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What to Pack for Italy in the Summer

what to pack for italy in the summer everyday parisian
what to pack for Italy in the summer

What to Pack for Italy in the Summer

I am off for an Italian holiday this weekend. If you have been following me for a while, you know Italy was actually my first love before France. I studied abroad in Florence during college and the country will always hold a special place in my heart. It is where I fell in love with travel and found my passion for photography. Last year, I took a trip to Amalfi Coast, Positano, and Capri with my now finacé. This year, I will be traveling to Como with my family and fiancé. After Como, my fiancé and I are headed to another part of Italy I have never been to before.

If you are headed to Italy this summer or sometime in the future, this is what I recommend you pack. I created this downloadable PDF packing list here to help you get organized.

Italy will be hot and it’s best to pack lightweight fabrics, linens are great and flowy dresses. I always recommend some sort of jacket for the evenings. We will be on the lake where it will be cooler. A denim jacket is great for throwing over a dress at night.

Last summer, we had a trip to Positano booked and Europe/Italy had just opened up a few days before. We weren’t completely sure we were going to Italy due to COVID tests being negative and work obligations. I didn’t plan well when it came to packing. I feel a little more prepared this time around having some experience under my belt.

Make sure you pack a hat, there are tons of places to buy one if you forget or it isn’t convenient to pack. I have this foldable hat from Madewell that I wore on the boat trip that did the trick. Also, sunscreen is so important. I never leave the house without it. Sunglasses are a must, you will want a least one pair. There are tons of shops to buy all of these items and the euro is at a good exchange rate if you forget anything.

what to pack for Italy in the summer
What to pack for Italy in the summer everyday Parisian

For shoes: I am packing these Sézane sandals, sneakers (we may be hiking so I am considering a pair of Nikes), espadrilles, and a pair of flip-flops for the pool/beach.

I always pack in a carry on which makes packing a challenge but it is so much easier for moving around. Packing cubes are a must and they help keep me organized.

For dresses: I have these two from Sézane I recently purchased along with a J.Crew eyelet white dress.

Accessories for Italy

Sunscreen. I have SuperGoop Sunscreen and this Avene mineral sunscreen. Since I am packing in a carry-on, I will have to buy more sunscreen once I arrive. The face sunscreen is what I am most concerned with so those will come with me.

Airpods for listening to music or podcasts on the plane.

Sunglasses. I scored these Ray-bans on sale. I am happy to have a new pair and to protect my eyes.

Camera. I just got this new Fuji camera last summer I am looking forward to using on the trip.

summer in italy rebecca plotnick

Italy aperitivo

lake como italy

You can follow along on Instagram to see my Italy adventures.

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  1. Going to Europe,I bring the bare minimum of toiletries,because I LOVE to pop into a local drugstore and pick up my European brand favorites. There a drugstore down the street from my favorite Paris hotel,with great prices and products. This is stuff I would buy to bring home anyway,and I always leave room in my suitcase for it. I can make do for a night or two by throwing some sample packets into my bag in case I don’t get to the shop the first day.

  2. since you lived in Paris, what advice can you give for banking? My daughter will be attending Parsons 4 years and will need access to money. Using an American bank card (wells fargo) will come with fees upon fees. Any advise?