We don’t know about you, but we still haven’t cracked the bad habit of last-minute packing!
You glance at your almost-full suitcase, you notice your favourite t-shirt and new swimming costume have made their way inside; but it makes you realise that perhaps it would be sensible to check what necessities you may actually require during your trip.
Euros / Bank Card
First thing’s first, unfortunately you may not get very far without some local currency. Portugal’s currency is the Euro, and these can be retreived all over the world via currency exchange companies.
If you would rather wait until you’re in Portugal before changing up your funds, you can easily use your own bank cards from home in local ATM machines (Multibanco’s), where you can select the amount of Euros you require, and then receive the current local exchange rate as it withdraws the Euros from your bank in your own currency, and prints you out a receipt displaying the amount withdrawn from your account.
Photocopy of photographic ID
It is currently a legal requirement to carry legal photographic identification everywhere with you in Portugal, resident or not.
A passport or driving license is sufficient, but it is common for residents and travellers in Portugal to carry photocopies of their passport or driving license rather than the original copies, for safety and peace of mind that they will not be lost.
Portugal is famous for its breathtaking landscapes and stunning sights, so just in case it slipped your mind, you would long for your camera if you didn’t have it by your side in Portugal!
The dainty cobbled streets throughout Portugal are appreciated and cherished, until one of the party decide to wear 5″ high heeled shoes and twist their ankle, resulting in crutches for the rest of the holiday!
A pair of comfortable, non-slip shoes would solve any unpleasant instances as above. Plus, you’ll probably be exploring the wonderful cities or small towns, so will need to be on top form for exploration in the shoe department!
Wherever it is that you’re travelling to in Portugal, you will find that there are many little Nooks N’ Crannies that you could pass without noticing, and sometimes the best eateries, wineries, or even shops are hidden in these unexpected places!
If you are using a car whilst you visit, a GPS system would be useful to help you navigate the different areas and amenities nearby. It also pics up local restaurants, supermarkets, and even petrol garages!
If you are planning to be spending most of your time in towns, a handheld local map would probably be most useful.
Finally – do not panic! If you are lost, do not hesitate to ask locals for directions, if they are able to understand you, they will be more than happy to help!
Imagine having been travelling all day, finally arriving at your lovely new home for the next week, only to realise you forgot to pack adaptors for your plugs! In Portugal the power sockets used are of type F. For power sockets of type F you need a power plug adaptor. The two-point pin style plugs are used all over Europe, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding adaptors for your plugs from home.
Sunglasses and Suncream
Last but definitely not least, whatever time of the year it is that you are visiting Portugal, it is important that you remember these two pieces of vital equipment!
You may not feel that you would need sunglasses and suncream in the winter months of the year, but you must remember to protect your eyes and skin from the sun’s UV rays. As time goes on, the UV rays of the sun are becoming more violent to naked eyes and skin; plus, the weather may surprise you with a few bursts of heat and sunshine when you’re least expecting it! We locals, have experienced this on plenty of enjoyable occasions!
Protecting Child from the sun
We hope that you found this guide a tiny bit useful, and that you enjoy your stay in amazing Portugal!