to Madrid! Now, what to pack??
After 10 years of experience bringing new students to Madrid, we’ve assembled a great list of essentials you’ll want to fit in your suitcase for the best experience possible! Check it out:
Passport: this is a no brainer but so important! Even if you’re European or driving in from a neighboring country, you’ll want this handy ID in case you decide to take a quick weekend trip to Morocco or need to finalize a visa. As all you seasoned travelers know, your passport is your best friend in every adventure!
Bathing suit: in the warm seasons (spring, summer, and fall), Madrid has tons of public pools, as well as many private ones (encouragement to make Spanish friends)! Additionally, the beach makes a great weekend getaway that’s easy and affordable!
Overnight bag (small): with numerous, fantastic destinations within a stone’s throw of Madrid, you’ll definitely want to bring an overnight bag! Whether you’re visiting some of the nearby historical cities or branching out to neighboring countries for a long weekend, a little overnight bag is sure to come in handy (especially with RyanAir baggage regulations)!
Something from your home country: does your country or state have an easy to transport specialty? Whether its maple sugar candies, music, a style of dance, or maybe even a mindset, take a minute to think about what’s important to you/your culture and how you can share it with others. This is a great way to make friends in a new city!
Finally: remember to pack light! Madrid is home to some of the best shopping on the continent, no matter your budget. So be sure to leave a little space in your bag for new purchases, or wait to discover what all the Spaniards are wearing before deciding on your seasonal wardrobe.
For those of you on your way, congratulations on your impending adventure, we can’t wait to see you! And, if you’re already in Madrid, feel free to share your packing insights and tips in the comments- we love hearing new ideas!