The full title of this post should really be “What I packed for a 10 Day Summer Trip to Italy, What I Wish I Had, and What I Wish I Hadn’t.”
As my first European trip, to say I was a little nervous about bringing the right and wrong things. There is nothing quite as nerve-wracking about needing an item when you’re in a foreign country and not being able to have it for several days. Well, over-packing your bags may be just as bad.
James and I each used packs, which were good for him, but not as great for me because of my back and shoulder issues. I likely won’t be taking mine as main luggage on long trips again, as it was too heavy and we never really encountered a place we couldn’t have rolled a suitcase in or out of.
Without further ado, here is what I packed in my pack:
- Navy linen pants
- Silk Top(s)
- Linen Top(s)
- Navy Shorts
- Linen Top
- Cotton Shirtdress
- Blue Jeans
- Naot Gladiator Sandals
- Nude Wedges
- ON Cloud Running Shoes
- Osprey Farpoint 55 Pack
- Nikon D7000
- Macbook Pro
- Gold hoop earrings
- Floral scarf
What I would leave at home:
- The wedges. I didn’t wear them a single time. Every restaurant we went to was completely fine with my sandals (which look pretty dressy on). That being said, if you’re carrying a larger suitcase feel free!
- The neck pillow: This ended up just getting in the way, making my pack bulkier, and wasn’t effective at helping me sleep on planes or trains.
- The floral scarf: I’m not against wearing scarves in general, quite the opposite. There are just SO many places to buy beautiful silk scarves in Italy that I ended up wearing the ones I bought instead of the one I packed!
- While light and comfortable, I would pack tennis shoes with a lot more support than the ON Clouds.
What I would take next time:
There’s really only one big answer to this… HIKING BOOTS. I got really bad blisters on day one when we went on an impromptu hike through Cinque Terre and my feet struggled the rest of the trip.
I have this pair, and they’re awesome! My biggest mistake in this first trip to Europe was thinking anyone would care what type of shoes I wore walking around town. They don’t. Be comfortable.
As I’m making my packing list for our trip to London I’ll be keeping these lessons in mind.
What are your must-haves for trips abroad?