiu Hotel!

Once you’ve sorted out what you want to spend per night on accommodations, it’s time to get booking! We use  because we like that they have free cancellation if you end up changing your plans and they have the widest selection and best prices.

We’re in the process of creating comprehensive guides on where to stay in different Romanian cities, but for now, we recommend checking out  as early as possible. While Romania is underrated by international travelers, many of the best places can book early during the high season because Romanians know where to go.

Step 7. Research Any Vaccinations You May Need

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Wondering what vaccines to get before riding in cars with sheep?

TL;DR – if you’re a frequent traveler who is usually up-to-date on their vaccines, you’ll be fine in Romania.

There’s really nothing that special that you need for Romania. The CDC recommends  being up-to-date on all your standard vaccines, which you should be anyway. This includes MMR, tetanus, chickenpox, polio – the usual. You may want to consider getting vaccinated for hepatitis A if you’re not already vaccinated against it, as it can be spread by contaminated food or water. This is unlikely to happen as Romania’s water is clean and safe to drink in nearly all cities, but being vaccinated against hepatitis A is a good idea anyway for future travel.

The CDC also suggests possibly being vaccinated against hepatitis B if you, for example, want to get a medical procedure done or get a tattoo, and also possibly getting vaccinated against rabies. I think most travelers can safely skip both. Allison got bit by a cat in Ukraine last year and had to get post-exposure shots. While it was a pain in the ass (not literally, anymore – the shots are now done in the arm, luckily!), it is 100% effective if the protocol is followed. And since you have to get post-exposure shots regardless of being vaccinated, it is not that much more of a burden in the extremely unlikely chance of an animal attack.

Step 8: Learn a Few Common Romanian Words and Phrases

Romania - Bucovina

Having a few common Romanian phrases handy, like “Sir, can I borrow your axe,” will make your trip to Romania even more pleasant!

While English is common in the cities, it’s less common in the smaller towns and villages. It’s always nice to know a few Romanian phrases before you come here:

Good day (more formal)  = Bună!

Please  = Vă rog

Thank you  = Mulțumesc

Goodbye  = La revedere

Excuse me  = Scuzaţi-Mă!

OK, Good  = Bine!

Yes  = Da

No  = Nu

I don’t understand  = Nu înțeleg

Do you speak English?  = Vorbesti engleza?

Ă ă  /  A a / pronounced as a schwa [ə]

  â /  A a / no English equivalent 

Î  î  / I i / no Enligsh equivalent 

Ș  ș / Sh sh 

Ț  ț / Ts ts 

Step 9. Pack Your Bags

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Instagrammers make sure to pack something to match Bucharest’s Rainbow Alley.

What you should pack depends greatly on the time of year. We have some packing lists that we’ll add soon to help you plan for your trip to Romania, but for now, here are five things we don’t recommend you visit without!

  • A Lonely Planet guidebook, to help you plan when on the ground
  • Your swimsuit for enjoying a trip to Therme
  • An unlocked smartphone, so you can buy a cheap Romanian SIM card and stay connected
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer, in case of a poorly stocked bathroom
  • Comfortable walking and/or hiking shoes, so you can make the most of  Romania’s cities  and national parks

Step 10. Prepare For Your Arrival

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Your cozy bed is waiting for you after a long day of being in transit.

You’re nearly done planning your trip to Romania, but don’t miss this last crucial step – planning what you do when you arrive!

Firstly, money – you’ll either want to withdraw cash from the ATM at the airport/bus station or exchange your money. We recommend withdrawing cash instead, as you will get a better exchange rate at money-changers in the city. However, if you plan to use the ATM, you should probably call your bank to advise them of your travel. The last thing you want to happen is for your bank to deny your card when you arrive! I always advise carrying at least $50 USD/Euros as a backup in case of any card problems.

Once you’re in Romania, you’ll use local currency since the country is not on the Euro. Check out our  Balkan Currency Guide  for an overview of how money works in Romania and what to tip in the country.

For taxis in Romania, we recommend using Uber. Local taxis can be a bit scrupulous when it comes to newly-arrived tourists. Have it downloaded ahead of time for ease. 

If you have no data and can’t find wifi and don’t want to risk grabbing a random taxi, you can walk to a hotel or restaurant and ask them to call a taxi for  you. 

Step 11: Don’t Forget Travel Insurance!

We put this last so it’s fresh on your mind:  travel insurance  is essential for Romania and for travel in general! Allison and I have both been paying customers of  World Nomads  for the last three years. We love the peace of mind it gives us in case of emergencies, accidents, illnesses, theft, or trip cancellation or disruption.

While Romania is perfectly safe to travel around, there’s always a risk inherent in everyday travel, so it’s better to play it safe. The saying goes “if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel” is true!

Get a travel insurance quote for your trip here.

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What You Need to Know When Planning a Trip to Romania

Where is romania .

Romania is in East-Central Europe. It is bordered by the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine. The major cities are Bucharest, Iași, Timișoara, and Cluj-Napoca. Bucharest is the capital city of Romania and the most populated city in Romania.

What is the language in Romania ?

The national language of Romania is Romanian, it is spoken by 89% of the population. German and Hungarian are also spoken in Romania. 40% of Romanians speak some English. English is commonly spoken in hotels and tourist attractions. Be sure to learn a few key phrases as well as some slang. FluentU offers a helpful list of common words and phrases to learn before you travel.

Do I need a visa to visit Romania?

Romania has a closed border, and your passport will be inspected. According to Project Visa , US citizens do not need a visa for a visit up to 90 days in a 6 month period.

What is the currency in Romania?

Although Romania is part of the European Union, the currency in Romania is the leu. Euros and/or US dollars are not accepted at restaurants, attractions, or stores. Be sure to download a free currency calculator before you arrive.

Can I use credit cards and ATMs in Romania?

ATMs are widely available in Bucharest. Avoid large fees by using your bank’s international partner in Romania and google its location before you travel. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Romania, you will need a 4 digit PIN from the bank. Save money on fees with a credit card that waives foreign transaction fees and make purchases in leu. Most small businesses and villages are cash only.

How much should I budget per day in Romania?

According to Budget Your Trip , the average daily cost of traveling in Romania is $75. Expect to pay $1,046 + airfare for a one-week trip for 2.

When is the best time to visit Romania?

The high tourist season is June through August. July and August are very hot. September and October are shoulder seasons with mild temperatures and fewer crowds. Expect rain in May and freezing temperatures with snow from December To February.

What transportation does Romania use?

Cities and regions in Romania are well connected by trains and busses. The trains are slow. Check WizzAir, RyanAir, and BlueAir for low-cost long-distance flights. Transportation within cities is by bus, tram, or trolley bus. Bucharest also has an underground metro. Taxi drivers are required by law to post their rates on their doors or windshields. Uber and Taxify are available in large cities.

What kind of adaptor do I need in Romania?

The plugs in Romania are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter with surge protection . You will need a converter if you plan to use an electric razor or blow dryer from the US.

What should I pack for Romania?

Jeans are popular in Romania. Dress in layers, the country has four seasons and the weather will likely fluctuate.  Be sure to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting Orthodox Churches. A comfortable pair of walking shoes with a good soles for cobbled streets is important.

Is Romania a safe country for solo travelers?

According to Travel Safe Abroad , Romania is a safe country overall. Be aware of your surroundings, there is a moderate risk for muggings and scams. Overpricing by taxi drivers, street vendors, and bars is common. Drink spiking is also a noted safety concern in nightclubs. Dial 112 in an emergency. Contact the US Embassy for non-urgent emergencies, such as a lost passport.

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What Romanian food do I need to try?

Sarmale (cabbage rolls), mici (grilled minced meat rolls), cighiri (pork meatballs), jumari (smoked bacon and greaves), Moldavian stew, ciorba de burta (tripe soup), scovergi (street food, fried flatbread filled with cheese and sour cream), papanași (cheese doughnuts covered in sour cream and jam), and drink tuica (Romanian plum brandy).

