Madrid Packing List: What to Pack for Madrid in Every Season

What to pack for Madrid is a crucial question. If you’re like me, you’d want to dress appropriately for the season AND blend in with the impeccable local style (I really hate looking like a total tourist, even though sometimes it’s inevitable).

To make things a lot easier for you, I’ve compiled this complete Madrid packing list for every season, including general travel essentials that you must always bring.

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Wondering what to pack for Madrid, Spain? Here's the ultimate Madrid packing list for spring, summer, fall, and winter


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Top accommodations in Madrid:
Hostal Alexis Madrid (budget/mid-range)
Apartosuites Jardines de Sabatini (mid-range)
Oriente Palace Apartments (mid-range/luxury)
7 Islas Hotel (mid-range/luxury)

Top tours in Madrid:
FREE walking tour of Madrid
A 3-hour walking tour of Madrid’s historic center
Wine and tapas tour
Skip-the-lines Royal Palace guided tour / Royal Palace fast-access entrance ticket

Top day tours from Madrid:
Wineries of the region of Madrid
Segovia and Toledo
El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen
Avila and Salamanca

Cibeles Palace in Madrid


QUICK OVERVIEW OF WEATHER IN MADRID

To me, Madrid is an all-year-round destination. Of course, it kinda sucks if you’re visiting in winter and it doesn’t stop raining, but even then, there are plenty of indoor things to do in my favorite Spanish destination.

SPRING IN MADRID

Madrid is an amazing European spring destination, but the weather tends to be a bit unpredictable. Some days are chillier (and it might rain) and others are warmer, but overall the weather is pleasant.

Average highs in March are 17°C/63°F, while average lows are 5°C/41°F. By May, average highs are 25°C/78°F and average lows are 12°C/54°F.

SUMMER IN MADRID

It’s HOT but dry, so at least you don’t sweat and feel gross after five minutes of walking (which is significant). Expect average highs to be 27-33°C/81-92°F and lows to be 15-17°C/59-64°F.

FALL IN MADRID

Similar to spring but obviously cooler (and wetter). September is still quite pleasant with average highs of 25°C/78°F and lows of 12°C/54°F. By November, it gets much colder, so expect highs to be 12°C/54°F and lows to be 4°C/40°F.

WINTER IN MADRID

Definitely very COLD, but not as freezing as other European cities in winter like Vienna or Budapest. You’ll find average highs to be 10-14°C/50-57°F and average lows to be 2°C/36°F.

Palacio de Cristal
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QUICK OVERVIEW OF FASHION IN MADRID

Spanish women are huge fans of Spanish brands like Zara and Mango. Especially in Madrid, they always look stylish, classy, and elegant (at any age!). They’re also not afraid to wear bold colors and patterns, but it’s always done tastefully. Seriously, they’re so perfect it’s annoying.



WHAT TO WEAR IN MADRID IN SPRING

Spring in Madrid has its cooler and warmer days, so it’s important to be prepared for both. If you’re visiting in early spring (March), I’d bring at least one or two warm sweaters and a coat and leave out skirts and dresses.

3-4 short sleeve tops: Appropriate for the weather and the local style, I recommend packing short sleeve blouses. I also love to have a simple, comfy t-shirt (I have this one in several colors).

3-4 long sleeve tops: You’ll need a couple of long sleeve tops or even lightweight sweaters for those spring days when it’s a bit chilly in Madrid.

1-2 pairs of jeans: I personally love Mango’s jeans because they’re super comfortable and flattering, but bring your own favorites.

1 skirt: What’s spring without a fun, flirty skirt? Whether it’s a classic denim skirt (not too short though) or a more flowy, colorful one, it is a must-pack item.

1-2 dresses: I also love dresses for spring trips. Pack one mini-dress and one midi-dress (something like this one on Amazon or these ones on ASOS), and if they have a pattern, you’ll blend in perfectly in Madrid.

1 jacket/1 cardigan/both: For those chilly spring days in Madrid, you have to pack a mid-weight jacket or a warm cardigan, at least for the evening (if not for the entire day).

Lightweight scarf (optional): Not mandatory but nice to have, a lightweight scarf is a perfect accessory for spring.

Sunglasses: One pair should be enough for a few days in Madrid.

Sneakers: Madrid is a city to discover on foot, so comfortable shoes are a must. I have these Nike sneakers, and they are my go-to shoes for a city break. I can walk in them all day long, and they go perfectly with every outfit. Here’s a full post about other travel sneakers I love.

Ballet flats: These shoes are super popular in Madrid. Since I don’t recommend an entire day of walking in ballet flats, you can pack and wear them in the evenings or for a short stroll.

No-show socks: The only socks I wear with sneakers.

Lightweight pajama set: I personally love the sets you can find on ASOS.

El Retiro park's lake in Madrid


WHAT TO WEAR IN MADRID IN SUMMER

If you’re traveling to Madrid in July or August, I recommend packing light. That’s when the summer sales in Spain start, and with these discounts, you can find great items by Spanish brands for bargain prices.

1-2 short sleeve tops: Suitable for the local style, I recommend packing short sleeve blouses. I also love to have a simple, comfy t-shirt (I have this one in several colors).

2-3 tank tops: For summer, I love stylish, loose-fitting tank tops similar to this one.

1 pair of jeans: With the heat, I’m not sure you’ll actually want to wear them, but it’s always a good idea to pack a pair of jeans. My personal favorites are Mango’s jeans.

1-2 pairs of shorts: This type of shorts is very popular in Madrid. I also love this style because it’s comfortable yet looks dressed up.

