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24 Top Barcelona Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

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Barcelona is a stunning seaside city located next to the Balearic Sea. It boasts a unique vibe, quirky and imaginative architecture, a lively art scene, and delicious Catalan dishes and tapas.

When it comes to what to wear in Barcelona, packing can be tricky due to the stylish and fairly conservative culture. I’ve put together a list of top items to pack for this city, plus what NOT to bring and answers to Barcelona FAQs.

As long as you bring your easy-going demeanor, a willingness to try new things, your spirit of adventure, and a few stylish outfits, you’ll be sure to enjoy this fun city!

24 Top Barcelona Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring
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What to Pack for Barcelona – 24 Essentials

  • 1. Neck Wallet

    Unfortunately, Barcelona is known for it’s clever pickpockets who operate mostly in busy areas. This neck wallet holds my ID docs, cash and credit cards, and my passport. I just tuck it under my shirt so that it’s kept discreet (and impossible to steal) but still accessible for when I need it.

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  • 2. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    Since you’ll likely be using at least a couple of electronic devices while you’re out and about each day (like your camera and phone), you’ll want to have an easy way to recharge them without having to go back and sit in your accommodations while they power back up. This portable charger is the size of a tube of lipstick, holds multiple charges, and uses normal USB charger cables. It’s so compact that it can fully recharge your device while tucked safely away in your day bag if needed!

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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    I’ve recently learned the hard (and expensive) way that VPNs are essential for any travel – and really, any use of unfamiliar internet, foreign or domestic. A hacker stole my credit card information while my family and I were in Paris, and that’s not something I’ll risk happening ever again!

    A good VPN (like NordVPN) gives you an added layer of security encryption so that you can keep all your passwords, credit card information, and even your identity from being stolen by cyber thieves. Whenever you connect to public Wi-Fi networks at cafes, your hotel, an Airbnb, or an airport – you’re exposing your data to online scammers who prey on unsuspecting users. With a VPN, you can protect multiple devices with the push of a button, and at an incredibly reasonable cost. It will also give you full access to 6,000+ servers in 100+ countries, so you don’t have to worry about geo-blocked or censored content since you’ll have access to most regions.

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  • 4. Barcelona Power Adapter

    Because Spain’s power outlets are different from those of many other countries – including the US – you’ll need to bring a power adapter in order to plug in your devices while you’re in Barcelona. This adapter pictured will also come in handy on many other trips so you don’t have to buy an adapter for every place you visit. This one also has two USB ports for dual-charging and comes with numerous safety features (like built-in fuse protection) to keep your electronics safe.

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  • 5. Fantastic Outfit

    Fashion is big in Barcelona – you’ll feel underdressed if you go out in normal daywear, and there’s a lot of nightlife to enjoy in the city so you won’t want to miss out! Bring an awesome outfit or two that makes you feel great so you can really get the most out of your nights out on the town.

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  • 6. Travel Insurance for Barcelona

    Don’t let a bad situation turn catastrophic on your European getaway. You can’t control every aspect of your trip, and sometimes unforeseen things happen, like medical troubles, canceled reservations, lost baggage, and emergency trips home. But these will all be your own financial burden to bear if you’re not backed by a good travel insurance plan. International hospital bills would cost a fortune, especially considering that your domestic provider does not follow you overseas.

    We use Faye because they make claims and reimbursements so easy. It’s probably one of your cheaper expenses and offers real peace of mind that you won’t be paying out-of-pocket or left to your own devices in an emergency. They even have unique plans like the ability to nix your trip if something comes up, and Faye’s Claims Specialists are available 24/7 like a personal support squad. In our opinion, it’s the best investment you can make for your trip!

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  • 7. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    A travel towel has so many different uses that it’s become a packing list staple no matter where I go. They work great as a picnic blanket if you want to sit in a park in Barcelona and relax. They are easy to bring on almost any excursion because they are so compact. They’re also useful in the gym or the hotel in case you’d prefer to use your own towel. They’re small, quick-drying, odor-resistant, and an overall must-bring.

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  • 8. Jet Lag Relief

    Jet lag can really ruin the first few days of your trip if you’re not careful! Drowsiness, headaches, and even stomach upset can stop you in your tracks when you should be out enjoying Barcelona. This natural jet lag preventative/remedy is hugely helpful, and if taken correctly can prevent jet lag altogether. It’s a must-have for me when traveling overseas.

