I would have never imagined writing a blog post about packing tips for an Italy vacation because I am a terrible packer! Actually, my name is Feuza, and I am a recovering over-packer.
Four years ago, I discovered something that would change my traveling ways forever: PACKING CUBES.
Where have they been all my 30+ years of traveling life? Anyway, I am so glad I purchased some at TJ Maxx. The Mia Toro brand is my current favorite. I also have the eBags one. These really help organize my luggage in more ways than I had imagined, so of course, for every Italy trip, I get my packing cubes out! It helps to pack light and to get organized in my hotel room.
Italy Vacation Outfits
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Daily Outfits vs General Outfits for Your Italy Packing List
So, I am a huge fan of organizing my Italy vacation outfits by thinking of daily outfits, but I have sometimes failed at this. So, I have to be super disciplined and give myself enough time to grab clothes, lay them on my bed, and really think about it.
Remember that your packing list will also depend on how much luggage you intend to take. I have been aiming at traveling with carry-on luggage, and a medium checked back only.
Sometimes I do a mix of daily outfits and general outfits. When this happens, I make sure the color palette I take all matches. I always make sure I have whites, blacks, and tans. I have loads of caramels in my wardrobe, and I am pretty much just thinking about what pieces will match best, especially if I layer them or use them again.
So, once again, laying out the clothes on your bed is a great idea. It helps you visually see your items and analyze if anything is out of scope.
Italy Packing List
When starting your Italy packing list, I suggest you start with some TL’s (tank tops and leggings)! These are your besties during any Europan trip, regardless of what time of year it is. I recommend you take at least four tank tops ( black, white, tan, or beige, and another color you love).
Don’t forget that you need to cover your shoulders when visiting churches, so also take a cardigan or scarf.
Next, I suggest you take at least two pairs of leggings. I tend to do just black leggings, but I do change the type depending on the time of year. Now, athletic wear, like yoga pants, is frowned upon in Italy. However, I never have gotten a side eye for wearing my black leggings.
I guess it is something people don’t wear in Italy unless it’s an actual Yoga class. So if you want more of the Italian dress code, now you know this is not a part o fit.
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Weather in Italy
Depending on what time of year you visit Italy will also determine how many clothes you should take and essentially your whole Italy packing list. If I go to Italy in later fall/early winter, I will take some thicker leggings if I go in the spring or fall, then lighter leggings.
If I go to Italy in the summer, I will wear leggings on airplanes and sometimes at night. Also, don’t forget that Northern Italy is colder than Southern Italy.
Next up is an excellent daily light jacket, jeans or leather. For during the day, I recommend a short jacket, unless you are going in the coldest months. My fashionista friend Priscila suggested I get a black leather biker-like jacket. She stated that it’s great for the night and matches everything.
I headed to Express for my last trip and found a beige version I loved. I basically wore this one almost every day. I also took my jeans and a long black jacket for the night.
Let’s chat, pants. So, along with my two leggings, I also wear jeans. I am a big jeans girl, and I like their versatility. You can wear them during the day and at night, so I took two pairs of blue jeans and one pair of black jeans.
This time, I also took dress pants, as I knew it would be chilly at night, and wore them on our dress-up dinner night.
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Clothing Layers are Your Friend
The weather in Europe is a bit different than in the USA. Once we went to Madrid and Rome in October, and I only took boots and pants. It turned out that the 70s was hot there, so I only wore one pair of shorts regularly. I also had to buy shirts there. I am easily cold, but maybe you are easily hot, so evaluate how you and anyone traveling with you are when it comes to how hot or cold they get.
Then bring options for layers. I took 3 cardigans and 1 long sleeve. I typically go out with just the jacket but take a cardigan in my bag in case I am cold. If I get hot, then I just remove the jacket or cardigan.
Italy Travel Essentials
You can not forget dry shampoo! I just found this one called First Class by IJK, and they also have one called Jet Leg. What I love is how the charcoal removes oil, for reals. I just can’t wash my hair every day while traveling.
- Packing Cubes – don’t leave home without this
But make sure you check the material first
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- Small dry shampoo
- Truss Hair Gloss for frizz
- Flushable wipes
- Hand sanitizer – my favorite is the one from Trader Joes
- Mini Lysol bottle
- Makeup bag – this is my favorite all-time makeup and accessories bag
- Compact makeup items Tarte concealer, Tarte blush, my Anastasia eyeshadow palette, and brushes
- Your favorite deodorant
- Makeup remover
- Dry Bar hairbrush
- Dry Bar Baby Crush Brush – loving these
- Crossbody Bag
- Air Tags so you know if your luggage goes missing
- Mini hot iron
- Pill case
- Shampoo and conditioner in travel-size bottles – Just ordered this one and love it
- At least 4 pairs of socks
- 7 or more pairs of underwear. I do hand wash some while traveling.
