Spain Travel Essentials

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Ashley Carrasco-Hernandez
October 7, 2023

I have been getting adjusted to my life here in Spain, and there have been things I wish I would have brought or glad to have brought with me. Thorough planning is essential for a successful and pleasurable trip when traveling from the United States to Spain. Spain is a country full of many cultural experiences, from the busy streets of Barcelona to the historical significance of Madrid and the tranquil beauty of its countryside. To make the most of your trip, you need carefully evaluate the necessities.

The first thing would be ensuring you're equipped with travel adapters and converters is non-negotiable. I wish I would have brought more of a converter than an adapter although it was helpful to charge my phone and computer, however, not all gadgets are safe. For example, if you are planning to bring hair tools, I would encourage to bring a voltage converter since our tool I the U.S. are around 100v but in Spain it is double 200v, which can damage it and make it unusable. Since Spain has different plug types necessitate these gadgets to keep your electronic devices charged and operational throughout your stay. 

Equally imperative is meticulous attention to your travel documents. From your passport and visa (if required) to travel insurance and any essential permits or identification, having these in order is the bedrock of a stress-free journey. Prioritizing health is paramount; hence, carrying an ample supply of prescription medications, along with prescriptions or doctor's notes, if necessary, is crucial. In certain cases, you need a prescription from the doctor in Spain to get medication even if it’s over the counter. 

Comfortable walking shoes should top your packing list, especially if your itinerary involves traversing various cities or trekking through Spain's picturesque landscapes. Since Spain's climate varies significantly across regions, packing versatile clothing suitable for different weather conditions is a wise move. Overcoming language barriers can be eased by carrying a language phrasebook or using language apps for effective communication. Travel-sized toiletries compliant with airline regulations should also have a place in your luggage. Health considerations extend to ensuring proper international health insurance coverage. 

Additionally, incorporating travel locks and other security measures for your luggage and valuables is a proactive step toward peace of mind during your journey. Enhancing your travel comfort is equally important. Bringing along personal comfort items like a travel pillow or favorite snacks can alleviate the fatigue of long journeys. A universal currency converter proves invaluable in understanding prices and currency exchanges, facilitating smoother transactions during your stay. And don't forget a reusable water bottle—staying hydrated as you explore Spain's enchanting sights is essential. 

Adapt this list to suit your specific needs and the nature of your trip. Remember, traveling light is advantageous, and many items can be purchased locally if necessary. So, pack smart, stay organized, and brace yourself to immerse in the captivating allure of Spain, armed with these essential items for an unforgettable travel experience.

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Ashley Carrasco-Hernandez

Hola! I am Ashley Carrasco-Hernandez. I am a first-generation student studying at the University of Redlands. I enjoy painting, watching movies (Fav Movie: Corpse Bride), going to the beach, stargazing, sleeping, and trying new foods!

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