Miscellaneous: For those of you who don’t eat meat – and even for those who do, but don’t want to eat all your meals in restaurants when traveling - here’s a useful tip. I always pack a vegetable peeler, a small sharp knife, a few forks and spoons and a plastic bowl in my suitcase when I travel. A small can opener also comes in handy (although cans with pop-tops are common nowadays). Make sure not to put these items in your hand luggage so you won’t set off any metal detectors at the airport…Some local fruits and vegetables, yoghurts and cheeses picked up at a grocery - and you’re all set.
Miscellaneous: When heading to Barcelona,the most important thing on your packing list should be a moneybelt. This is the only way you'll keep your money/ creditcards and passport safe from pickpockets. Trust me. Those thieves are so skilled that they'll rob you in a split second, and you won't even notice it. There is even some kind of a school in Italy that teaches pickpockets how to steal from tourists in Barcelona. Scarry!.
Luggage and bags:
Not a medium size suitcase!!!! Most of our group had the smaller carry on bags and soft over-the-shoulder bags. I thought I was okay for a ten day trip with a medium. Here were the problems--I brought tooooooo much stuff, two pairs of shoes to many and clothes that were never unrolled. Most important, my back started to hurt towards the end from lifting the suitcase onto beds and airport weighing machines. Of course my fanny pack was also the culprit on this one along with hilly cobblestone streets (Porto, Portugal)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Absolutely - COMFORTABLE shoes. Barcelona and Porto have serious cobblestone streets that will do your feet and body in!!!!! Two pairs with plenty of socks--'cause focused tour freaks like us will go for hours and those tootsies get sweaty. (Did Rome with only one good pair and I was a mess by the end.) Pic of my worn Clark espadrilles!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Any kind of allergy medicine. Benadryl, Claritan. There are many different kinds of plants so always be prepared. Ibuprophyn, and Tylenol. I was taking Tylenol every day for my back.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera with two battery packs. A lot of the new cameras have video capabilities which can drain the camera. I ran out of juice several times. I do advocate for the cameras with some video ability, I did short little vids that are priceless memories.
Miscellaneous: Tour books - I'm a Lonely Planet fan. They give you enough history to let you have a sense of the country, but not so much your glassy-eyed. They also note some unique places that no other book will have. For Barcelona it was the Fira de Sant Ponc--Saint for Bees and Herbalist festival. AAA Travel Board Book. Doesn't give an in-depth review, but definitely shows great walking tours that are easy to follow.
If visiting during summer months, remember that it is intent to get hot and humid here, have light cloths and sandals that comfortable for walking as in such beautiful city you would probably walk a lot.
Photo Equipment: Barcelona is full with beautiful architecture sites and in some cases a wide lens will be useful to catch the whole site into the frame.
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.
Video camera recorder SONY DCR-HC30E (made in Japan).
It was my second video camera. It came in 2004 to change my old SONY Video Camera Recorder (Video 8) CCD-TR303E (1993-2003). It was in use until 2007. It was more convenient for sure and I could take 4-6 hours of video in every trip (1,5 hour in Barcelona). I took it in Spain and it helped to take as many videos as I wanted.
Photo Zoom Digital Camera Kodak EasyShare CX7530 (made in China).
I used it since 2004. It helped me to take about 600 photos in Spain (more than 100 in Barcelona).
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
Luggage and bags:
Rivaldo has issued an angry ultimatum to the Barcelona president Joan Gaspart accusing the club of failing to honour the multi-million dollar contract he signed last year.
The Brazilian international says that if he does not receive a salary increase he claims he is owed he will assume that the club do not want him to play for them in the forthcoming season.
In an open letter to Gaspart - part of which is reproduced on Rivaldo's personal webpage (www.rivaldo10.com) - the former World and European Player of the Year says he will not join the club for pre-season training unless the matter is resolved.
