What to Pack for Barcelona…For all the Other Kids with the Pumped Up Kicks
“What to pack for Barcelona?” is a tricky question for sure.
And I’ll admit it:
I used to be one of those ladies who scoffed at fashion and thought that it was a superficial waste of time.
I wouldn’t even worry about things to pack for Barcelona because my whole mantra was, “Well, they have stores there so who cares about packing and Barcelona fashion?”
Until I realized that I didn’t dislike fashion. I disliked myself.
Yup, My mind was blown.
I started to see that fashion is a form of self-expression; the only way that people can judge you when they first meet you.
Why Not Dress Well and Make a Good Impression?
So if you’re planning a Barcelona itinerary, remember to try and blend in by dressing like a local
You’ll get lost and look like a total tourist. But it doesn’t hurt to be an incognito tourist in the metro, where pickpockets are scoping out their next victim.
So read on to find out what is on my ultimate Barcelona packing list for women (my new best friend that I love so much because you’re actually reading my blog. Yup, these spirit fingers are for you)!
You’ll figure out what you need to pack for Barcelona and how to look less like a tourist and more like a local.
Just Don’t Let Online Shopping Lead to This.
What to Wear in Barcelona: 12 Essential Barcelona Travel Hacks
1. Backpack and Lock
A backpack with a lock may NOT win you any beauty contests, but who cares. Sometimes fashion takes a backseat to safety.
No Trust Me:
I had my wallet stolen in Barcelona and it was a nightmare. Thank God I didn’t have all my cash and credit cards on me at the time, but it was still a very anti-fun experience.
Heed my Barcelona travel tips and put a lock on your backpack, especially when walking through the metro alone and can’t really see who’s behind you.
And if You’re Gonna Use a Lock:
Why not make it a fun? The one above is a combination lock while the one below is a cute elephant lock with a key. This one is fabulous if you don’t lose the key, which is something that I would totally do.
Girl with the Passport travel fail 3,622: I wore a bright pink backpack that screamed out, “free money” to criminals.
I suggest a fashionable, neutral backpack that will make pickpockets assume you’re a super savvy local.
Why is it so difficult to find a cute, Anti-theft bag? They are all super ugly or make you look like a scared tourist. Lol. Like, come on? This one is cute though. Plus, it’s waterproof and antitheft so a perfect travel carryon for your next trip to Barcelona.
2. Comfortable Shoes
“I love getting blisters and watching my heels bleed!” said no one ever.
This one is kind of obvious but I think the real challenge is finding a pair of comfortable shoes that don’t make you look like a tourist who’s wearing something that their orthopedist prescribed.
Unless you are older and have a back problem, velcro is not a good look.
So What is the Shoe Solution?
If You Wanna Rock the Sneaker Look:
I am all about rocking the converse as you scope out all the free things to do in Barcelona. These sneaks are comfy, come in a ton of different colors, are fashionable, and easily slip on and off (perfect for slipping your shoes on and off at aiport security).
But What If You Want Something a Little Nicer?
I totally get it. You’re wearing a dress and converse clearly won’t cut it. And heels are out because you’ll be doing a ton of walking through some of the best Barcelona Spain attractions.
That’s Where These Shoes Come in:
They have it all! They are cute, comfy, available in an assortment of colors, and are pretty reasonably priced too. Seriously some of the best shoes for Barcelona.
3. Pack an Umbrella or Raincoat, and Backpack Cover When Visiting Barcelona in Autumn and Spring
Not sure What to Pack for Barcelona in October? Or What to Pack for Barcelona in April?
That’s Okay. All You Need to Know is That:
Autumn and Spring can be rather rainy in Barcelona. Therefore, definitely pack some rain gear so that all your electronics don’t shrivel up and die during a freak rainstorm.
I pack a raincoat and backpack cover since umbrellas are annoying. Not only do I have the propensity to whack people on the face with them, but when it’s windy, they flip inside out and become totally useless.
This raincoat is my jam and will leave you singing in the rain. Okay, not really but at least you’ll look nice while trudging through the rain in Barcelona.
This coat looks better in a darker color but of course, Amazon picks the gross colors. And don’t forget your backpack rain cover since your raincoat obviously won;t protect your backpack.
4. Shorts But Only at the Beach
Who wears short shorts? You may wear short shorts…just not outside of Barcelona Spain beaches.
I have no clue why but locals have an aversion to shorts and liberal forms of dress in general,
So if You’re Gonna Wear Shorts:
Save them for the beach, where the general rule of thumb is the less clothes the better.
But What if it’s Insanely Hot Out and You Feel Like You’re Gonna Melt?
