What to pack for your trip to the Algarve

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to the Algarve this year, you’ll be wanting to know what to buy in advance so you can glide to the airport stress-free on the day of your holiday without having to pick up travel-sized toothpastes, adaptors or beach towels which you then have to cram into your hand luggage. If you need some help with your organisational skills, look no further, because we have a handy list of holiday must-haves for your trip to the Algarve.

Firstly, start with the practical items. You don’t need four pairs of flip flops, but you do need to stay clean. Therefore, some of the first things you pack should be shampoo, shower gel or soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush. You might even want to keep a toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste in your hand luggage in case there’s a delay. Pack anything which could leak in a plastic bag to avoid a lengthy visit to the laundrette when you land. SPF15+ suncream is another essential. You should get through one bottle in a week, so if you’re going for a fortnight, take two, along with some aftersun in case you miss a spot.

In terms of clothing, think light layers. 100% cotton is your friend in Portugal as it won’t stick like polyester. Light linen trousers or shorts will keep your legs cool, and floaty kaftans will keep you covered on the beach. Obviously you’ll need a swimsuit or trunks so you can take advantage of the brilliant beaches, but also take a light jacket in case of rain showers. You’ll also need some sensible trainers or sandals for driving, though don’t forget to take some smarter gear too for nice restaurants and bars.

Some of the most frequently forgotten items include beach towels, money wallets and plug adaptors, so double check you have all of these before you leave the house. Another important thing to remember is sunglasses. You can’t be sure that sunglasses picked up off a stall in a market will have passed the necessary safety controls. Just because the lenses look dark, they won’t necessarily protect your eyes, so take your own from home.

For entertainment on the flight, take a book or a magazine, or a puzzle book if you prefer a proper activity. A pack of cards can be a good way to pass the time, and if you’re travelling with children be sure to pack a toy or game. Most importantly, though, make sure you have your passport, tickets and money if nothing else!


About the author: Emma Lawson is a travel enthusiast who writes informative and inspiring posts for fellow travellers.