Thinking of heading to the Spanish capital but not sure quite what to wear? Packing isn’t easy at the best of times, and we can understand that you may struggle with what to take. This is our guide on what to pack for a lad’s weekend away in Madrid.
We’re turning our attention to one of Europe’s top travel destinations, Madrid. Taking a trip away with the lads can be pretty intense but with a few simple tips you can make the most of the weekend. It can be tough to get an idea of what to pack and even harder if you’re only carrying hand luggage, so you need to be ruthless with your choices. Luckily we’ve put together a guide to give you an idea of what to wear for weekends away.
Weekend in Madrid
Who doesn’t love a cheap weekend break? But when you’ve just got a few days in a city you’re going to want to make the most of every minute. Wearing the right outfit saves wasted time heading back to change during the day. Saving money by just bringing hand luggage gives you more to spend on the weekend and saves having to wait for your bags to turn up once you arrive – particularly helpful if you’re nursing a hangover on the way home.
The outfit below is a prime example of how to look smart whilst not being too hot in the sun. A pair of white shorts work with a grey shirt and the bag is a must to keep hold of any essentials that are too big for pockets.
If you’re heading away, what you pack totally depends on the season you’re visiting the city. Even during the winter it’ll very rarely fall below freezing. For the sake of this article we’ll assume you’re heading out in the summer, but you can always swap shorts for a pair of chinos and throw on a jacket or coat to keep warm.
Madrid doesn’t have a beach, which might be a downside for some of you, but it does mean you don’t have to pack a beach towel which will save a lot of room in your bag. If you’re staying in a hotel you can benefit from free towels, but also check ahead if you’re staying somewhere more casual to see if towels are provided just in case.
What to Do
A city like Madrid has so much on offer so it’s ideal for a Lad’s weekend away. There’s something for everyone which is ideal as no group are all going to be into the same things. Whether you want to check out art galleries, view the city’s stunning architecture or party into the early hours, Madrid will have something for you.
One of the grandest streets in Madrid, best compared to Oxford Street in London, you’ll find impressive architecture alongside hotels, shopping centres and bars. Often referred to as the street that never sleeps, you’ll find yourself on the Gran Via at some point during the weekend. It’s also a good place to grab anything you realise you’ve forgotten to pack.
Museo Del Prado
The main Spanish art museum, you’ll find it located in central Madrid. It’s open from 10am until 8pm Monday to Saturday and closes at 7pm on a Sunday. Heading to one of Europe’s most popular museums means you can dress casually – try a white shirt with a pair of twill shorts and you won’t have to change for the day. A pair of sunglasses are easy to throw on and are pretty essential during the summer.
Círculo De Bellas Artes
People flock to the Circulo De Bellas Artes for the incredible views from the roof top bar – that’s without even considering the beautifully designed exterior of the building. There’s a €1 charge to access the rooftop café, but the views are worth it. You might want to consider arriving early if there’s a big group of you as it can get packed out. You can always also check out some of the exhibitions inside the building.
There’s no dress code for the café but you might want to dress a little smarter to feel comfortable, so maybe avoid football shirts if you’re heading to a game later in the day. Take a look at the outfit below to see how you can combine light colours to create an easy to wear summer look.
Teleférico De La Casa De Campo
For anyone scared of heights this is the perfect cable car for you, as it’s never more than 40m above the ground. During the summer months it runs from 12 noon until 9pm, you’ll want to check their website to see the running times out of peak season. The cable cars are air conditioned so you don’t have to worry about being too hot or cold during the trip. You can grab a return ticket for around €6.
The outfit below is easy to do and won’t take up too much room in your suitcase. Throw on a blue shirt with a pair of chino shorts and you’re set. You’re going to want to bring a comfortable pair of trainers, and a white set would be perfect for a casual summer Madrid outfit.
Madrid has some incredible nightlife and it’s a city that comes to life at night. Often dinner won’t be eaten until around 10pm and the majority of clubs will be open until around 6am. If you’re taking a trip with the lads you’re going to want to know what to wear when there. We’ve put together some outfits that would work in some of Madrid’s clubs.
