Why in Lviv

Lviv

Lviv is a unique city, in which the history, culture, mentality of two worlds – the East and the West – are tolerantly merged

What to Pack

PACKING LIST:

Travelers should carry money, a passport, a change of clothes, shoes, and other necessities in a carry-on bag when traveling in case suitcases are lost or stolen.

COMPUTERS:

If you wish to bring a personal computer to Ukraine, note that electrical current runs on 220v/60Hz in Ukraine, whereas American current is 110v/50Hz. American computer users can choose from these options:
Purchase a converter to transform the voltage.
Purchase equipment that adjusts internally to either current. Almost all laptop computers are designed to run off of either 110v or 220v current. The sticker on the bottom of your laptop should indicate whether it is dual voltage or not. Adapter plugs will be necessary to fit into standard European sockets, and a surge protector should always be used.
Bring a sufficient supply of software, ribbons, printer cartridges, diskettes, and other computer supplies with you. They are sometimes available in Ukraine, but at a much higher price than in the United States.

Optional Electronics:

- Converters
- 3-prong to 2-prong adapters
- Surge protectors
- Adapter plugs
- MP3 Player
- Batteries
- Travel alarm clock (not electric, as the current differences make it impossible for them to run, even on adaptors)
- Flashlight
- Camera 

CLOTHING:

Practicality should be the primary consideration when packing. Clothes should be comfortable, durable, versatile, and easy-to-care-for. Clothes will undergo a great deal of wear and tear due to the harsh weather conditions, semi-automatic washing machines, hand washings, and frequent use.

In general, fewer outfits are necessary than in the United States. Bring clothes that are easily mixed and matched. Business attire will also be necessary. Travelers should keep in mind that finding wardrobe replacements or supplements in Ukraine for a reasonable price is often difficult.

In addition to clothing essentials, the following are recommended:
- Money belt
- Swiss army knife (in your checked luggage)
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Dress shoes
- Bathrobe
- Sewing kit
- Extra eyeglasses/sunglasses
- Business suits and other dressy attire

For winter, these items are also recommended:
- Warm, high, waterproof, fleece-lined boots big enough to wear with heavy wool socks
- Warm, lined shoes with soles
- A warm hat
- Lined, waterproof gloves and lightweight wool gloves
- Warm scarves
- Thermal long underwear
- Heavy wool/thermal socks

The opening of foreign-owned stores as well as increased supplies of imported goods has diminished the need for travelers to bring all their toiletry items with them from the United States. However, these items are generally much more expensive than in the United States and supplies can sometimes be limited in smaller cities.
SUGGESTED TOILETRIES:

- Bath towels. Packing a hand towel is a good idea. It can be used in public restrooms and other such facilities. Hotels in smaller cities often have very small bath towels, but not always.
- Washcloths
- Shower cap
- Dual voltage hair dryer
- Shampoo/conditioner
- Toothpaste
- Soap
- Shaving items
- Deodorant
- Band-Aids
- Chap stick
- Sunscreen
- Q-Tips
- Moisturizer/lotion
- Toilet paper
- Pocket-sized tissues
- Feminine products 
- Cosmetics
- Cotton balls
- Perfume/cologne
- Dental floss
- Handy-wipes or antibacterial hand gel
- Rope or cord to secure train compartment door

GIFTS:

It is considered polite to bring small gifts from the United States to business colleagues and dinner hosts in Ukraine. The following is a suggested list of gift items:
- Bumper stickers
- English dictionaries
- Art books, postcards, picture calendars, art posters
- Items with your city’s insignia
- U.S. souvenirs (buttons, magnets, etc.)
- Stamps
- Music cassettes/ CDs
- Perfume/cologne
- Ties
- T-shirts
- Scarves
- Sweatshirts
- Additional items from your university, hometown, etc.

GIFTS FOR CHILDREN:

- American flags for them to present to their classroom
- Children’s books
- English language textbooks
- Mechanical toys

By Travel to Ukraine: http://www.traveltoukraine.org