Your perfect Packing List for Spain!
Spain is a country of contrasts. Be it the weather, the culture or the difference between country and city life. In order for you to be prepared for your eventful vacation in Spain, we have prepared this packing list for you.
There are countless ways to enjoy the breathtaking country of Spain. There are almost no limits to your imagination. A city trip through some of the biggest cities in Europe? No problem at all. An extended hiking vacation? The Camino de Santiago is right on your doorstep and finds its end in the west of Spain. Or would you prefer a relaxed beach vacation with lots of sun and beach? Spain has some of the most beautiful coasts in the world.
The packing list contains items that we have tested ourselves in Spain and found to be very helpful. Besides items for your packing list, you will also find valuable information about activities in Spain, the seasons in Spain and of course advice to assist you on your trip.
In order to enjoy all this without any problems, good planning is essential.So you can save time and money and enjoy your vacation in Spain to the fullest.
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16 Travel Gadgets you need on your Spain Packing List!
Spain is a perfect place to go hiking. Whether you walk through the plains or through the mountains, it never hurts to have a little extra support. Especially in the mountains these trekking poles are a real blessing. I used them on the way to Santiago and I do not want to miss them on my Spain hikes anymore.
Be it on a city trip where you extensivly using your cell phone to navigate or you are hiking a lot. At some point you run out of battery. Simply connect your cell phone to this powerbank and the battery is no longer a problem. The sun of Spain will do the rest and make sure that the Powerbank never runs out of power.
A Travel Adapter is a must-have on every journey! With it you don’t have to worry about the sockets at your destination and you can charge your devices quickly on your own. Especially handy are the USB ports, which allow you to charge several devices at the same time at one socket.
4. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
With all the beautiful places and trails in Spain this Packing List should not be without this utensil. A pair of decent hiking boots. If you don’t have one yet, here is our absolute recommendation. Lowa stands for quality and durability. My pair has already taken me all the way through Spain and you can’t tell by looking at them.
Speaking of things not to be forgotten while packing… sunscreen lotion! This is really essential and should be packed first, because the sun in Spain can get really intense. Of course, it is very important from a health point of view, because your skin has to enjoy many more hours of sunshine 🙂
You travel Spain by car? Of course, it is also important that you do not run out of navigation while driving 😉 It is a small but very useful companion which you should always have in your car even when at home. Again, there are several USB ports with which you can even charge your camera equipment for the next stop while driving.
7. Backpacking Backpack
Depending on how you want to travel Spain, a backpacking backpack can be a great option. We have linked our loyal companions for you. When buying a backpack for hiking, it is very important to make sure that the weight is well distributed and your back is not put under the wrong load. Both backpacks have a large volume. We recommend not to exceed this volume, otherwise it will be too heavy.
If you have a big backpack with you, of course you don’t want to walk around with it all the time. This small practical ultra lightweight packable backpack is perfect for every trip! The daypack’s adjustable breathable straps ensure a proper fit and comfortable all-day use. We are really surprised how comfortable and robust it is. A clear recommendation!
Especially at the coast of Spain the weather can be very uncomfortable. In the rainy season it can rain for hours, despite pleasant temperatures. Just then you will be glad not to have forgotten this umbrella while packing. So even a walk in more unpleasant weather is not a problem anymore.
Perfect on every Road-Trip or Trip by car in general! Although the public transportation in Spain is very well developed, some places can be reached much easier by car. But be careful with the pilgrims who often cross the roads.. This In Car Phone Holder is highly recommended as it is compatible with any car and smartphone.
The sun in Spain can be especially strong around noon and early afternoon. If you don’t want to take a siesta during this time but still want to be on the road, we recommend this sun protection for your lips. And believe me when I tell you that a sunburn on your lips is no fun.
This multifunctional head scarf is really one of my absolute favorites. Cool in summer, warm in winter – this magic head wear takes care of you very well in all seasons. It has more than 12 different dress ways. It can protect your face, head, neck and ears from almost every weather condition. No matter what time of year you travel, you will love this travel gadget. Make sure to put it on your Spain packing list 🙂
Another great item for your safety in Spain is this practical Travel Security Belt. It protects you from pickpockets and you always have enough money with you. Compared to a chest pouch or similar, another big advantage is that you can even swim in the sea with the belt and always have your money with you. This item should definitely be on your packing list as it does not even take up space in your luggage.
Now a tip that I would have preferred to take a bit more seriously before 😛 Outside the larger Spanish cities, people often speak little or no English. Of course you can always communicate and funny situations arise 😀 Nevertheless I would like to recommend you to improve your Spanish a little bit and to have this phrasebook with you if necessary.
Finally, a little insider tip for all those who like to make longer trips. The sun in Spain can make you sweat a lot. Therefore it is always a good idea to have a little refreshment with you to refresh your body also from the outside.These wipes are perfect for this purpose and hardly take up any space when packing.
