What to pack

by / Wednesday, 25 January 2012 / Published in Camping
what to pack Portugal travel

Your West Coast campervan comes with everything you need to have a fantastic holiday,click here to see the complete list of what’s included. Our staff have put together this list of personal items which we hope will help you pack for your holidays.Campervan hire Portugal


  • Duffle or soft bags – so these can be easily folded and stored in the underseat compartments of your vehicle. Alternatively West Coast Campers offers complimentary storage of your suitcases.
  • Back Pack/Money belt – always be sure to take your valuables with you.


  • Passports for non-EU or ID card for EU residents
  • Drivers Licence for EU or International permit for non-EU residents
  • Airline tickets
  • Vouchers/confirmations for i.e. hotels, camping grounds, tours, etc
  • Travel Insurance details
  • Credit card provider details – remember to advise your credit card provider that you are travelling so they do not block your card when you put through a lot of international transactions
  • NOTE: Keep a copy of your important documents with a family member or friend at home, so they can fax a copy to you if you lose them.


  • Money/Currency
  • Credit Card/Debit Card – ensure you know your daily limit
  • Mobile phone – be aware of the roaming charges your mobile phone provider may charge. Alternatively, you can buy a pre-paid SIM card in Portugal for about 5 Eur.
  • Prescription/reading glasses/contact lenses
  • Sunglasses
  • Travel guide book
  • Address book
  • Journal, pen
  • Phone chargers
  • CDs / Mp3 to play while driving
  • Ipod/MP3, charger, speakers, headphones
  • Camera, batteries, charger and a spare memory stick – you can’t take too many photos!
  • Electrical Adapter for European plugs
  • Pocket knife/Leatherman
  • Alarm/watch with alarm
  • Playing cards and travel board games


  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Razors & Foam
  • Moisturiser
  • Comb/hairbrush
  • Cosmetics
  • Sunblock (with a minimum SPF rating of 30)
  • Insect repellent
  • First Aid kit (bandages, travel sickness tablets, cold/flu tablets, aspirin, antihistamine, calamine lotion, antiseptic, scissors, tweezers, safety pins)
  • Prescription medicine you may need
  • Sewing kit
  • Baby wipes (always useful in a camper)


  • Water/windproof jacket
  • Light jersey
  • Warm sweatshirt – even in summer, nights can be cold in some areas. Do some research about the climate before you go.
  • Jeans/warm pants if going to an area which could get cool
  • T-shirts/long sleeved shirts
  • Shorts
  • Smart casual items for going out (dress pants, shirt)
  • Nightwear suitable for wearing in communal campgrounds
  • Swimming gear and beach towels
  • Beanie/winter hat for cold weather
  • Sunhat
  • Socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes/hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • Shower sandals – they come in handy when using communal campground bathrooms
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