Spain is one of the most gorgeous countries in Europe, full of breathtaking sights and unique sounds. The country is steeped in history yet also features an incredible modern appeal, making it perfect for travellers of any age to find something to enjoy. There is so much to see and do when taking a holiday in Spain that you will be sure to enjoy a holiday of any length, but you should pack properly no matter if you are going for a weekend or for a month. There are a few items which are essential for a holiday to any country as well as things which should be taken into consideration because of Spain’s unique climate and culture.
What to wear
First of all, you should know what type of clothes to bring. Spain is just as fashion conscious as the UK, though their style is a bit different. If visiting some of the country’s bigger cities, you should dress in bright colours and lightweight fabrics. Halter tops and skirts are good for women while men can get away with T-shirts and a pair of cotton shorts. Both men and women should avoid jeans, but long pants may be necessary for certain restaurants and many historical churches.
Protection from the sun
The weather is sweltering hot in the summer, especially if you are travelling inland. Keep this in mind when packing- in addition to lightweight clothes, you may also want to bring along a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun, as well as plenty of sun cream. A good pair of sunglasses will also serve you well. However, if you are going to be travelling in the mountains or along the coast, a lightweight jacket would be good to keep in your backpack, as evening temperatures can be quite chilly in certain parts of Spain, even in the dead of summer.
What type of shoes to bring
When packing shoes, make sure to bring something that is comfortable, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of sightseeing. You might want to keep them lightweight because of the heat in the summer, but make sure that you have the necessary support to prevent any pain or blisters. Sandals are good, but close-toed shoes may again be necessary for certain functions, so try to pack a pair of both. Keep in mind that it does rain throughout most of the winter, so in addition to packing warmer clothes, you should perhaps bring an umbrella.
Your carry-on luggage is important
Wherever you go, you should keep all of your most important possessions in your carry-on luggage. This includes your passport, money, hotel confirmation numbers, etc. Luggage can get lost or stolen, and it would be unfortunate if you were stuck in a foreign country with no way to get back out. In addition, you might also want to pack a Spanish-English dictionary. Even though many Spaniards speak English anyway, it is good form to show them that you are trying to fit into their culture since you are a visitor.