More Spain Packing List Gadgets which may come in handy
6 Things you DO NOT need in Spain
In Spain people wear shorts only on the beach. Therefore you will immediately attract attention as a tourist wearing shorts in the cities, which is not a good thing as you might attract pickpockets.
Actually you do not need to have money with you because there are ATMs everywhere. Even if you go on a pilgrimage, the pilgrim accommodation is often relatively cheap. So take only small sums with you and during the day you can top up your wallet.
Especially in the big tourist cities of Spain, pickpocketing is a problem. Therefore you should leave your valuables at home. This way you can save some space for souvenirs you want to take with you.
Discussions about religion
You should avoid discussing religion in public. Especially the Christian faith is extremely widespread in Spain and the Spanish take their religion very seriously.
During the day you will probably be on the road, exploring the country and in the evening life in Spain really starts. So you won’t really get to read at all. If you want to read something we recommend the E Book Reader to save weight and space.
Early Hunger in the Evening
If you want to go to a restaurant in the evening it is best to plan at 8pm at the earliest. In Spain most restaurants open very late and stay open until late at night. And be prepared for noisy crowds 😛
3 Special Accommodations to stay in Spain
Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Spain and for good reason. Being in this extremely vibrant city, you want to be right in the city center. With the small urban apartment of Danny you are as central as you can get. The most famous promenade of Spain, La Rambla, is right in front of the door and therefore you have the perfect base to explore Barcelona by day or night. You will have your own kitchen in the accommodation, but we recommend that you try the local specialties.
Do you feel like something really special? Then you will love this accommodation.I think the picture speaks for itself. The apartment is very modern and chic, but the real highlight is definitely the view from the infinity pool. The region in Spain with its large reservoir is perfect for some hiking trips. Did you spot a nice place from the pool where you want to go hiking or would you like to see your accommodation from the other side? No problem at all. And thanks to the extremely friendly service team no wishes remain unfulfilled.
You are travelling away from the mainland of Spain to the beautiful island of Tenerife? Then you probably want to wake up with the sound of the sea. Or do you prefer a little midday nap in a hammock with a view over the ocean? Roberto has the perfect answer for both. With great attention to detail, he has created an oasis of well-being that you won’t easily forget. If you get hungry for fish from this unique view, a village with delicious fish restaurants is only 5 minutes away.
4 seasons in Spain. What to experience and what to be aware of
Spring in Spain (April - May)
Summer in Spain (June - August)
Autumn in Spain (September - October )
Winter in Spain (November - March)
10 Interesting Facts about Spain!
Yes, you read correctly. In Spain every year about 150.000 tomatoes are thrown at the legendary La Tomatina Festival.
There are actually only two important rules at this spectacle.
1. the tomato must be squashed before throwing
2. throw as many tomatoes as you can
Among all OECD countries, Spain has the second highest life expectancy of 83 years. Only Japan has an even higher life expectancy.
Women even reach 85 years. Their male counterparts, however, make it to a proud 79 years.
However, this also leads to an aging population. Estimates of the United Nations assume that in 2050 over 30% of the population in Spain will be over 60 years old.
Most people think that Italy is the country with the highest production of olive oil. Far from it. 44% of the total production takes place in Spain.
The region of Andalusia makes up the largest part within Spain.
Would you have known that?
A somewhat unusual but funny custom. The goal is to eat a total of 12 grapes at midnight. You should eat one grape each bell strike of the clock. Sounds easier than it is.
Whoever manages to do so will be rewarded with a lucky year.
The origin of this custom lies with the winegrowers of Spain. They wanted to get rid of excess grapes.
These consist of the last name of the father followed by the last name of the mother. This tradition is continued in Spain until today.
An estimated 440 million people worldwide speak Spanish. Only Mandarin can speak more people.
And although Spanish is the official language in Spain, other regional languages are considered official in some regions. These include the regional language of Catalan, Basque (Euskara) and Galician (Galego).
If you have ever been to the nightlife of Spain you will already know this. Spaniards talk very loud and lively. Often you can recognize them this way even outside their country.
But this is exactly what gives Spain this unique character. It simply belongs to Spain and doesn’t disturb at all but rather carries you with it.
We have already mentioned that Spain is particularly religious. This is also shown by the number of UNESCO heritages sites. Altogether there are 47 all over Spain. Only Italy and China with 55 each have more.
The most famous is the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona. The construction of this cathedral began in 1882 and is estimated to be completed in 2026.
The dream for everyone who likes to sunbathe on the beach, go for a walk or a swim. Often you can already see from one beach to the next.
Dogs are also absolutely common as pet in Spain. So if you are thinking about a vacation together with your dog, Spain is one of the best places to go.
This already starts with the meals during the day. In Spain, for example, lunch is eaten between 1 and 3pm and dinner is around 10pm.
In the summer there is also a siesta. This is about 2 to 5pm. Even though siesta means nap most Spaniards do not sleep during this time. But it is important to know that most stores are closed during this time. So make sure you stock up on groceries or take a siesta yourself.
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