Packing for any Trip should come with a game plan: you’ll want to do so efficiently, neither under nor over-packing. This does pose an interesting question, though. What exactly you should bring on your trip to Italy? Here are a few essential items that should definitely go into your suitcase.
Most people keep their emergency contacts and travel information on their mobile devices or their laptops, but you never know when technology will decide to work against you. Keep a couple of redundant printouts and keep them on you at all times when you go sightseeing, so that you always have the information on hand when you need it. It’s also a good idea to keep photocopies of your passport handy, in case you lose it. You’ll be able to get a replacement at your country’s embassy much easier if you have a copy of the original.
A travel adapter
Italy’s standard electric supply is 220V, though appliances running 240V will work, too. Plugs either come in two or three round pin versions, so an adapter is useful for charging your cellular phone and laptop. Leave the hairdryer at home, though, as most hotels are happy to provide one. If you absolutely need to bring something but are worried about the voltage difference, we recommend that you check out various adapter/converter kits – they’re usually found at home supply stores or available online. You can also look into splitters or extension cords if you’re traveling with a group. This way, there’s no need to fight over outlets.
If you take any prescription medication, count out exactly how many you’ll need, but try to keep them in the bottles they came in – with the prescription, if possible. It’s also wise to keep a stock of over-the-counter medicines in case of emergency or sickness. While you can get just about any kind of medication in Italian drug stores, there’s a chance they’ll be more expensive. Also, keep in mind that painkillers are kept behind the counter at Italy’s pharmacies. You’ll have to ask for them specifically if you need them.
Hear us out. Italy has fantastic wine. You don’t want to be caught in a situation when you’ve been presented with a great bottle and don’t have the means to open it with. Dining in your hotel room can save you a lot of money in the long run, but it doesn’t have to feel anything less than la dolce vita. A bottle of wine can elevate any meal, so buy one outside and bring it back. Corkscrews also come in handy when you’re in the mood for a picnic lunch outside somewhere gorgeous. A bit of bread, a bit of cheese, and wine – it’s bliss. Don’t miss out by being unprepared.
Conditioner, lotion, deodorant
The first two might be basic products provided at most hotels you’re used to, but not in Europe. Deodorant can also be challenging to find if you run out, so bring extra. Keep small bits of skin cream in contact lens cases if you have a multi-step routine, and make sure to transfer product into smaller travel-size bottles to save space.
If possible, have your money converted to Euros before traveling to Italy. Even in big cities like Rome and Venice, credit cards aren’t widely accepted, and many establishments don’t take them. Check with your bank if your debit card will work in Italy, and advise them of your travel plans. Most banks freeze cards if they notice suspicious activity, and this safeguards against that possibility. You can also keep your money in a discreet money belt. You wear this under your clothes to keep it safe from snatchers and pickpockets.
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