An outfit that wouldn’t look out of place on a madrid night out would be this casual look below. A pair of sunglasses for the early evening and you can wear a shirt with a pair of light coloured chinos.
La Vía Láctea
You’ll find a slightly more mature crowd in the club that translates as ‘The Milky Way’. The music is also varied and each week you can expect anything from Rock and Indie to Pop or Garage playing – expect long queues on weekends. As is often the case with big groups of lads, it’s a good idea to separate into smaller groups when heading in. You can enjoy the quirky decor whilst drinking reasonably priced drinks.
Try out some light fitted clothing like a loose jumper and a comfortable pair of trousers. You’ll look smart without it looking like you tried too hard. A pair of loafers are an easy way to look smart – just turn up your trousers and display your ankles and you’ll stay cool in the heat.
You’re going to want to be wearing something a little smarter for Shôko, but don’t worry too much about what you’re wearing. There’ll most likely be a few extravagantly dressed people on the dance floor but nothing too fancy. You can wear shoes if you like, but a fresh pair of trainers would fit right in. Entrance is around €20 but you’ll most likely get a free drink included.
Try out something like the look below. White trainers are ideal or you could always throw on a pair of penny loafers. Add some accessories into the mix like a watch or some sunglasses and you’ve got the perfect outfit.
No dress code, wear what you like and listen to some of the world’s best DJs play in one of Madrid’s most iconic clubs. If you’re into electronic music you’ll want to buy tickets beforehand – entry is under €20 before 1 or 2am and it includes a drink or two. A typical outfit is going to need to last until the 6am closing time, so wear something comfortable that won’t get too wet when you get sweaty.
How to Pack a Holdall
You need to be ruthless here. Make the most of every bit of space you’ve got and avoid anything you don’t need to bring. If you’re taking a flight you can either buy toiletries when you arrive or remember to bring clear bottles to get through security. Check out a few more of our tips for packing a holdall:
- Place smaller items like underwear or socks inside shoes and trainers.
- Put your shoes on the side of the bag sole facing outwards.
- Roll all your items to make the most of the space available.
- Larger items should go on top and you can decide whether or not it’s worth bringing them with you.
How to Pack a Suitcase
You’ve got a lot more room and far less to worry about if you’re bringing a suitcase to the weekend. Here are a few tips for packing your suitcase correctly:
- Put the heaviest items like shoes and toiletries at the bottom of the case to avoid them crushing your clothes as they fall down through your case.
- If your shoes are dirty, place them in a dust bag to avoid your clothes from getting dirty.
- Fold shirts and place them on top of the rest of your clothes.
- Fill any gaps in the bag with socks and underwear.
- Look for a suitcase that’s the right size for the amount of clothes you’re going to bring to avoid them moving around as the bag’s handled.
What to Pack for a Lads Weekend Away in Madrid
- Don’t overpack, only bring clothes you’re going to need for the weekend.
- Prepare for the weather, in the summer you need to be prepared for a lot of heat with light colours and fabrics.
- Make the most of the space you have in your bag, if you’re just bringing carry on luggage avoid bringing too many big clothing items.
- Pack shoes and other heavy items at the bottom of your bag to avoid crumpling your clothes.
- Place folded shirts on top of the rest of your clothes to avoid creasing them.
- To avoid staining your clothes, keep your shoes in a dust bag or even a plastic bag you pick up on the trip.
On That Note
Heading on a lads weekend, whether it’s a stag, birthday weekend or just to see the city, you need to be prepared for a few different situations. These tips will work for a lot of European city breaks, so even if you’re not heading to Madrid it should still help. Try and look for clothes that are multi-use to avoid having to bring too many outfits and save time having to change throughout the day as you’ve only got a couple of days to make the most of the city. Don’t let it worry you too much – you can always head out to the Gran Via or another shopping street to grab anything you’ve forgotten to bring with you.