Kasteel Well

Summer Packing Recommendations

Summers in the Netherlands are moderate, but rainy. Sometimes they have days where the mercury reaches 80 °F, but 65–75 °F is more common.

World Weather Information Service will give you averages for European cities you want to visit.  Please check expected weather conditions to aid with packing needs. 

Part of the summer course's focus is Renaissance Art. Quite a bit of European art is located in churches, and students will be visiting many churches during the excursions. Please be aware that when entering most churches, students must dress conservatively, or they may not be allowed to enter. No tank tops, bare midriffs, or shorts.

For women, this means long pants or a skirt that covers the knees. Ladies must also cover their shoulders: either with a short- or long-sleeved blouse, or with a shawl or long scarf.  For men, this means wearing long pants (no matter how hot it might be) and a short- or long-sleeved shirt.

You will show proper respect for the host culture if you observe their customs.

Packing Essentials

  • You can either pack a set of bed sheets (twin long) and pillowcases or you can buy a set from the Facilities Manager during orientation weekend - the cost will be €25. Either way, you must have sheets and pillow covers on your bed the first night. If you forget to pack a set, you will have to buy a set the first night you arrive.
  • Prescription medications to last you for your stay- be sure to pack them in your carry-on luggage
  • Over-the-Counter medications and remedies; (Advil, Claritin, cold and cough medications, etc.)  Dutch doctors do not prescribe medications or antibiotics unless there is no other way to recover.  If you get sick, you won't have access to cold/cough medications, and the like.
  • A good pair of earplugs (castle walls are super thin!)
  • A money belt or passport holder that can store your valuables when traveling
  • A small, strong, folding travel umbrella
  • A cross-body purse with a zipper is a good idea for women
  • A travel flashlight
  • A wallet that has space for coins - you'll need a place to store all the Euro coins
  • A  small backpack or daypack. (For carrying your sweater, camera, literature, etc. when exploring the town so you can leave your larger bag in the hostel or train station lockers)
  • A carry-on bag for weekend travel that meets EU airline standards for carry-on bags
  •  2  compact travel towels (thin so they can fit in backpacks for weekend travel)
  • A debit (ATM) card with a VISA or MasterCard logo on the back or front of the card for use in the Well ATM machine
  • A credit card for emergency use in case one is lost/destroyed/stolen
  • €200 cash for arrival in The Netherlands
  • A camera - see requirements for your course
  • Original software disks for your computer
  • Memory stick or flash drive for your computer
  • MAC users: a VGA adaptor if you plan to hook up your computer to a projector
  • A voltage converter (only if absolutely necessary) for small electric appliances
  • An adaptor plug

Clothing Essentials

  • One or two belts
  • A few pairs of jeans
  • Some tee shirts or blouses
  • Some sweat pants or lounge clothes to wear around the castle (it can get cold in the mornings)
  • Lightweight clothes for hot travel destinations
  • A pair of sandals or summer shoes
  • 1  pair of comfortable walking shoes—make sure the soles are sturdy
  • 1 pair of sturdy shoes/boots for rainy weather
  • 1 lightweight jacket or coat (preferably water and wind proof)
  • A sweater or two that you can layer over or under
  • A pair of shower slippers or flip-flops for public pools, etc.
  • Pajamas, a robe and slippers
  • Bras, underwear, t-shirts, etc.
  • A workout outfit if you plan to join the fitness center in Well
  • A bathing suit if you are planning to swim or visit the thermal baths in Arcen
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • For women
    • A shawl or scarf for covering up your shoulders or to dress up an outfit
    • One dressy outfit for special events
  • For men
    • A button-down shirt and a pair of dress pants for special events

Some Excellent Packing Suggestions

  • Contact lens solution (it is hard to find this in Europe)
  • Gallon–sized Ziploc storage bags (good for storing wet clothes, shampoos, dirty shoes, etc. while traveling)
  • Quart–sized Ziploc bags for air travel liquids
  • Nutrient Bars
  • Space Bags for packing - you'll be able to fit more in your suitcase
  • A small “sleep sack” for use in youth hostels or on overnight trains
  • Luggage locks and a small padlock or combination lock (for lockers in the hostels)
  • A mini sewing kit
  • Travel-sized containers you can refill with lotions, shampoos, etc. for weekend travel
  • 1 or 2 favorite movies or cds
  • A battery–operated alarm clock with extra batteries
  • Small packets of Woolite for quick washes in the sink
  • Pair of running shoes (if you plan to run/jog)
  • Spare pair of eyeglasses if you wear glasses
  • Pair of sunglasses

Do Not Pack

  • School supplies: you can buy notebooks, etc. in town
  • A hairdryer - you can buy one in Well if you need one. We strongly recommend that you do not bring an American hairdryer to the castle.
  • Emerson ID card: you will not need it in Europe, you will have an ISIC card and your passport for ID
  • Blankets and pillows will be provided - but also note: you can't remove them from your room for traveling
  • Laundry soap: castle washing machines provide the soap
  • High heels: unless they are very comfortable to walk in
  • A U.S. power strip: they often blow fuses at the castle. If you must have one,  you’ll need to purchase it in Well