What to pack for Portugal

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    Ponte de Lima ...
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    Tips for Pilgrims on the Caminho

    by haikutaxi Updated Feb 15, 2013

    Luggage and bags: Get a well-made backpack that is comfortable and try to carry no more than 10% of your body weight (yes, you will have to do laundry along the way).

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Think layers ... there were cool and rainy days when we had just about everything we packed on (long pants, long sleeved shirt, polar-fleece, hat, raincoat. Then it warmed up and we were down to short sleeves and capris or shorts. Good shoes are a must-have and should be well broken-in (you don't want blisters). Waterproof or water-resistant shoes help too. I believe a fairly stiff sole helps with stability on rocky trails and cobbled streets. Pack a spare pair of light weight shoes or sandals to wear when you're not on the trail & a swimsuit should you find an inviting spot to take a dip. If you are staying in the Albergues you will need a towel and a light sleeping bag or bed-sheet too.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just carry the basics (bath soap, toothbrush & paste, etc) along with any prescriptions you require. A small bar of laundry soap (every day was laundry day for intimates). If you need more toothpaste, soap, etc. there are stores and pharmacies in all reasonably sized towns.

    Photo Equipment: A camera of some sort is great to document your journey, but this is a personal preference and not a necessity.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is an excellent on-line forum for those planning to do the caminho (I've noted the website below) where you can review endless opinions on what to take and how to do things ... in the end it is you who must decide what is best! There is a subheading under Camino de Santiago Forum that specifically discusses the Caminho Portugués (all the various routes end in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

    Miscellaneous: A walking stick or hiking pole(s) can really help on hills and uneven surfaces.

    Soft foam earplugs ... bring along a bag of them. Earplugs are great for sleeping on airplanes and in dormitory situations like the Albergues (not to mention the occasional noisy hotel room). If you have extras you can share them with others and everyone can sleep well.

    For historical information on the Camino Portugués, check out this website:
    http://www.csj.org.uk/route-camino-portugues.htm

    It is possible to do the caminho all the way from Lisbon though from Porto it is better marked and there are more albergues for pilgrims. From Lisbon to Porto on the caminho is 380 km and from Porto to the Spanish border is 117 km. From the Spanish border to Santiago de Compostela, is another 112 km. It will be a spiritual journey, whether you do it for religious reasons or not.

    Ponte de Lima ... Still smiling after all those miles.
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    • Backpacking
    • Religious Travel

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    Keep your Rucksack Safe -- Keep your kit Dry

    by into-thin-air Written Sep 16, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: If you are travelling Anywhere and using a Rucksack / Backpack as your luggage then I would Strongly recommend that you use some form of Rucksack / Backpack Pro-tector !!

    This tip is from my own personal experience, as I have had Big Problems having my Rucksack damaged or even destroyed by airlines, particularly on Airport Carousels,
    What can happen is that one of the straps can drop in-between the lats on the moving Carousel and then as your Rucksack goes around a corner, the strap gets ripped off, I lost the entire back and carrying system from one of my rucksacks !! You Definitely don't want this to happen, Especially on the way out to start walking your Camino !!
    As The Rucksack Pro-Tector has the second function as a water-resistant liner for your rucksack. It is a particularly useful piece of kit for Camino walking, Other rucksack protectors leave you with the problem of having to carry it around with you for the walk with no useful function !!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I have tried many of the Rucksack / Backpack Protectors that are available on the market and was disappointed with how they performed, So after having many problems with these decided to design and manufacture my own.
    Full details of how this came about are written up on my Nepal page.
    So, Obviously my own recommendation would be to get your Rucksack / Backpack Protector from . Pro-Tector

    Miscellaneous: Also, after successfully designing, producing and selling the Rucksack Pro-tector for several years, I have now introduced some new lines such as a Pro-Tector Travel Wallet and a Pro-Tector Document / Valuables Travel Pouch.
    If you think that any of the above would be of benefit for yourself on your own travels then please take a look at my web-site

    Rucksack, Safely arriving inside it's  Pro-Tector Finally, Rucksack Safely Home Again in Liverpool
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    Packing List

    by ant1606 Written Dec 2, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Especially if visiting during warm months, traveling is the way to go. The hard cases on our motorcycle were only half full to allow local shopping experiences. Nevertheless they got home full.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent, two sleeping bags and inflatable mattresses proved useful to find accommodation at campsites during our road trip instead of wasting time in search of vacant rooms.

