Checklist: Packing For Italy In The Spring

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So, you’ve booked your trip to Italy and you’re super excited, right? But, then you remember you have to wear clothes and bring things and then you get stressed out and your brain implodes. I get it. Packing is my least favorite thing in the world.

But, after years of global travel, I’m pretty good at it. And since I get asked about packing so much, I thought a checklist would be helpful.

Random Stuff You Need: 

Ziplock bags

Grocery Bags

Men’s Clothing

  • Skinny jeans in a light wash or brightly colored skinny pants. Let your inner peacock fly.
  • A few button-up shirts for dinner. In Italy, its considered nasty behavior to show up in public in sweats and a basketball jersey.
  • Converse are always in style for any age.White is most common in the spring/summer. A pair of boots and some nice shoes are great for rainy days and evenings. Wrap them in the grocery bags so you don’t smell up your luggage (if you don’t have a separate shoe compartment.
  • Slippers (the floors are always cold in hotels and Airbnb rentals).
  • Robe (again, they go easy on the heat, you’ll thank me later).
  • Sunglasses
  • A light scarf. They’re worn year around and you’ll see a lot of guys wearing them.
  • Cardigan for cooler days
  • Jacket for cooler nights
  • T-shirts to match your jeans and cardigan combo

Toiletries/Hair/Face

  • Even if you’re a man’s man, bring moisturizer with SPF because you’ll be outside a ton and the long flight to Italy is brutal on your skin.
  • Get a stylish haircut because you’re coming to the fashion capital of the world and the men invest in how they look.
  • Shampoo bars. Easier to transport than liquid shampoo. I buy Francesco’s at Whole Foods but you can get them on Amazon.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Women’s Clothing

  • Skinny jeans or fitted jeans. Even if you’re 50, mom’s don’t wear “mom jeans,” in Italy. But if skinny jeans are too uncomfortable, go with comfortable trousers.
  • Stretchy slacks for chilly evenings
  • Black tights with a black dress (black is always in).
  • Boots that are comfortable to walk in for both day and night. Think booties. I wrap all of my shoes in grocery bags if I don’t bring a bag with a separate shoe compartment.
  • Would NOT recommend heels because the cobblestone makes it pretty damn difficult, unless you’re going to a city that doesn’t have cobblestone which is pretty damn hard to find.
  • A nice blouse or two for dinner
  • Scarves (used year-around)
  • Sunglasses
  • Converse or comfortable sneakers (but maybe not those crazy huge Reebocks with thick white athletic socks).
  • Slippers (otherwise your feet will freeze in your hotel or apartment). Also, being barefoot inside is considered kind of weird in part of Italy.
  • Robe so you don’t freeze
  • Cardigans because layering is always important
  • Light jacket for chilly nights. You’ll see a lot of trench coats this time of year. 
  • Bring a few different purses. Ideally, small bags that won’t kill your back. You really only need to fit your credit cards, cash, and passport or ID. And like some lady products.

Toiletries/Hair/Face

  • Pack all of your liquid toiletries in ziplock bags for the airport. Remember, all liquids, creams, etc., need to go in here. I buy a lot of solids for travel like lotion bars, shampoo bars for Francesco, etc. They don’t leak and they’re easier to bring and don’t have to be shoved into a ziplock. Lush has shampoo bars, lotion bars, conditioner bars, all that jazz. And you can find it on amazon.
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body cream
  • Soap
  • Contact solution
  • Mascara
  • BB Cream with SPF (I like this because it’s a bunch of products in one)
  • Eye pallet
  • Eyeliner
  • Lip gloss
  • Blush (I buy BITE’s 3 in 1 sticks because they work for eyes, lip, and cheeks. I’m lazy.
  • Think natural for the face and hair so I wouldn’t go crazy bringing a ton of stuff. Makeup and beauty are personal and everyone is different but you definitely see more natural looks in Italy.
  • Waterproof mascara because the humidity is brutal
  • Anti-frizz cream if your hair gets crazy in humidity
  • I see a lot of women wearing just black eyeliner in the tear line and lash line for night.
  • Nail polish remover wipes
  • Polish (I always get gels before I vacation because I’m too lazy to bother with my nails on a trip).
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Rollerball perfume
  • Deodorant
  • Q-Tips
  • Dry Shampoo