What are the main holidays and festivals in Romania?

  • Christmas markets run from mid-November to mid-January.
  • The Martisor Spring Festival is held on March 1st in Bucharest and Brasov.
  • Spotlight Festival (light installations and projections in Old Town) is held in Bucharest during the Spring.
  • Easter festivals and hand-dyed eggs are a big thing in Romania.
  • Romania hosts several music festivals during the summer months.
  • Sighisoara’s Medieval Arts and Crafts Festival is held at the end of July.
  • A Halloween celebration is held at Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).

Tips for Traveling in Romania

  • A 10% tip is expected, and 15-20% is appreciated.
  • Drink bottled water.
  • WiFi is fast, but you need to look for it.
  • You can use a SIM card from another EU country in Romania.
  • Bucharest is not for early risers, the city does not wake up until noon.
  • Operating hours are more of a guideline, expect things to open later or close earlier.
  • Hitchhiking is normal in Romania.
  • Romanians tend to be sarcastic.
  • There is no Dracula tourism in Romania.

15 Top Things to See and Do in Romania

  • Tour the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Europe’s largest building.
  • Visit Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.
  • Explore the medieval town of Brasov.
  • Drive the Transfăgărășan Highway.
  • Kayak on the Danube Delta and photograph the Rock Sculpture of Decebalus.
  • Relax at a seaside resort on the Black Sea.
  • Check out the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina.
  • Explore the Sighisoara Citadel.
  • Check out Scarisoara Ice Cave, the world’s largest underground glacier.
  • Ride the Turda Salt Mine underground Ferris wheel.
  • Take a walk through the haunted Hoia Baciu forest.
  • Explore the historic city of Sibiu.
  • Giggle at the tombstones of the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta.
  • Hike to Bigar Waterfall.
  • Visit Corvin Castle.

Be sure to check the Romania Office of Tourism website for upcoming festivals, special events, and what’s happening during your stay.

Interesting Facts About Romania

  • Romania is the 9th largest country in Europe.
  • Parliament Palace in Bucharest is the second-largest building in the world.
  • Bucharest is also called the “Little Paris of the East”.
  • The 1989 Romanian Revolution overthrew Communism.
  • Peles Castle was the first European castle to have full electricity.
  • Romania has the largest population of brown bears in Europe.
  • The Statue of Decebalus on the Danube is Europe’s largest rock sculpture.
  • Peri Monastery is the tallest wooden church in the world.
  • The Transfagarasan is the most beautiful road in the world.
  • Romania is Europe’s richest country in gold resources.
  • Hoia Forest is known for its paranormal activity.
  • Romania is the ninth-largest wine producer in the world.
  • Romanians drink around 14 liters of alcohol a year.
  • Gymnast Nadia Comaneci was the first to earn a perfect 10 at the Olympic Games.
  • The modern jet engine and fountain pen were invented by Romanians.

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Top style tips for romania.

  • Jeans are always popular and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (e.g. camisoles or a t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a sweater over long sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.
  • Add in a smarter outfit for more formal occasions.
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Pack for the weather

  • Summer – June, July and August – can be very hot especially in the south of the country.
  • In Winter (December, January, February and March) it turns colder, and there can be substantial snow. Our advice would be to pack warm layers – a coat, gloves, a warm hat and scarf. A furry lining or trim will keep you even cozier.
  • For extra warmth in winter pack some long thermal underwear – you'll be grateful you did.
  • light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature . It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours – even after prolonged wear.
  • To keep your feet warm pack boots with a water resistant sole . It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
  • Take sunglasses even in winter, as the sunrays reflect from the white snow.
  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small travel umbrella even in the summer.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
  • We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂

Shoes to pack for Romania

  • To get around and see as many sites as possible during your trip you're likely to do a good deal of walking, so be sure to pack some comfortable shoes – we recommend Hotter shoes , they're so comfy and there's a style to suit everyone.

Clothing tips for women

  • If you are going to visit any religious sites, use a pashmina or sarong to cover your shoulders and bare legs.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.

Other things to pack

  • If you tend to buy bottled water , consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug , and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V) .
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Traditional handicrafts in wood, fabric and ceramic are popular, or you might opt for some traditional homemade jam or a local wine ; remember though that these liquids will need to be packed in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport.

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Due to the large number of COVID-19 cases, the National Committee for Emergency Situations introduced COVID-19 restrictions on October 22, 2021.  These restrictions will remain in place for 30 days. Learn more about the COVID situation in Romania on the U.S. embassy’s webpage  here .

New COVID-19 Restrictions as of October 22, 2021:

  • People who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days and may present proof of vaccination or recovery
  • Medical assistance that cannot postponed
  • Scheduled travel by train or plane
  • Providing care to children or elderly
  • People who leave their home during curfew hours must carry proof of movement purpose (work ID, a certificate from the employer, valid train or plane ticket or a movement declaration).
  • All venues, commercial or cultural, will be closed between 21:00- 5:00.
  • Restaurants will be open at 50 percent capacity between 5:00 – 21:00.
  • Pharmacies, gas stations and delivery services may keep their regular schedule.
  • Discos, clubs, and casinos are closed.
  • Private events (e.g., weddings, baptisms, or parties) are prohibited.
  • Churches will be open, but must observe COVID-19 safety rules.
  • Masks covering the nose and mouth are mandatory in public places both indoors and outdoor

The full text of Decision 91 in Romanian can be found  here .

Effective October 22, 2021, a European Union Digital COVID Certificate or Romanian-issued “Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass” is necessary to access many public locations and to participate in certain activities such as: indoor or outdoor seated dining at restaurants, access to shopping malls, museums, exhibitions, cultural sites, non-essential stores, swimming pools, gyms and other venues. The Green Pass is not required for locations that provide essential services, such as food stores, pharmacies with direct access, or religious services.

The Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass may be obtained by individuals who were vaccinated in Romania, and by Romanian citizens and their foreign spouses who were vaccinated abroad or in Romania. U.S. citizen visitors cannot obtain a Green Pass in Romania. Additional information is available  here .

Please note that while Romanian authorities will accept a CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination upon entry into Romania to avoid quarantine, it may not be accepted by all the venues within the country. The Government of Romania has not issued an explicit policy for acceptance of vaccine documentation issued outside of the European Union, so the decision has been left to individual venues to verify the vaccination status to avoid a fine. If you are told that you cannot enter the venue, consider asking if there is another staff member who might recognize and accept your vaccination card.

The U.S. Embassy cannot help you obtain a Green Pass.

Alerts and Advisories 

The Department of State has issued a  Level 4 Travel Advisory  recommending that U.S. citizens  do not travel to Romania  due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Level 4 Travel Health Notice  due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an  FDA authorized vaccine . Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for  fully vaccinated  and  unvaccinated travelers .

Please continue to monitor all security alerts from the U.S. Embassy and obey all ordinances imposed by the Government of Romania.  The latest updates and further details on the state of alert are available on the Romanian Ministry of Interior’s website  here .

Health Information

Romania has reported record numbers of daily coronavirus deaths and infections this month and the hospital system is overwhelmed. Due to the high number of cases that require intensive care throughout the country, patients who arrive at the hospital and need an Intensive Care Bed are put on a waiting list.

Only legal residents of Romania may obtain COVID-19 vaccines from state vaccination facilities.


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Whether you’re headed for the city, countryside or mountains Romania is a beautiful country with an abundance of sights to see. Local fashions, weather and activities can play a huge factor in deciding what to pack – so here are some tips to make it all easier for you!

What to Wear in Romania

Written By: Maggie Fogg and Kelly Ella Maz

Situated in the southeastern part of Europe, Romania is one of the most perfect European countries to explore by road-trip with long winding routes weaving in between and around picturesque mountain landscapes.

If you are fortunate enough to visit in the fall and winter, you’ll find a climate that’s temperate and very similar to the East Coast of the United States, full of colorful foliage reminiscent of New England.