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  • 9. Packing Cubes

    I’m obsessed with my packing cubes – they’ve made my life and travels significantly easier. They come in multiple sizes, are washable, and make packing, traveling, and unpacking a much simpler and more organized process by keeping your items compact and separated – no more digging around in a stuffed suitcase!

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  • 10. Luggage Straps

    Did you know that 2022 marked a record for the most bags lost? Nearly 30-million bags were misplaced or damaged and you want to do everything you can to get your bags safely from Point A to Point B.

    Strengthen your cases and ensure nothing pops open during transit with these luggage belts that have a built-in ID tag in case anything gets lost. They adjust to fit nearly any bag (checked or carry-on) and will cinch-in things like a belt in case you’ve done any overpacking (which is pretty likely after exploring Barcelona!) These take the pressure off of your zippers, so they don’t falter or bust open at the first rough toss and they come in the bright colors option so I can immediately spot my bag from across the room.

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  • 11. Shawl or Scarf

    A nice scarf or shawl is good to have on-hand in Barcelona. You’ll find that a bit more modesty is expected in many areas, and is required in others. This means that if you decide to stop in to see a cool church or other conservative attraction, you’ll need to cover your shoulders and chest. A scarf like this is easy to carry with you or wear, and it fits right into the more fashionable culture! Plus it’ll help immensely if you stay out late for dinner and want to ward off the evening chill.


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  • 12. Deodorant Wipes

    That sticky, dirty feeling I get when traveling drives me nuts, but I can’t always take a shower right away. These deodorant wipes are a life-saver and help me feel a lot fresher. They’re lightly scented, they don’t leave any sticky residue, they’re good for sensitive skin, and they are easy to pack so you can bring them along in your day bag or purse.

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  • 13. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    A travel umbrella is a must when visiting Barcelona. Most days the weather should be nice, but if you happen to have a couple rainy days while visiting then a travel umbrella will really help you out. A good travel umbrella is small enough that you can bring it with you in your purse or backpack and have it just in case it looks like it wants to rain. I love this one because it’s not only compact but it’s made with quality materials that stand up against the wind and the rain and keep you dry.

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  • 14. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

    I always travel with a couple of luggage locks because they are useful in so many ways. Not only do I use them to lock my checked luggage, but I also use them to lock lockers in hostels or tourist sites Use them to secure your daybag when you’re exploring Barcelona’s busy streets or using crowded public transport.

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  • 15. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    This toiletry bag is my absolute favorite. For me, even though it’s marketed toward men, it was love at first sight. The look and feel of the bag is sleek and duable, and it does a great job of providing plenty of space and organization for messy toiletries. I’ve never found such an affordable and nice toiletry bag! It makes packing, traveling, and unpacking a breeze.

    Proudly crafted by a woman-owned brand, Eco Sun promotes female education and environmental sustainability. With its lifetime guarantee, enjoy organized travels for many adventures to come. If you ever run into a problem with your toiletry bag, send it back and they will replace it at no extra cost.

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  • 16. Discounted Tickets on Barcelona Tours

    You’ll obviously be hitting the hotspots like Gaudí’s iconic Sagrada Familia and Park Güell – but be sure to make time for the authentic Catalonian experiences like making paella, visiting the historic monastery, and ending the night with a flamenco show!

    Get Your Guide is our favorite booking platform for the best tours in the world. We recommend walking tours, foodie experiences, and playing along the Spanish coast.

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  • 17. Cooling Towel

    A cooling towel is great to have especially on hot days when walking around Barcelona all afternoon. It is compact and easily fits into your day bag. As soon as you get it wet it becomes 20-30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature and makes for a refreshing way to cool off after exploring Barcelona in the sun all day.

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  • 18. Stylish Cover-Up

    Barcelona follows the general Spanish trend of modest but fashionable attire, so you’ll want to pack a few items that can do double-duty with those guidelines in mind. This airy and comfortable cardigan will keep your shoulders covered when there’s a chill in the air or you’re visiting a conservative attraction (like one of the city’s many gorgeous religious sites). It’s also very pretty, so you’ll feel glamorous at the same time!

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  • 19. Comfortable Flats

    Flat shoes or shoes with a very wide, gentle heel are crucial in Barcelona. The streets and walking surfaces are frequently very uneven, and the attractions typically have rules about wearing heels on monuments or fragile surfaces. I wear these flats everywhere and get so many compliments on them! I’ve never owned a more comfortable pair of walking shoes. They’re the right combination of soft materials and supportive design, plus they’re adorable and affordable.