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    Pack

    by dr.firas Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Plus to your camera equipments which is a crime not to have if you go to Lisbon without, you need to change some Euro's if you are not European citizen, and also it is not needed to buy a metro mep, you will have it for free in any tourism office or railstation, a guide book is also some times not needed for simple 2 reasons:
    1-You can have a small one for free from the Hotel
    2-If you need it just to know how to go, don't be afraid, almost all the Lisbon people speaks either English or French ;-D

    Dr.Firas in Portugal

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    In Portugal in general!

    by dr.firas Updated Nov 30, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Plus to your camera equipments which is a crime not to have if you go to Lisbon without, you need to change some Euro's if you are not European citizen, and also it is not needed to buy a metro mep, you will have it for free in any tourism office or railstation, a guide book is also some times not needed for simple 2 reasons:
    1-You can have a small one for free from the Hotel
    2-If you need it just to know how to go, don't be afraid, almost all the Lisbon people speaks either English or French ;-D

    Dr.Firas

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    Pack to Belem

    by dr.firas Updated Nov 30, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: You will need all your camera equipments,
    Belem with its Gothic beauty is a place to be adored and you'll be forced to have loads of photos, even if the place is not so big to consider, but it is similar to the Vatican city in Rome, Belem is a little city in a city too!

    Dr.Firas in Belem

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    Pack and Bag to Lisboa!

    by dr.firas Updated Nov 9, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Plus to your camera equipments which is a crime not to have if you go to Lisbon without, you need to change some Euro's if you are not European citizen, and also it is not needed to buy a metro mep, you will have it for free in any tourism office or railstation, a guide book is also some times not needed for simple 2 reasons:
    1-You can have a small one for free from the Hotel
    2-If you need it just to know how to go, don't be afraid, almost all the Lisbon people speaks either English or French ;-D

    Dr.Firas in Lisbon

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    When having fun in the sun...

    by SonOfLusus Written Feb 24, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Don't forget your sunglasses. Even in spring, the sun in Portugal is quite bright and blinding. Also don't forget your sunscreen if you are visiting in the summer. Most importantly, don't forget some comfortable shoes. Portugal's main cities are quite hilly.

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

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    Climate in some Portuguese towns

    by Leipzig Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    Lisbon (west): Summers average maximum is about 29°C (84°F) minimum around 18°C (64°F). Winters average maximum is about 14°C (55°F) minimum around 8°C (47°F). It can rain/shower all over the year, hardly summers. Watertemperature summers around 19°C (66°F), in fall around 21°C (70°F).

    Oporto/Porto (north): Summers average maximum is about 23°C (74°F) minimum around 14°C (57°F). Winters average maximum is about 13°C (55°F) minimum around 6°C (43°F). It can rain/shower all over the year. Watertemperature summers around 16°C (60°F), in fall around 19°C (66°F).

    Faro (south): Summers average maximum is about 28°C (82°F) minimum around 18°C (64°F). Winters average maximum is about 15°C (59°F) minimum around 7°C (46°F). It can rain/shower from fall to spring. Watertemperature in summer and fall around 20°C (68°F).

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    Lots of film!

    by acemj Updated Apr 6, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you travel in the off-season as I did, be sure to bring raingear. I had plenty of sunshine, but also periodic showers and a few rainbows to boot!

    Photo Equipment: Portugal is renowned for its brilliant light and the way that it bounces off the white stones and walls of its towns. Be sure to bring a lot of film and all of the appropriate camera gear to capture this photogenic land.

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    A guidebook is always nice

    by acemj Updated Apr 6, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: First, let me just say that VTers and locals are your best resource to get authentic info about a location.
    However, if you like to travel, you'll probably enjoy reading about travel in a guidebook. For this trip, I bought the Lonely Planet book. I'm not loyal to any particular guidebook series. Sometimes LP is great, but for Portugal I had mixed feelings. Some of the towns that it said were not really worth seeing were in fact, very interesting. Overall though, the book was educational and strong on giving me a historical and cultural background about the sights I visited. It was better for pre-trip planning than as an actually reference while I was there. I think that's because it's not easy to navigate quickly and find exactly what you need at a particular moment. Fodor's and Frommer's guidebooks are, in my opinion, the most organized. If you love photography, try the DK Guides.

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    Bring a raincoat and clothes you can layer

    by tampa_shawn Written Mar 14, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I definately needed extra space in my luggage for this trip. I am not normally a shopper but the woolen goods available in the small cities was devine!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather in Portugal varies widely throughout the day so be sure to bring a raincoat with you and dress in layers when your walking around town

    Good shoes are a must. You will be walking a lot!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I found everything I needed was available here

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film

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    by shellseeker Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Cascais and Estoril:
    In the beginning of the 20th century the small fishing village Cascais became a popular seaside resort of the well-to-do. Now over 30.000 people are living in this town, some 26 km away from Lisbon, among them many Germans. If you walk on the rather nice promenade along the beach you come to neighbouring Estoril, another famous resort with a Casino, many elegant houses and an exclusive spa.
    By car: from Lisbon take the Estrada Marginal
    By train: every half hour from Estaçaõ Cais do Sodré
    Cascais and Estoril

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    by salviano Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: It all depends on when you're coming!!
    In the winter, bring warm clothes, but you will hardly find temperatures below 5ºc.
    In the summer bring light clothes, specially if you're heading to the southern beaches!
    The average temperature is around 15ºc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Study Abroad

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    by africanee Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well, we were there in September/October and it wasn´t really hot. Nights werepretty cold actually.
    Therefore one or two warm jumpers, rain gear, good walking shoes if you don´t spend your time in cars or at the beach only.

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