Sometimes trying to figure out what to pack can seem like a daunting task. That is the reason why you should read the following packing for Italy tips to make this task much easier for you.
- The essentials. First you should pack things you cannot travel without such as: your passport/identification and copies of both, boarding passes, museum and tour tickets, reservation confirmations, wallet, cash/credit/ATM cards, medical/travel insurance, emergency contact information, and list of medications.
- Toiletries. Pack the things you don’t think you can get or will not like the brand in Italy such as contact lenses, saline solution, makeup/remover, brush/comb, deodorant, shaving products, and medications. As you will probably not use all pills in the family-sized medicine bottle, leave the containers and take a few of each of the following in a plastic bag: bandages, pain relievers, stomach/digestive medicine, and antihistamines for those affected by the change in weather. Italy is a fully functioning country, and you will be able to buy most other toiletries there. Save the space and buy travel size: shampoo/conditioner, moisturizer, soap, hair styling products, sunscreen, and shaving supplies.
- Clothing. It is worth to be noted that the weather in Italy may and will change between cities. Thus you should pack pants and dresses (pick neutral pants, such as jeans, that can be re-worn, and bring a nice pair for dinners out), shirts (some under, some over – always ones you can layer), underwear, sleepwear, socks, and two pairs of shoes (one for traveling and touring, and one to match those nice pants). Limit yourself only one jacket and one set of hat/gloves/scarf if it is wintertime, and try to remember that a changing jewelry daily with a matching shawl is not necessary, nor is a belt for every pair of pants. However, be prepared for the fact that in the summer time knees and shoulders must be covered to enter churches.
- Refillable water bottle. Staying hydrated when you’re on the move as a traveler is important, as is trying to keep your footprint in the places you visit as small as possible. Rather than buying plastic bottle after plastic bottle of water in Italy, bring your own reusable bottle and refill it as you go. Lots of Italian cities have public drinking fountains where the water is cold and delicious, so it’s easy to fill up along the way. And there’s no rule against using your water bottle to carry wine, either, if you’re planning a picnic.