When the days just before a trip arrive, we all have the same doubt: What should we put in our luggage? No matter if you're going to stay three days or two weeks, it's an issue that needs to be solved as soon as possible. 
If you are planning a trip to France or Spain in the near future on a Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation train, the good news is that, at least, space is not going to be a problem. You can travel on our trains with up to 3 suitcases! But keep in mind that they can’t measure more than 85 x 55 x 35 cm and the total weight of the 3 packages shouldn’t exceed 25 kg. 
Here are some tips on how to organize your luggage for a trip between France and Spain, taking into account aspects such as your destination or the season. Here we go!

6 tips to prepare your suitcases for France and Spain

So, you've got your train tickets bought. Now what? Well, now it's time to find out on our blog what to visit at your chosen destination and, above all, to think about how to prepare your luggage! Take note of these 6 tips to make sure you don't leave anything behind for your trip to France or Spain.

1. First things first: documentation and cash

If you’re from European Union and want to travel to the neighbouring country, you will only need your ID, although some people also take the passport to have more guarantees in case of loss. 

In case you are a citizen of a non-EU country, you can visit the information pages of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out if you need a visa to visit any of these two countries.

You should also bring enough cash for the time you plan to travel. Most establishments will let you pay by card, and you’ll also be able to withdraw money from any ATM without any problem. However, keep in mind that the commissions could be high.

Plan well what kind of trip you will do. If you move a lot, light luggage, for long stays better go well equipped

2. Don't forget to take some comfortable shoes

Slippers will surely become your best friends during the trip. Regardless of the city you're planning to visit, one thing is for sure: you'll walk a lot. And not without cause, as it is the best way to discover every corner and soak up everything the city has to offer. When it's your turn to cross the Champs Elysées in Paris, walk the Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona or climb the Fourvière hill in Lyon​, you'll be grateful for the comfortable shoes you put in your suitcase.

3. Consider the time of year to choose your clothing

It is not the same to visit Paris in winter as in summer, nor will you need the same clothes if you want to enjoy the fabulous beaches of the Costa Brava​ or the magic of christmas in Madrid. The French and Spanish climate varies according to the area: in the eastern and central region of both countries, the climates is continental (very hot summers and very cold winters), while in the coastal areas it is oceanic (temperate summers and cool winters). However, even if you travel in spring or summer, it is always advisable to put on some warm clothes for the nights.

4. Don’t forget to take your camera

Charming cities and print landscapes await you in France and Spain, so don't forget to throw in your camera, batteries, charger and the accessories you need. There are sunsets, corners or monuments that you’ll only be able to see on this trip.

All cities have an excellent public transport network, don't be afraid to explore new places

5. Leave some room in your suitcase

Although you can carry up to 25 kg in your luggage, we recommend that you leave some space for your shopping. Remember that France and Spain are synonymous with fashion and gastronomy, so it is inevitable that you’ll return home with an acquisition of a boutique, such as some perfume or a cheese.

6. Add a small backpack to your luggage

For day-to-day activities or excursions, we seriously recommend carrying a small backpack to store your basic personal belongings, such as your wallet, camera, maps or water bottle. Choose one that is comfortable and spacious enough to accommodate these items.

Ready for your getaway? Get on our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains and we’ll take you at high speed so you can start enjoying your trip as soon as possible.​

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  • Gabby 21/08/2021 23:45:35
    Thanks for the information, I live in Los Angeles California USA, and I have plans to travel to Spain, Paris and Italy. Tips are very important. Thanks again.

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