If you are properly prepared for your trip to Madrid, you will avoid the bulk of culture shock that could otherwise leave you reeling. With the right mix of supplies, you can simply hit the ground running and immediately set out to enjoy your short time in this region. The items you should bring to Madrid allow you to live comfortably, capture your favorite memories and avoid common scams without a second thought. Here are four items you must triple check are in your bags before heading to the airport.
If you like to bring your plug-in personal care items while traveling abroad, it is incredibly important to pack outlet adapters. With a specially shaped adapter, the plug ends on your adapters will not fit and work with the local outlets. The plug adapter for Madrid should have a twin set of round pins with the European designation. The adapter helps convert the 220V power-rating common in this area back to 110V, which your devices are designed to utilize.
With so many beautiful monuments, buildings and landscapes in Madrid, you will be kicking yourself if you try to capture it all on your phone’s camera. Bring along a high quality camera to capture beautiful photos at all times of the day and night. Your phone’s camera will struggle to display the finer details in your photographs, especially in pictures taken at night or indoors. Make sure you understand how to use all of your camera’s setting functions to quickly grab the photos you want to take home.
Despite the beautiful ambiance of the city, pick pocketing is a big problem in Madrid. Local thieves prey on tourists that carry a shoulder purse or place wallets in back or cargo pockets. You can greatly reduce the risk of becoming a target for these thieves by placing your belongings in a secure front pack. Local thieves will almost always go for the easiest scores to avoid detection and prevent a confrontation or arrest.
If needed, you can exchange money for the local currency at the airport kiosk or local bank. The exchange rate offered at those locations may be a bit of a shocker, however. You can save a little bit of money on exchange rates by using your bankcard to pull money out of the ATM. Your card will access your bank account directly to dispense bills in the local currency. The exchange rate offered by your bank will usually be much lower than opportunistic local exchange centers.
Of course, if you forget your adapter, camera or front pack, you can source and purchase replacement in Madrid. Forgetting your bankcard will put you in a difficult situation that may take a few days to resolve. If you have cash on hand, you may just need to deal with the higher exchange rate and go on with your days in this beautiful city. After all, with so much to do and see in this city, you won’t want to waste any time dealing with trying business matters.