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I’ll be heading to Italy in two weeks ya’ll and I can’t wait!! This will be my second visit to Europe (recap my first trip to Europe on a budget here) and I’m starting to put together my suitcase. Well not really, I actually hate packing and probably won’t do it until the night before. But… I’m mentally packing which means I’m putting together outfits and thinking about all of the things I want to do and want to be wearing while I’m doing it!
Odd I know… but this helps me do one of two things: 1. Pack accordingly and efficiently while 2. Over pack. One of my best friends states that he can travel anywhere for however long with a carry on and a book bag. I however can not. Hopefully this post will help you as well as myself (I’m going to use is it as a checklist) know what you need to bring if you are taking an upcoming trip to Italy. (PS: Totally have pants on in these pics… they’re shorts!!! )
What I’m Packing For My Trip To Italy
Natural Hair Necessities: Usually when I travel I like to have my hair in some sort of protective style so I don’t have to really worry about my hair. This time is no different. I’ll have my natural hair in box braids over the two weeks. This however doesn’t mean I don’t have to bring anything. Remember even in a protective style you still want to take care of your hair, even if it is minimally. Here’s what I’ll be bringing along:
- Leave In Conditioner (liquid spray form)
- Light Oil (Probably Jojoba or Almond Oil)
- Hair Scarf (to protect my edges and to keep the style looking fresh/neat)
- Hair Accessories (hair ties, cute bobby pins, head wraps)
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Clothes: Ugh… clothes and shoes are by far the most stressful thing to pack whether I’m going away for a day or a two weeks. There’s always that “what if” thought in the back of your mind that makes you think there is a possibility you may wear certain things. When the reality is you’ll probably wear 1-2 outfits a day at most. Last year on my trip to London/Paris I was gone for 8 days and packed 15 outfits. At best… I wore 7 and that is thinking generously. This time I won’t have to over due it for the second leg of my trip since I’ll mostly be in beachwear. However for the first 7 days I’m going to try and pack no more than 10 outfits (11 if I get too anxious)
While I may not know the specifics of the exact outfits I’ll be wearing. Here are the basics of what I’ll be bringing.
- 2-3 pairs of shorts (Italy is experiencing a very warm Summer)
- 2-3 pairs of Jeans (I like to have just in case jeans… you know just in case I need them)
- 2 Pairs Of Leggings
- 2-4 Maxi Dresses (these are easy to pack, don’t take up a lot of space, and serve as one outfit you can transition from day to night)
- 3-5 witty tops/tee shirts (to go with the jeans and or legging combos)
- 2-4 Camis (I can use these as pajama tops or again as a jeans/legging combo)
- 1-2 Party/Dress up outfits (I’m not a partier and don’t plan on going anywhere fancy but hey… again you never know)
- 2-3 Workout Outfits (I like to run in new places and I’m a sweater so I can’t just bring one)
- 1 Jacket (in case it gets cold… duh)
- 2 Sweaters (1 is a quick hoodie that you can throw on over anything/ 1 can be more fashionable)
Shoes: Packing shoes is the bane of my packing experience. They are heavy, bulky, and I always end up wearing 2-3 of the shoes I brought along. Thankfully during summer travel you can get away with many sandal options that are lighter weight and easier to pack However you still bring the 6 pairs of heels because well… a girls gotta have options right. This time I’m going to follow my friend’s advice and stop doing the most when it comes to packing shoes.
- 1 Pair of sneakers (I’m a runner so this is a non negotiable.)
- 2 Pairs Of Cute Sandals and/or Booties (Plus my Birkenstocks because c’mon they’re so comfortable)
- 1 Pair Of Flats (if its rainy or if it’s not a toe out sandal appropriate activity
- 2 Pairs Of Heels (honestly… I may just bring one… I haven’t worn heels in almost a year and probably won’t start on vacation)
- 1 Pair of Converses (I know… Converse are technically sneakers but they’re not workout/running sneakers so they get their own category)
Essentials: Okay the essentials category is usually a no brainer… but because it is usually a no brainer… that is when you forget/leave things behind. Fortunately essentials usually can be bought just about wherever you are going/staying. Unfortunately they’re usually either over priced, or you’re annoyed with yourself for having to buy something you already have at home.
Depending on where you’re staying the essentials list can vary. These requirements are strictly based off of my comfort levels/needs and where I’ll be staying while in Europe.
- Underwear (28+ Pairs- I’m leaving the country for 2 weeks guys don’t judge)
- Bras (at least 7- I figure I’ll be wearing bathing suit tops all day the last week anyway)
- Toothbrush/ toothpaste
- Socks (4-5 pairs- I don’t plan on wearing socks during my adventures this is strictly for working out purposes)
- Face Stuff (Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer, Spot Treatment)
- Tylenol/ Benedryl/ Vitamins: I always travel with these three because well I always take my Vitamins and 2. incase I have an allergic reaction or random bouts of pain I like to be prepared.
- Sunscreen (I’ll be in the sun all day and I am not playing around with UV rays… they age you something terrible)
- Skin Moisturizer (I’m torn with just bringing my jar of coconut oil with me or actually getting a moisturizer for the trip… I’ll keep you posted)
- Makeup (though it should really go under “face stuff” it gets its own category and its own bag)
Misc: These are things that I obviously don’t know where else to categorize them in… but they are still pretty darn important to my travels.
- Camera/.Lens: I had to add lens in there because I have traveled once with just the body of my camera and completely forgot to pack the lens. The battery charger is also pretty crucial too in order to snap those dope shots/ and vlog all the cool stuff I’ll be doing (mostly eating… shrugs)
- Laptop/ Ipad/ Charger: Uh… yeah that’s a given. I’ll be using my laptop to catch up on any unsuspected work I have to do (mostly blog related or writing) and my Ipad will be for reading on the plane or at night. And of course… I need the chargers for all of those things
- Cellphone Charger/ Portable Cellphone Charger: My iPhone 6 is honestly on its last leg and I’m impatiently waiting the arrival of the iPhone 8. So it’s not surprise I’ll be bringing my chargers and back up chargers to make sure I’m not stranded without any juice in a foreign country.
- Jewelry/Accessories: Obviously I’m def not going to over do it with the jewelry and accessories. I usually bring a small sandwich bag of jewelry (in which I use probably 1/4 of what I bring) and 2 bags besides my main shoulder bag. I’ll be doing the same this time around!
- Electric Outlet Converter: When you travel internationally always remember to have a converter with you to plug in your electronics. Some hotels do provide this converter, most will charge you for it. And if you’re staying in an AirBNB… you never know. I got mine for 20 bucks on Amazon and have been using it for a while.
- Blanket: This one may not actually make the suitcase depending on how much room I have left but I like to pack a blanket along side a small pillow for comfort on the flight. Sometimes I also just like to use my own blanket and pillow at the hotel. (most times I don’t but on the rare occasion I feel like doing so I can)
I feel like if I stick to no more than the bullet points I should be able to keep the suitcase weight well under 50LBS. (crosses fingers… here’s hoping)
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.