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What to take with you to Barcelona this winter – checklist

What to take with you to Barcelona
Written by Michael

To take ease the pain out of preparing for your trip to Barcelona (or anywhere else for that matter), we’ve put together a comprehensive checklist for you. No excuses left, so start packing!


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    Passport or ID card (check the expiration date)

  • A printed e-ticket or normal ticket
  • A visa, if you need one
  • A print out of the hotel or apartment address of where you will be staying once you arrive in Barcelona
  • Driving License if you are planning on hiring or borrowing a car (and it’s worth having a look at the driving laws in Spain prior to arriving)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • It’s a good idea to scan all your important documents and email them to yourself in case something gets stolen or you need to contact your insurance company
  • A list of important phone numbers: local friends, folk back home you might need to contact in an emergency, the local police, your hotel, travel colleagues etc

Related article: Best Day Trips from Barcelona


  • Credit or debit card (preferably two or more if you have them for in case one doesn’t work or gets lost)
  • Hard cash – well, you never know
  • Some change in euros if you need to pay for travel via a machine once you arrive


  • A city guide
  • A small map of the city
  • A plan of how you will get to your accommodation once you arrive


  • Medication, if you are taking any – although many types of medication (like inhalers for asthma) can be purchased over the counter without a prescription unlike in the UK or US.

Related article: Travel Accessories Every Adventurer Needs


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    Mobile phone – Smartphones are worth their weight in gold (not that they weigh much) in foreign cities. It’s a camera, a phone, a gps map and an information source – all in one unsightly package. Don’t forget to sort roaming out before you go – and beware that local roaming charges (especially to get online) can be extortionate

  • Camera
  • Camera charger
  • Chargers and adapters for your gadgets


Less crucial but still important:

  • Sunglasses (even in winter the Barcelona sun is often out and about)
  • Sunblock (don’t leave home without it!)
  • Suitable clothes for the winter climate – don’t be fooled into thinking Spain is hot all year round – it is not!

Looking for a flat to rent during your stay in Barcelona? ShBarcelona is the answer.

About the author


Michael is a vegetarian, dog-loving, kindle-clutching, sunshine-seeking, adventure-obsessed, responsibility-dodging gypsy who has spent much of the last five years exploring Spain and parts of Europe.

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