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  • 20. European Phone SIM Card

    Paying outrageous roaming rates is never the right move. I use a SIM card when staying in a country for a while because it gives me a local phone number. This one works in 30+ European countries so you can hop around or enjoy the network of trains without losing a mobile network. This card comes with 1,000 texts and hours of call time. Perfect for a week or two abroad.

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  • 21. Activated Charcoal

    It’s doubtful that you’ll run into unsafe foods in Barcelona, but it doesn’t pay to take chances. Sometimes traveler’s diarrhea alone can really cause people trouble. Activated charcoal can help with a whole host of stomach troubles, and absorbs any toxins in your system to help get you back to feeling 100%.

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  • 22. Stylish Backpack

    This little bag is the perfect combination of style and utility, and can easily fit everything you need with you each day, plus any goodies you pick up while you’re out. I find that a backpack is a good idea since it distributes weight evenly and keeps me from having sore shoulders at the end of the day.

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  • 23. Water Bottle with Built-In Filter

    You’ll find fountains with safe drinking water, but there are also some places where it’s not quite as clean-tasting. Take the guesswork out by bringing your own filtered water bottle that you can fill and carry with you. This will also save you tons of money since it’ll prevent you from having to buy bottle after bottle of water from vendors.

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  • 24. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

    You never have enough bags when traveling and the suitcase is ALWAYS tighter on the flight home, right? Bring an extra bag for those ‘just in case’ purchases you’ll inevitably make like European oils, cava, liquor, clothes, art, and leather goods. This bag is perfect because it counts as your personal item for the flight home to avoid carry-on fees, woohoo!

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What to Wear in Barcelona

Barcelona is a stylish, somewhat modest, but still fairly comfortable city and its residents tend to be welcoming and full of charm and fun.

It’s a good idea to pack comfortable and attractive clothing that can be worn all day, and shoes that will stay comfortable no matter how much walking you end up doing.

Take this opportunity to try out some fashions you’ve had your eye on – Barcelona is a stylish and artsy place and trends tend to be fun and full of character.

What should WOMEN wear in Barcelona? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample women’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

Catalan women have a great sense of fashion and style. Choose a smart casual look that’s more on the conservative side. When exploring in the day, wear comfortable street shoes or ankle boots and throw on a pair of chunky heels at night (no stilettos or thin heels – the streets can be bumpy and uneven). Stretchy skinny pants look great any season and can be worn with dresses, loose tank tops, kimonos, and oversized sweaters from fall to spring. Maxi dresses and jumpsuits look great in the summer. You may need a lightweight jacket in spring or fall and a warm coat in winter. A leather jacket always looks good along with a scarf. A fedora hat adds some style and a cross-body purse, vintage sunglasses, and some jewelry help complete any outfit.

What should MEN wear in Barcelona? – (Click to expand)
Below is a sample men’s clothing list. (All items link to for your convenience).

Men of Barcelona are also stylish, always with well-fitted clothes and great footwear. Choose a pair of low-top street shoes or slip-ons for exploring in the day, and wear oxford leather shoes for evenings out. Shorts are reserved just for the beach so pack a good amount of pants that can be worn with button-down, long, or short-sleeved shirts. For the colder months, pack a cardigan or sweater, along with a waterproof jacket. A leather belt always looks good along with retro sunglasses. A minimalist wallet is handy, but if you have more things to bring with you each day opt for a vintage rucksack.

Packing for the Seasons in Barcelona

Seasons in Barcelona are similar to those in the rest of Europe, but with a more coastal temperature range and moisture level. Temps stay fairly mild throughout most of the year, though the winter does cool off significantly, and late fall can bring a chill as well.

WINTER – December, January, and February:

The winters are quite mild here – the temperature rarely dips below freezing and it seldom snows. Women should pack opaque tights and leggings to wear with sweater dresses and oversized sweaters. Men can opt for fitted jeans or trousers to wear with button-down shirts or polos with sweaters. Make sure to pack a jacket, and if you think you’ll need them you can bring gloves, a hat, and a scarf. Temperatures range between a low of 50 °F and a high of 61 °F (10°C to 16°C).

SPRING – March, April, and May:

This is a great time to incorporate some vibrant colors, pastels, and florals into your outfits.

The weather can vary quite a lot during the day so dress in layers. Leather jackets are popular for both men and women – one of our staffers bought this one a few years ago and it’s still her all-time favorite jacket. Also make sure to pack some sunscreen, a sun hat, and shades for those sunny days. Temperatures range between a low of 45°F and a high of 70°F (7°C to 21°C).

SUMMER – May, June, July, August and September:

Summer in Barcelona lasts for an extended period compared to other places – July and August are the hottest months. Even in hot weather, locals rarely wear shorts out unless they are going to the beach. Pack light-colored clothing made of breathable materials like cotton, linen, silk, and rayon. Women can bring skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, loose-fit tanks, and cardigans. Men should pack chino shorts for the beach and pants to wear with slim fit button-down shirts and polos. Make sure to pack some sunscreen, a sun hat, and sunglasses. Temperatures range between a low of 57°F and a high of 84°F (14°C to 29°C).

FALL – October and November:

In this season it cools down to the point where swimming is no longer pleasant. Expect regular scattered showers and cold weather at night.

Choose rich clothing colors like purple, emerald green, and maroon. Both women and men should pack similar to the way the winter season, but also bring a waterproof jacket, umbrella, and boots for the rain. Temperatures range between a low of 48°F and a high of 63°F (9°C to 17°C).

How to dress correctly for the activity – (Click to expand)
Exploring Gaudí on Foot – Antoni Gaudí was a world-famous architect known for his very creative and eclectic work. He designed seven properties in Barcelona including Parque Güell, Palacio Güell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens, the Nativity and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and Crypt in Colonia Güell. One of the best things to do in Barcelona is to go on a walking tour to see the city and some of Gaudi’s work. Running Bean Tours offers free walking tours of the city where you can choose between seeing Gaudi’s work or the Gothic Quarter. When it comes to what to wear for a day of city exploring, make sure to pack comfortable shoes as the tour involves walking around the city for 2.5 hours. Also, bring a jacket if it’s any season other than summer, and in the fall and spring, you will need an umbrella.

A Night of Tapas – Tapas are small plates of food that are a great way to sample a variety of local dishes in Barcelona. Some of the best spots to go for tapas include Quimet y Quimet, La Esquinica, L’Òstia, and La Xula Taperia. Locals enjoy dressing up in the evening so for a night of tapas and sangria, men should bring some stylish and well-tailored clothes. Women should pack some nice dresses along with some makeup, jewelry, and nice shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring a shawl in case it gets cooler in the evening.

Beaches – There are several great beaches in Barcelona with easy access to ones further away thanks to the metro system. Barcelona Beach, Nova Icaria, Bogatella, and the nudist beach Mar Bella are just a few popular choices. This is the only place where you will see locals wearing shorts. Bikinis are the most popular choice for swimwear. Many restaurants are located on the beach or nearby, so pack a cover-up for when you want to pop into a restaurant for a quick lunch without having to change. The weather is very hot in the summer so make sure to bring some sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

La Sagrada Família – La Sagrada Família may be one of the most famous temples in the world and is an internationally recognized symbol of Barcelona. This medieval cathedral started being built in 1882 and still is yet to be finished! If you visit this sacred space, make sure to wear tops that cover the shoulders. Avoid tank tops, crop tops, and anything with a plunging neckline. It’s recommended to wear pants but skirts can be worn as long as they come down to the mid-thigh.

What NOT to Bring to Barcelona

  • 1.DON’T TAKE An already-full suitcase

    Baggage fees increase significantly for overweight bags, plus it’s a drag to have to carry heavy luggage all over Barcelona. Plus, packing lighter means you’ll save space for souvenirs!

  • 2.DON’T PACK Too many clothes/ shoes

    The capsule wardrobe is an ideal way to pack. Each item you bring should be wearable more than once and should be able to be paired with several other items. This cuts down on laundry, saves space and weight in your luggage, and it leaves space for souvenirs. The exception to this rule is one or two nice outfits.

  • 3.DON’T BRING Non-compatible electronic items

    The voltage system in Spain might fry your hair straighteners, blow dryers, etc. It’s better just to buy those things in-country or bring extra adaptors.

  • 4.DON’T BRING Anything that screams “I’m a hapless tourist!

    Gawdy items, sparkling white tennis shoes, American Flag paraphernalia, and fanny packs are like beacons that set you apart from the locals, and make you stand out to potential thieves. Dress respectfully and with class whenever possible!

  • 5.DON’T TAKE Books

    They’re just too heavy to lug around Barcelona, and you won’t often need more than one good read on your trip anyway. Look into book-swaps if you’re staying in a community area like a hostel, or load your books onto a Kindle to save weight and space.

