Luggage and bags:
Lightweight luggage, day sack for carrying camera, water, sun stuff, guide book etc!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes are a must!! - you'll probably walk further than expected- ( carry some blister plasters - just in case! )
In May, I found it fairly hot in the day, but cool at night- layers are the answer.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of pharmacies, supermarkets etc to stock up on forgotten items- as always, bring prescription drugs with you.
Sunscreen is essential - The suns rays can be quite deceptive as you're hurrying between sights.
Photo Equipment: Plenty of photo opps! bring as much film as you can carry (if like me, you've not gone digi yet!) or memory cards, batteries etc. There are a few photography shops in Granada that carry a decent stock
Miscellaneous: Spanish phrase book -
mp3 player/ small tape recorder, for capturing Flamenco etc., bubble wrap for safe carrying of pottery, wine etc
Granada is set on a couple of hills so good walking shoes are essential. In early May I was fine with long pants and short sleeved shirts in the day, in the evenings we needed a light jacket or sweater
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You might want to bring sunscreen, I foolishly believe weather.com and thought it was going to be overcast and ended up with a bit of a burn. The sun is intense even into the late afternoon.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of memory and a spare battery if you have one for your digital camera, we both used up our batteries and I forget to swap out my flash card on the day we went to the Alhambra and didn't take as many pictures as we normally would have.
Miscellaneous: I thought the Lonely Planet Andalucia guide was better than the Frommer's Seville, Granada & the Best of Andalusia, especially in their coverage of the Old Arab Quarter and the historical background.
Luggage and bags:
Bring light bags since the transportation system is small. Taxis are usually the best way besides walking of getting around. If you dont' mind lugging around a big bag, do so, otherwise if you're backpacking pack light so as not to have to carry the large bags from the train stations to the main center - about a mile!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For summer, if you're going to be walking quite a bit, especially from the center of town up the hill to Alhambra, wear good walking shoes. No shoes that will be very hot though, as it is usually 100 degrees or more during July and August!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of sunscreen!! And also bring aloe in case you are not intelligent enough to use said sunscreen. Bring bandaids for blisters from all the walking you'll be doing!
Photo Equipment: Definately bring any kind of camera you own! The city is gorgeous with plenty of picture opps, but the Alhambra has a photo opp waiting around every corner!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It is very important to bring shoes with good grip as the roads in the Albaicin are stoney and slippery. Falling over is common. Don't even think about walking aroud the Albaicin or Sacramonte with high heal shoes or ones with no grip!!!!!!!!
If you go in winter, you'll defenetly have to take warm clothes (it does snow there). but if you go (even for snowboarding) around march april, you won't need winter clothes to go around the resort. As for going up the moutain i advise you to take a waterproof jacket, trousers and gloves. but under the jacket you can take a t-shirt, cause if you're lucky to get a sunny day, you'll find out you get really hot. It's preferable to take a good jacket and something light under it, than to take out your jacket cause when you fall you'll get snow everywhere!...
You'll also need equipment - the snow board and some proper boots - and you have loads of places where you can rent it. Don't know if you can rent those snow glasses cause you shouldn't take you're normal sunglasses, you can brake them in some bigger fall.
You should alse take a snow cap or something like that. It was hot this last time i went, and i didn't take it. for that i got a sunburn on top of my head. and i've got plenty of hair!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Talking of sun... you'll defenetly have to take some sun cream. A moutain one. Cause that mixture of sun reflecting in the white snow, and the cold and the ice is quite powerfull and you're skin will suffer.
Photo Equipment: If you're snowboarding don't take a big camera. Specially when you're starting it. you'll fall loads and you can hurt yourself or even break it. I took my lomo and digital camera wrapped in some fabric. Cause you do have loads to photograph, speacially if you're going with you're friends!! and amazing views!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A really good pair of walking-shoes is a FANTASTIC THING in this city - of course it can be bought in one of the many stores - but if you plan to walk around the Albaicin or hike in Sierra Nevada a new pair wont be the best choise!
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 and now the Brand New Treking Pole Pro-Tector
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sleeping Bag
Thurlo x 2
Inner sock x 2
Evening sock x 2
Long Sleeved T-shirt x 1
Short "" "" "" "" "" x 2
Trekking Boxers x 2
Wash Gear + Pills
Shorts x 1
First Aid pack + extra medication
Camera x 1 + Charger & Batteries
Maps and Guide Book
in-soles &ankle supports
Miscellaneous: Pro-Tector Pouch
Money / Euro's
If you're arriving in Granada from another Andalucian city make sure to go to to the Andalucia tourist office and pick up a free map for Granada BEFORE arriving to Granada just to make your life easier!
It's a really good map and it will be very easy to navigate the Albacin with this map -- forget the guidebook maps - they are pretty useless. The bus and train station are not near the albacin or the city centre and there are no maps or tourist info nearby to help.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Granada is pretty warm all year round. But it lies at over 700 meters and it can get quite chilly at night, especially in winter. So, bring some jacket... I don't think you will ever need an umbrella here, it's always sunny.