Open suitcase, clothes all over the floor, and you feel like you’re forgetting… something. Have you been there? Just leaving your house for the day can make you feel like you’re forgetting something important, but boarding an international flight takes it to a whole new level. Don’t worry! We’re here to alleviate your packing panic with these top Italy packing list items, so you can blissfully nap on the plane knowing you’ll have everything you need for your holiday.
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It can feel challenging to pare your travel items down to the size of a small suitcase, especially for longer trips. However, packing light is more achievable than you might think and will save you a lot of energy in the long run. Especially when you’re creating your Italy packing list, you should remember that once you arrive, you’ll be dealing with narrow cobblestone streets and a lack of elevators. You will thank yourself when you arrive and you can easily tote your suitcase up several flights of stairs. Plus, packing light is a step in a sustainable direction. Easier for you, easier for the planet. Let’s get started!
Spring in Italy is mild, warm, and a popular time to visit. The summer can get very hot, so pack light, flowy clothes. Expect crisper temperatures in the fall, and a cool, dry climate in the winter. You'll want to pack a jacket and layers. The best months of visit are April and May, and September and October.
Shampoo, conditioner, and soap bars
Medication, vitamins, contacts, contact solution, glasses
Bamboo toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Makeup, makeup remover wipes
Hair ties, bobby pins
Feminine hygiene products (try out a menstrual cup for a low-waste solution)
As far as clothes are concerned, take a lesson from capsule wardrobe enthusiasts. Choose versatile pieces of clothing that can be paired to make multiple outfits. That way, you benefit from a variety of outfits without lugging around extra items that you never end up wearing. For some local tips, find out what to wear in Rome and what to wear in Venice.
Sundress or maxi-dress
White flowy shirt
Comfortable casual pants
A statement necklace, simple earrings
Scarf - this comes in handy both for cool evenings and to cover your shoulders when visiting churches
Comfortable flats or sandals
Sneakers for being active
Opt for skirts, dresses, or flowy pants over shorts - they look a little touristy in Italy unless you’re at the beach or doing something active
Moccasins (not sandals!)
Cooler Weather Add-Ons
Thick tights to go under dresses or skirts
Take a look at our Pinterest board to find out what to wear in Italy.
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Travel wallet or purse
Keep in mind that your passport needs to be valid from three months after your departure date, so make sure to renew if it needed
Make a copy or take a picture - if anything happens, it will be easier to replace
Reusable shopping bag
Quick-dry towel if you’re planning on staying in a hostel, as most will require you to rent one once you’re there
Reusable water bottle - with filter built in
Having your carry on stocked with the essentials makes a huge difference for every trip. Make sure you have everything you need within reach while you travel by getting a little strategic.
Download music, podcasts, or audiobooks ahead of time
Book or Kindle
Wallet, cash, ID
Change of clothes
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