What shall we take on our trip?
This is always the big question before going on a trip.
One of the things we have to know is how the weather in Barcelona is. Normally, the weather is very stable during the year compared to other cities, but logically summer is the season that we can enjoy the most, even reaching 35ºC (august is the hottest month). So, if you are used to wear warm clothing in The Netherlands during the summer, in Barcelona you can keep your warm clothes at home until the autumn/winter.
In autumn, the weather is still being pleasurable but a little bit fresh, between 15ºC and 21ºC. You can still see the sun, but rain sometimes will appear. So, for this season, we recommend you to take warmer cloths like jackets or long pants, even an umbrella for if it’s necessary.
Winter is cold, not compared with The Netherlands, because even if the temperature is low (5ºC), the feeling is different and less cold than in The Netherlands. But you should take the same clothes that you would use in winter in The Netherlands to be sure you won’t be cold although probably you won’t use gloves or scarf so often as in The Netherlands.
And finally spring, the crazy season of the year, you can find rainy and sunny days but the temperature will be almost always high. You can wear simple shirts, jackets, short or long pants and even sandals if it’s too hot. So prepare your suitcase with different kind of warm and cold clothing, everything for in case if… 😉
Being a sunny and active city, you will notice that the streets are full of people almost every day. As regards toiletries, we recommend taking the minimum as they weigh a lot and take up space in your suitcase. Besides, you can buy them there for a similar price (a touch more cheap) compared to The Netherlands.
Telephone and Internet
It’s perfectly OK to take your Dutch phone, which will work whenever you have roaming activated. Local SIM cards can be used in European telephones. If you don’t wish to incur an expensive bill we recommend that you deactivate your phone’s roaming services before travelling.
Once you arrive in Barcelona you can connect to a Wi-Fi service when you require Internet on your phone, until you buy a Spanish smart phone.
To ring home we recommend that you buy a Spanish phone, checking beforehand which providers offer you the best deals to call to The Netherlands. At Hello World Holanda we are big fans of Skype, meaning that we also recommend it since you can make free worldwide video calls.
Departing from The Netherlands we only need our passport to travel.
If you’re going to live in Spain you will have to complete some paperwork for which you may need your birth certificate, passport photos, photocopies of your ID card and passport, meaning that we recommend you take them with you.
The Euro is also the currency in Spain. What’s more, credit cards are accepted in Spanish ATM’s and shops with no problems.