Romania Clothing Style

When it comes to fashion, Romania have the traditional Eastern European flare. Beautiful sweeping duster jackets will be equally as popular as tailored and trendy leather bombers. The unifying factor tends to be their stylishness and figure-skimming cuts.

In fall and winter, bundle up with cozy, yet distinctive pieces that have a fashion-forward nod. An easy way to do this is by choosing a winter jacket in an alternative color, like a rich berry hue. Unique fashion details are common, and appreciated within the country’s style.

In general, layering is key any time of year in Romania. This country gets four distinct seasons, so there’s a chance it could be both warm and cold during your time there.

Also, keep in mind that Romania, in general, is not as wealthy a country as other European destinations. There are far fewer cocktail bars and fancy restaurants when compared to cities in France, Italy, and England, so your clothing choices should reflect that.

Tip: ankle jeans are an easier way to get this look without a trip to the tailor.

Romania Fall and Winter Weather

Fall in Romania is dry and cool, and by winter it gets very chilly. The average temperature in September and October is 64° Fahrenheit, but drops to 48° F by November, 34° Fahrenheit in December, and 36° Fahrenheit in January.

To help you make the most of your winter gear and limited luggage space, start by reading these guides when packing for cold weather travel:

  • Capsule Wardrobe for Winter
  • How to Pack for Cold Weather
  • How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather (without the bulk)
  • The Best Travel Shoes for Winter

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Coat  | Hat | Tights | Top | Skirt | Boots | Shirt | Backpack | Longsleeve | Pants | Scarf | Vest | Earrings

What to Wear in Romania in Fall for Sightseeing

Fashion in Romania can veer more on the minimalistic side, and particularly for fall, you’ll most commonly see darker color palettes like blacks, greys, navys and deep reds.

Dressing for sightseeing, depends entirely on what you have planned. If you’re hiking the mountainside or have a longer day walking planned, stick to a stylish pair of tennis shoes or a hiking boot, with comfortable jeans or leggings and layering garments such as a long sleeved t-shirt, down vest and knit scarf.

However, if you’ll be touring by car and stopping to explore city streets and markets, dress a little more stylishly. Skinny black jeans and a oversized shirt with black booties would be perfect.

Find out why leather boots are some of the best travel shoes to Europe!

What to Pack for Romania in Fall: Essentials

Given that fall weather can be unpredictable and equally full of sunny, unseasonably warm days, as dreary ones that will have you chilled to the bone, pack lots of layering pieces.

  • Jackets – A leather jacket, light wool pea coat or duster jacket and a shearling vest would be great bets
  • Shoes – A hiking shoe or stylish runner is a great bet, as well as flat boots or loafers for daytime. Pack a pair of heeled booties for evenings, particularly in the cities.
  • Accessories  – Chunky knit scarves and beanies will be everywhere – or try a felt hat. For bags, a chic leather backpack is versatile and still very stylish.
  • Clothing – Pack a mix of casual, comfortable pieces, like tights and long-sleeved t-shirts, as well as dressier pieces with a cool flare, like patterned tights or a lace blouse.
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What to Wear in Romania in Winter for Sightseeing  

Cozy knits will also make a prominent appearance in the form of scarfs, oversized pullovers and chunky wrap sweaters.

Pack sweaters with pretty details like pom-poms or embroidered details that can be paired easily with a stylish pair of jeans or a comfy pair of black jeggings.

For evening, an elegant or sexy blouse paired with trousers or a skirt is on point for Bucharest with an edgy pair of earrings.

These are the best leggings for women that travel!

What to Pack for Romania in Winter: Essentials

Winter is chilly, chilly, and did we say chilly? Pack for a traditional winter and bring knits, warm accessories, and layers.

  • A down puffer jacket that is rain-resistance and has a proper hood
  • Flat waterproof boots that are comfortable for walking around
  • A knit beanie and blanket scarf are cozy essentials. Dress up daytime and evening looks with a modern or edgy twist with a distinctive purse and a versatile and bold pair of earrings that you can pair with a variety of looks
  • An assortment of knit sweaters and dresses paired with jeans
Find out the most stylish and practical best down jacket for your cold weather travels!

Romania Packing Don’ts

Leave the cocktail dresses at home, and opt for something more casual for evenings. Jeans and boots in the winter and fall will be an acceptable outfit anywhere you go for dinner.

If you want to pack one dress, make it a classic black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on where you go.

Likewise, leave the jewels at home. No need for your high-end jewelry collection here; just pack a watch and some moderate-priced costume jewelry to add style to your outfits. You’ll also find plenty of women’s accessory shops where you can buy new (and very affordable) jewelry during your travels.

Lastly, a minimal number of shoes are required in Romania. Why? Because there is a huge amount of shoe stores on every street! We’re talking high quality, leather shoes that are sold at rock bottom prices.

Pack only the essentials when it comes to footwear, and treat yourself to some new pairs while you’re traveling. Trust me, at prices this low it will be hard to resist.

Romania Shopping

As mentioned, shopping is inexpensive in Romania, especially when it comes to boots and jewelry. If you’re visiting Bucharest, shopping is a must, as it’s Romania’s shopping capital. Along with large malls, you can also find beautiful flower markets, arts and craft stores, and antique shops with amazing and historical items at low prices.

Be wary of some souvenir shops, as many of them sell items that are actually made in China. Instead, shop at the stores at the Peasant or Village Museums, which offer genuine Romanian arts and crafts.

Romania Luggage Tips

So the hard part’s out of the way; after much turmoil you’ve finally perfected your travel wardrobe and created a chic capsule collection – now it’s time to get packing! Which luggage will work best for you?

Depending on how many days or weeks you’re traveling, you may want to use packing organizers , which allow optimum use of the space in your luggage, keeping everything organized and in place during your travels, and making the task of unpacking and repacking simple and stress-free.

As you’re headed to fashionable Europe, use an equally stylish carry-on , such as the Osprey Ozone , which is a personal favorite. Keep in mind that most of Europe’s budget airlines have a carry-on bag allowance of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airlines individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.


Airbnb is great for accommodation in Romania. Sign up here for a free $40 credit!

I prefer to book “the entire home” instead of opting for shared accommodation on Airbnb. Aside from safety, I also like to feel like I’m living in the destination. It’s a small taste of local life plus you get more amenities than you would at a hotel such as a kitchen and washing machine.

Read these Airbnb tips for more info!

If you prefer the convenience and comfort of a hotel room, I like using both and . Tip: gives you a free night for every ten nights you book!

For hostels, we recommend Hostelworld and Hostelbookers . Always read the reviews before booking to get the best idea if the hostel is right for you. Some are quiet and family friendly while others are known for their party atmosphere.

Not sure about staying at a hostel? Read this.

Romania Transportation

Most cities in Romania have reliable public transportation, including buses, trams, trolleybuses, and maxitaxis. Bucharest also has an underground metro.

There are kiosks and newsagents all around the cities that let you purchase tickets. Trains are known for being slow, so unless you’re traveling across the country and don’t want to fly, I’d avoid them.

Unlike many Western European countries, taxis in Romania are fairly cheap. Keep in mind that Romanian law requires drivers to post their rates on their doors or window screens. If you don’t see this listed anywhere, don’t use this taxi.

What To Do in Romania

When visiting Romania in the fall, you must visit Bran Castle in the region of Transylvania. This is the castle frequented by Vlad the Impaler, the bloodthirsty leader that Dracula was based upon.

You can tour inside the castle and even visit over Halloween for a party held on the grounds. During this time, the town of Bran hosts a festival and outdoor fall market for tourists. The countryside during this season is a perfect blend of fall colors during the day, and spooky mist at dusk and dawn.

When visiting Bucharest in the winter, visit one of the many Christmas markets, full of mulled wine, traditional Romania food and artisanal market finds.

If you’re visiting before or after the holidays, try an outdoor ice rink or a stroll through old town, where you’ll find many trendy bars and bistros to enjoy.

What are your tips on what to wear in Romania? Please share in the comments!

