6 Things To Pack For The Azores
The Azores is quickly becoming a hotspot for travelers within the past few years. With its beautiful landscapes and bright Portuguese culture, it’s no wonder that the tourism industry is taking off on this small archipelago in the middle of the ocean. Here are a few things to pack before going!
Good Hiking Shoes
As you can see from any photos of the Azores, this volcanic land is teeming with hiking trails, crater lakes, and mountains that will satisfy any nature lover. Even in the towns, you won't need any fancy shoes. I’ve seen plenty of people struggling to walk down the street because high heels and mosaic tile sidewalks are NOT a good mix. A good pair of shoes goes a long way!
The weather is often unpredictable. One minute its a gorgeous sunny day, the next its pouring! Don't let that dampen your trip though, make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and be ready to shed some layers once the sun breaks through again!
Multiple Bathing Suits
While bringing a bathing suit may be obvious for this type of trip, one thing travelers may not realize is despite that the geothermal baths are an amazing experience, the minerals in the water have the tendency to dye your clothes a different color slightly. I highly recommend packing a couple of bathing suits that you don't mind getting rid of by the end of the trip and keeping the stylish ones for the ocean water.
Ironically, one of my biggest tips is to pack light! The main reason being that you’ll come across dozens of souvenirs you’ll want to bring back, yet you may not have the room! Pack the essentials, maybe a couple of nice outfits for a night or two out, but keep in mind that you’ll want the space to bring back all the delicious wine, cheese and beautiful pottery that these islands are known for!
For those who would rather keep simple souvenirs in the form of photos, I recommend bringing some form of camera. Nowadays, the camera on your phone is more than plenty to document this type of trip - but I’d highly recommend some form of a waterproof casing for the weather and swimming you'll experience!
A Reusable Water Bottle
Lastly, bringing a reusable water bottle is a perfect way to cut down on costs. The tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and you'll also have plenty of opportunities to try the carbonated mineral water that the Azores is known for!