If you’re headed off on an Italian vacation, you’re going to want to be prepared. Although each of Italy’s cities are unique in their own way, you won’t be able to enjoy their true beauty if you’re not adequately prepared. Because you can’t bring your entire closet on your trip with you, here are 5 tips to make packing a little bit easier.
- Pack Light
When you’re going on any vacation, it’s a common worry that you’re going to forget something important behind. More often than not, that leads to bringing too many things along for the trip. Checking bags on a flight can be expensive and you won’t end up wearing half the things that you bring, so keep your bags to a minimum.
When packing your bags, leave room for souvenirs and purchase you’ll want to bring back with you. If you leave room in your bag before leaving for your trip, you won’t need to worry about checking an extra bag on your way home.
- Plan Your Outfits
Packing light can be easier said than done, but actually take the time to plan out your outfits before you leave, according to Through Eternity Tours. Rather than throwing a few shirts in your bag along with a few pairs of pants or shorts, think about all the activities you’ll be completing during your trip. Are you going to go hiking? Are you taking a cooking class? Will you spend most of your day site seeing?
If you already know your plans, create outfits around your itinerary. If you’re not sure, bring at least one outfit for the activities you think you might do. While you want to keep your bag light, the last thing you want is to find out you’re browsing a vineyard in a pair of heels.
- Pack Efficiently
When you start physically packing, don’t just throw everything into a duffel bag and think you’re good to go. If you’re not properly folding your clothes, you’re going to be wasting precious space in your bag.
Roll your clothes so that they fit more easily into all the nooks and crannies of your bag. If you’re bringing a few pairs of shoes, stuff t-shirts, socks, or underwear to take up all the space possible. Also be sure to consider the bag policy of your flight. If you’re allowed one carry-on suitcase and one personal bag, take advantage of it.
- Remember the Toiletries
While Italy is sure to have shampoo and conditioner, finding a place that sells something worth purchasing can be difficult to find. If you’re staying in a hotel that will provide mini bottles for you, this may not be a problem, but if you’re looking to stay in hostels or other lodges that require you to bring your own items, you’re not going to want to forget to bring soap.
Pick up mini bottles before you leave, and if you have the ability, purchase items that work in more ways than one. The less bottles you bring over, the less you have to worry about carrying around.
- Keep it Simple
Excitement usually gets the best of us when we’re packing for a trip, especially for something so far from home. We think about the possibilities of what we could be doing and believe we need to bring everything we own just to be safe. This leaves us with heavy bags, too much stuff, and something important getting left at the hotel.
Instead, remember that your trip is about the memories you’re going to be making and keep the packing simple. Bring enough clothes to last the days you’re there, some toiletries and a book or two for the plane ride. If you don’t use or wear something when you’re at home, you’re probably not going to need it in Italy.
A trip to Italy is an exciting adventure to look forward to and you no doubt want to ensure you bring along everything that you need. When you’re so far away in a country with an entirely different language, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Create a list of “don’t forget” items, stick to it, and check it before you leave.