For more Europe packing list, please read:

  • What to Pack for Italy’s Amalfi Coast in Fall
  • Ten Step Packing Guide for Europe
  • What to Wear in Stockholm: Swedish Style for All Seasons
  • Ten Step Packing Guide for Italy

Suggested travel resources:

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  • Lonely Planet Romania & Bulgaria (Travel Guide)
  • Travel Shoes for Europe
  • The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe

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Author Bio:  Maggie Fogg is a full-time traveller and writer. She left Toronto with a one-way ticket to Spain and has been making her way around the globe ever since. Currently, you can find her dancing and hiking her way around South America. Follow Maggie on Instagram .

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Bucharest is well worth the visit! My one small piece of advice, having spent quite a bit of time there, is to pack shoes that are walkable on uneven terrain. Many of the sidewalks, especially the cobblestone walks in Old Town are a bit rugged.

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Thank you for all of the tips. I will be visiting Romania in a few weeks, after spending time in Scotland and Morocco. It’s important that I pack comfortable items that will work for the weather. I already had some ideas, but this just confirms my intuition. Looking forward to it!


I travel twice a year to Bucharest where I’m from, and I’m mindful what to wear as not to scream “tourist”. I don’t know many local women over 30 who would wear shorts on Bucharest streets. Maybe teens only. For the more mature person, I’d opt for moderately ripped jeans (if you have to). Also, I wouldn’t take any real or imitation gold jewelry, maybe just some small earrings if one’s allergic to other metals. Silver is fine on the street, as long as it’s not too ostentatious: best to wear beads, fabric or leather necklaces, bracelets and generally see what the locals wear. You don’t want to stand out as a tourist. Lastly, a crossover bag with a strong shoulder band worn in front is an absolute must. Pick one with a top zipper so when you jump out of a taxi you don’t accidentally lose anything. I do not recommend a large bag or backpack in the city unless you can wear it with care.


If traveling to Bucharest (where I am originally from), please include some nicer clothes and accessories. Bucharest is very modern and cosmopolitan with lots of nice restaurants and bars. It is not necessary to be ostentatious, but looking nice is something most Romanians are doing. Be comfortable and chic!


That’s a great tip Anca, thank you!

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It is very unfortunate that most of the travel writers tend to limit all their comments to the young people. There is an even larger number of adults in their 50s and their 60s and yet, there is no information for any of us. Very disappointing!


Thanks for the feedback Maria, we do try to include articles for all shapes, sizes and ages, but most of the writers on staff are more prone to write from their perspective and for their demographics. But here are some articles on TFG to help hopefully:

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Packing for international travel can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the destination’s climate and culture. Even if you manage to bring everything you need, you could end up overpacking and lugging around a heavy suitcase.

To help make your packing experience easier, we’ve put together a comprehensive international travel packing checklist. Just remember to adjust the items on this list based on any specific requirements for your destination and the length of your stay.

The 9 Essentials That Should Always Be On Your International Travel Packing List

  • Identification documents: passport, ID card, driver’s license, documents for your children, etc.
  • Country-specific documents: visa, vaccination certificate, health forms
  • Travel documents: boarding pass, booking confirmations, travel insurance
  • Cash: local currency
  • Medication: essential over-the-counter and prescription
  • Clothing : enough to cover your whole stay
  • Extreme weather gear : sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, rain jacket, cold-weather boots, etc.
  • A bag of essential toiletries : shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant
  • Electronics gear: country-specific adapters and chargers for your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.

Our Ultimate International Travel Packing Checklist for Men and Women

To download a condensed, free PDF version of our ultimate international travel packing list, click here .

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Some other items that you might need when traveling with toddlers and young children.

When traveling alone or as an adult couple, it’s generally possible to get by with the essentials. However, if you’re traveling with toddlers or young children, there are a few additional items that you should consider bringing.

  • Baby food & formula
  • Baby monitor
  • Diapers and disposable diaper bags
  • Toys & books
  • Travel crib

Toiletries in Your Hand Luggage Must Follow the 3-1-1 Rule

If you’re bringing your own toiletries in your hand luggage, be sure to follow the 3-1-1 rule . This means your toiletry bag must contain no more than 3.4oz (100ml) containers, must be sealed in a 1-quart (1L) clear, plastic, zip-top bag, and each passenger can only bring one bag. This rule applies to liquids, gels, pastes, creams, and aerosols.

The Rules for Traveling With Electronics

The rules for traveling with electronics depend on the airline, country, and airport that you’re flying to and from.

When traveling to or from the U.S ., for example, you should be aware of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) rules for electronics. These rules require that all electronics larger than a smartphone must be taken out of your carry-on bag and placed in a separate bin for X-ray screening . This includes laptops, tablets, and e-readers.

It’s also important to note that some countries have restrictions on the type of electronics that you can bring into the country. For example, many countries, including China and Brazil, prohibit the import of certain electronics, like iPhones and iPads, and require you to declare these upon arrival.

Certain countries have restrictions around lithium batteries as well . This means you won ‘t be able to bring batteries with more than 100 watt – hours in your carry – on or checked luggage . To check the watt – hours of your batteries , check the label on the battery or the device itself .

Finally , you should be aware that some countries, such as South Africa and India, require you to register your laptop and other electronic devices with customs when you arrive . This is due to the increasing number of laptop thefts and other electronics – related crimes in those countries .

Unfortunately , there is no one – size – fits – all answer when it comes to traveling with electronics , so make sure to do your research before you go .

Don’t Forget the Size and Weight Restrictions for Your Baggage

Underseat bags.

  • Must not be larger than 17 x 10 x 9 inches (43 x 25 x 23 cm)
  • Cannot exceed 17 lbs (8kg) when combined with the weight of your carry-on

Carry-on bags

  • Must not be larger than 22 x 14 x 9 inches (55 x 35 x 23 cm)
  • Cannot exceed 22 lbs (10kg)

Checked bags

  • Must not be larger than 62 linear inches (157 cm)
  • Cannot exceed 50 lbs (23kg)

No matter what size or weight restrictions you have, it’s important to make sure you pack smartly and efficiently . To do this, try to use packing cubes and consider rolling your clothes instead of folding them. This will help you maximize the amount of space in your luggage, so you can bring all the essentials without having to worry about the size or weight limits.

Which Items You’ll Need to Remove When Going Through Security

When you’re getting ready to go through security, there are a few items that you’ll need to remove from your carry-on bag and person. These include:

  • Laptops and tablets
  • All electronics larger than a smartphone
  • Metal jewelry
  • All liquids, gels, and aerosols
  • Belts and other accessories

If you have any food items in your carry-on, you may also be asked to remove them for inspection.

It’s also important to note that some countries, such as the U.S., require you to remove your laptop, tablet, and other electronics from your bag even if you’re not checking them through security.

Which Items You Should Pack In Your Personal Item, Carry-On, and Checked Luggage

When traveling, it’s important to know which items you should pack in each type of luggage, as this will help you stay organized and minimize the amount of time you spend at the security checkpoint . Here is a quick breakdown of what should go in your personal item, carry-on, and checked luggage:

Personal Item

  • Travel documents

Checked Luggage

As a general rule, it’s best to keep all valuables, medications, and important documents with you in your personal item and carry-on. This will ensure that you always have access to these items and that they remain safe.

Which Items You’re Allowed to Take for Free in Addition to Hand Luggage

When traveling, you’re usually allowed to take a few items for free in addition to your hand luggage. This typically includes a personal item, such as a laptop bag, a purse, or a briefcase, as well as a jacket or coat.

However, some airlines may limit the number of items you can bring for free, so it’s best to check your airline’s policy before you travel.

Tips on How to Save Space When Packing for an International Vacation

Packing for an international trip can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to end up overpacking or lugging around a heavy suitcase. To make your packing experience easier, here are a few tips on how to save space when packing for an international vacation:

1. Roll Your Clothes

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can help you save a lot of space in your suitcase.

