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Packing for Spain

This isn't intented as a definitive list - think of it more as a memory jogger. Many of the items will depend on your own personal circumstances, the time of year and your destination within Spain.  
  • Things to arrange while planning your trip
    • passport - is it still valid ?
    • visa (if required - see Visa & Passport Info for Spain for info.)
    • credit cards (copy all information and leave with friends or family, together with bank telephone numbers to report lost or missing cards)
    • arrange a savings account and order debit cards to be able to use ATM's
    • book all hotels, car rental, travel tickets - store all tickets/vouchers in safe place
    • research suitable itineraries, sights, hotels, restaurants, etc.
    • subscribe to the TravelSpain mailing list at http://www.gomadrid.com/travelspain-faq.html to get all the best information to plan your trip.
    • buy maps, travel guides, Spanish phrase book and/or dictionary.
  • Clothing (note: depends on time of year)
    • (see further information at Spain Clothes & Customs )
    • comfortable, light cottons. Light rather than dark colours
    • bathing costume / shorts (may depend on destination)
    • cap or hat for protection against the sun
    • sun glasses
    • some sort of waist bag or other secure money bag
  • Personal items
    • toothbrush and toothpaste
    • wash-bag (shampoo, perfume/cologne, razor & shaving accessories, make-up, hair brush, etc.)
    • nail file and/or clipper
    • tampons, slips, etc.
    • paper tissues
    • contraceptives
  • Health items
    • insect repellent and/or soothing lotion for insect bites
    • sunsceen and after-sun creams
    • small first-aid kit, aspirins, etc.
    • travel sickness pills or medicine
    • other medicines / prescriptions
    • health insurance certificates
    • reading glasses and spare pair (if used)
  • Electrical and other appliances
    • still photo camera, spare film and batteries
    • video camera, spare tapes and batteries
    • electrical adaptor (if necessary)
    • travel alarm clock
    • currency converter
    • binoculars
    • hair dryer
  • Others
    • address book and business cards
    • books to read
    • pen
    • bags for used clothing
    • travel sewing kit
    • head rests, ear-plugs, eye-wraps, etc. - to sleep on the plane
    • small bottle for water
    • bottle opener and/or corkscrew
    • plastic bags with zip for documents, papers, etc.
  • Things to do before leaving
    • turn off water
    • empty and de-frost fridge
    • contact somebody to water plants and collect your post
    • arrange to have pets looked after
    • empty all waste-baskets, garbage, etc.

 

 

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