The 10 Key Items to Pack for Spain
With sun-soaked archipelagos, fresh and inventive tapas, and magnificent art and architecture, Spain is one of the most-visited countries in the world. In fact, Spain broke records for the fifth year in a row in 2017, drawing a whopping 82 million tourists. So, the question isn’t so much should you go to Spain, but what you should you pack for Spain. That’s where we come into the picture. Consider these smart picks for your suitcase. And don’t forget to leave some space for all of the folding fans and bottles of cava you’ll want to bring home as souvenirs.
Comfortable, adaptable pants that work with anything = the key to happy packing. Pair these distressed denim joggers with heels and a dark top for an evening at Barcelona's best tapas bar, or cinch up the elasticized cuffs (voila! capris) for a picnic in Retiro Park. Either way, you’ll look put together and ready for anything.
Chapped lips, cracked heels, and dry cuticles have met their match with this little tin. An all-around skin savior, this beeswax-based salve has a healing mix of arnica, camphor, and menthol oils help relieve throbbing calves. So go on: hike Teide, visit the Alhambra. Your tired muscles and joints will be in good hands.
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Shades With 100-Percent UV Protection
Squinting up at the Sagrada Familia because that Mediterranean sun is blinding you? See (well, try to see) every crazy-ass detail with these ivory-and-tortoise polarized sunglasses. Hidden rubber nose pads ensure a sturdy hold, whether you're gazing at Gaudi's otherworldly architecture or tipping back a glass of Rioja.
We're not saying a blister will ruin your trip to Spain. But it will certainly put a damper on your Iberian adventure. And socks that are constantly slipping and sliding? That's just plain annoying. Protect yourself from any of the above with a good pair of socks. The best, in fact. And those might just be the Pixie Crew socks from Vermont-based Darn Tough. Made from 65 percent Merino wool, the super-strong socks are naturally antimicrobial and moisture-wicking and their snug fit prevents unpleasant rubbing or slippage.