2. Pack Lightweight, Versatile Clothes

Bringing lightweight and versatile clothes will help you save space and minimize the amount of clothes you need to pack.

3. Use Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a great way to keep your suitcase organized and maximize the amount of space in your luggage.

4. Wear Your Bulkiest Clothes

If you’re traveling to a cold destination, wear your bulkiest clothes, such as your winter coat, on the plane. This will help you save space in your suitcase.

5. Leave Some Space for Souvenirs

Make sure to leave some extra space in your suitcase for souvenirs, as this will help you avoid having to buy an additional bag to bring them home.

6. Pack Multi-Purpose Items

Bringing items that serve multiple purposes, such as a scarf that can also be used as a blanket, will help you save space and avoid having to bring multiple items for the same purpose.

7. Invest in a Lightweight Suitcase

Investing in a lightweight suitcase can help you save space and make it easier to carry your luggage.

Don’t Bring These Prohibited Items

When traveling internationally, you should be aware of the items that are prohibited on planes and in certain countries. These items include:

  • Flammable and combustible liquids
  • Sharp objects
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Hoverboards

Make sure to check your destination’s customs regulations and the airline’s policy before you pack, as some countries and airlines may have additional restrictions.

Don’t Forget These Long-Haul Essentials for a Comfortable Flight

Taking a long-haul flight can be tiring and uncomfortable, so it’s important to make sure you bring the essentials to ensure a comfortable flight. Here are a few items you should bring on a long-haul flight:

  • Neck pillow
  • Water bottle
  • Travel blanket
  • Compression socks
  • Entertainment (books, movies, music, etc.)
  • Disinfecting wipes

Many of these will be provided by the airline, but they may not be up to your standards, so it’s always best to bring your own.

What to Look Out for When Shopping for New, Sturdy Luggage

When shopping for new luggage, you should look for a few key features to ensure you get a sturdy and reliable suitcase. Here are a few tips on what to look out for:

While hardside luggage made from ABS is likely to be the cheapest on the market, it’s also the most prone to damage. If you’re looking for a suitcase that will last, opt for a polycarbonate or aluminum piece. If you prefer softside luggage, go for a high-denier nylon or polyester piece.

Read more:  The Ultimate Guide to Luggage Materials

Most hardside luggage is fitted with spinner wheels, which are great for maneuverability. However, take a look at the wheels to make sure they’re durable and have quality bearings. For softside luggage, in-line wheels provide excellent stability and can be rolled along almost any surface.

Make sure the handle is adjustable and sturdy. Ergonomically designed handles place the least strain on your wrists as you wheel your suitcase. You should also ensure that your suitcase has carry handles so it can be lifted with ease when needed.

Zippers & Locks

Opt for a piece with good-quality zippers and an integrated TSA lock. YKK zippers are considered the best on the market.

Many manufacturers offer a limited warranty that covers any defects in the material and workmanship. Make sure you read the warranty carefully and check the length of the coverage before you make your purchase.

The weight of a suitcase is largely dependent on the materials used to make the piece, and generally speaking, hardside suitcases usually weigh more than softside suitcases. If you’re considering a hardside suitcase, opt for one made from polycarbonate or ABS, as these are the lightest materials on the market. For softside luggage, nylon and polyester are the lightest materials.

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Final Words

Packing for an international trip can be daunting, but it’s important to remember that anything you forget will likely be available wherever you’re traveling.

By following this international travel packing checklist and the tips provided, you can make sure you have everything you need for your trip without having to lug around a heavy suitcase.

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Transylvania Is Known for Its Mythic Tales — Now 2 Chic New Hotels are Offering Another Reason to Visit

This storied region in Romania is a land of vast wilderness, regal countesses, and plenty of folklore.

Kate Eshelby

In the early afternoon, my family and I strode out of a beech forest and onto a sweep of high grassland, where an expanse of oak trees stood like solitary guards. A picnic was waiting for us, with goulash cooking over a fire and a table laid with a bright, cherry-colored cloth. 

This was the Breite, one of Europe’s best-preserved wood pastures, a type of forest that is managed through grazing. It was here, deep in Transylvania, that the Saxons — Germanic people who arrived in Romania in the 12th century — used to come to fatten their pigs on the plentiful acorns. Some of the Breite’s oldest trees, with deep grooves in their bark, have towered since the Middle Ages. “These furrows are home to the great capricorn beetle,” Peter Suciu, our guide, told us. The insects are rare in other parts of Europe that have lost their old trees, the beetles’ preferred habitat.

Transylvania, Romania’s largest and most famous region, is a place where blacksmiths still mold metal, shepherds live alone with their flocks, and hay is cut with scythes. It’s a land of villages with terra-cotta-tiled homes and vast wildernesses where bears, wolves, and lynx patrol primeval forests.

In the clearing, Suciu showed us how to cook slănină, cured slabs of pork fat, on sticks over the flames. “This is one of our most popular foods,” he said as we dripped its delicious, hot, golden juice onto hunks of freshly baked bread. We had met Suciu earlier that day, when he collected us from Bethlen Estates Transylvania , in the medieval village of Criș, where I was staying with my husband and two young sons. Only in the past several years have accommodations opened in these places, offering travelers the chance to experience a way of life that feels bygone. 

For centuries, Romania was a place of turbulence. Having been claimed by a number of history’s great empires — the Romans, the Ottomans, and the Austro-Hungarians — it was consistently under attack. More recently (from 1948 to 1989), the country operated as a satellite state of the Soviet Union. 

For nearly two decades, Count Miklós Bethlen, who had grown up in the family’s castle in Criș, lived in exile. He returned in 1967 and, until his death in 2001, was devoted to restoring the village and its properties, which had fallen into disrepair during the Communist era. This restoration has been continued by his widow, Countess Gladys Bethlen, and her son, Miklós, who now run a collection of accommodations occupying historic buildings on their sweeping family lands. Bethlen Estates first opened to guests in 2018 with the Caretaker’s House, which has four bedrooms, a full kitchen, a sauna, a pool, and a library. A two-bedroom Saxon-style cottage, Depner House, opened in 2021, as did the four-bedroom Corner Barn (originally used for storing hay). The Bethlens are also renovating the village’s old Saxon schoolhouse.

We’d arrived at the Caretaker’s House after crossing a wooden bridge over a stream and then following a winding path. Dormer windows protruded from the pitched roof like sleepy crocodile eyes. Inside, the bedrooms had sumptuous linens and traditional tiled stoves. 

Days at Bethlen are simple but sublime. One afternoon we whizzed across meadows on e-bikes; it was April, and we could see the snow-streaked peaks of Romania’s highest mountains, the Făgăraș Range, on the horizon. Another day we walked to the village of Malancrav, before realizing we might be late for dinner. After lively negotiations with a local family, we rode back through the forest on their horse-drawn cart (rattling down hills so fast that I was a little terrified, but my children were delighted). The red wool tassels on the horse’s harness — believed to protect against the evil eye — caught the air as we went. 

Thanks to our shortcut, we made it in time to sit down in the communal dining barn. First, tomato soup with sour cream and caviar, then Hungarian Mangalica pork with spring vegetables, followed by chocolate torte with peach marmalade. The Countess told us of her late husband’s love of the area. “His roots remained so deeply entrenched in this land that our children had to beg him to stop telling stories of his childhood,” she said with a gutsy laugh. Later, as my family and I strolled back up the hill to bed, I could imagine the estate’s former grandeur as I looked at the ruins of the granary and, in the distance, the Renaissance-era Bethlen Castle, where the family had lived at the height of its aristocratic power. 

After several days at Bethlen, we drove an hour east to Viscri, one of Transylvania’s best-preserved Saxon villages, with pastel-colored houses leading up to its unesco-listed fortified church. One of them belongs to Britain’s King Charles III, although it’s easy to pass by without knowing — his heraldic badge is discreetly stuccoed into the home’s blue walls. 

