Let me tell you – getting to pack for my first international trip in almost 2 years was equally thrilling and like, really daunting. Who else kinda forgot how to pack after the chaos of 2020?
As usual, I overpacked for my week long trip to Portugal but can you blame a girl? I’ve been dying to twirl in pretty dresses somewhere in Europe. And that’s just what i did. From Porto to luxury hotels to the vineyards of Vinho Verde – these are all the outfits I wore in Portugal plus a packing list for your trip!
When traveling, I always need to be comfortable AND stylish. I’m that type of person who will spend her days walking everywhere, eating all the things and spending my time taking a LOT of photos. With that in mind, I just can’t justify uncomfy shoes or wearing items that look nice in photos but can’t be worn all day.
Especially in Portugal, when I knew any of our days would be spent in hot summer weather. I packed outfits that were smart choices for the heat. Even when you are coming in the winter, you’ll still want to check the weather. It doesn’t snow over there – the coldest it’ll get in Lisbon is the high 40’s in degrees Fahrenheit.
What Is Weather In Portugal Like?
Expect summers to be in the high 90’s inland and a bit cooler on the coastal cities. It gets foggy in Porto, just like in San Francisco! If you’re trying to figure out what to wear in Portugal in July, let’s say, plan for inland areas to be hot and coastal to be warm but cooler at nights.
I spent my time in Porto and Northern Portugal around Amarante and Monção in the wine tasting areas. The inland was HOT HOT HOT and I was happy I packed some light dresses and fabrics. The coastal city of Porto though, that got a bit chilly at night. Winters across Portugal will be mild but chilly, so pack coats and scarves.
All The Outfits I Wore In Portugal + Ultimate Packing List
Now onto all the outfits I wore and packed!! I totally had more outfits I didn’t end up wearing since I’m an over-packer. I also re-wore a few things multple times since they were just too perfect for the trip.
1. Blue Travel Jumpsuit
I’m obsessed with this blue travel jumpsuit. It’s the perfect piece of women’s clothing for exploring. I wore it all over the country! From wine tasting to early mornings wandering the streets of Porto. The bright blue color pops against the old buildings in a really beautiful way.
The fabric is light and breezy so I never overheated and best part? POCKETS. I wore a whole blog post on this jumpsuit here if you want to check it out.
2. Green One-Piece Swimsuit
In traditional fashion, I immediately made a beeline to the pool at Monverde Hotel. It’s this gorg pool right next to the vineyards. I simple hat to wear this green one-piece swimsuit from Cupshe here!
3. Colorful Evi Midi Dress
This was my favorite dress from the whole trip, and it was yours, too. I got SO many questions about this dress on Instagram! It looks amazing against city views or in the vines. It’s by a brand called Conditions Apply that’s sold at Anthropologie. Sadly, it’s not in stock anymore.
I actually got my hands the Evi Midi Dress since I rented it through a company called Nuuly (read more about Nuuly here!) And since I wore this dress like, 3-4 times during my trip I knew it was too special to return, so I ended up buying it from Nuuly. If you also want this dress, that’s the only way right now to shop it. Or you can hunt for it on apps like Poshmark.
4. Colorful Maxi Skirt
This is a beautiful skirt from Anthropologie. It’s so dang comfy, I can’t express how nice the fabric feels. It’s not too heavy either, so I was able to wear this during the hot days for dinner. It pairs so nicely with a variety of tops. I wore it with both an open tie top and also a pink off the shoulder top (last season so I can’t link, sorry!). This skirt really pops in photos, especially in the Porto instagram spots.
5. White Linen Pants
Every gal needs a pair of white smart casual pants that you can wear to the beach or wandering the streets of Lisbon. Or in this case, also the vineyards. The pair I’m wearing is from Target but sold out, but this pair from Everlane is super similar. I love the waistband of these white pants, they don’t pinch and sit nice on my waist. And these look so good with so many tops. I know I’ll be packing these on more trips in the future!
6. Straw Hat
I take straw hats all over the world and on almost every trip. It’s a staple for me. This hat is from Walmart and has a string to help it not fly away!
7. White Back Tie Top
This shirt from Free People was perfect for the hot days! You can wear it either side but I chose to but the bow in the back for more coverage. It looks great with the white pants from above and also the rainbow skirt. Very easy, breezy yet chic.
8. Red Bikini
I swear this bikini from Cupshe is magic. MAGIC. Elise and I accidentally packed the same swimsuit and it looked amazing on both of us. It’s comfy and holds the girls in, and goes with so many backdrop but looks especially good in front of Porto. True to size.
9. White OPT Dress
When I saw this OPT dress I knew I had to wear it inside the Livraria Lello bookstore (the one that inspired Harry Potter!) It may be hard to tell on photos but it has a shimmery quality to it, and a slight rainbow tint to the dress. Magical. It’s another Nuuly rental, you can find it on Nuuly here.
10. White Free People Dress
Lastly, this is a dress from Free People that is so dang comfy, I know it’ll be a staple in my wardrobe for years. The back is open to keep me cool on hotter days which I love. It does run a bit long so I had to take it to a tailor to alter, but that’s the only con. Oh, and it comes in 3 colors!
11. Yellow Maxi Dress
Lastly, I packed this yellow dress from Cupshe. I knew Porto has tons of blue walls and I wanted something that would POP out again the tiles really well. Yellow and blue are contrasting colors so this light, breezy summer dress was perfect!
I Wore Mostly Tevas + Rothys Shoes
For shoes, I did pack a pair of heels and white shoes, but I ended up pretty much just wearing my Teva and Rothy’s. The temps were just too hot for my white shoes, which is one of the reasons I love Teva sandals and Rothy shoes. Very breathable and comfy enough to walk all day. We did over 15 miles in 48 in these babies!
I wear these shoes all the time at home, too. My go-to piece of fashion in any outfit.
Essential Portugal Packing List
Of course, as with any trip, tailor your packing list for the season, your activities and style. But, these are the essentials you need to pack to have a great trip to Portugal!
- Chaffing Cream or bands (your thighs will thank you!)
- Rothy shoes
- Teva sandals
- 1-3 Dresses
- 1-2 Skirts
- 2-3 tops
- 1 pair of jeans, shorts or jumpsuits
- 1-2 swimsuits
- Jacket for night
- Face Mask
- Hand sanitizer
- Backpack for exploring
- Water bottle
- External phone charger
So, those are all my Portugal outfits that I wore! I hope this helps give you inspiration for Portugal style picks to put in your suitcase. I already can’t wait to go back to Portugal one day to do more exploring! I’ll be packing that jumpsuit along with…