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Planning on going to Portugal? If you´re already a master of the Portuguese language– see “how to get by with basic Portuguese phrases” article – you must be concern for the harder challenge: what to pack. We gathered 7 things you shouldn’t forget.

 

Sun screen
Planning in spending time a lot of time outdoors? If you’re hitting the sunny beaches, you’ll need a lot of sun cream. Even in the winter, you should be prepared to deal with sun exposure… If you don’t have to struggle with baggage issues, you can bring your own. If you have, a sun screen can cost around $12-$20 in the local supermarket.

Sunglasses
To go along with the sun cream, some sunglasses can do miracles for you, especially if you’re planning to walk. If you forgot yours, you can jut buy some “disposable” ones at any convenience store.

Umbrellas
If you are going to the north of Portugal, it’s best to be prepared for rain, especially in the winter, autumn and beginning of spring. The only time there’s almost no rain from mid-June to August. You can get an umbrella at any convenience store for $7-$12. 

Comfortable shoes
Cities like Porto, Coimbra or Lisbon are well known for having a lot of ups and downs with higher (zona alta) and lower (zona baixa) altitudes. High heels or tight shoes are probably a bad idea as they can get stuck between the stones, or make you slip on the “Calçada Portuguesa”(Portuguese sidewalk).

Passport
As a US citizen, you do not need a visa for stays of up to ninety days. However, you need to have your Passport with you to check into a hotel. So keep it handy when you arrive at your inn or hotel.. 

Adaptors
The Portuguese plugs have two round pin variety, and the adaptors are sold at airports, supermarkets and hardware stores. However, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts and the main voltage in Portugal is 220. This works fine with equipment intended for 240V, but may not with 110-120v, depending on the device you want to plug in. Check here some more information.

Cash
You can have 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, 100€, 200€ and 500€ bills and there are plenty of ATMs (Multibanco) in Portugal, so you should have no trouble withdrawing cash from your account. Though, be sure to carry some cash with you (not more than a 50€ bill, as can be seen as impolite to pay with so big a note) and some smaller coffees/restaurants might not have an ATM payment system.

 

For more information go to visitportugal.com, or find a tourist office in most of the larger towns.

 

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