Our home for the next few days was another old residence and farm, Viscri 125 , which has been restored into a stylish, simple guesthouse with 11 rooms. The owners, Mihai and Raluca Grigore, live next door with their three children. “We moved here from Bucharest in 2007 because we loved the architecture of the village, being in nature, and the community,” Raluca told me. 

One evening we ate at the home of Gerda Gherghiceanu, the Grigores’ neighbor, who hosts meals for hotel guests. After dinner she showed us her cellar, where she stores jars of homemade jams, stewed fruits, and pickled vegetables, all made with produce from her own orchards and gardens. 

Leaving Gherghiceanu’s house just before twilight, we watched as hundreds of farm animals streamed up the road with an orchestra of hooves and bells. In spring, when the grass flushes green, the herds return home from grazing in the hills each nightfall by themselves. First the goats, then the cows, then the water buffalo with their long black snouts. It was a sight that felt timeless, as the sun turned everything gold. 

How to Get to Translyvania

Most visitors will begin their trip in Bucharest, the Romanian capital. From there it is a four-hour drive northwest to the border of Transylvania. The best way to visit the region is with the help of a tour operator: I went with Romania Private Tours , which can create customized itineraries incorporating stays at Bethlen Estates Transylvania , in the village of Criș, and Viscri 125 , in the village of Viscri, plus excursions like horseback riding, hiking, foraging, cooking classes, and dinner with a local family.

A version of this story first appeared in the June 2023 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline "The Land Before Time."

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Packing mishaps range from inconvenient (heading to the Caribbean without a swimsuit) to disastrous (discovering you left the country without your wallet), but most are preventable. We’ve created this ultimate packing list to help you pack well every time.

The Ultimate Packing Checklist

To see the ultimate packing list, scroll down the page or click here for an editable PDF version that you can save or print out. To customize the list, simply download or print it, then edit for your specific needs. You can also download the editable, mobile-friendly checklist here .

Clothes to Pack

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Toiletries to Pack

  • Dental Floss
  • Conditioner
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  • Contact Solution
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Miscellaneous Items

  • Laptop/Tablet
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  • Copy of Passport
  • Plug Adapter

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What to Pack in Your Carry-on

  • Books or E-Books
  • Travel Blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Change of Clothes
  • Empty Water Bottle
  • In-Flight Medications
  • Passport/Visa/ID
  • Credit/ATM cards
  • Insurance Cards
  • Maps/Directions

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Packing Tips for Clothes and Other Items

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When packing for a vacation the most important things to keep in mind are the length of your trip, the weather, and any non-standard clothing or gear you might need.

Your first step when packing is to decide if you’ll be checking a bag or only taking a carry-on and then curate the amount of clothing you’ll need based on that decision. Typically, you should avoid checking a bag in situations where you have a layover since the likelihood of your bag going missing goes up with every connection . You might also want to avoid checking a bag if you absolutely need items in your bag on arrival—for example, if you’re going on a cruise.

If you’re packing more minimally, focus on packing layering clothes in more neutral colors. That’s not because we don’t like fun colors and patterns; it just means that neutral-colored clothing is more versatile, so you can wear these items more than once when you’re tight on space.

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Also invest in clothing that does double duty, like multi-use wraps , crushable hats , self-cooling and heating fabrics like merino wool layers , bug-repellent clothing , wrinkle-resistant shirts, quick-drying activewear and undergarments, casual sneakers, UPF-proof clothing , and compressible jackets … just to name a few. Look toward popular athleisure brands like Lululemon , prAna , and Athleta for comfortable yet stylish travel clothing.

When curating your packing list, you should keep in mind the length of your trip and decide on quantities from there. For a shorter trip (three to five days), you can probably manage with the following: one pair of underwear and socks per day, one pair of pajamas, one to two dressier outfits, one to two activewear or athleisure outfits, one to two casual outfits, and one to two pairs of shoes. For a longer trip (over a week), you can manage with one pair of underwear and socks per day, two pairs of pajamas, three dressier outfits, three to four casual outfits, two pairs of shoes, and two activewear or athleisure outfits.

And if you’re able to do laundry on your vacation, you can probably manage with even fewer items. Just don’t forget to pack a travel laundry kit .

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Also make sure to bring along accessories like a money belt, scarf or sarong (can be used for things like an airplane blanket , coverup at the beach, or to throw over your dress on a cool evening), and a collapsible tote or day bag for any extra items you might acquire on your travels. If traveling to a city or destination that is prone to pickpocketing, make sure to pack some pickpocket-proof clothing and gear .

Depending on the type of trip you’re going on, you may need to invest in some special travel gear. We’ve tested out everything from waterproof baby carriers to interchangeable heels , so you can trust our recommendations. If you’re headed out on an organized group tour , you’ll most likely get a packing list from the tour provider, which should make your trip planning easier. If not, do your research online (one tip is to look at locations on Instagram and see what people are wearing) and consult this story for other handy lists of tips.

For more active trips, make sure you have a sturdy pair of hiking boots, quick-drying clothing, a day pack, snacks, and any necessary equipment. Check out our specific packing lists for hiking trips and camping trips .

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Another type of trip that you may need to pack slightly specific items for is a cruise . Make sure you pack non-standard items like seasickness remedies, formal wear, dress shoes, and your bathing suit. Beach vacations also require different items like water shoes, towels, sunscreen, and maybe even snorkel gear. Luckily for you, we also have a specific cruise packing list and a beach vacation packing list .

Lastly, you need to consider the weather. For warm-weather destinations like jungles and Caribbean islands, you can obviously skip the coats and gloves, but if you’re headed out on a ski vacation then you’ll need a whole slew of things like goggles, a neck gaiter, snow boots, and more. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a specific Caribbean vacation packing list , a Mexico vacation packing list , and even a ski trip packing list .

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To help keep things organized, we love using packing cubes and/or compression sacks. They’re especially useful for when you’re traveling to multiple destinations in one trip.

Wondering how to pack all of your items? Enter the great debate of the rolling vs. folding method! While this is definitely a personal preference, we put two editors to the test to find out which method is in fact, more space-saving. Watch the video below to see the answer.

How to Pack Toiletries and Medications

Whether it’s important medication or your favorite lipstick, forgetting any type of toiletry can range from being mildly inconvenient to becoming a serious problem. For toiletries, make sure to pack your essentials, like medication, contacts, and any other items that you might not be able to purchase or replace during your travels. (Put them in your carry-on bag, not your checked suitcase.) However, if you forget items like a toothbrush or razor, you can typically call the front desk at the hotel for a spare.

We also recommend traveling with some type of a travel first-aid kit , which includes items like tweezers, first-aid ointment, bandages, travel-sized hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Make sure to check TSA guidelines if you’re traveling with medication , as well as the policies and regulations at your destination.

Packing Tips for Everything Else …

Traveling without tech items like your phone, laptop, tablet, or camera can be a major bummer. For those traveling abroad, you’ll also want to remember to pack electronic adapters and converters . Other tech-related items for photographers to pack are a sturdy camera bag , backup batteries, and memory cards, as well as lens cleaner. And don’t forget smartphone essentials like a backup charger, waterproof case if you’re headed out on the water, and a phone stand or tripod for photos.

A travel packing tip we’ve learned the hard way? Travel with a copy of your passport, credit card, and bank contacts, as well as a list of medications and your emergency contacts.

If you are traveling abroad, we have an entire checklist for you, but the most important thing to note here is your passport and visas . Make sure that your passport is up to date, has as least six months of validity, and has enough blank pages for any stamps. Another tip for international travel? Give yourself plenty of time to apply for any visas that you might need and to arrange for a visit to a travel clinic if any special medications or vaccines are needed. You should also familiarize yourself with any remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions at your destination.

There are also some items that you may not think to pack, but should, like an electronic tracker , duct tape , toilet paper, a decoy wallet, or a whistle.

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What to Always Pack in Your Carry-on Bag

In case you’re separated from your checked bag or other items, you should always make sure that you have your ID, wallet, house keys, medications, valuables, camera, phone, laptop, tablet, pen, cash and cards, glasses, and copy of your itinerary with you on the plane.

