10 things you should pack for a trip to Portugal


Travelling can sometimes be stressful because one isn’t sure what to pack! If you’re coming to Portugal, you don’t need to worry, I got you covered. In this article, I will share with you 10 things you should pack for a trip to Portugal!

The items you pack for your trip obviously depend on the season during which you travel. For instance, if you come during the winter, you will obviously need warmer clothes, a scarf, and some gloves. If you come during the fall, you will a raincoat and waterproof shoes because this season in Portugal is pretty rainy. The items in your luggage also depend on the amount of days you’re staying in the country and on the size of your luggage as well. If you’re only bringing a cabin luggage, then you will need to choose wisely what to pack and follow a few packing tricks for everything to fit.

Read on and find out the 10 things you should pack for a trip to Portugal, regardless of the time of the year! These ten things will come in handy at some point during your trip.

Adequate clothes for the weather

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Before packing, I usually always check the weather forecast. You should do the same. This will allow you to know what type of clothes you need to bring to Portugal.

If you’re coming during the month of December, January, and February, you will have to bring warm clothes. It can get really cold in Portugal, especially during the nights. So don’t forget, your scarves and beanies! If you’re coming during the months of April and May, the weather is pleasant but you will still need a light jacket, because it may rain and the nights are still very cold!

If you’re coming during the summer months, pack your shorts, bermudas and dresses, because some days can get really hot. During the months of October and November, you don’t need to bring your warmest sweaters but the weather is pretty irregular. But these are the rainiest months of the year, so bring a waterproof jacket for your walks.

Let me know in the comments if you’d like me to write a few articles about each season and how it is like in Portugal!

Comfortable shoes

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Travelling to Portugal means you will be walking a lot, because there are so many things to see and to visit! If you travel to Lisbon, you should know that you will have to walk up and down several times! Bring your most comfortable shoes if you want to avoid blisters and hurting your feet. At the end of the day, you will be thankful you brought comfortable shoes. One does a lot of walking in Lisbon!

> Read our article about the 20 unmissable attractions in Portugal!

A power adapter

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As you know, the electrical outlets vary around the world. If you’re coming from outside of Europe, you will probably need to bring a power adapter! The ones we use in Europe are as the one you can see in the picture above.


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Portugal is a sunny country, which means bringing a pair of sunglasses is essential no matter the time of the year you’re visiting the country. Even in the winter, when it’s really cold, the sun is here! So you will definitely need to wear your sunglasses even with your warmest clothes on!

A swimsuit

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During the winter months, you probably won’t need it. But I advise you to bring a swimsuit to Portugal if you’re coming during the rest of the year, because Portugal has many beaches, rivers and lagoons you will want to discover, explore and swin in.

If you want to try surfing, you will also need one! You can usually borrow the surfing suit on site at the surfing school, but you will need to wear a swimsuit underneath your suit.

Portugal has the best beaches and waves for surfing, check our article about the best beaches around Lisbon and head there for a unique and memorable experience!

A practical backpack

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Next on my list of the ten things you should pack for a trip to Portugal is a practical backpack! Your bag has to be very practical. It should be large enough to fit all your stuff for the day, and comfortable enough to be carried around the whole day. Choose a classic and stylish one that will match all your outfits and that can be worn both day and night.

A comfortable bag has to be light and practical. If I were you, I would pick a trendy and simple backpack over shopper bags because you would get tired much quicker. If you’re a lady and rather take a crossbody bag, it can also be an option!

If you go to crowded places, wear your backpack in the front – against your chest. This will allow you always keep an eye on your stuff and you will be less exposed to pickpockets.


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You will need sunscreen if you come to Portugal during the summer, which you definitely should do because it is one of the best countries in the world to spend the summer! Portugal has so much to offer, from mountains, rivers to beaches, you have everything you need to spend an amazing summer!

A good read

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A good read is the best! You will love having it on the airplane but also at night, after a long day of exploring the city, a good read will help you relax, fall asleep and have a peaceful night of sleep.

A power bank

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Nowadays, people can’t spend the day without their smartphones. It’s our alarm clock, our calendar, our phonebook, our GPS, our photo camera! We need it for several purposes throughout the day. This is why a power bank always come in handy whenever one travels. Since we use it so much, it can run out of battery. If you have your power bank with you, your phone will quickly charge and you can continue using it.

Your shampoo and hair conditioning

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Don’t forget to pack your shampoo and hair conditioning. If you’re used to a specific brand, it is better if you bring it with you. If you’re travelling with just a cabin luggage, note that you’re only allowed to 100ml of any liquid on a flight. So I recommend you to purchase 100ml travel containers so you can bring your favourite products!

My article about the 10 things you should pack for a trip to Portugal is now over! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it and that it has been useful. Let me know in the comments if you want more articles like this one! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! Also, while in Lisbon, join one of our tours! Our local guides will show you the best places and share with you the history of the city! See you soon!

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