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The Best Spain Packing List Items

February 6th, 2020 by Prontopia

Open suitcase, clothes all over the floor, and you feel like you’re forgetting… something. Have you been there? Just leaving your house for the day can make you feel like you’re forgetting something important, but boarding an international flight takes it to a whole new level. Don’t worry! We’re here to alleviate your packing panic with these top Spain packing list items, so you can blissfully nap on the plane knowing you’ll have everything you need for your holiday. 

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A Word on Packing Light

It can feel challenging to pare your travel items down to the size of a small suitcase, especially for longer trips. However, packing light is more achievable than you might think and will save you a lot of energy in the long run. Especially when you’re creating your Spain packing list, you should remember that once you arrive, you’ll be dealing with narrow cobblestone streets and a lack of elevators. You will thank yourself when you arrive and you can easily tote your suitcase up several flights of stairs. Plus, packing light is a step in a sustainable direction. Easier for you, easier for the planet. Let’s get started!

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Weather in Spain

Spring is mildly warm and a very popular time for tourism in Spain. Though there will be a few warm days, don’t expect to be lounging by the beach every day; it might be a little too chilly. During the summer, you can expect more heat (especially in more southern regions), though you should still bring an umbrella! Expect crisper temperatures in the fall, and a cool, dry climate in the winter. You’ll likely want to pack jackets.

Toiletries

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  • Shampoo and conditioner bars

  • Any medication

  • Bamboo toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Shaving supplies

  • Makeup

  • Hair Ties, bobby pins

  • Deodorant

  • Moisturizer

  • Comb/hairbrush

  • Feminine hygiene products (try out a menstrual cup for a low-waste solution)

Clothes

As far as clothes are concerned, take a lesson from capsule wardrobe enthusiasts. Choose versatile pieces of clothing that can be paired to make multiple outfits. That way, you benefit from a variety of outfits without lugging around extra items that you never end up wearing.

  • Basics

    • Underwear

    • Socks

    • Bras

  • Women's Clothes

    • Sundress or maxi-dress

    • Casual blazer/jacket

    • Cardigan/sweater

    • Black jumpsuit

    • White flowy shirt

    • Black shirt

    • Comfortable casual pants

    • A statement necklace, simple earrings

    • Scarf - this comes in handy both for cool evenings and to cover your shoulders when visiting churches

    • Comfortable flats or sandals

    • Sneakers for being active

    • Low heels

    • Stylish backpack

    • Swimsuit

    • Opt for skirts, dresses, or flowy pants over shorts - they look a little touristy in Italy unless you’re at the beach or doing something active

  • Men's Clothes

    • Linen shirt

    • Black shirt

    • White shirt

    • Light jacket

    • Comfortable pants

    • Moccasins (not sandals!)

    • Bathing suit

    • Hat

  • Accessories

    • Sunglasses

    • Fedora hat

    • Rain jacket

  • Cooler Weather Add-Ons

    • Jacket

    • Low boots

    • Layers

    • Thick tights to go under dresses or skirts

    • Warm socks

Electronics

  • Power adapter

  • Portable charger

    • We recommend Unite to Light's solar power charger - not only will you always be able to charge your phone using the sun, Unite to Light will donate a charger to a partner doing humanitarian work around the world.

  • Cell phone

  • Laptop

  • Chargers

  • Headphones

Money/Documents

  • Travel wallet or purse

  • Driver’s license

  • Passport

    • Keep in mind that your passport needs to be valid from three months after your departure date, so make sure to renew if it needed

    • Make a copy or take a picture - if anything happens, it will be easier to replace

Misc

  • Reusable shopping bag

  • Quick-dry towel if you’re planning on staying in a hostel, as most will require you to rent one once you’re there

  • Reusable water bottle - with filter built in

  • Travel utensils

What to Pack in Your Carry On

Keeping your carry-on stocked with all the items you might need within reach makes a huge difference. Make sure things you need during security (like your ID and boarding pass) are located in a front pocket, and keep anything you might need during your flight in your bag so you can access it under your seat.

Easily accessible pocket

  • Phone, charger

    • Download music, podcasts, or audiobooks ahead of time

    • Wallet, cash, ID

    • Itinerary

    • Headphones

  • Book or Kindle

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Change of clothes

  • Snacks

  • Gum

  • Itinerary

  • Chapstick

  • Empty waterbottle

  • House/car keys

  • Tissues

  • Headphones

  • Notebook, pen

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