Other items that you might want to have handy with you include entertainment for your flight, comfort-promoting items like a blanket or pillow, as well as an empty water bottle to fill up post-security (here is a list of our favorites ), a change of clothes (just in case your luggage is lost or delayed), snacks, and gum.

If you’re looking to pack carry-on only, you guessed it: We also have a separate packing list and tips for that, as well as the best bags to use for carry-on only .

What to Pack to Stay Healthy While Traveling

The pandemic has significantly changed the way we travel and, by extension, the items we prioritize in our luggage. While many destinations have loosened or entirely lifted COVID-19 restrictions, some venues and events may still require a mask or proof of vaccination/negative COVID test to enter. Plan ahead to see if any activities on your itinerary have restrictions in place.

Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer , while always a good idea to have on hand at the airport , have become absolute carry-on musts. Wiping down areas like your tray table, airplane seat armrest, and hotel television remote can spare you from a variety of common travel bugs.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2013. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Ashley Rossi contributed to this story.

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Traveling As A Vegan In Romania & Why You Should Go In Lent

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Written by Caitlin Galer-Unti, from The Vegan Word  

Here is a helpful guide to traveling as a vegan In Romania (and why you should go in Lent!).

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“You should visit Romania during Lent this year—it’s a vegan paradise,” my Romanian friend dropped casually into conversation one day.

I was confused. Romania, a vegan paradise? All I knew of Romanian cuisine was meat-stuffed cabbage rolls . And why during Lent?

She explained that traditional Orthodox believers follow a strict fasting diet that eschews meat and dairy during Lent. Thanks to their influence, she said, vegan food is featured on many menus during Lent. Restaurants that generally may not have a single vegan option release a Lenten menu featuring plant-based fare.

Despite being a vegan of nearly a decade (at that point) and an experienced vegan traveler, I had never heard of Romanian fasting traditions. Vegans who’ve been to Eastern Europe know it’s not usually the easiest place to find plant-based food, so I was excited to hear about this exception and decided to investigate.

After traveling around Transylvania for a couple of weeks, I concluded that my friend was right. It is a vegan Lenten paradise!

From a fast-food restaurant in the capital city to the only open restaurant I found in one village, I had no trouble locating vegan fare by merely requesting the Lenten menu. Plus, I enjoyed some of the best pastries I’d had in a long time by asking for Lent options at some local bakeries.

Romania’s an excellent option if you’re vegetarian or vegan (or travel with one!). While other countries in the world may have more obviously vegan-friendly cities , Romania has a naturally vegan-friendly cuisine during Lent.

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What To Eat In Romania As A Vegan

  • Ciorba de Legume – this traditional vegetable soup can be found in most restaurants. Light, healthy, and served with a lemon, this soup is a great change of pace from other more heavy dishes you will find in the country.
  • Ciuperci (Mushrooms) – boiled mushrooms are loved in Romania. They are often served in a sauce alongside other popular dips such a fasole batuta and zacusca. 
  • Fasole Batuta – this white bean dip, similar to hummus, is topped with caramelized onions and served alongside bread. Many restaurants will serve fasole batuta alongside zacusca (see below), which makes for a tasty and filling spread.
  • Mamaliga – similar to polenta, this Romanian cornmeal porridge is a simple staple you will find all over the country.
  • Sarmale – these cabbage rolls are often stuffed with meat, but you can also get them stuffed with rice. Request “sarmale de post” to make sure your order comes without meat.
  • Varza Calita – the main ingredient of this dish is sauerkraut or pickled cabbage that has been stewed. It is often served alongside mamaliga. Be sure to ask if it was cooked in oil or butter, as either can be used.
  • Zacusca – this cold dip made of eggplant stewed together with tomatoes and herbs is fantastic on bread. It’s similar to babaghanoush (from the Middle East) and can be quite spicy!

Here’s What You Need To Know To Plan Your Vegan Lent Trip

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Here a few things you should about traveling as a vegan in Romania.

Lenten Fasting Traditions – What Is “De Post?” And Why You Need To Know The Phrase

The Romanian Orthodox Church observes fasting periods throughout the year, with the longest being during Lent, the 40 days before Easter . In this context, fasting means abstaining from meat products, dairy, and eggs. There are some local variations, and fish may be allowed on certain feast days, although I never encountered fish on a fasting menu in my travels in Romania . The only animal ingredient you need to watch out for is honey (or “miere”).

The critical vocabulary word here is “de post” or fasting. By merely asking for the “menu de post” or “mancare de post” in any restaurant or bakery, you’ll be shown the vegan options. In bakeries, they’ll be happy to point out their vegan pastries, and, in many restaurants, you’ll be handed a special, separate vegan fasting menu!

Plus, some chain restaurants in Romania introduce special fasting menus during Lent. For example, I found vegan Lenten specials on the menu at Springtime, a chain of fast-food restaurants with locations in train stations around Bucharest.

Popular Menu Items During Lent

Most fasting menus feature similar dishes. Romanian cuisine has developed a repertoire of vegan dishes based on years of fasting traditions. Here are some of the vegan fasting dishes you’re most likely to encounter:

  • Sarmale de post: a vegan version of the famous cabbage roll, which is filled with rice, tomatoes, and herbs
  • Mamaliga: polenta served with fried onions and tomato
  • Salata de vinete: aubergine dip

While I heard tales of a vegan cheese that was said to be available at pizzerias across the country, I didn’t encounter said cheese and found “de post” pizza usually consisted of pizza sans cheese.

Like much of Romanian cuisine , it’s pretty hearty fare. If you prefer lighter food, there are some vegan and raw restaurants in some of the bigger cities like Bucharest and Brasov .

On the other hand, if you enjoy sweet treats, you’ll be happy to hear many bakeries sell “de post” pastries during Lent. Instead of these sweet treats being off-limits as they usually are for vegans, during Lent, bakeries are transformed into realms of limitless possibilities.

I found “de post” versions of apple strudel, cherry pie, and more. Don’t be intimidated if a bakery doesn’t have any “de post” signs – it’s worth asking anyway as I found some offered Lenten versions of foods without advertising them as such. Plus, bakeries are outstanding value for money, and you can get a pastry and a coffee with the change found in your pocket.

When Is Lent In Romania?

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Lent takes place for the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. Because Easter is at a different time each year, so is Lent. Note that Orthodox Easter is at a different time to Christian Easter, so don’t be confused as the dates may be different from Easter in your home country if you’re from a non-Orthodox country!

This site shows the Lent dates for the next few years.

Lent usually takes place at the beginning of spring , which is a great time to travel. It’s the shoulder season so that you won’t run into too many other tourists, and accommodation prices are lower. Additionally, you can enjoy the sunshine and early spring flowers without the crowds.

Where To Visit In Romania During Lent

Saschiz Church and Clock Tower in the village Saschiz, Transylvania, Romania

Thanks to fasting traditions, if you visit Romania during Lent, you can go anywhere in the country without worrying about how to find plant-based food. But which areas are the most popular with visitors?

Bucharest, the capital, has come a long way from when it was just known for its grey Communist-era tower blocks. These days it’s also known as an up-and-coming, trendy capital city. Many visitors start their trip by flying into Bucharest . You can easily spend a few days exploring Orthodox churches and dilapidated old villas.

You’ll find several vegan restaurants in Bucharest, ranging from raw food at Barca to vegan fast food at Level Up .

Transylvania is one of the most popular regions and where I spent most of my time in Romania. From Bucharest, you take a train ride of just a few hours to Transylvania.

The journey is picturesque –past medieval churches and pine forests dotted with snow. This beautiful region has it all – mountains, walled medieval cities, and even Dracula! Cluj-Napoca is a vibrant university town, Brasov is a lovely city set in the mountains, Sibiu is known for its Germanic architecture, and Sighisoara is not to be missed.

