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Top 10 Essentials For Your Italy Packing List

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Italy is an enchanting country with an iconic landscape (and I’m not just saying this because I’m Italian). From quaint towns to coastal villages and modern metropolis’, there is so much variety in this vast country that you can explore. After you’ve chosen your ideal Italian travel destination, the next step is figuring out what to pack.

You’ve bought your flights, booked your accommodation, started looking at tours and as the departure approaches you start dreading having to actually pack your suitcase. I get it, knowing what to pack for Italy, or any destination, can always be a bit challenging. In this Italy packing list I’ve outlined all the essentials you might need, regardless of if you’re packing for Italy in summer or winter, it covers all the seasons!

Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy

Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy

What to Pack for Italy: Useful Accessories

When packing for Italy, these useful accessories will give you an extra level of comfort. They’re designed to make your life easier and prepare you for anything your trip might throw at you.

Stainless Steel Water Bottle

I consider my reusable water bottle to be a packing essential on any trip I take. Not only will it save you money and cut down on single-use plastic, but you’ll also save time by not having to constantly stop and find stores that sell water bottles.

The insulated technology of stainless steel water bottles keeps your drinks the desired temperature, whether that be hot or cold. Add this to your packing list for Italy and you’ll always be hydrated! You can drink tap water pretty much everywhere in Italy so you can easily refill it anywhere you go. Just be wary of asking bars or restaurants to refill it for you, as this isn’t common practice yet in Italy as it is elsewhere around the world.

Enjoying my gondola cruise around Venice

Enjoying my gondola cruise around Venice

Selfie Stick & Tripod

Italy is known for its beautiful scenery and mesmerizing architecture, which is the perfect backdrop for any photo. Have a selfie stick & tripod on hand and you’ll always be picture ready. You’ll find photo opportunities around every corner, and you won’t have to constantly ask strangers to take pictures of you.

This device doubles as a tripod; set it up across from you and snap a picture using the tiny Bluetooth remote when you’re ready. It provides you with two awesome functions in one device. These nifty gadgets can fold up to a smaller size, so they’re easy to pack.

Enjoying the beauty of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Enjoying the beauty of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Money Belt

Italy is a touristy country, and pickpockets can be common, especially in the larger cities. A RFID money belt will conceal your cash so you won’t have to worry about being targeted for theft.

Unlike its predecessor, the fanny pack, a money belt won’t ruin your outfit. This travel accessory can go underneath your top, making it completely undetectable. It’s small and chic, so it won’t take away from any of your amazing Italian outfits.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

Portable charger

No one likes receiving a low battery notification on their cell phone. Pack an anker power core and you won’t have to worry about conserving your battery usage. Having a cell phone is so important when travelling, not just for photos but also for ensuring you’re going in the right direction with Google Maps or even just to Google information about the attractions you want to visit.

It can help you with directions, take photos and videos, and keep you connected to your friends and family. Solar chargers are a great option too, so that you can constantly charge it on the go. This small and simple addition to your Italy travel checklist will be your best friend when traveling!

Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy

Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy

International adapter

Depending on where you’re coming from you might need an adapter to charge your electronics. I like to carry an international adapter with me everywhere I travel to so that I can use the same one everywhere, instead of having to buy a new one in every country. They’re a bit bulkier and more expensive than the ones with only one type of adapter but are worth it in the long run.

Sunset over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Sunset over Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

What to Wear in Italy: Clothing Essentials

The temperatures in Italy change seasonally. In northern Italy, the four seasons are more pronounced, while in the south, temperatures stay a bit milder. I won’t list exactly what ype and how many pairs of socks and underwear you should pack (I like to think you can figure that part out without me) rather I wanted to list some clothing items that you might not normally think about and that will actually prove very useful in Italy.Whether you’re trying to figure out what to wear in Italy in autumn, or summer, these essential Italy clothes are perfect for any type of weather.

Shawl

A fashion scarf or wrap is a great clothing accessory, and it serves several purposes. Italy is very fashion conscious, but also respectful of traditions. When you enter an Italian church you are usually required to cover your knees and shoulders. A lightweight shawl will easily take care of this requirement.

In summer, a shawl will protect against sun exposure when you’re out exploring under the hot Italian sun. In winter, it’ll add an extra layer to keep you warm and can also be used as a scarf. When packing for Italy, don’t forget this multipurpose clothing accessory.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele seen from across Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele seen from across Piazza del Duomo in Milan, Italy

Comfortable, Stylish Shoes

If you’re trying to figure out how to dress in Italy, a good rule is to find a balance between style and comfort. A pair of women’s ballet flats strikes this balance perfectly. They’re easy to dress up, or dress down, and they’ll keep your feet happy all day.

Flats are breathable, and like sneakers, they can offer support. They’re available in multiple colours and can be worn during any season.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Travel bag / purse

When you’re out exploring Italy all day, you’re going to want something to keep all your travel must-haves in. An anti-theft messenger bag is a great option for women, and an anti-theft shoulder backpack serves the same purpose for men.

Purses and bags specifically designed for travel are your best option. They keep your items securely zipped away, and have multiple compartments to keep your things safe and secure.

Exploring the rooftop of the Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy

Exploring the rooftop of the Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy

Polarized sunglasses

When you’re trying to decide what to bring to Italy, polarized sunglasses are essential. The best sunglasses available have polarized lenses. These special lenses block harmful UV rays and reduce glare on roads, bodies of water, and snow.

They’re perfect for all types of weather and an ideal accessory when you’re spending time outdoors. Not to mention, the buildings in Italy are massive, which means you’re going to be looking up a lot. Pack a nice pair of sunglasses and your eyes will thank you for it later.

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The crystal clear water of the island of Spargi in Sardinia

Stylish Top

Italy is a fashion capital, meaning a lookbook women’s blouse is a great clothing item to have on hand. You can dress it down during the day with a pair of jeans and flats, or dress it up at night with a pair of heels and jewelry.

For men, keep it simple and sleek. A classic button down will never go out of style. A men’s button down shirt is a great option. Stylish tops will help you blend in with the Italian everyday fashion.

Admiring the colourful houses of Manarola, one of the five towns along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Admiring the colourful houses of Manarola, one of the five towns along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Conclusion of Your Italy Packing List

I hope this list of Italian suitcase staples gave you more insight on useful gadgets to pack, and a better understanding of how to dress in Italy. No matter the season, or the month, you’ll find that these items will be useful year-round!

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