What to pack depends on the season and length of stay but whenever you come and however long you stay beware of over packing as traveling to three cities means you’ll be unpacking and repacking frequently. It’s probably best to leave expensive watches and jewelry at home. Most hotels provide hairdryers but if you’re staying in a bed and breakfast or hostel you may want to bring one. It should be adaptable to Italy’s 220 voltage. Binoculars can be helpful for observing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, church facades, and rooftop panoramas. Finally, you can email yourself any important credit card codes or customer service numbers as backup in case you lose your wallet.
- Luggage: A wheeled suitcase makes getting around airports and to hotels easier. Backpacks or handbags are good for daily excursions and should have zippers to dissuade pickpockets. A money belt can be useful for storing cash and valuables.
- Paperwork: You’ll need your passport and a driver’s license if you plan on renting a moped or car. An international permit is not required but can avoid confusion if you’re pulled over.
- Clothing, shoes, and accessories: Select comfortable clothes that can be mixed and matched. Layers are important in spring and fall when mornings are chilly and temperatures vary throughout the day. Formal clothes may be necessary if you plan on any fine dining or clubbing. Remember that knees and shoulders must be covered when entering religious buildings. Flip-flops are fine for the beach but aren’t permitted inside the Vatican. Sunglasses are essential during the summer, especially if you’ll be doing any driving, and hats are useful. You’ll probably do a lot of walking, so bring at least two comfortable pairs of shoes.
- Toiletries and medication: A high-SPF sunscreen is vital during summer. If you take medication, make sure to bring enough and have a copy of your prescription in case you need a refill. If you forget something, pharmacies in Italy are useful for replacing lost or forgotten items.
- Electronics: Voltage (named after Italian inventor Alessandro Volta) is 220 in Italy and plugs have two round prongs. Electronic devices that need recharging require an adaptor. Simple U.S. to European travel adapters are available in most electronic shops for under $10 and double that at airports. They’re harder to find in Italy but most starred hotels supply them to guests for free. An extra memory card is useful for digital photographers and a portable battery charger can avoid phone and other devices from losing power.
- Your Guide to Italy:
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