4. Packing List

One suitcase you can handle and a carry-on.

Special items: a battery powered alarm clock, a dependable wrist watch, an umbrella, a sweatshirt or sweater, a light jacket (rain resistant, if possible), a white (or light colored) baseball hat, broken in walking shoes, small backpack in good condition, a water bottle, comfortable clothes that can be layered (stay away from dry-clean only or things that might be ruined easily in hot water), sunglasses, a spare battery for your camera, your personal toilettries (toothpaste, shampoo, etc.), a refill of any prescription medicine that you take (+a copy of the prescription), a favorite paperback novel, Tylenol (or other over-the-counter pain reliever), stomach medicine for indigestion, sunscreen. Do not overpack--Spanish bedrooms are small and do not have a lot of extra storage space for excess baggage.

Do not bring: Jewelery, Expensive clothing or other personal possessions of value, pillow, cell phones, beepers, or any appliances with electric motors. Hair dryers and curling irons may be bought in Spain, if you deem it necessary. Battery chargers and contact lense disinfectant units work with transformers.



5. How to handle money

Visa® or Mastercard® with PIN (it doesn't hurt to carry a spare card)

Automatic Teller Machine Cards also work in Spain, but check with your bank first to make sure.

Travelers checks are inconvenient and expensive, and now they are almost impossible to exchange. Do not carry traveler's checks.

DO NOT CARRY AMERICAN CASH--it cannot be replaced if it is stolen.

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