Dragging a heaving suitcase around can really put a damper on your Italian vacation. Here are some of our best tips on what to pack for a trip to Italy.
Italy is one of the fashion capitols of the world. Italians are chic, pretty much all the time. There is no running around all day in your yoga clothes here.
Comfortable shoes. Italians don’t wear flip-flops anywhere other than the beach. They don’t wear their running shoes for anything other than the gym. They do wear sneakers, very stylish sneakers. The brand you will see most often is Hogan, a luxury brand associated with Todds. You will probably be doing a lot of walking on your trip to Italy so pack a comfortable pair of ballerinas or flat sandals.
Sunscreen/Hat/Sunglasses. The summer sun in Italy can be brutal. Many of the most popular sites are outside. There will probably be some waiting in line in the sun. Your visit to Pompeii or the Colosseum will be much more comfortable if you have some of your own personal shade.
Scarf. Some of Italy’s most important art treasures are inside churches. Shoulders, knees, and midriffs must be covered to enter. Make sure you have a light scarf in your bag to cover bare arms and you are set.
Ziploc Bags. These are great to stash a wet bikini after a day at the beach and to keep toiletries from leaking inside your suitcase. The larger sizes can be used to keep traveling companions items separate. They are great for keeping passports and e-ticket organized and un-crumpled. Bring extras, Ziplocs are a rare commodity in Italy.
Earplugs. Many homes in Italy do not have air conditioning. This means people often stay outside late into the evening. If your hotel room faces a street, you will be happy to have a set of earplugs to block out the late night conversations.
Insect Repellant. Summertime can mean mosquito time. Save your self from itchy bites with a small spray-on bottle of insect repellent.
Medicine. Any prescription medicine you need for the duration of your trip to Italy should be brought with you in your hand luggage. Over the counter remedies are available throughout Italy, but they are much more expensive than at home. For example, Motrin, called Moment in Italy, can cost as much as 1 per pill!
Tissues/Wet Wipes. Public bathrooms do not always have toilet paper. You may not always be able to find a sink to wash your hands. Keep a travel sized packet of tissues and or wet wipes, and you will never be caught short.
Device Chargers/Connectors and Plug Adapters. It would be a terrible disappointment to get back to your hotel at the end of the day with your battery in the red and realize that you forgot your charger, or the cord that connects your digital camera to your computer. Make sure you have all the cords and plugs so that you can to upload the incredible photographs you have taken. Most devices now do not need a voltage converter (make sure to double check before you plug anything in!) You will need a plug adapter for a 2 prong European or 3 prong Italian plug.
Flashlight. Light switches are not always where you expect them to be, doorways can be dimly lit and locks difficult to see. Our favorite flashlight is a free app you can download to your phone. Whether it is virtual or a keychain version you will never be in the dark.
Italy is one of the worlds best shopping destinations. Pack an extra, foldable, soft bag to use for anything extra you have bought along the way.
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