Then this dress is where it’s at! It’s long and flowy and perfect for girls of any size and shape. Plus, the length gives it a more modest feel, perfect for the city of Barcelona.
Really Want to Blend in with the Locals?
The get a dress with more neutral tones since locals tend to avoid vibrant colors and patterns.
Bonus (Because this Dress is Perfect for Some of the Best Restaurants in Barcelona Spain):
I’ll put this dress on my Barcelona packing list too since it looks great and costs $16! Amazing right? I’ve worn this dress all over my Instagram feed and have gotten a ton of compliments.
This isn’t my exact dress, because Amazon was being grumpy, but this one is super cute too. My dress has sleeves and a skirt that is white with a lemon pattern. But this one is the same brand and so lovely that I might buy this one too!
Pack a Nice Skirt Too!
Not only is this skirt super comfy, but it’s fun and looks great too, which is important since Barcelona is a very fashionable city. That’s why you don’t see too many people schlubbing it up in a ratty pair of sweatpants.
In case it gets chilly, I always pack a pair of leggings that I can wear under my dress, as well as a nice cardigan, just in case the Barcelona Spain weather gets chilly.
5. Cover Up in Town but Flaunt it at the Beach
While shorts and revealing clothes are a fashion faux pas in the city:
The beach is a totally different story. The dress code here is generally the more revealing the better.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable rocking a thong bikini. But you may be totally different. So go ahead and wear whatever makes you feel beautiful.
Flaunt What Your Mama Gave You!
Because It’s not about what other people think but about how you feel about yourself. So rock out and own that beach like the girl boss that you are.
I love the bathing suit above, in black. It’s sexy enough to make me feel good but not so sexy that I feel like my boob iwill pop out and poke someone in the eye. The perfect amount of coverage mixed with a sprinkling of sex appeal.
Need a Cover Up for Your Swimsuit?
You and me both. I’m not a huge fan of walking around in my bathing suit cause it makes me feel almost naked. But I also don’t wanna stroll up to the beach in groddy old gym clothes.
I rock this coverup like it’s my job and feel totally comfortable walking down the beach. Just be careful because the crochet pattern has a ton of holes that can get caught on things.
6. Leave the Tye Dye and Vibrant Colors Behind
I didn’t get this memo on my first time in Barcelona.
Therefore, I wore a neon green fleece and a bright pink backpack. Yeah, total party foul.
Locals prefer subdued colors like blue, grey or brown, especially during the winter and fall. And if they do use color, it’s typically a pop of color from a signature accesory.
But This is Just a Suggestion.
Feel free to wear what you want. Just remember that if you wear a bunch of super bright colors, it’s a dead giveaway that you’re a total tourist.
That’s Why I Love this Shirt!
It has a feminine fit that is a bit baggy but still attractive. I also love the inspiring quote and the neutral color that pairs well with a colorful scarf or necklace.
Plus It’s Only $11 and I’ve Worn it a Bunch of Times and It Hasn’t Worn Out.
I Would Pack a Dressier Top Too!
Something neutral and sleeveless, that you can tuck into your skirt. I personally love a looser, breathable top that is made of high-quality material, like this top here.
Get it in Black Though Since It’s Way Cuter!
7. Bring Sunscreen and a Hat
What, You Haven’t Met Casper the Friendly Ghost?
Yeah, that’s me, your pasty white friend with the passport. But it’s not just me. The sun in Barcelona is a bit strong no matter who you are.
I suggest bringing sunscreen and a nice hat because yes you’ll be walking around, exploring a ton of Barcelona Spain attractions. And no, you don’t want to look like Larry the lobster in all of your Instagram photos.
Hats are an accessory that always make Instagram photos look super cute. I personally love the hat below and have received a ton of compliments on it. It’s a feminine hat, with a wide brim that provides sun protection without making you look like you’re wearing a dinner plate on your head.
8. Selfie Stick Free is the Way to Be!
In General, I’m Not a Huge Fan of Selfie Sticks.
As a solo traveler, I suck it up and get up at the crack of dawn. I’ll then wipe the remnants of sleep deprivation from my face, grab my tripod, and take photos while everyone else is still sleeping.
If This Doesn’t Work for You:
That’s totally cool. But just know that in Barcelona, a selfie stick is the unmistakable sign of a tourist.
They’ ve been banned at Barcelona points of interest like Casa Amatller, the Casa Lleó I Morera, the Picasso Museum and the Catalunya National Art Museum.
Prepare yourself for the socially awkward moment when you’ll need to ask a total stranger to take your picture. You could also bring your own tripod because, like me, you’re not confident in another person’s ability to take your picture.
