What to Pack for a Trip to Portugal
Portugal is a tricky country to tell people what to pack for. You can spend time soaking up the sun on one of the country’s many beaches, hike through a national park, or take a day (or three) to explore the castles and ruins located short drives out of Lisbon. Combine all of those into one vacation, and you’ve got quite the packing list.
SPF is overpriced in the country—so be sure to stock up beforehand. Unless you’re going during winter, the temperature is typically very warm—so sunglasses and a bathing suit (or two) are a must, as is a sarong. But if you are going during summer, don’t forget to bring a pair of pants, as shorts and shoulder-bearing garments are frowned upon inside churches and other religious sites. If you’re planning on visiting during fall or winter, don’t forget your raincoat and umbrella.
And since you’re going to be in the air for part of your trip, you’re going to need products to make your flight more comfortable and your jet lag more bearable—not to mention, some stylish picks for strolling through the streets of Lisbon and hiking in Algarve.
Read on for our ultimate packing guide for 2016’s Destination of the Year: Portugal.
Josefinas Embroidered Rose Sneakers
For a fun, day-to-night shoe, consider this pair from Josefina’s, a Portuguese brand. We envision them paired with jean shorts and bikini tops at the beach, jeans by day, and loose, flirty dresses by night. They’re also super-comfortable, which, when traveling, is always a plus.
To buy: josefinas.com, $624
Canon PowerShot G9 X
The Canon Powershot has gotten some new and improved updates. Not only did the body get a sleek and stylish upgrade, but Canon has trimmed away excess weight and thickness, so it’s one of the lightest and most compact mirrorless cameras on the market. The screen is touch sensitive, making easy work of quick, in-the-moment adjustments, and the lens is powerful enough to create dynamic photos in low light situations (the aperture goes as low as 2.0). No matter what you’re trying to capture in your viewfinder, the Powershot won’t disappoint.
To buy: canon.com, $479.99
Journey to Portugal
For the flight there, bring a copy of Journey to Portugal by Portuguese Nobel Prize winning author José Saramago. In this work, he reflects on Portuguese culture throughout the 20th century, and goes on his own expedition across the country. You can even follow the famed author’s route, which can be traced in the book.
To buy: amazon.com, $15
Solid and Striped “The Classic” Swim Trunks
You’re probably going to want to visit Portugal during spring or summer, when the sun is shining and the flora is blooming. Pack a pair of these swim trunks, which are a stylish upgrade to the same old board shorts.
To buy: barneys.com, $150
Michael Michael Kors Scout Camera Bag
Michael Kors’ newest camera bag is the chicest way to stow your camera. It doubles as a super-cute cross body bag, which can fit a day’s worth of essentials: phone, wallet—the usual suspects. But perhaps the coolest thing about the accessory is its special design that was made to hold the Fujifilm Instax camera, which develops photos in less than 90 seconds.
To buy: michaelkors.com, $348
Armand Diradourian Cashmere Travel Blanket
This ultra-soft cashmere blanket is the coziest way to get comfortable at 36,000 feet. Since you’ll likely be discovering Portugal by various modes of public transportation, you never know when you’ll need a hygienic barrier—so it’s good for that, too. The subtle, beige and taupe striped print and leather strap adds a touch of elegance.
To buy: barneys.com, $495
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Fragrance Free Sunscreen
We love this all-natural, zinc-filled SPF, which gives better protection than mineral based sunscreens. Hypoallergenic, vegan, and gluten-free, this cream is suitable for sensitive skin types and can be spread all over your body and face.
To buy: amazon.com, $13
Miu Miu Satin Jewelry Box
Splurge on this Miu Miu jewelry case—something you’ll keep for the ages—to keep all of the festive jewelry you’ll be rocking safe. It’ll also come in handy for toting back souvenirs. Portugal is, after all, known for their artisanal jewelry made of azulejo, a colorful tile that’s abundant in Portugal.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $547
Slip Silk Sleepmask
Lancer Travel Collection for Face and Body
Male or female, every beauty/skincare/grooming product you’d ever need on a vacation can be found in the Lancer Method’s Travel Collection. Inside, you’ll find a cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer—for both skin and body—as well as an eye cream packed with caffeine, which is proven to reduce puffiness caused by jetlag and long flights.
To buy: sephora.com, $150
Ray-Ban Boyfriend Glasses
No matter the season, sunglasses are always a must-pack when traveling. These classic Ray-Bans look great on both men and women.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $155
Cuyana Travel Wallet
You’re going to need a durable travel wallet that can hold everything from passports to train tickets. Cuyana’s travel wallet is a T+L editor favorite due to its chic design and spacious, organized compartments.
To buy: cuyana.com, $185
Matador DayLite16 Packable Backpack
Any trip to a foreign country—especially one that deserves a lot of exploring—requires a lightweight backpack. Store all of your daytime essentials in this waterproof design by Matador, which can be packed up to fit in your palm.
