travel tips ► WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable walking shoes, underwear, bra, jeans, cotton or light wool pants, tee shirts, button downs or polo shirts, light spring jacket, sweater, perhaps a light rain parka, sweatshirt. Perhaps a cap and sunglasses - remember during the White Nights it stays sunny until well past mid night. You may want to bring some nice clothes if you plan to go "out on the town." Russians in the cities dress quite fashionably and if you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, you should too. Also, don't forget to take an umbrella. In St. Petersburg in particular it rains a lot. Also, if you are planning to go to the beach bring your bathing suit.
Comfortable walking shoes perhaps with galoshes, warm, waterproof boots (it is typically snowy, slushy, cold and wet), long underwear just in case, jeans, wool pants, cotton pants, sweaters, undershirts, button down shirts, flannel shirts, warm jacket (leather/fur or down), warm wool or fur hat and as with summer, nice clothes if you are planning on going out.
In Russia, especially in the big cities, you can buy everything you need for personal care that is available in USA and Europe. However, if you are used to some specific brands, you may want to bring these products with you.
Other things to bring
Chapstick, stomach medicine (pepto bismol, immodium), Russian phrase book, suntan lotion, perhaps a small radio shack converter for 220 volts, your favorite stuffed animal, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, tampons, etc. Pretty much all of this stuff you can easily find in Russia (except for pepto bismol and the electrical converter unfortunately) but it is always a good idea to have things like this on hand. Also, bring the things that you use everyday if you have space in your bag - you'll find most things in Russia but not necessarily the brands that you are used to. Also, why spend money and time looking for these goods in Russia when you can spend the time sightseeing or going to a bar! Think about also bringing a money belt or money pouch that you can wear around your neck for your cash and documents - it might be a good idea. In summer mosquito repellant is also a good idea.
Little presents for people that you may meet
Typically, you can buy things in Russia for friends that you may meet but it might be a good idea to take some nice cosmetics (lipsticks, eye shadow, etc.), body creams for women and perhaps silver dollars or some other interesting souvenir from your country for the men. Things such as photo books of your country or the region where you are from also make a nice gift.