Spain is a country full of vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and rich history, making it one of my favorite travel destinations. No matter if my next trip to Spain focuses on exploring the colorful streets of Barcelona or admiring the scenic beauty of Andalusia, there are 10 items that I will always carry with me. These items have made my travel to Spain more enjoyable and I hope they will do the same for you.

1. Comfortable Walking Shoes

Spain’s cities are best explored on foot, so a good pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must. From the cobblestone streets of Toledo to the expansive parks in Madrid, your feet will thank you for choosing supportive footwear. I opt for shoes with good arch support and cushioning to handle long days of sightseeing.

2. Travel Guidebook

While smartphones are incredibly handy, I still prefer having a physical travel guidebook. It provides historical context, cultural tips, and maps that are useful when your battery runs low or you find yourself in an area with poor reception. A guidebook often includes hidden gems and local recommendations you might miss otherwise.

3. Portable Charger

Keeping your devices charged is essential, especially when using maps, taking photos, or staying connected with travel companions. A portable charger ensures that your phone, camera, or tablet doesn’t run out of battery during critical moments, such as navigating unfamiliar streets or capturing a beautiful sunset.

4. Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in Spain’s warmer regions. A reusable water bottle helps reduce plastic waste and ensures you always have water on hand. Many public places in Spain have fountains with safe drinking water, making it easy to refill your bottle throughout the day.

5. Lightweight Jacket

Even during the summer, evenings in Spain can be cool, particularly in coastal areas. A lightweight jacket is perfect for layering and can easily fit into your daypack. It also comes in handy if you encounter unexpected rain or cooler weather in higher elevations.

6. Travel Adapter

Spain uses a different electrical system than many countries, so a travel adapter is necessary for charging your electronic devices. Look for a universal adapter that can be used in multiple countries, making it a versatile addition to your travel gear.

7. Sunscreen

The Spanish sun can be intense, especially during the summer months. Protect your skin by applying sunscreen regularly. I always carry a small, travel-sized bottle in my bag to reapply throughout the day, ensuring I stay protected while enjoying the outdoors.

8. Sneaker Crease Protectors

As someone who loves exploring every nook and cranny of Spain’s tourist spots, my sneakers get a lot of wear. Sneaker crease protectors help keep my shoes looking fresh despite the constant walking. They are easy to insert and ensure my shoes maintain their shape, making them last longer and look better.

9. Local Currency

While credit cards are widely accepted, having some local currency is always a good idea. It’s useful for small purchases like a coffee at a local café, tipping, or buying items at markets where cards might not be accepted. I usually exchange a small amount of money before I leave and withdraw more as needed from ATMs in Spain.

10. Travel Insurance Documents

Travel insurance is a must-have for any trip, providing peace of mind in case of medical emergencies, trip cancellations, or lost luggage. Always carry a copy of your travel insurance documents, including the policy number and emergency contact information. Having this information readily accessible ensures that you can quickly get the help you need if something goes wrong.