Packing for a winter visit
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Weather in January was really mild, we packed no short sleeves shirt and with long sleeves shirts we were sometimes hot. Best is have a bit of everything so to be able to wear layers of clothes and adjust according to the time of the day and weather condition.
If you plan to visit mount Teide you will need winter clothes as in January up there it was below freezing most of the day. Confortable and sturdy shoes are also required to walk around.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We traveled with just hand luggage so we were not allowed to bring much, we were able to find any kind of toiletries supply in the big supermarkets around the island.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your bathing suit! no matter what the forecast say about temperature, bring it! even if the temperature does not look to be very warm, most of the beaches have dark sand that make it possible to sun bath and swim almost every day.
Clothing in Winter
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We packed too many long sleeve type shirts, as the weather report must come from the north side of the island. During January it was warm nice a warm. We used Ryan Air and so we did not have room to do both types, and I wished we had brought more short sleeved shirts and shorts.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They have everything there that you have at home if you forget something.
Miscellaneous: sunglasses needed.
- Whale Watching
- Food and Dining
Pram not needed for Playa de Americas
Miscellaneous: Well, we spent the whole of last week at Playa de Americas, splendid time, especially now when back in cold.
Plenty of families were checking their prams into our charter plane. Painful task, and perhaps even expensive, especially when there are prams etc for rent (20e per week) at Los Cristianos. LittleCanary.com was the name of the place. Worth checking and helping the packing.
- Family Travel
Miscellaneous: If you're into hiking, you should get the Rother Walking Guide Tenerife which features 70 walks of all difficulties on the island of Tenerife. They are well-described and include very detailed information of where to go. This is not always easy on Tenerife as there is a general lack of signs. The Rother Walking Guide apparently aims at semi-professional hikers, so if you're not too fit it might be better not to try out their medium and difficult hikes. The book costs EUR 14,90.
- Hiking and Walking
TWO PIN ELECTRICAL PLUG
Miscellaneous: If you happen to carry any electrical stuff like hair dryers or just a simple charger for your mobile telephone - you will have to take into account that the electrical systems admit only the 2 pin round plug as shown in the picture. If you are coming in from Britain you might want to buy an adapter to be able to use your stuff in Spain. It may be a little difficult to get it in any normal electrical store. If you happen to have a El Corte Ingles department store near you - they sell adapters for different systems.
The Spanish system is compatible with most European plug sockets – except mainly for the British 3 pin plug - so get that adapter.
Sunny all year around
Luggage and bags: Suitcase, holdal or rucksack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes that are sturdy and designed for walking. If going up mount teide take a jumper, take a light weight waterproof because you just never no and if you go to Loro parque you may finds this of use
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Remember to bring sun tan lotion and insect repelant
Photo Equipment: Lots of film, batteries, memory cards
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We went in November and found shorts and tshirts we fine. Jeans, jumpers and coats are a must if you plan on going up Mount Teide!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncream! You will burn without it, even in the 'winter' time. I got factor 20 and it worked fine so something along that line and you shouldn't burn.
Photo Equipment: Take a camera everywhere you go as theres so many photo oportunaties :) Make sure you've got spare batteries.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take mainly shorts and t-shirts for the day. Night time anything goes but it is always good to dress up, smart casual is a good guide. Places like the casino may require you to dress smart. Take a jumper as well as some nights it can get a bit chilly and if you go up Mount Teide you will probably need one too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of sunblock and aftersun although it can be bought out there.
Photo Equipment: There is so much to photograph in Tenerife so plenty of film or memory card space would be useful but don`t worry everything should be available at possibally cheaper prices.
Miscellaneous: Condoms, Playa De Las Americas is a party resort and is a fact of life what goes on as there are so many young single people there.
Give me MORPHINE!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: That was the primary thought which was running through my mind on the flight back from Tenerife to mainland Europe, as it became more and more apparent that my sunburn was a baaaad one. What a dope. I sat in the shade of the umbrella by the hotel pool for a few hours, but had neglected to use...SUNSCREEN!!! I was in misery for a few days because of this oversight. Don't you make the same idiot mistake. Bring your own SUNSCREEN. Bring it from home too, because it's three times as expensive in Europe, on the mainland as well as the island here. Use this sunscreen each and every time you are anywhere outdoors. If you think you might be needing Dramamine etc for the ferry ride over to La Gomera, bring your own. It is available here and it's not expensive at all, less then 4euros for a 12pill pack, but you can only get this and any other over-the-counter medicine at pharmacies. Tracking down a 24hr pharmacy at 10p is something you want to avoid, if you can help it.
Photo Equipment: Naturally, make sure you have more than enough batteries and memory cards on hand. Save your euros to spend on the fun things, not the staples.
Take a large mug if self catering
Luggage and bags: We walked all around Peurto de la Cruz looking for a nice sized mug for tea making. But we do love a cuppa and after 2 days finally found a shop which sold mugs. t felt like we had won the lottery !!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Plenty of shorts, t. shirts, swimwear ,flip flops, trainers if walking ,jeans, jumper for cooler evenings
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Can buy any of this over there
its cold at night!
Luggage and bags: Only bring a small amount of clothes as weather is stunning
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a warm fleece for night time we were there in November and it was a little cold at night,with a sea breeze.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Amazingly I did not get bit by mozies didn't need any med.
Miscellaneous: FWe had a fab time here on holiday
Map of Tenerife
Miscellaneous: Take a free map of Tenerife at the Tourist Information. The map gives you an overview of the principal streets and includes street maps of the main villages like Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, and Playa de las Americas.
- Budget Travel
Don't forget swimming gear...
Miscellaneous: Of course it depends on what you want to do on your vacation in teneriffe. If you only want to lie on the beach you won't need much clothing as the weather is nearly always nice (specialy in the south). It's a bit different if you want to travel around then you will need a rainjacket, good shoes and a warm pullover.
Miscellaneous: If you visit Tenerife during the Carnival don't forget to take any special carnival costume. The most crazy the best. Everyone wears something crazy.
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