Miscellaneous: THE RAMBLAS is Europe meets Spain.It has more in common with the Champs de Elysees than a sreet in Spain to me. Sidewalk cafes, flower vendors, leathergoods, purses, newspapers..its all here..along with sumptious oportunities to 'people watch'...just take up the Spanish habit,,,'Dar un Paseo'...make strolling the Ramblas a daily habit. I can still here the vendadore now...'Loteria,,todos son equales....Loteriiiiia,, todos son...' (its all a pleasant dream;-)
In the summer Barcelona is very hot, so you will need T-shirts, shorts, light shirts, etc. In the winter/spring months it is not so hot, so you will be needing trousers, jumpers, etc. In the spring months it is prone to rain a fair bit, so water proofs are a good idea.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get all the usual toiletries and medical supplies in Barcelona, at reasonable prices.
Photo Equipment: There are loads of photo opportunities in Barcelona, so be prepared to have loads of films to get through everything!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The beach isn't far from Barcelona centre, so bring your beach wear with you. The beaches are hot and clean, but they are also very busy and touristy. Remember to bring sun screen, or you'll get burned by the hot sun!
Luggage and bags:
A small bag to go around the city as you can imagine it gets really hot and you don't want to be carrying that around. Also, shops are pretty cheap so a small suitcase so you can buy clothes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sandals but also trainers/comfortable shoes. Loose cloothing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect Repellent cream, Sun cream, Batteries, Travel adapter,
Luggage and bags:
You're likely going to want to have a bag with you at all times, in the summer to carry a towel, fan, map (always a good idea!), chapstick, camera, the usual, and in the winter to have an umbrella, extra scarf, and of course, the map again. Make sure you have a bag that closes securely, and that you can hold close to your body. If you exercise a normal amount of caution and don't let your wallet hang out of your bag, you should be fine, but chances are it'll be obvious you're a tourist and it's always best to play it safe. If you're wearing a long shoulder bag, keep it in front of you. Your best bet is a shoulder bag that zips shut and can be held tight under your arm.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip flop sandals are OK! They're comfortable, everyone wears them, and remember it gets HOT! I recommend getting a nicer looking pair, maybe some leather ones and not rubber, though white havaianas were all the rage during summer 2006. Heels are a nightmare on the cobblestones, though I would recommend a nice pair of boots for ladies during the colder months. And they get COLD! It was regularly wet and in the 40s during November and December and in March it hovered in the 50s. Don't underestimate the cold or the rain. If you don't have an umbrella, don't pay more than 3 euros for one, look for the convenience stores. It's also wise to have a raincoat or jacket with a hood. I never had one and regretted it with every freak rainstorm.
In the summer, a versatile necessity for women is a lightweight dress. Most of the nightspots are not very formal and it will transition wonderfully onto the beach.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Farmacias will provide you with all the medicine you need in the case of an emergency, but save yourself some time and pack a small supply of personal items.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera at all times! You will regret not taking pictures, but be sure to keep it secure in a ZIPPED bag, and don't bring too much equipment or you and your back will regret it later.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're going to the beach, keep a sarong or thin towel tucked in your bag, but be careful, the sand will leave a reddish-soily stain on it, so if it's a sarong you like to wear as a cover-up, keep it off the sand. Be sure to bring a towel because one thing I learned is that they are surprisingly expensive, ESPECIALLY at el corte ingles. If it's summer you won't need to do much drying off when the sun's out, so just get something that will keep you off the sand and travel easily.
Miscellaneous: Always have a map! It's a no brainer, but will save you hours and trips back and forth from the streets to your accomodation. You can get a free, comprehensive one from El Corte Ingles. And stop by boqueria and pick up some fruit or pastries. there are plenty of pleasant places to stop and have a snack and it will save you tons of money. Water is also a necessity. You will regret stopping desperately at a restaraunt for a drink when you could have saved several euros and gotten a bottle for 20 cents at the grocery.
Weather sure gets hot in a big city!
You should pack just about everything to keep yourself from overheating ;)
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