Lisbon: What to Pack
Lisbon has some beautiful sights to see. Be sure to pack what you’ll need to make for a comfortable trip.
Luggage and Bags
Pack as light as you can and try to carry no more than you need. You’ll want to save some extra space in your luggage for gifts and other things you’ll want to buy. Prices are cheaper in Portugal than most other western European countries and you could score some great deals (especially in January).
Weather in Lisbon can be somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared. The afternoons can get a little windy, so definitely bring a jacket. The warmest months are July to September, the coldest, December and January. You don’t have to worry about snow in Lisbon, that’s very rare. Also, pack some nice clothes, people dress up in Lisbon for everything.
Lisbon’s terrain is covered in cobblestones and is uneven and very slippery. It’s important to pack flat shoes with a rubber sole. Seriously. Do not think you will be OK wearing heels of any kind unless you plan on taking a taxi door-to-door everywhere. It’s just not worth the sprained ankle or worse. The hills are very steep, and most often the streets or stairs leading up there are not in very good condition.
Sunglasses, a hat and beach gear are nice to have in the summer. In the winter, a raincoat, umbrella and warm jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies
It is easy in Lisbon to find a pharmacy or supermarket to pick up things you’ve forgotten. If you have any allergy or religious restrains don’t forget to check how that product is called in Portuguese. You might want to also slip a few band aids into your bag in case your feet get blisters, and don’t forget sunscreen.
Be sure to bring your camera and lots of memory (or film). Remember to bring flash too, the churches are dark indoors. Batteries could be hard to find, so be sure to pack extra. If you come from a country with a voltage different from continental Europe, bring an adaptor because buying one might not be easy to do. If you have a panoramic camera, pack that too because there are many opportunities to take landscape or overhead view pictures.
Most people in Lisbon do speak English and some speak French, but if you don’t speak Portuguese bring a dictionary, just in case. Try to have always spear money (small coins) because people in shops and other places are a little rude when you use big paper money. Also, have some Euros handy in case your cards have a problem. As in any other big city avoid bringing elements that have written “tourist” all over the place. There are pickpockets in Lisbon, so be aware, especially if you use public transportation. Pack your money belt. Also bring the contact of your embassy. If you need anything you should know how to contact them.
Upon arrival, pick up a free map of Lisbon at the Tourist Information Office or at the Lisbon Welcome Centre. It’s detailed and provides an overview of the metro network, along with information about hotels, museums and other sights.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack for Lisbon.