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What I packed: Spain in Spring

I spent six days in Spain in mid-May on Monograms’ Barcelona and Madrid vacation package.

Where: Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.

When: May 7-13

Packing Challenge: I wanted to go all carry-on so I could speed through my connection at JFK Airport in New York. (Disclosure: I went all carry-on on the way there, but because I brought back Spanish vermouth and cava, I needed to check a bag on the way home. That’s why you’ll see a folded-up bag in the photo; it was my checked-booze bag.)

Weather: 70s and low 80s during the day, 60s at night.

Type of Trip: I needed to pack for a variety of activities, including a flamenco class, a late-night tapas walking tour, an art class, and evenings out. And plenty of walking.

How Long: 5 days on the ground, two days traveling

Mouse over the photos below for detailed explanations of the items I packed. Any time you see the Thinglink icon on a photo (bottom right), you can mouse over it to interact with the image.

'""''""''""'What I Should Have Left Behind: I easily could have done without the long-sleeve shirt and one fewer pair of pants. And I would have been fine with one dress (I would definitely opt for the Leota Sheath dress) rather than two. That would have left me with three shirts, two pairs of pants, and one dress, plus two cardigans and a jacket. I didn’t end up needing the bathing suit, but when it comes to swimming I’d always rather be prepared than not.

What I Should Have Packed: Sunscreen that wouldn’t stain my clothes. I prefer mineral sunscreen, but it’s often thick and white, and can ruin a dark-colored shirt (which you’ll notice in the photos above is all I brought). I ended up doing more hotel-room-sink laundry than expected just to get sunscreen stains out of my clothing. You can bet I’ll be researching mineral sunscreens that don’t stain and rub in easily. Have any suggestions?

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