Travelling has never been easier, thanks to modern advances in technology. And with modern advancements in luggage come great improvements in the way that items can fit into suitcases. For example, today’s smaller bags allow for the greater number of pockets, compartments, and zips. This means that you no longer need to spend hours sorting out what belongs where to ensure you have enough room.
Italy is recognized as being one of the coolest places in the world to visit. From foodies to history buffs, no matter where you decide to go, you’ll be sure to fall head over heels for Italy’s charm. Whether you choose Rome or Florence, Venice or Milan, each city offers something unique to see and do. And, whether you’re visiting during the summer months, wintertime, or even Spring Break, packing for your trip won’t be hard at all!
Whether you’re going for a week or a month, you’ll always need to bring along enough clothes for a couple of days or longer. What else should you take? Below, we’ve listed our recommendations for what to include in your suitcase when travelling to Italy.
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When you travel make sure to get comfortable footwear that’ll keep you moving throughout your travels. You can’t get from point A to B without getting up off the couch.
Your passport and any other important documents
Don’t forget your passport! Make sure it’s always with you and ready to use when needed. Carry copies of your identification too, just in case. This is the most important item you must carry when travelling you won’t go anywhere if you don’t have it.
Money & an ATM card
No matter how much money you plan to spend on souvenirs, you don’t always know if you’ll have access to an ATM, or if there will be fees involved. Bring both – especially if you’re planning on travelling to Italy. You should also carry a debit card in case your credit cards aren’t accepted.
While most people think of umbrellas when they hear “raincoats,” many people overlook this essential piece of clothing. Umbrellas are great, but they’re not exactly lightweight, and you can find ones that weigh quite a bit. Instead, opt for a lightweight poncho-style raincoat. It’ll provide protection against the elements, and it doesn’t add extra weight to your bag.
Flip flops/thongs or sandals
Not everyone needs to wear socks while they’re away. But if you’re headed for warmer climates, flip-flops or thongs may come in handy. They tend to be lighter than boots, and if you wear them indoors, they’ll make your feet feel nice and cosy. Just remember to change into dry socks once you arrive.
Another item that’s often overlooked, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and bright lights. Look for quality frames, which will last for years.
Of course, you want your camera to work perfectly, but if you’re bringing it along anyway, why not pack some accessories too? These little extras can help you capture memories of your trip, like extra batteries, memory cards, and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL).
If you’re heading somewhere warm, there’s really no reason not to pack an extra T-shirt or two. It’s a good idea to pack a few pairs in different sizes so you can layer appropriately.
Even though Italy isn’t known for its sunny weather, don’t skip sunscreen at the very least! The sun can still cause damage even if it’s cloudy outside. And while packing sunscreen is never a bad thing, make sure you bring plenty of it. Also, look for a lip balm instead of relying on your moisturizer alone to do the job.
Laptops, tablets, and chargers
Technology has changed the way we live our lives. Whether you’re online shopping, watching movies, reading books, or playing games, technology allows us to stay connected wherever we go. So why leave your gadgets behind when you are travelling?
The Bottom Line.
Before you decide whether to take any of these items, keep in mind what other travellers usually pack. That’s half the battle right there. Once you’ve got that figured out, start thinking about what would make sense to include in your suitcase. Don’t forget to factor in any special considerations, such as allergies or dietary preferences.