To buy: matadorup.com, $49.99
Eddie Bauer Women’s Trail Tight Leggings
For women who plan on spending a lot of time exploring the country by foot, a stretchy pair of leggings is a must-have. Make the most of these multi-taskers by purchasing them in black, so you can wear them with heels and a jacket by night. They also happen to have odor control and sun protection technologies, and—the best part—pockets.
To buy: eddiebauer.com, $85
Cristiano Ronaldo Tango Metal Blake Woven Loafer
We’ve got to admit Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo’s CR7 shoe line actually has some pretty decent picks. Our favorite? The calf leather lined woven loafer, handmade in—you guessed it—Portugal.
To buy: cr7footwear.com, $330
Anna Sui Rosa Mexicana Printed Chiffon Kimono
Going to Portugal during summer? Consider this (and a bikini) your official wardrobe. According to our local sources, flip flips, a swimsuit, and a cover-up are perfectly appropriate attire for beachside cocktails.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $170
Fjallraven Trail Fleece
Portugal does have a rainy season, so if you plan on going during that time of year (from November to March), a hooded fleece is mandatory. This versatile pick is super-lightweight—so it won’t take much space up in your luggage—and uses a quick-drying technology. And again—pockets.
To buy: fjallraven.us, $140
Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots
While these ultra-comfortable, ultra-flexible shoes are undoubtedly great for hiking Peneda-Gerês National Park—the country’s only national park—they’re chic enough to transition you from day to night. We recommend pairing them with blue jeans, a t-shirt, and bomber jacket. While we’ve linked to the women’s style, below, you can find the men’s version here.
To buy: zappos.com, $180
Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens
Olloclip lenses are an essential for the photo-obsessed traveler. We love the four-in-one variation (for iPhone 6/6s), which has a fisheye, macro 10x, macro15x, and wide angle lens. They also make great stocking stuffers.
To buy: target.com, $79.99
Eres Zephyr Peplum Cotton Jersey Pareo
We picture this bold orange sarong styled with brown sandals, a bikini top, and a floppy hat for a day spent strolling along the coasts of Algarve. Paired with a tank, it could also pass for a skirt, if you don’t want to change before dinner.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $260
Away Large Suitcase
No packing list would be complete without an Away suitcase. Portugal has tons to offer, so you’ll want to plan at least a 10-day trip. This gigantic roller (it holds up to 86 pounds, and only weighs in at nine) can easily fit all your clothes, gear, and more—at a very reasonable price.
To buy: awaytravel.com, $295
Aide de Camp Carry-On
Whether you’re only visiting for a long weekend, need an extra bag for your luggage, or don’t want the burden of strolling around an enormous suitcase, this large carry-on tote by Aide de Camp is a stylish way to stay organized. Inside you’ll find various compartments—for a camera, laptop, personal items, and more. The padding inside can be removed if organized chaos is more your thing, and the laptop padding doubles as a diaper changing mat for the traveling mom.
To buy: adcbags.com, $193.56
Orelbar Brown Polo Shirt
We love this minimalist upgrade to the outdated polo shirt. It’s a great option for wearing poolside, beachside, or underneath a jacket on cooler nights.
To buy: mrporter.com, $120
Keep all of your carry-on essentials organized in Stashers—reusable, rewashable, eco-friendly storage bags. Since they’re clear, you can cram all of your liquids inside for streamlined access at security.
To buy: stasherbag.com, $11.99
Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Scented Candle (2.4 ounces)
Lavender is the official flower of Portugal, so why not bring along a travel-sized candle to enhance the atmosphere surrounding you. Here at T+L, we’re suckers for a pint-sized Diptyque scent.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $32
Coqui Coqui Shampoo & Conditioner Set
Coqui Coqui’s travel-sized shampoo and conditioner smell absolutely delicious—and the aloe vera-infused conditioner is known to detangle even the most delicate of locks.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $22
S’well bottles truly get the job done: cold beverages are kept even colder for up to 24 hours and hot beverages last a minimum of 12 when contained in this travel-friendly drinking vessel.
To buy: nordstrom.com, from $25
Merrell Women’s ISIX8 Lace
These ultra-light crossover shoes are the perfect fit no matter how varied your itinerary is. The versatile sneakers will give you the grip you need for hiking, the support and flexibility needed for a run along the coast, and the comfort every traveler craves to keep your feet feeling good all day long.
To buy: merrell.com, $90
Helen Jon Retreat Bra-Syrah & Classic Hipster
Merrell Inertia Jacket
For Restless Sleepers Printed Silk Twill Wide Leg Pants
These “pajama pants” can be worn on a night out with heels, or during the day with sandals, a white tank, and gold earrings. Made of 100 percent silk and featuring an elastic waistband, they’re also the perfect pair of pants for travel.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $495