Love it or loathe it, packing is a necessary part of proper trip preparation. Thankfully, Portugal is a destination that doesn’t require too much forward planning (you can leave your skis and safari gear at home), so don’t worry if you do find yourself succumbing to the last-minute suitcase scramble. We’re big fans of a pre-trip packing list to aid with organisation and have compiled some suggestions of what to pack for Portugal to help kickstart your holiday prep…

Travel Essentials:

  • Passport, driver’s license, travel documents, travel credit card (obvious but an extra reminder never hurts)
  • Sunglasses and sunhat: Portugal enjoys bright sunshine all year round, so sunglasses can come in handy even during the winter months
  • Sun cream: especially important for spring and summer
  • Phone and camera or GoPro (along with all necessary chargers)
  • European plug adapter
  • Comfortable trainers for city exploration and hiking boots (with comfy socks) if you’re opting for more adventurous activities
  • Swimwear, sarong/beach towel and flips-flops/sliders: Portugal boasts more than its fair share of beautiful beaches
  • Toiletries and personal medication (there are plenty of supermarkets and farmácias on hand if you forget any, or wish to save space in your suitcase)
  • Insect repellent and bite relief cream

Other Useful Items:

  • Reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste
  • Bum bag/daypack for adventuring during the day
  • Waterproof jacket and umbrella: showers can occur in any season thanks to its Atlantic climate
  • Money belt to store your euros, travel credit card and ID
  • Rash guard if you plan on surfing, but also good for preventing sunburn while swimming or snorkelling
  • Portable battery pack


  • Lightweight clothing suitable for toasty temperatures, such as shorts, skirts, t-shirts
  • A jumper/cardigan/jacket and trousers/a longer skirt for the evenings and to protect against mozzie bites


  • Warmer clothing for the cooler climes of these seasons
  • Comfortable trainers or boots (rather than sandals)
  • A coat, gloves, woolly hat and scarf, especially if visiting the north of the country where it’s chillier

Spring & Autumn:

  • If you’re travelling during the shoulder seasons, it might be warm enough for shorts and t-shirts during the day, with nippier weather setting in as the sun goes down
  • It’s best to ere on the side of caution and pack layers that work for all eventualities
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