It's hard to believe it has been almost a year since our trip to Italy! I've been promising ya'll a post about how to pack for Italy for ten days in a carry on. We packed carefully because we wanted to start having fun the minute we landed. It helped knowing that each of our apartments had a washer (some were better than others, ie. melted bras & dingy clothes in Rome :/). Before I share my packing list, here are a few pictures from the trip.
Relaxing on our balcony at the end of the day in Rome
With my MIL before dinner one night in Rome
I basically lived in my trench coat. The climate was spring-like, so cool mornings, abundant sun, and pleasant days. I rarely took this jacket off and it was perfect for layering on cooler days. Also, I highly recommend an across the body bag. It was nice being hands free while walking everywhere!
Everything I took on the trip could be mixed and layered. That was key! From mornings in Venice walking to the market to dinners out in Florence, I wanted to be able to grab and go and not worry so much about how things went together. Most everything traveled well and required little/no ironing. Who wants to iron on vacation? Comfort was also key. Comfort without being too slouchy of course ;). Most of the items I packed were bought last year or earlier and are no longer available. I'll bet you have similar items in your closet, but just in case you need help, I've provided links below as noted.
Trench or peacoat - The coat I wore is no longer made, but I love this one from Lands End. It is reasonably priced and isn't as long as some taking up less room in the suitcase. Tessa also shared this one the other day on her blog which look darling on her!
Cardigan - This is a great layering piece that can be thrown into a purse for day trips if needed. I also wore it under my trench on cooler days.
Long cardigan - Great for flying and of course layering! I wore it with leggings and sneakers as well as jeans and wedges at night.
Foldover skirt - I took my foldover skirt for the sole purpose of space and ease of packing. I wore it casually with flats during the day and wedges a blouse & pashmina at night.
Jeans - I took my favorite pair of jeans, these are similar and also a pair of white jeans. Hindsight, I would've left the white ones at home because no one else was wearing them in Italy and I didn't want to call attention to myself.
Leggings - I wore these on the plane and several other occasions. A must!
Chambray shirt - What can I say, I just love a chambray shirt and it easily paired with jeans, loafers, and a scarf or leggings & sneakers.
Flowy Blouse - I took a black & white blouse for special dinners that I wore with the foldover skirt or jeans and wedges. I topped it with the long cardigan on cooler nights.
Sweater or sweatshirt - I took my gray sweater from last year, similar to this one. It was perfect for early walks to pick up coffee. Add a scarf and you have an outfit (and pants of course :)).
Stripe knit top - I love stripes like I love chambray! Mine came from Loft last year, but this one in navy looks very similar.
Scarves - I highly recommend traveling with a pashmina! I tucked it into my personal carry on bag for the sole purpose of having an extra blanket on the plane for warmth. Pashminas are so versatile because they are generally huge! I used it as a scarf, blanket, or shawl depending on the occasion. Also, you will want to buy a scarf once you get there. Pretty scarves are everywhere, and cheap!
Across the body bag - See above picture.
Shoes - I took 3 pairs. Wedges, sneakers, and flats with support similar to driving moccasins.
I didn't take extra jewelry and honestly didn't miss it at all. I wore my diamond stud earrings and a simple necklace every day. You will have the opportunity to purchase fedoras, sunglasses, leather, scarves, etc. So save a little room in your suitcase.
One other tip: slip a pair of socks into your personal carry on bag. They are great for when you want to take your flats off, but don't want to touch the public floor, ew.
P.S. You will also need adapters for electronics. Be warned, my flat iron was hotter than usual and I may or may not have lost some hair.
GREAT OPTIONS FOR A TRIP TO EUROPE
Murano & Burano
Our Apartment in Rome