Luggage and bags:
I travelled hand luggage only with Monarch airlines-so essentials only-10KG limit including handbag/laptop.The same with many budget airlines that land in Malaga. Vacuum roll bags are useful for condensing the size of clothes etc, but keep an eye on the weight of your luggage.
Cargo pants/coat or jacket with big pockets are useful for stashing your heavier items
Day sac for out and about...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers is the way to go-Sunny one moment, chilly/rainy the next!
comfy waterproof shoes/boots
'Walking gear' that will dry out quickly if it rains, is preferable to jeans etc.
Cutting down on weight carried-wear heaviest items for your flight, plain long sleeved tops that can be jazzed up with scarves or jewellry for night time. Tops and bottoms that you can mix and match. Crease free or crinkle materials - who wants to iron on a trip away?
Sunglasses - the January sun was quite low and very bright at times
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Our apartment didn't have soap/shampoo-and the shops don't seem to offer small bottles of shampoo etc., so bring with you.
Plenty of pharmacies in Torremolinos - bring your medication and prescription.
- Plan for airport delays etc when packing your pills-bring an extra days supply.
There are Medical centres in case of emergency.
Photo Equipment: There appeared to be a lack of photographic shops in Torremolinos-I was trying to find somewhere that stocked SD cards-didn't find anywhere! I did see disposable cameras in the supermarkets and some gift shops.
Bring as much as you can-There are photogenic opps in Torremolinos!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping in January is not really advised, though I'm sure some might disagree!
We did see a few sun worshippers, and a few youngsters braving the sea.
There were some surfers too! (pic 3)
Miscellaneous: Binoculars-for views from Apt balcony etc
Bubble wrap-for pottery etc