Having just recently returned from a trip to Lisbon, Portugal I thought I would put together a list of essential items that you will need if you decide to visit this stunning city. Besides from the obvious essentials such as suncream, hats, water etc. there are other items that you may not realise you will need for your stay in Lisbon – or any large city for that matter. Here’s my list of what to pack for your trip to Lisbon!
Good Walking Shoes
Something that you may not know about Lisbon is that it’s a really hilly place. I knew it would be slightly steep to walk around but I wasn’t prepared for just how steep it was. This, combined with the fact that the ground is super slippery due to the type of materials they use as their pavings was quite the challenge at times. Luckily for me I had brought my trainers with me which were my absolute SAVIOUR for the holiday.
Don’t let this put you off visiting though because it really is a stunning place and as long as you have a great pair of shoes you’ll be totally fine. Even though you will do a lot of walking in Lisbon, the hills are worth climbing up because the views are magnificent.
A Portable Charger
Now that our phones function normally without data roaming charges abroad, you’ll find yourself using your phone very frequently for Google Maps, Trip Advisor, Uber etc. and this can easily drain your battery. I swear by my Anker Powercore 20100 portable charger as you can get up to 7 full charges on your phone and isn’t too bulky to bring in your backpack when walking around.
Buying a portable charger is a lot more convenient when travelling abroad because it means you can charge your phone on the go and still enjoy exploring the city, as well as not having to bring out the different adaptors e.g. UK to EU that you would need if you were to simply bring your usual phone charger out with you.
As I mentioned already, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking in Lisbon, even if you end up taking the metro (which I didn’t bother doing) while you’re there. Personally, I always prefer walking around a city when I visit it to get a true idea of what the area is like. I love stumbling across cool street art or interest mosaics (Lisbon is full of mosaics adorning the exteriors of their buildings) and so the best way to do this is by walking.
Of course if you’re spending a lot of time walking around you’re going to need to pack a few items to have on hand, making a great backpack a must-have item. My backpack of choice is my Fjallraven Kanken. I love these backpacks because they’re so cute and colourful, and also allow you to really show your personality when you choose your favourite colour – I went with the yellow when I bought mine last year.
If you’re not used to being in a busy city and feel slightly uncomfortable walking around with a backpack in case of pickpockets/thieves then you can always add a lock to the zip of your bags just in case. It’s a great way to ensure your belongings stay safe whilst still being able to rock your stylish backpack.
A Great Guide Book
I’m sure most of you will have heard of The Lonely Planet when it comes to travelling abroad but I just had to post about it anyway. I love taking a “guide to…” book with me whenever I travel because they make for such a great starting point to your holiday, especially for city breaks. A lot of city breaks are usually only a few days long and so by getting yourself a travel guide prior to your trip you can plan out exactly what places you want to visit.
Something that I really appreciate about The Lonely Planet guides is that they always include a map of the destination you’re visiting which can be taken out of the book. Normally, I take a look through the guide and note down a few different destinations to take a look at (honestly, they’re mostly places to eat) but still live in the moment and wander around without any destination in mind.
One of the best places that I discovered in The Lonely Planet Lisbon book had to be the Campo de Ourique Market, as well as of course Time Out Market. The whole “market eating” scene is something that I wish we had more of in the UK because it has such a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe to it by selling great food produce and a wonderful atmosphere.
A Lightweight Jacket
Despite temperatures reaching 35 °C during the day time in Lisbon, there was actually quite a chill in the evening. You’d think as a Brit I wouldn’t be phased by a slight breeze, when you consider how dismal our weather is. However I was glad to have the layers during the evening. I packed a lightweight knitted jumper as well as cropped jacket for the evening. I’d definitely recommend doing this if you’re visiting the city soon.
Thanks for reading! Hopefully some of my tips will help you out if you have a city break booked. Let me know what you thought in the comments, I’d love to hear your opinions!
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