Facts About Romania - Dracula's Castle - Transylvania

One of the best-preserved medieval walled cities, Sighisoara is a beautiful sight. And for Dracula fans, it was supposedly the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Dracula’s character. In Transylvania, you’ll find Bran Castle , the castle on which Dracula’s castle was based. It’s worth a visit even for non-vampire fans simply to see the historic castle. In Brasov, you’ll also find a raw vegan café, Delicious Raw. Sibiu is also home to several vegan and raw restaurants.

The Black Sea coast stretches along 250 miles if you fancy a trip to the seaside. You can go to a spa for a mud bath or treatment, head to a small village, and seek out waterfalls or an untouched beach (resorts cover less than half the coast).

The Maramures region is a lesser-known but fascinating-sounding region that was highly recommended to me by several friends. This remote region near the Ukrainian border is home to villages where life is still lived the way it was hundreds of years ago.

If you’ve ever wished you could step into a time machine and travel back to see life in a village centuries ago, this is your chance. Since it’s remote, the region isn’t the easiest to get to; your best bet is to fly into Cluj-Napoca.

Wherever you decide to go in Romania , know that you won’t have to struggle to find vegan food during Lent. And if you travel outside Lent time, it’s worth asking for “de post” menus anyway.

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Although very devout believers only practice it, Orthodox tradition does dictate fasting throughout the year on Wednesdays, Fridays, before Christmas, and on certain religious feast days (sometimes with fish allowed, so do watch for fish on the menu).

Romania is a beautiful country waiting to be explored and, thanks to Lent fasting traditions, its fasting cuisine is waiting to be discovered by vegan travelers!

If you’re traveling around the region , you can also find vegan fasting food in some other Eastern European countries, including Serbia and Montenegro . The bakeries in these countries have extensive “posno” (Lent) pastry selections, although restaurants aren’t as fasting-friendly as Romania.

While the world is slowly becoming more vegan-friendly and more restaurants in Western Europe and the U.S. are adding vegan options to their menus, it’s a joy to travel somewhere that’s naturally vegan-friendly (during Lent) like Romania.

Although the word vegan may not be recognized in restaurants in smaller villages, merely knowing the tradition of fasting in the Orthodox church and a little vocabulary like “menu de post,” you can easily find vegan fare throughout the country.

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Romania but weren’t sure what kind of plant-based fare you’d find there, get ready to be sated by the “de post” options you’ll find in restaurants and bakeries!

Happy vegan travels in Romania!

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    Permethrin is insect repellent for clothing. It may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance. Sunscreen. (SPF 15 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection. See Sun Exposure. Sunglasses and hat. Wear for additional sun protection. A wide brim hat is preferred.

  2. Essential Romania Packing List: What to Wear & Pack for Romania

    3-4 undershirts: If you wear undershirts, bring them. Expect to be doing laundry 1-2 times per week during your trip, so bring enough to cover half a week (plus you'll be wearing one as well). 1-2 pairs of shorts: Summer in Romania can be brutally hot, and in this situation, you will be happy to have some shorts.

  3. 17 Top Romania Packing List Items for 2024

    What to Pack for Romania - 17 Essentials. 1. Universal Power Adapter. Make sure you grab this Universal Power Adapter for all of your travel destinations! Romania has a 250 V, 50 Hz type F prongs (rounded tips), so make sure you have at least two of the adapters to bring along for your trip.

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    When it comes to packing for Romania, try to select footwear that is lightweight, (i.e. small, thin sandals or light trainers, pumps or sneakers) for your case or backpack and then wear any hiking boots / shoes you need on the flight there! I'd suggest that for 1-2 weeks in Romania, 3 pairs of shoes is the max you should need - 1x hiking ...

  5. How To Pack For Your Trip To Romania: Essential Items To Include

    Source: Travel Notes & Beyond. When packing for a trip to Romania, it is important to consider the cultural norms and customs of the country. Romania is a country with a rich cultural heritage, and it is important to respect and embrace local traditions and practices. Here are some cultural considerations to keep in mind when packing for your ...

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    The accessories you will take in your bag for Romania will depend on your travel style: TSA lock ( my favorite) Headlamp ( my favorite) Sleeping bag ( my favorite) Sheets ( my favorite) Swiss Army knife (not in the hand luggage!) ( my favorite) Travel clothesline ( my favorite) Powdered or liquid detergent.

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    For a more detailed and thorough packing list for Romania or any other country in the Balkans, you can check out my extensive packing list right here. Romania travel information Currency. Despite Romania being part of the European Union, it has kept its own currency: the Romanian Leu. The notes are very colourful-looking!

  8. What to Pack for Romania • Wanderlust with Kids

    Clothes to Pack for Romania. When packing for a trip to Romania, think layers! A few tanks and tees, a long sleeve shirt, sweater and a jacket or blazer would be good to pack. Tanks and tees can be worn underneath the jacket, blazer or sweater if it is chilly, or worn alone when it is warm.

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    An unlocked smartphone, so you can buy a cheap Romanian SIM card and stay connected. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer, in case of a poorly stocked bathroom. Comfortable walking and/or hiking shoes, so you can make the most of Romania's cities and national parks. Step 10. Prepare For Your Arrival.

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    Tips for Traveling in Romania. A 10% tip is expected, and 15-20% is appreciated. Drink bottled water. WiFi is fast, but you need to look for it. You can use a SIM card from another EU country in Romania. Bucharest is not for early risers, the city does not wake up until noon.

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    Top style tips for Romania. Jeans are always popular and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (e.g. camisoles or a t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a sweater over long sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.; Add in a smarter outfit for more formal occasions.; If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we recommend the ...

  12. Health Alert: COVID-19 Restrictions

    Event: Due to the large number of COVID-19 cases, the National Committee for Emergency Situations introduced COVID-19 restrictions on October 22, 2021. These restrictions will remain in place for 30 days. Learn more about the COVID situation in Romania on the U.S. embassy's webpage here. Night curfew between 22:00 - 5:00.

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    Romania Fall and Winter Weather. Fall in Romania is dry and cool, and by winter it gets very chilly. The average temperature in September and October is 64° Fahrenheit, but drops to 48° F by November, 34° Fahrenheit in December, and 36° Fahrenheit in January. To help you make the most of your winter gear and limited luggage space, start by ...

  14. 2 Weeks Backpacking Romania Itinerary in 2024

    With this itinerary, I will take you across this beautiful country, visiting some of the best places in Romania, from the vibrant city of Bucharest to exploring the Transylvanian towns of Brasov, Sibiu, Cluj, Sighisoara, and Timisoara, while stopping at places like Bran Castle, Corvin Castle, and more, all in a period of 2 weeks.

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    Here are some packing tips for your upcoming trip to Romania: Walking/Hiking Shoes : With all the walking and possible hiking during your travel, a comfortable pair of shoes is a must. I recommend the Timberland 3-Eye Classic Boat Shoes that are my go-to pair for long strolls and hikes.

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    The 9 Essentials That Should Always Be On Your International Travel Packing List. Identification documents: passport, ID card, driver's license, documents for your children, etc. Country-specific documents: visa, vaccination certificate, health forms. Travel documents: boarding pass, booking confirmations, travel insurance. Cash: local currency.

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    For a longer trip (over a week), you can manage with one pair of underwear and socks per day, two pairs of pajamas, three dressier outfits, three to four casual outfits, two pairs of shoes, and ...

  21. 15 Of The Best Romanian Souvenirs To Bring Home

    14. Tuica. 15. A Traditional Veil. 1. Traditional Honey. Making honey is a traditional practice in Romania, and this dates back more than 2000 years. These days you can find delicious traditional honey, including acacia, linden, polyfloral, and colza jars of honey, which have many health benefits for the body.

  22. Traveling As A Vegan In Romania & Why You Should Go In Lent

    And Why You Need To Know The Phrase. The Romanian Orthodox Church observes fasting periods throughout the year, with the longest being during Lent, the 40 days before Easter. In this context, fasting means abstaining from meat products, dairy, and eggs. There are some local variations, and fish may be allowed on certain feast days, although I ...