For The Plane

  • Emergen-C packets because getting sick on the way to Italy sucks. Trust me, you’re trapped in that tiny area with a bunch of people. Germs spread.
  • Moisturizing face masks. I bring the sheet masks with me and I throw one on in the plane because the ride makes your skin feel and look terrible. Plus, what else do you have to do for hours and hours?
  • Snacks
  • A book to read, magazines or a crossword puzzle
  • Aloe socks. Now, you’re thinking that this is the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard of but trust me. Once you wear these on a long flight, you’ll never travel without them again. I wear sandals to the airport and I slip them off in the plane and put on my aloe socks. Amazing.
  • Lip balm. Trust me.
  • Melatonin or some other natural thing to knock you out if you suck at sleeping on planes. Note, I am clearly not a doctor.
  • Tea (because plane tea is nasty).
  • Download podcasts or movies before you leave in case you have a delayed flight or shitty layover.
  • Moisturizer
  • Face wipes/makeup remover wipes
  • Contact cases/Glasses
  • Ibuprofen or whatever in case you get a headache or cramps or something
  • Eye mask
  • Ear Plugs
  • Travel blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Toothbrush
  • Kleenex

Other Essentials

  • Converters (a power converter, otherwise you’ll explode your hair dryer or curling iron and possibly your phone or other electronics).
  • Plug Adapters. We bring at least 3.
  • Medication or vitamins. I bring a little 7 day container and I pre-fill it before I go.
  • Camera with extra memory cards
  • Italian/English dictionary
  • Download DuoLingo like 1 month before your trip and do it every day for ten minutes
  • Lady products because you never know
  • Glass water bottle
  • Earphone
  • Chargers
  • Keys
  • Wallet
  • Id/Passport
  • Boarding Passes
  • Cash/Credit Cards (and make sure to call and tell them you’re traveling)

Resources

  • Check out my Amazon store for my recommendations. Your trip will be so much more interesting, comfortable, and more enjoyable if you take the time to learn a little bit of Italian, and learn a little about the history and culture.
  • Packing Tips Video

What are your packing tips and tricks? Put it in the comments below!

A Weekend Getaway: Exploring Italy’s Rich Music Scene By Paul Giltern

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Like most European countries, Italy has a wonderful music scene welcoming international acts to cities such as Turin, Rome and Milan every week.

For the most part, quaint Italian music venues litter the aforementioned cities, hidden in the back streets of these bustling urban metropolises. Once bands have played Italy for the first time, they appreciate the intensity and passion of the music fans in Italy and always look to comeback whenever they get the chance.

The lure of performing at the likes of La Scala in Milan (main picture) or Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Villa Celimontana is often too much to resist, according to Guardian when they looked at the best music venues in Rome.

But it’s not just the big cities that attract some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Italy is known for its outdoor festivals and concerts – basically, the weather in Italy is a little more pleasant that in some neighboring European countries. Hence why so many European travelers who love music end up booking weekend getaways to Italy in order to attend a festival or concert. There is a ton of annual music festivals held in Italy including festivals such as Lucca Summer Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Puccini Festival and Verona Opera Festival among others that have been listed on Ciao Citalia.

Italy’s wealth of festivals welcomes thousands of tourists each year, but this year there will be a special event held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, just north of Bologna. On June 10, 2017 Guns N’ Roses will play their only Italy show of their world tour. The band that recently announced they were to reform have been playing a slew of North American dates recently in preparation for their huge world tour.

The concert goes to show the pulling power Italy has when it comes to attracting the biggest bands in the world. The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola is an outdoor concert space, which according to reports can accommodate up to 30,000 spectators. Aside from U2 announcing they will play Rome’s Olympic Stadium on June 15, the Guns N’ Roses show will be the biggest event in Italy’s music calendar in 2017. The Rock Blog were the first to announce the show and revealed that the presale tickets went on general sale on December 9.

To get fans excited about the concert, here is a video of the band’s recent Las Vegas show.

The upcoming Guns N’ Roses show is expected to sell out. The Imola racetrack is usually used for Formula One racing but has proved to be a great venue for outdoor concerts over the years, and will undoubtedly be the perfect setting for Axl and Slash to rattle through their back catalogue.

The reforming of one of rock music’s greatest ever bands hasn’t just captured the attention of Italian music fans – its put the band in front of a global audience once again. As news broke of the band getting back together, memorabilia started flooding online for fans to buy. Regardless of Axl’s past legal issues with video game company Activision, they are reports circulating that there could well be another Guitar Hero game on its way after the band release their new album. Additionally, a slew of awesome online games have started springing up online including the Guns N’ Roses Video Slots game released by renowned gaming portal Slingo. All of this is in anticipation of Guns N’ Roses upcoming concert at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola. The band are a cash cow, and with fans anticipating their return to European shores, the GNR band shirts, videogames and remastered albums are making the band huge sums of money in royalties.

So if you are a music fan and need an excuse to venture to Italy, why not either look up the venues we’ve mentioned in this article or book yourself a ticket to see Guns N’ Roses or U2 and witness how passionate Italian music fans really are.

About Paul Giltern: A music fan for over 30 years, Paul first fell in love with David Bowie’s music. Fast forward to the present day and Paul contributes to a slew of online publications. He loves going to concerts and collects vinyl. Away from music, Paul enjoys traveling and reading.

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