What to pack?
The age old question that no one can really answer. Some of us are light travelers and some of us prefer to pack for ‘in-case’ and ‘what-if’. Regardless of your preference, the secret is to TRAVEL LIGHT.
Let’s start with the luggage size
When the main mode of transport between towns is by train (in the south there are some ferries), believe us when we say that you do not want to be stuck with an XL piece of luggage that you have to drag uphill on a cobble stoned street! A medium suitcase with a add-on that you can hook around the handle plus a day cross-body bag should do the trick. Remember that you can always – if you’re a big shopper – send your souvenirs home by tracked post.
Clothes and shoes
Italy is very warm in the months of June, July and August. Safe to say snow is not a possibility during these 3 months, but the occasional shower can never be completely ruled out. It’s safe to have a rain poncho with you at all times – the tiny ones that fold up to matchbox size 😉
Never bring completely new shoes that still have to be warn in. Trust us on this. Although your tour assistant will always have a box of plasters at hand for emergencies, it is not pleasant exploring 5 or more kilometers a day with blisters on both heels.
For the women: Good walking shoes, sandals for summer and a black ballet flat for evenings should do the trick. For the evening a pair of black pants and a top with some sparkle always look glam. Shops are of course always at hand for that forgotten item.
Although most accommodation establishments have a hairdryer as standard, it is also a good idea to invest in a fold-able travel dryer.
Pop into a travel shop in your home town before departure to grab a universal travel plug.
If you are really adventurous, come with an almost empty suitcases and buy new shoes and clothes to take back home – every time you take them out of your cupboard you will be reminded of your awesome time in Italy 🙂