If you learn anything about me on here, it’s that I HATE packing. I know some get a thrill out of the excitement of deciding what to bring on their awaiting vacation, but for me it’s always felt like more a hassle than anything else. Usually I’m the person that waits until 11pm the night before to even before thinking twice about starting, no matter how much I regret it the next day.
For someone that dislikes packing, you can imagine that preparing luggage for a month long trip is my worst nightmare. From putting together multiple outfits that have the ability to be mixed and matched, to gathering a seemingly endless supply of toiletries, and all the little unrealized daily necessities in between, there is nothing I would rather NOT be doing! However, the time has come that I must pack up my bags and head off to Rome in anticipation for my flight back to the United States. So, I’ve decided to share a few of the tips and tricks that I’ve learned, from one anti-packer to another!
- Pack light. I don’t just mean the actual weight of your luggage, but bring clothes with you that are simple and easy to mix and match with other staple items in your closet. You’re going to want clothes that have flexibility and ease.
- Do bring a carry on. Yes, it will be a pain to lug around, but if you’re like me and your suitcase on the way out was smack dab at 50 pounds, it’s gonna come in handy. I opted for a duffel bag so that I have plenty of room for souvenirs and don’t have to worry about getting pinched at the airport!
- Keep the t-shirts at home. This was a tough one for me as someone (like most college students) who is used to stepping out of the house in a big tee and sweatpants. Sadly in Italy, you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Especially here in Salerno as a waterfront town, casual and light dresses, shorts, and pants are all perfectly acceptable, especially in the summertime!
- Prepare to sweat! Yeah, this sun is no joke, especially when there’s no AC. Bring clothes that won’t constrict you after a long day of traveling the city in the summer heat.
- You don’t need that one pair of shoes. I fell into the trap of bringing too many pairs of shoes with me, don’t do it! While it is nice to have variety in your shoe game, pack one or two solid pairs for walking and other than that go as minimal as possible! Here in Salerno (and in most Italian cities), you’ll find that cobblestone streets are not exactly stiletto friendly. Come prepared with whatever you’ll be most comfortable in walking 20,000+ steps a day.
- Don’t forget adapters! U.S. standard electronic cords will not fit into Italian outlets, so you’ll need to come prepared with converters in order to use your devices. Make sure to get a good one, or you’ll risk frying your chargers and/or the device itself.
- The truth about anti-theft devices IN SALERNO. Italy is notorious for pickpocketing and cases of theft in the big cities. I don’t want to discourage anyone from coming unprepared in terms of personal security, but I quickly found out that Salerno was a very safe city that didn’t require me to use a money belt, neck wallet, or anything of the sort. Of course, you may want to judge according to where you plan to visit in Italy, but for me, a simple purse that is able to be zipped or secured is all I needed!
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, these are just a few tips that I’ve found out over these past 4 weeks. If you’re not sure where to start, hopefully this list offered a little bit of insight into what to expect when packing for Italy!
Ciao a tutti!