So you’re considering a trip to Italy, why not? The country contains more heritage sites than anywhere else in the world.
In addition to this, there are tons of other reasons to visit Italy. These include the cuisine, fashion, and art. As the fifth most visited country in the world, tourism is a big part of Italy. There’s just one problem.
Like the fifty-something million other tourists that visit the country every year, you’re finding it difficult to decide what to pack for a trip to Italy. Whether it’s the climate, culture or society, there are certain factors to consider before even purchasing a bag.
That’s where this article comes in. Not only will you know exactly what to pack for your trip, but I’ll also share some valuable packing tips. Let’s begin.
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1. Pack Appropriate Clothing
In case you’re wondering what I mean by “appropriate clothing,” it implies that you must give thought to the weather and culture of your destination. Let me explain
Consider packing wears that offer layering flexibility to keep up with the changing temperature. Whether it’s the summertime temperature or the cold winter nights, the proper clothing keeps you alive and well. These could include slacks, long skirts, short sleeves, cotton V-neck sweaters, etc.
That said, you must research your destination in Italy too. For example, most historic cathedrals and churches in Italy require that your knees be covered. So, you know what to pack for an evening mass.
Also, Italians tend to wear muted or neutral colors. Unless you want to stick out like a sore thumb, leave the bright orange top at home.
2. Pack the Right Shoes
Picking the right shoe may not seem like a big deal. You could just shrug it off and pack that beautiful pair of stilettos that are too tight for your feet. Fashion over comfort, right? Wrong! Not if you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
Here is the thing; most major tourist areas in Italy are characterized by cobblestone streets, hill walking, and ancient uneven sidewalks. As a result, the wrong pair of footwear could ruin an otherwise perfect day.
No, I’m not telling you to pack a pair of gym sneakers. A comfy sandal or cute flats should do. And for the winter, consider packing a pair of leather boots.
3. An Empty Backpack
Before you ask why an empty backpack is on this list, let’s consider a scenario, shall we? You want to experience the spectacular view of the Italian countryside, so you decided to go hiking. A backpack comes in handy to store everything you need, don’t you think?
Furthermore, an empty backpack makes it easier to purchase and keep souvenirs. At the end of the trip, you’ll have more gifts and keepsakes for loved ones at home.
4. A Plug Adapter
Unfortunately, electrical outlets vary across different countries. For example, the electrical current in America is 110 volts at 60 Hertz. And in Italy, it’s 220 volts at 50 Hertz.
As such, if you’re visiting the country with electronic devices such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, you’ll need to purchase plug adapters as well as a transformer to charge your gadgets.
5. Money Belt
You stand the risk of running into a pickpocket in some Italian cities such as Rome and Florence. I know it’s ugly, but it’s the truth.
That’s why it’s essential to have a money belt to keep your phone, money, and document secure when touring the city. It’s discreet, safe, and is a smart way to stash your cash.
Packing Tips for a Trip to Italy
As said earlier, you’ll find petty thieves in most major Italian cities. So, if you don’t need the expensive jewelry or Rolex watch, don’t pack them. In other words, leave all valuables at home.
Also, Italy isn’t wilderness. That means you can purchase almost anything you may need. So, relax and pack light. You’ll find your trip to Italy more enjoyable when there is less baggage holding you back.
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