Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Spain

Grenada in March

Grenada in March

Lunch in Grenada Old Town, March

Lunch in Grenada Old Town, March

Nerja fiesta in May

Nerja fiesta in May

Exploring Alhambra in May

Exploring Alhambra in May

Torremolinos promenade in September

Torremolinos promenade in September

September fiesta in Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol

September fiesta in Torremolinos, Costa Del Sol

General Packing Tips

  • The Spanish really care about their personal appearance and image and on the whole they dress conservatively and make an effort when they go out, even if it's just doing the daily shopping.
  • Jeans are very popular here in every style and worn throughout the year and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as a t-shirt and light cardigan for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and sweater in the winter.
  • Church is still an integral part of Spanish life and wearing shorts or being scantily dressed while visiting a church will not be appreciated.
  • Spring and Fall are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes. Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.
  • If you are visiting in the spring it's worth bearing in mind that although you may view the temperatures as warm (if you're used to cold winters), the locals don't. So if you want to blend in, then dress as they do. Opt for sturdy shoes or boots, pants, sweaters, scarf and a jacket.
  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • In the evening, local women dress more stylishly, particularly when dining out. If you are going to an average to high quality restaurant, you'll be more comfortable wearing something more dressy.
  • And don't forget about your shoes... the Spanish love shoes, and for them a pair of shabby shoes can let down a whole outfit. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • Our advice would be to save your shorts and sarong for the beach; wearing them elsewhere will label you as a tourist and skimpy or tight fitting clothes may result in unwanted attention.
  • If you're going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs - a pashmina can come in handy for this.
  • If you are going to Spain for business then pack your work clothes - Spanish women wear dresses or skirts.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • For business men will be expected to wear jackets and ties, even if it's hot.

Pack for the Weather

  • Spring (March, April, May) - It's cooler, and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.
  • Summer  (June, July, August) - Wear sunglasses, a sunhat and plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection).
  • Fall (September and October) - Also cooler so dress in light layers.
  • Winter (November, December, January, February) - The weather can be cold, so opt for warmer layers.
  • Rain showers are more likely in spring and winter, so you may like to pack a small travel umbrella.

Regions of Spain

  • If you are planning on visiting Madrid in the winter it can be cold with severe winds - so a heavier type of overcoat will be needed with a warm scarf, gloves and hat or ear muffs.
  • Typical Barcelona fashion features bright prints and bold designs, and the locals don't tend to do blue denim. In cooler weather ladies opt for leggings under skirts whilst men wear colored jeans. To blend in during summer go for pastel or bright colors.
  • La Manga is all about sport; during the day most of the people wear sneakers, jogging pants or shorts and a sports top. In the evening, in the main, it stays pretty casual but definitely at the smart end of casual. There are some notable exceptions, which you'll be glad you dressed up a bit more for... dining at the hotel and at Asia, to name a couple.
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Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Leather goods and shoes are great buys in Spain, as are wine, sherry and olive oil - but you will need to pack these liquids in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.

Last updated 26 May 2015.

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Thank you so much for your info on what to wear in Spain. It was very helpful. I had to pack only a carry-on, and your advice helped me from over-packing. I brought everything you advised.

- Hope, UK