- 2 bras
- 1 sports bra
Packing Comfortable Shoes for Italy
I love comfortable outfits, and we always walk so much while in Italy that comfortable walking shoes are a must! Shoes can be bulky and annoying, so I get strategic. I usually will choose one main pair of white sneakers to wear during the day.
I don’t wear any thin shoes given the impact they can have on my feet. Remember you will be walking on a lot of cobblestone streets.
I also take flip-flops or slip-on sandals, as I don’t want to walk barefoot at the Airbnb, etc. I then think of any shoes that are easy to take to wear at night. This time around, I did take this pair of high boots, which ended up being a great idea. They were super easy to fold and kept my legs warm at night.
I also took some comfy slip-on shoes that I had in our book bag in case my feet started hurting from all the walking.
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What Shoes Do Italians Love Wearing
Italians tend to value quality and comfort in their footwear, and many opt for classic, timeless styles rather than trendy or casual shoes.
Italians generally tend to avoid flip-flops and other casual, beach-style shoes, instead opting for more stylish and polished options. Some popular choices for Italian footwear include:
- Loafers: Loafers are a classic choice for Italian men and women, and come in a variety of styles, from traditional tassel loafers to more modern, sleek versions.
- Ankle boots: Ankle boots are a versatile and stylish choice for both men and women, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
- Pumps: Pumps are a popular choice for women’s footwear in Italy, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic pointed-toe pumps to more modern, chunky heel versions.
- Sneakers: Sneakers are becoming more popular in Italian fashion, particularly among younger people, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic white sneakers to more trendy, fashion-forward options.
Dresses and Night Outfits in Italy
So, when we go to Florence, we always eat at Trattoria dall’Oste, which is a nice place, so I tend to dress up for this occasion. This time I wore a colorful shirt from Zara and burgundy dress pants from Express. I didn’t take a long maxi dress as I usually do, because I had just worn my favorite one in a previous trip to Lisbon and Rome.
My plan was to find one in Italy, but after going to Zara in both Rome and Florence, plus H&M and some other shops, I didn’t find any. Long maxi dresses can be a great addition to yor packing list as they tend to be easy to fold and go great with jackets.
Of course, if you are traveling in the summer months, you will have short dresses, shorts, a bathing suit, flip flops for the beach or pool, and more casual shoes like sandals.
Italian fashion is known for its sophistication and elegance, and this is reflected in the daily fashion choices of many Italians. In general, Italians tend to dress impeccably, with a focus on quality, fit, and attention to detail. Clothing is often tailored and well-made, focusing on classic, timeless pieces rather than fast fashion trends.
Neutrals, such as black, white, and navy, are popular color choices, and many Italians accessorize with statement pieces such as designer handbags and shoes.
Italian Women’s Fashion Style
Fashion in Italy is known for its sophistication and attention to detail. Some top picks in Italian women’s fashion include:
- Tailored suits: Italians are known for their love of tailored suits, which are often made with high-quality fabrics and cut to fit perfectly.
- Classic dresses: Italian women often opt for classic dresses in timeless silhouettes, such as shift dresses or wrap dresses.
- Timeless accessories: Italian women often accessorize with statement pieces such as designer handbags and shoes, which add an extra touch of polish to an outfit.
- Neutrals: Black, white, and navy are popular color choices in Italy, as they are easy to mix and match and can be dressed up or down.
- Layering: Layering is common with the addition of a jacket or scarf, adding an extra touch of style to an outfit.
Overall, Italian women’s fashion is about looking polished and chic, focusing on quality and timeless style.
Italian Men’s Fashion Style
The first time I went to Italy in 2000, I noticed how posh the men were. They were always very dressed up no matter where they were going. So I am not surprised at the current fashion style 20 years later.
- Tailored suits: Italians are known for their love of tailored suits, which are often made with high-quality fabrics and cut to fit perfectly.
- Classic dress shirts: Italian men often opt for classic, tailored dress shirts in neutral colors such as white, blue, and pink.
- Timeless accessories: Italian men often accessorize with statement pieces such as designer watches and shoes, which add an extra touch of polish to an outfit.
- Neutrals: Black, gray, and navy are popular color choices in Italian fashion, as they are easy to mix and match and can be dressed up or down.
- Layering: Layering is common in Italian fashion, with the addition of a sweater or jacket adding an extra touch of style to an outfit.
Overall, Italian men’s fashion is about looking polished and chic, focusing on quality and timeless style.
Planning Out Your Daily Outfits
Next, I lay out my itinerary with whatever plans I have and the days they will be. We are stress-free travelers who don’t book a lot of paid stuff, so this is also sort of a loose schedule. I then lay out and choose the outfit for the day and see how can I change it up slightly for the night.
I tend to repeat night outfits with slight variations. Sometimes it will be with accessories such as shoes or jackets. I also choose the nice dinner outfit wisely.
