As you’re day dreaming of your trip to Italy, it’s easy to image the elegant summer dresses, sharply cut blazers, intricately-painted pottery, and intensely flavored wine you plan to bring home.
But if your suitcase is already jam-packed when you arrive, where are you going to put all these treasures?
How to Pack for Italy: Avoid Packing Like an American
In the eyes of most European travelers, Americans bring “value trunks.”
Not this you will need, but things you might need, or, more appropriately, things in one circumstance it would be nice to have but you won’t require for most of your trip if at all.
Having a large suitcase in Italy is not just an inconvenience to lug around – sometimes it’s impossible to manage. Elevators are scares and stairs are everywhere. Not to mention narrow streets (in Venice, they’re more like corridors) and skinny hallways.
What Do You Need to Pack for Italy
How do you combat luggage bloat?
- Pick a color palate and stick with it.
- Plan around (only) a few pairs of shoes (that are comfortable for walking).
- Check the weather and only pack for temperatures you are actually likely to experience.
- Skip the hairdryer. Yours will break in Italy and hotels have them anyway.
But as far as Italy-specific packing tips, I’ll be honest with you, no matter how much you love the heels you already have, you’ll find ones you like in Italy more, the same goes for jewelry, blazers, and jeans to name a few.
You see those two bags on the left? That’s all I bring with me. And the small bag is my office.
Laid out on my hotel bed, this is everything I brought with me on my last trip to Italy – even in the winter. You’ll notice dark colors, two pairs of shoes and not a lot of redundancy.
Packing light is a treat for yourself. Besides saving time repacking, your back will thank you!