If you’re headed to Italy soon and not sure what to pack, I’m here to help! If you’re like me you love to travel but hate the thought of packing this packing list will help ease your mind when traveling to Italy.
The best thing to remember is efficiency. You want to make sure you will be getting used out of everything you pack and learn how to mix and match items to ultimately bring less baggage. Along with that, you should always pack clothes you feel comfortable in. The main reason being you don’t want to walk around for hours in something that doesn’t fit right, no matter how chic it is!
Italy is known for it’s well crafted and tailored clothing. It’s always best to try and blend in with the locals so you don’t look like such a tourist. Try not to pack too many pairs of jeans if you could. Opt for nice pants instead.
Always remember to pack with a color scheme. It’s good to set that up front so when you feel as though you don’t have anything to wear you can mix and match your outfits if they all fit the color scheme. I always choose a neutral palette since it’s easier to style.
Pro tip: You’ll want to pack with packing cubes. They’re super helpful when trying to arrange your piles inside your luggage and they pop easily into your hotel drawers and keep your items organized.
What to Pack for Italy: Packing Lists
First things first, check the forecast for Italy Weather so you can be covered on all bases. When you ready to start pulling items have an area designated for piles so you can clearly see what you’ve already pulled. I’ve left the basics such as underwear and socks out of this because if you don’t pack that on your own then that’s on you boo. After that, you are ready to start putting together your packing list!
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It’s still a bit chilly in Italy from April-June so keep that in mind when packing!
- A solid leather jacket: I’ve had this one for years and I can attest to it being worth every penny.
- Light denim jacket
- 2 pairs of stylish jeans: this pair is my favorite and so flattering!
- Wide-legged pants
- pair with a tee and leather jacket for dinner
- 2-3 sweaters
- I recommend a long cardigan, turtleneck, and pullover
- PRO TIP: Wear your heavy clothes on the plane for more room in your luggage
- 2-3 long sleeve basics: I always find the best basics at Free People and Abercrombie.
- 1-2 t-shirts/tanks
- A fun blouse
- 2 dresses
- A pair of faux leather leggings to wear with said dresses
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Spring Shoes + Accessories
- A stylish pair of sneakers
- Vince, Vans, Vejas, + Golden Goose are great comfortable yet stylish brands
- Ankle booties
- Leather mules
- Basic leather pump
- my favorite of all time is this one a little bit of a splurge but way worth it and so comfy
- Crossbody bag
- drape in front of you for extra safety
- Large tote
- best for travel days and fitting that extra “souvenir” on the way home
- A cashmere scarf
- pair with a leather jacket for a sightseeing day
- Felt Fedora
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Keep things light and airy in the day time since the sun can be strong in summer. Remember to always bring a light jacket out at night because of the temperature. It usually drops during the evening hours.
- Two good pairs of culotte or wide-leg pants
- perfect for daytime and can dress it up with heels at night
- Maxi Dress
- perfect for those breezy summer days with sandals or dress it up at night with strappy heels
- 3-4 t-shirts/tanks: I get my best basics from Free People and Abercrombie
- A white button down blouse
- can be worn with a skirt or jeans for an updated dinner look
- Denim jacket for those chilly nights
- 2-3 sundresses
- 2-3 bathing suits
- a workout set for travel days and any excursions
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Summer Shoes + Accessories
- A stylish pair of sneakers: these are my favorite and I can confirm that they keep your feet comfortable all day while sightseeing.
- Leather mules
- Slide sandals for the pool/beach that you can also wear for dinner
- High heeled sandals keep it chunky heel for those cobblestone streets
- Neutral wide-brimmed hat
- Crossbody bag (drape in the front of you for extra safety)
- Large tote
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Miscellaneous Items to pack for Italy
These items came in handy during traveling abroad. Always remember when packing liquids a good tip is to unscrew the top, place a plastic bag across the opening, then re-screw the top so you don’t have any spillage.
- Sunscreen: This sunscreen brush is the best when traveling because you can put it over your makeup!
- Electric adapter
- Ziplock bags
- Phone charger
- Cash money honey
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I hope you are able to utilize this “What to Pack for Italy: The Ultimate Packing Guide” for your trip. And if you’re going soon have an Aperol spritz for me! K thanks! Head here for more of my Italy guides! Finally, check out my “15 Travel Essentials: to Pack for your next trip” for more ideas on what to bring!
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