One thing to keep in mind is if your day will consist of outdoor activities or indoors. This will have a massive effect on planning daily outfits.
Shopping in Italy
An activity we love while visiting Italy is shopping. We love to visit Zara, H&M, and other budget-friendly shops. When visiting Rome, we always go to these stores, and we also check out the Via Del Corso for brand-name sunglasses.
Italian fashion is so inspiring, so I leave some outfits to shop for there. So if I feel I am missing a dress, for example, I go and shop for a dress there. So I will basically fill in our outfit itinerary with shopping in Italy. I say it’s a win-win!
What to wear in Italy in the Summer
Italian fashion in the summer tends to be light and airy, with a focus on comfortable and stylish pieces that are suitable for the warm weather. Some popular choices for Italian summer fashion include:
- Lightweight dresses: Dresses in lightweight fabrics such as linen, cotton, and silk are popular choices for summer in Italy. These can be found in a range of styles, from casual sundresses to more formal maxi dresses.
- Shorts: Shorts are a popular choice for both men and women in the summer, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
- Sandals: Sandals are a staple of Italian summer fashion, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic to more stylish, dressier options.
- Light jackets: Light jackets, such as denim jackets or linen blazers, are a popular choice for layering in the summer, as they can be easily removed if the weather becomes too warm.
- Bikinis/One Piece and Swim Coverup: You will need these if visiting Capri and The Almafi Coast. Additionally, take a pretty beachy cover-up or purchase one there.
Overall, Italian summer fashion is about looking stylish and polished while also staying comfortable and cool in warm weather.
What do Italians wear in the fall?
Italian fall fashion tends to be transitional, with a focus on layering and combining lightweight pieces with warmer, heavier items. Some popular choices for Italian fall fashion include:
- Coats: Coats are a staple of Italian fall fashion, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic trench coats to more modern, oversized versions.
- Sweaters: Sweaters, both lightweight and heavier versions, are popular choices for layering in the fall.
- Jeans: Jeans are a popular choice for both men and women in the fall, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic straight leg to more trendy, skinny versions.
- Boots: Boots are a popular choice for both men and women in the fall, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic ankle boots to more fashionable, over-the-knee versions.
Overall, Italian fall fashion is about combining stylish and practical pieces in a way that is both fashionable and functional in cooler weather.
What do Italians Wear in The Spring?
Italian spring fashion tends to be transitional, focusing on layering and combining lightweight pieces with warmer, heavier items. Some popular choices for Italian spring fashion include:
- Light jackets: Light jackets, such as denim jackets or linen blazers, are a popular choice for layering in the spring, as they can be easily removed if the weather becomes too warm.
- Dresses: Dresses in lightweight fabrics such as linen, cotton, and silk are popular choices for spring in Italy. These can be found in a range of styles, from casual sundresses to more formal maxi dresses.
- Jeans: Jeans are a popular choice for both men and women in the spring, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic straight leg to more trendy, skinny versions.
- Sneakers: Sneakers are a popular choice for both men and women in the spring, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic white sneakers to more trendy, fashion-forward options.
What do Italians Wear in the Winter?
Italian winter fashion tends to be practical and stylish, with a focus on layering and warmth. Some popular choices for Italian winter fashion include:
- Coats: Coats are a staple of Italian winter fashion, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic peacoats to more modern, oversized versions.
- Sweaters: Sweaters, both lightweight and heavier versions, are popular choices for layering in the winter.
- Jeans: Jeans are a popular choice for both men and women in the winter, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic straight leg to more trendy, skinny versions.
- Boots: Boots are a popular choice for both men and women in the winter, and can be found in a range of styles, from classic ankle boots to more fashionable, over-the-knee versions.
- Scarves and gloves: Scarves and gloves are popular accessories in the winter, and can be found in a range of styles and materials, from classic wool to more trendy, fashionable options.
Italy Packing List for the Spring
As a seasoned traveler, I’ve got you covered with the ultimate packing list to ensure you’re stylish and comfortable during your trip.
First things first, pack a versatile pair of shoes that can take you from exploring ancient ruins to sipping on aperitivos. Think comfortable walking shoes and a pair of chic flats.
Next, don’t be afraid to layer! Spring in Italy can be unpredictable, so bring a variety of lightweight jackets, cardigans, and scarves to keep warm. Don’t forget to bring a stylish raincoat in case it rains!
When it comes to clothing, choose timeless pieces that can be dressed up or down. Consider flowy dresses, tailored pants, and a statement blouse. Remember to bring at least one pair of statement earrings, because when in Italy, do as the Italians do and accessorize!
Overall, Italian winter fashion is about combining stylish and practical pieces in a way that is both fashionable and functional in colder weather.
Overall, Italian spring fashion is about combining stylish and practical pieces in a way that is both fashionable and functional in cooler weather.
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