  • 6.DON’T PACK Camouflage clothing

    Camo and other military-specific clothing is reserved for members of the armed forces and police in Europe, including Spain. It’s NOT a good idea to wear camo clothing or to be mistaken as a member of one of those groups.

FAQs About Barcelona:

  • 1. When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

    When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

    The weather is pretty mild and nice for most of the year. You’ll experience the absolute best weather from May to the end of July, but keep in mind that this is when other tourists flock to Barcelona as well. Tourist high season means higher prices, longer lines, fuller hotels, and bigger crowds.

    If you can handle those things, great! If you’d rather avoid the denser crowds, opt for a shoulder season either around March and April or September and October. These are times when the weather is still quite comfortable, but the tourist crowds are thinner.

  • 2. Where should I exchange currency?

    There are currency exchange offices at Barcelona’s airport. The airport also has ATMs where you can withdraw cash directly with your debit card. Alternatively, Las Ramblas has loads of banks and hotels that will change your currency for you, and they may have better exchange rates.

  • 3. Where should I stay in Barcelona?

    Where should I stay in Barcelona?

    One of the best central places to stay is the Barri Gòtic or around the Cathedral area so that you will be right in the center of the city. Think lots of history, cobbled streets, cute cafés, and cathedrals. Also, anywhere off the Ramblas is a good area to stay in. You’ll be in the heart of the city and close to metro stops. For first-timers, we recommend staying in the heart of town to make it easy to hit all of the major tourist attractions and get around on foot or by public transport.

  • 4. How can I avoid culture shock when traveling to Barcelona?

    It helps to do a ton of research about Spain. It will also benefit you to learn a few phrases in Spanish, and maybe try some tapas restaurants in your home country before leaving.

  • 5. Do I need a passport and Visa to visit Barcelona?

    You must have a passport to enter the country. Make a copy of your passport to take with you when exploring the city in case of pick-pocketing. Apply for a visa through the Spanish Embassy if you are planning on staying in the country for more than 90 days. Lastly, bring your local driver’s license if you are planning to rent a car and drive around the city!

  • 6. What is a typical daily budget for a trip to Barcelona?

    What is a typical daily budget for a trip to Barcelona?

    This depends heavily on what you’ll be doing. If you’re traveling on a tight backpacker-style budget, $40-$60 per day is realistic and will get you lodging in an inexpensive hotel or hostel along with a meal or two out. Bringing in groceries from a local market or store and cooking your own meals can cut down significantly on costs. You can also take part in a lot of free tours and self-guided meandering, which is easy to do in Barcelona.

    If you’re able to afford a bit more, $100 a day can get you nice accommodations, more meals out, and souvenirs without being too extravagant. This also allows room for more paid attractions.

  • 7. What is the crime rate in Barcelona? What precautions should I take?

    Crime in Barcelona is pretty standard when compared to similarly-sized cities. There are areas to be cautious of, and some areas that are just plain touristy and attract pickpockets. Other areas, especially those off the beaten tourist path but still close to tourist areas, are fun to explore because tourists don’t often prioritize them.

    “Las Ramblas” is the most touristy part of Barcelona, as it’s the main strip that divides the neighborhoods Gòtic (the Gothic quarter or Barri Gòtic) and Raval. Las Ramblas has some great tourist attractions, but locals say it’s not an accurate impression of what Barcelona is really like. Raval is a little dingier (you may see less-than-savory sights), but it’s not known to be especially dangerous. Gòtic is known to be the nicer side of Barcelona.

    Take basic precautions like wearing a hidden money/passport pouch, not carrying excess cash, and avoiding sticking out as a tourist when possible. Using basic manners and being respectful of locals will also go a long way toward encouraging that respect in return.

  • 8. What’s the best way to get to Barcelona’s many attractions?

    What’s the best way to get to Barcelona’s many attractions?

    Barcelona is a sprawling city in and of itself, and the attractions are also spread fairly far apart in some cases. Some travelers rent a car and that’s certainly an option, but it will cut into your daily budget.

    If you’re looking for cheaper options, Barcelona has excellent bus and underground rail (metro) systems as well as taxis. You can also find rental bicycles if that suits your style and activity level! We use Get Your Guide to book all of our international excursions.

  • 9. Do people tip in Barcelona?

    Not necessarily. Locals don’t typically tip more than about 5% when service is fair to good, but a little extra never hurts if you feel you’ve been served well and/or treated well. Like most of Europe, servers’ wages don’t depend on tips and so a tip is extra.