1 skirt: Whether it’s a classic denim skirt or a more flowy, colorful one, it is a must-have item for summer in Madrid.

1-2 dresses: I absolutely love dresses for summer trips! Pack one mini-dress and one midi-dress (something like this one on Amazon or these ones on ASOS), and go for patterned ones to look like a local.

1 lightweight cardigan: Just in case the evenings get a bit chilly, I love to have one lightweight cardigan.

Sunglasses: One pair is enough for a few days in Madrid.

Sneakers: Comfortable shoes are key when exploring a city like Madrid. I have these cute Nike sneakers, in which I can walk all day long. Here’s a full post about other travel sneakers I love.

Sandals: Do not bring flip-flops! If you see people walking in Madrid in flip-flops, 99% that they’re tourists. Instead, pack comfortable yet stylish sandals.

No-show socks: The only socks I wear with sneakers.

Short pajama set: I really like the sets you can find on ASOS.

courtyard in Madrid


WHAT TO WEAR IN MADRID IN FALL

If you’re visiting in late fall (November), you should also pack a warm coat.

1-2 short sleeve tops: For warmer early fall days or layering, I love to have simple, comfy t-shirts (I have this one in several colors).

1-2 long sleeve tops: For early fall days or layering, you’ll also need a couple of long sleeve shirts.

2-3 lightweight sweaters: I personally prefer neutral color sweaters for fall.

1-2 warm sweaters: For those cooler fall days, bring at least one thicker, cozy sweater.

1-2 pairs of jeans: The only ones I own are Mango’s jeans because they’re super comfortable and flattering.

1 mid-weight jacket: You can pack a classic black faux leather jacket or something a bit warmer for early fall days.

Scarf: Pack a mid-weight scarf (not too thin, not too chunky).

Sunglasses: Even in the fall, it’s good to have one pair of sunglasses.

Sneakers: Madrid is a city to discover on foot, so comfortable shoes are a must. I have these super comfortable Nike sneakers, and they are my go-to shoes for a city break. Here’s a full post about other travel sneakers I love.

Ankle boots: Be sure to bring boots that you can also wear on rainy days.

No-show (but warm enough) socks: The only socks I wear with sneakers and ankle boots.

Long pajama set: I love the sets you can find on ASOS.

street in Madrid

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WHAT TO WEAR IN MADRID IN WINTER

2-3 tank tops: I always wear them as my base layer. I love my spaghetti strap, stretchy tank tops from Mango that I bought years ago, which are similar to these ones.

Thermal long-sleeve top: This is a must-have extra layer for me. I bought mine a few years ago in Decathlon, but the specific ones I use are not available anymore. However, you can find highly-rated alternatives on Amazon.

2-3 lightweight sweaters: As a person who’s always cold, I have to add these light sweaters as an extra layer.

2 warm sweaters: Since it tends to be quite warm inside places like museums and restaurants, I prefer not to bring turtleneck sweaters, but any other sweater is great.

1-2 pairs of jeans: The only ones I own are Mango’s jeans because they’re super comfortable and flattering.

Leggings/thermal leggings: Again, as a person who has a big issue with cold weather, I wear a pair of leggings under my jeans.

Winter coat: I know you want to look beautiful (who doesn’t?), but be sure to bring a coat that’s actually warming!

Warm scarf: For winter, I love any blanket-like, cozy scarf.

Beanie and gloves: For those super cold winter days.

Boots: Be sure to bring boots in which you can walk all day but are also suitable for rainy days.

Warm socks: Go for quality wool socks.

Warm pajama set: Not everyone likes them, but for me, a fleece PJ set is a winter must-have.

Christmas tree in Madrid
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MADRID: OTHER TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

You might already have a list of these travel accessories, but I promised you a full Madrid packing list.

Toiletries and other personal care items:

  • Hair, body, and skincare: Shampoo & conditioner, body wash, body lotion, face wash, moisturizer, sunscreen, hairbrush, hair ties, q-tips, deodorant, tweezers, and nail file. Since I’m a carry-on luggage kind of traveler, one of my biggest travel packing tips is to use refillable travel bottles for all the liquids (I have something similar to these ones).
  • Dental care: Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
  • Makeup.
  • Feminine hygiene products.
  • Medications.
  • Bandages.
  • Glasses.

Bras and underwear: I always pack one pair of underwear for each day, plus two extra (like I’m preparing myself for an apocalypse).

Jewelry: For a short city break, I normally don’t bring more than two necklaces and pairs of earrings, but that’s just my own preference.

Crossbody bag/small comfortable travel backpack: The best travel purse for Madrid can be your personal favorite, but if you want to feel more comfortable, consider bringing an anti-theft crossbody bag or backpack.

A travel journal and a pen: Can’t travel without them! Starting a travel journal is a fantastic way to document your trips, so it’s an essential item on any packing list.

a public square in Madrid

Selfie stick: Optional, but nice to have.

Travel first aid kit.

Umbrella: Besides summer, pack an umbrella for every other season in Madrid.

Laundry bag: I have something similar to this one.

Reusable water bottle: After trying quite a few, I now only use Corkcicle’s canteen, which actually keeps my water cool for hours and hours.

Electronics: Phone (Dah!), camera, laptop/tablet (only if you really need them), chargers, travel adapter (Spain uses plugs types C and F, and operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz), and headphones.

Travel documents and money: Passport + copies, plane ticket, travel insurance info, accommodation info, emergency contacts, itinerary, wallet, cash, and credit cards. Any information that I can have on my phone, I prefer not to print out.



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