No, I’m Not Anal Retentive or Anything (Note the intense sarcasm).
If you need one, this tripod is light, easy to use, inexpensive, and perfect for someone who isn’t a professional photographer. But remember that you get what you pay for so don’t expect professional equipment.
9. Money Belt
As You Know From My Tale of Woe:
Pickpockets are everywhere in Barcelona, especially in busy, touristy areas. Therefore, protect yourself and your valuables.
The best way to protect my passport, cash, cellphone, and credit cards is with a money belt that I can easily hide under my shirt. Just make sure that it has RFID blocking sleeves to protect you from thieves who try and steal your information electronically.
Not the sexiest item on this Barcelona packing list but who cares. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than identity theft.
10. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
Raise your hand if you have electronics with you on vacation?
(This girl’s hand shoots up)
I’ll admit it, I’m very tech-dependent and would probably fall down a well or get eaten by a bear if I didn’t have my GPS with me at all times.
If the battery on my phone dies, it’s like a Defcon 5 state of emergency.
But Never Fear:
That’s where a handy, pint-sized portable charger comes in. So take a deep calming breath, namaste it up, and relax because this gadget will recharge multiple devices and save you a trip back to your hotel.
The Best Part Though?
This little charger is teeny weeny and can easily be stored in your day bag; a fact that keeps your hopes of becoming the ultimate minimalist packer very much alive.
I Feel Like a Shawl is ALWAYS a good idea.
You can use it as a pillow or as an extra layer of warmth when you’re cold. And if you’re hot? Pssh, no worries. You have layers so just take it off and you’re good to go.
But Shawls are Even Better in Barcelona! Why?
In many areas in Barcelona, you should dress more conservatively. That’s why a shawl comes in handy. Just throw it over your shirt or dress and you’re instantly covered up (perfect for Barcelona’s many churches, like La Sagrada Familia, where your shoulders and chest should be covered).
It’s also handy at night when a damp, ocean breeze rolls through Barcelona, creating a slight chill in the air.
12. Deodorant Wipes
One of the Best Travel Items Ever!
No joke, these lightly scented gems of freshness are perfect after a long-haul flight. I mean, you can’t always shower at your hotel right away since well, you might not be able to check in.
Rather than sit around and wait for the shower, just use one of these wipes to feel a whole lot less stinky.
And Added Bonus?
They are lightly scented sheets (no gag-inducing floral odors) leave no sticky residues, are easy to pack, and work well with sensitive skin. So yeah, they’re re a total keeper.
Feel Like You Might Forget Something? No Worries! Print Out this Barcelona Packing List and You Won’t Forget a Thing!
Bare in Mind:
What to pack for Barcelona can vary greatly, depending on when you visit.
I’ve created a handy little cheat sheet for you, below, that details all the changes you should make to your Barcelona wardrobe, depending on the season of your visit.
So Check it and Use it as a Rough Guide for Your Future Barcelona travels.
What to Pack for Barcelona in the Winter
(December through February temperatures are between 50 °F and 60 °F)
- Remove the Bathing Suit and Coverup
- Pack a Warn Jacket
- Opt for Sweater Dresses
- Pack a Chunky Knit Sweater
- Pack a Pair of Boots
- Pack Extra socks to keep your feet warm
- Sunglasses are a must
What to Pack for Barcelona in the Spring
(March through May temperatures are between 50°F and 70°F)
- Remove the Bathing Suit and Coverup
- Weather can vary wildly so pack lots of layers
- Wear florals to match the season
- Pack a raincoat (rainboots if you need them)
- Also, add a nice leather jacket. Like the one below, only in black. Best leather jacket EVER.
- Sunglasses are a must
What to Pack for Barcelona in the Summer
(May through September where temperatures are between 60°F and 80°F)
- Only Wear Shorts to the Beach
- Pack a bathing suit and coverup
- Pack cotton, linen, silk, and rayon since they are more breathable
- Sunglasses are a must
- No long sleeve layers. Pack loose fitting tank tops instead
- Switch out leggings for tights
What to Pack for Barcelona in the Autumn
(October and November where temperatures are between 50°F and 60°F)
- Remove the Bathing Suit and Coverup
- Sunglasses are a must
- waterproof jacket
- backpack cover
- Pack purple, maroon and emerald green colors
There you have it!
My semi-little, Barcelona packing guide for women.
Sorry guys, I’m not a dude and have no clue what a Barcelona packing list for men should look like.
Check it out, let me know what you think, and give me a shout out in the comments below.
I’ll try and get back to you ASAP!
Until Next Time! OXOXIO!