The Essentials for Your Business Travel in the Netherlands
Business travel to the Netherlands isn’t much different than travelling elsewhere. There are a few essentials you’ll want to bring for your business trip, though, to ensure you are prepared for the technology, the climate, and your meetings.
As with most travel to other countries, you’ll want to note the power converter differences. The Netherlands runs on 220-voltage and uses the continental plug with two round prongs.
If you are visiting from another European country, then you can most likely take advantage of the removal of roaming fees. If you’re coming from outside of Europe, however, you’ll need to check with your provider about their roaming rules and rates. Wi-Fi (usually free) is widely available in the Netherlands. You’ll also want to have some good, local apps installed on your phone to help you get around and make the most of your trip.
Other items to consider/remember for your business travel:
- Phone, extra battery, and charger
- Laptop/tablet and chargers
- USB flash drive
- Noise-cancelling headphones
Be sure to pack seasonably-appropriate items for hot summers and cold winters. It’s good to have layers for the spring and autumn months, too. The Netherlands has the habit of changing weather style multiple times throughout the week (or day!) so do make sure you have a range options to choose from.
Items for on-the Go:
There are a few items that are essential for the Netherlands when going out. You’ll want to have a folding shopping bag, as free plastic bags are not available. You’ll also want to carry some small change to access the public toilets. If you plan to use a credit card, Visa or MasterCard are preferred and always a card with a chip. Also, while carrying around your passport might not be ideal, it is the law in the Netherlands that you have ID on you at all times. Finally, since the country is full of beautiful scenery, you’ll want to have a camera with you whenever you go out.
- Mini bottle of mouthwash
- Umbrella (an almost essential item when it comes to the Netherlands)
- Sunglasses (it doesn’t ALWAYS rain)
- A good phrase book if you’re not quitefluent in Dutch.
Personal Care Items:
Even if you arrived in the Netherlands without your regular supplies, you would be able to find almost everything you need at stores like Etos and Kruidvat. However, if you tend to have stomach troubles when travelling, you’ll want to pack some Pepto-Bismol, since it’s not readily available in the Netherlands. In the summer, ticks and mosquitos can be a problem, so if you have a good insect repellent, it is worth bringing along. The choices once you’ve arrived are less ample and more on the pricey side.
These will vary depending on what line of work you’re in and the exact purpose of your business travel, however there are a couple of items that all business travellers won’t want to be without.
- Business cards
- Pen and paper
- Items and equipment specific to your trade