What to bring in suitcase when you travel to Canary Islands
The Canary Islands have an average annual temperature of 22ºC, however, depending on the area, the time of year and the type of tourism you are going to carry out, it is very convenient to adapt your luggage.
Essential in your suitcase:
Whether you are going to enjoy the beach or just dedicate your trip to nature routes, you must bring with you a sunscreen with a minimum protection factor 30. UVB radiation is intense in the Canaries because of its proximity to the Equator and it is necessary Protect all skin exposed to the sun in winter and summer. Remember to apply the cream about 30 minutes before exposing to sun’s rays.
The Canary Islands has a great diversity of unique and extraordinary landscapes because of its volcanic character. In any corner you will find an opportunity to take a picture and your memory card phone may be insufficient.
It is one of the great pleasures of spending a holiday in the Canaries, being able to walk by the sea with bare feet throughout the year in good weather.
If your trip is in summer, flip flops will be necessary for your feet to be cool and do not pass excessive heat.
If your country uses a three-pin plug system, you should buy an adapter from the two-pin system. Especially if you’re traveling on a weekend, it’s a way to make sure you have all your electronic devices charged.
Adapted clothing to microclimates
In the Canary Islands the Alisios winds and the orography generate a curious phenomenon called microclimates, which is characterized by having completely different climatic conditions in locations very close to each other. For this reason, it is ideal to always carry a sweater, jacket or coat in your handbag and choose clothes that adapt easily to temperatures ranging from 30ºC to 15ºC in western islands.
According to your plans:
Bathing suit and towel
At any time of the year you can enjoy beaches and puddles so if you fancy a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, do not hesitate to bring swimsuit and towel in your luggage. If you choose to bathe in rocky areas or near cliffs we advise you to also wear diving glasses so you can enjoy the richness of the seabed, at El Hierro are considered one of the most beautiful backgrounds in the world.
Mountains and footpaths footwear
If you want to visit the peaks or footpaths that cross the interior of the islands you must wear comfortable and non-slip shoes. Especially in La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife the frondiness of some areas generates a humid environment that makes stones and smooth surfaces somewhat slippery. The wettest mountains are those of Laurisilva and Fayal-Brezal and are concentrated between 600 and 1,500 meters of altitude.
To cover areas of malpais, spaces of volcanic nature where the lava has generated an abrupt surface and with edges, it is advisable to use mountain boots.
Hat or cap
Especially if you live in a country where sun hours are scarce it is recommended to protect your head with a hat or cap to avoid sunstroke.
Many of the activities you will do in the Canaries will be outdoors and you can easily expose yourself to more than 6 hours of sunshine each day. To avoid an annoying headache from overexposure use something to cover it.
Raincoat at western islands in winter and spring
Although it is very likely that you enjoy good weather, during the winter and spring months on the northern slopes of the westernmost islands you may encounter light rains at some point. It is rare for rainy conditions to recur for several days but to be able to walk comfortably and without missing any corner of the island that you visit, we propose you to bring a light raincoat or a windbreaker to protect you from the water.
Reserve space in your suitcase for traditional products:
Wine, cheeses and pastries
In the Canaries you will enjoy a very special gastronomy that is based on fresh products of proximity and that usually has as protagonist the potato, in Canary Islands we have more than 50 recognized varieties, as well as the wine with a long tradition especially in Tenerife and Lanzarote.
It is very likely that after tasting Canarian wines you want to bring a bottle or two to enjoy back at home, so remember to reserve a space to include them in your suitcase that you are going check. Cheeses and pasta or dry pastry are others that stand out in the island kitchen, those that have been vacuum packed are capable of supporting long trips.
To further fine-tune the preparation of your suitcase, consult the weather forecast with a maximum of 4 days in advance.