HOW TO PACK FOR BARCELONA IN THE SUMMER

Packing for a trip to Barcelona can be a bit stressful, specially when you haven’t been to that place before. Will you be missing something important? Will you be able to get that easily if you don’t bring it with you and you need it?

Plus you need to consider space: how much can fit in your bags, so it’s not too heavy? We know: we’ve been there too. That’s why we want to share with you a few relevant tips to add to your packing list for travel.

What to pack for Barcelona, Spain

Here is what to pack for a trip to Barcelona, June through September:

1

Driving license

What? But I’m not planning to drive at all! I know, unless you are planning to go on a road trip or a day out of town, you are not likely to need your driving license for what’s intended: driving. 

However, in Spain you’ll be required an ID to pay with your credit card and it’s not recommendable to walk around with your passport. Your driving license will be accepted as an acceptable ID, and if you (God forbid) lose it or get it stolen, it’s not as bad as if you were left with no passport in a foreign country.

2

Shawl

Great for ladies in the summer, but also during other times of the year. It can become an improvised tablecloth for your picnic in the park, or a towel to lie on during a break on the beach; you can use it to protect yourself from the sun or to cover your shoulders during a chilly evening… 

And it’ll come handy if you intend to visit the Cathedral and you are wearing a lovely dress with no sleeves or your skirt isn’t long enough.

3

Visa or Mastercard

Talking about credit cards, make sure you get your visa or mastercard. These are the most accepted cards in Spain. You can cross out your amex from your list of what to pack for Barcelona, though: I know it offers you much better deals, but most shops and restaurants won’t take it here.

How to pack for Barcelona in the Summer

4

Hand sanitizer

When you are touring your hands tend to get dirtier than when you are working at your office: you touch old stones, hand-railings… But when it comes most useful is when using the toilet. Touring around you’ll be visiting many public toilets and often there is no soap left… But that’s not all, there might not be much toilet paper either! 

And for ladies, not being able to sit can be quite inconvenient if we are trying to hold our bag and coat and lift our skirt at the same time. You know what I mean! My tourguide trick: I use hand sanitizer to clean the toilet seat, so it’s safe and comfortable. It’s quite a relief, and it should definitely make your Barcelona Summer packing list.

5

What to scratch from your Barcelona packing list

Unless you are going to a gala dinner or a wedding, leave your tie at home: Barcelona is a very casual city and even in trendy restaurants ties are not required (click for more ideas on what clothes to  pack for Barcelona

You can leave your umbrella at home, too: it rarely rains in Barcelona in the Summer, and many hotels will lend you one if it starts raining, and you can also buy one to a street vendor for really cheap if necessary.

COMING IN THE WINTER? Make sure to check this other packing tips for the cold!

What to pack for a trip to Barcelona in the Summer

What else would you add to your Barcelona packing list?

Marta

RESEARCHING FOR A TRIP IS TIME-CONSUMING...
Need some inspiration?

Detail of Casa Batllo rooftop

Our 100% FREE Barcelona Collection will give you everything you need to organize the trip of your lifetime to Barcelona.

BEST INSIDER TIPS FROM THE PROS!

Share this with your travel mates!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on pinterest
Pinterest
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp
Share on email
Email
Scroll to Top

Sign up to get access

PLAN THE TRIP OF YOUR LIFETIME

Hundreds of travelers like you have been wowed by our BARCELONA COLLECTION: Hotel ideas, restaurant recommendations, travel tips and much more.