Taking a holiday is always exciting, but going on holiday with your friends, partner or family is even more enjoyable – especially after the year we’ve just had. Holidays can feel much more fun during the summer, which is why you need ideas and good advice to help plan your next summer holiday.
With Portugal being one of the most popular beach holiday destinations in the world, you can do everything from sunbathing to sailing along the Algarve. Are you ready to go to the beach? If so, it’s time to start packing!
From passports to sunglasses, we’ve got all the packing essentials you’ll need to pack for your Portugal summer beach holiday.
In Portugal, you’ll need a European two-pin plug, so if you are arriving from the UK or outside of Europe, you’ll likely need a travel adapter to use your electronic devices. If you don’t yet have a travel adapter, you can get a worldwide travel adapter to plug your laptop or other electronic devices into just about any power socket, including Portugal.
For your hot summer Portugal holiday you’ll want to pack your sunglasses to prevent your eyes from getting hurt after a few hours. If you visit locations such as the Algarve, with its many beautiful whitewashed buildings, you’ll especially need sunglasses – during the winter and summer!
If you’re visiting cities such as Porto or Lisbon, you’ll need to pack a good pair of comfortable shoes. Cities like these have cobbled streets and Lisbon, in particular, is extremely hilly. If you’re used to walking with sandals or flip flops, you can pack these too. Some people will prefer a pair of trainers, which is also great for your summer holiday.
When you visit Portugal you’ll see that most shops sell sunscreen. However, it is usually quite expensive, so it’s best to get a cheaper sunscreen to take with you. A tip to remember: if you are travelling with only hand luggage, you won’t be able to bring your sunscreen through security.
However, most airports have a pharmacy after the security checkpoint, so you can purchase your sunscreen and other liquid items there.
Raincoat or Umbrella
Although this isn’t usually a requirement for your summer holiday in Portugal, some winter months can really become cold and rainy. Just to be safe, pack a raincoat or an umbrella for a rainy day.
Boarding Pass and Passport
At most European airlines you will be required to check into your flight before you arrive at the airport. In the past, you had to have a print-out of your boarding card as well, however, these days most people have the app on their smartphone. So be sure to have this handy – although you can still choose to print out your boarding pass if you want to. We recommend keeping your documents like passports and print outs in a handy travel wallet.
Medicine and Other Essentials
Some medicines like Ibuprofen and Paracetamol can be expensive in Portugal, more than in other countries, and supermarkets don’t typically make their own versions. If you think you may need painkillers or even tablets for travel sickness, it’s a good idea to pack them before you go.
Also keep in mind that you may need mosquito repellent while in Portugal, although it’s not crucial as the mosquitoes don’t carry malaria. But the bites can still be itchy, so you may want to pack a plug-in mosquito repellent to keep those mosquitoes away at night or a more friendly repellent body oil.
Summertime in Portugal can be quite brutal – especially in the south – so it’s a good idea to pack a reusable water bottle. With a water bottle you will stay hydrated during the day and always have a handy refreshment on hand.
You can also go a step further and use water bottles with built-in filters so that you always have a source of fresh water on hand. With a reusable water bottle you’ll always have the ability to refill instead of having to buy bottled water, so be sure to pack one for everyone in the family.
Another great tip is to remember a travel-friendly bank card. It’s not always possible to pay with a credit or debit card in Portugal and sometimes machines will only accept Portugal cards. It’s a good idea to have some cash on you, or a travel-friendly card.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are some additional things you may want to keep in mind when packing for your summer Portugal beach holiday.
Small backpacks or totes can be quite useful for carrying cameras, books, sunscreen, water bottles and other items around the beach.
Travellers and electronics seem to go hand in hand these days. You may want to bring along headphones or AirPods, a music speaker, camera, waterproof video camera like a GoPro, portable game player or book reader, alarm clock and/or white noise machine.
If you bring your cell phone, check your provider’s services when travelling a foreign country and any roaming charges before you turn it on mid-holiday; if you bring a laptop, inquire about possible internet usage or data rates too.
And since many cabins and self-catering cottages have limited electrical outlets, some folks bring extension cords and power strips.
On the lower-tech side of things, you’ll want to bring books, magazines and puzzle books for sea or beach days. Binoculars are a must if you plan on changing up your beach days with wildlife-heavy itineraries.
If travelling with kids, consider inflatable water toys for the beach that can be deflated and packed easily. If you plan on going snorkelling, you might consider bringing your own goggles and swimming gear.
When it comes to planning a summer beach holiday, there are many things to consider. From packing all the right stuff to making sure you have your itinerary planned, there’s a lot to do! With these beach holiday essentials, we’ll help you pack for an unforgettable summer getaway in Portugal.