Summer on the Italian Coast Suggested Packing List

Moving on to the age-old question: “But what do I pack?!”

The following list is a good place to start:

  • Comfortable walking shoes! You will be walking everywhere in Italy, and should leave
    heels, etc. at home.
  • Layers are great for long days when the weather can change drastically from morning to
    afternoon. Think lightweight shirts, a jacket, 1-2 pairs of pants, shorts, active clothing.
  • You should consider packing 1-2 “dress up outfits” for special events/dinners
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, and bathing suit. Sunscreen is VERY expensive in Italy.
  • BUG SPRAY. Screens are not common in windows in Florence, and you will have your windows
    open all the time.
  • Rain Jacket. This is less clunky than an umbrella and you can keep your hands free!
  • Scarf (lightweight). To be used when visiting churches, museums, etc. where your shoulders
    must be covered.
  • Bath/beach towel. All other linens are provided in your apartments.
  • Small bag to pack in for overnight trips. If you have an opportunity to travel independently
    during your program, this may be a backpack you carry on the plane with you as your carry-on
  • Shower shoes for shared showers at hostels whether staying in a hostel is part of your
    program or travel plans or not, it’s always good to have a pair of rubber flip-flops just in case!
  • Travel size toiletries. You never know where your checked bag may choose to take a side trip
    and meet you in-country later, so be sure you have some basics to get you through 1-2 days in
    case your checked luggage gets delayed.
  • Personal laptop. Please remember that you’ll be completing assignments for school.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Items like toilet paper, napkins, and cleaning supplies are not provided, so you
    will need to coordinate with your roommates to purchase these once on-site.