Packing for Italy | 2015 Travel Series

Last fall my husband, Don, and I traveled to Italy for a twelve day trip split equally between Venice and Lake Como.  What a dream vacation!  We had an amazing time.  I believe that properly preparing for a trip by packing well makes a vacation more seamless.  I was very happy with how I packed and felt we had everything we needed without bringing too much or too little.  I thought I would share more about what I brought and how I packed it with you.

packing for italy 2015

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I wanted to bring two suitcases, one for each of us.  Even though I have a tendency to pack on the heavier side, I made an effort to truly just bring what we needed.  This involved doing some research about average weather trends for the areas we were visiting at that time of year as well as considering what kind of clothing would be appropriate for our activities of choice.

For my clothing and accessories, I focused on tops and dresses I knew I could wear more than once, with pants and warmer layers that I could mix and match with everything.  The only items I brought for me to have a clean one (to two) per day were socks and undies.  I picked shoes that could stand up to a lot of walking, including my evening wear sandals, particularly considering cobblestone roads.

For Don’s clothes, I knew he would need a clean shirt for most days, but only a few dinner appropriate tops that he could rotate through.  I brought clean socks and undies for him for each day, but limited his pants and lounge wear since I knew he could wear those multiple times.

I packed all I could into my favorite Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes to make packing easier as well as keep our clothes intact and wrinkle-free during transit.  Everything fit easily into our two Erin Condren hard-sided suitcases (not currently available) with room to spare for souvenirs on the way home:

packing for italy jen's suitcase 2015My suitcase all packed up between clothes, accessories, and toiletries.

My Packing List:

5 Dresses
2 Sweaters
2 Button Downs
1 Camisole
5 Tops
2 T-Shirts
1 Pair Pants
1 Pair Jeans
1 Pair Yoga Pants
2 Yoga Tops
2 Sports Bras
3 Nighties
1 Robe
2 Bikinis
2 Bras
LOTS of Socks
1 Pair Sneakers
1 Pair Sandals
1 Pair Flats
1 Pair Flipflops
2 Scarves
Sun Hat
Clarisonic Mia
Feminine Supplies
Day Bag
Foldable Tote Bag
Crossbody Bag
Travel Yoga Mat
Knitting Supplies


packing-for-italy-don-2015Don’s suitcase all packed up and ready to go!

Don’s Packing List:

5 Button Downs
7 Polos
2 Pairs Jeans
2 Pairs Slacks
1 Bathing Suit
4 Mesh Shorts
LOTS of Socks
1 Pair Dress Shoes
1 Pair Sneakers
1 Pair Flipflops
Rain Jacket
Mini Tripod
Plug Adapters
Laundry Bags


I share more details about what I packed and how each item worked out for us during our travels in this video, if you’re interested in hearing more:

I’d love to hear about how you pack, particularly when traveling abroad, if you care to share!
Happy & Safe Travels! 🙂


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28 thoughts on “Packing for Italy | 2015 Travel Series”

  1. Thanks for sharing! I feel so inspired by your videos. Now, if I’d only put all your ideas to work! My husband and I will be going to London in the fall and I feel much more confident about packing. Thanks!

  2. Hi Jen! First off, I’m really loving your new site! Congrats on everything! I always get excited for your packing series. When you shared last year that you and your husband were travelling to Italy I squealed with delight! I love Italy and have travelled there annually for a number of years (roughly 10 days at a time). I don’t check bags when I travel domestic or abroad and thanks to packing cubes I can keep everything very organized. For the past year I’ve been using a hard-sided luggage that fits within domestic/international carry-on dimensions. I think for international travel, I prefer the hard-sided case. The hardest part for me used to be the toiletries due to the liquids restrictions of 3.4 fl oz, but I finally have my liquids bag down to a science. I pack my dry toiletries in a separate bag. My family and friends have now started asking me to help them pack for trips since I’m able to keep things to a minimum but still have everything I need and room to bring back goodies! Thanks for sharing as always. You’re the best! Hugs from NC/IL ~AT

  3. Thanks for sharing this. My Hubs and I are traveling to Italy in the fall and I’m always looking for good packing tips when I travel abroad. I’d be interested to know more about how you put your outfits together to mix and match easily.

  4. I’m so glad someone else loves packing/planning as much as I do! Thanks for doing this series, I love watching them and learn something new every time! I just purchased some eagle creek pack it cubes and a new eagle creek carry on, that I cannot wait to try out next week!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I loved seeing how and what you packed. I’ve always wondered about using travel bags to organize clothes; do you find it does help with wrinkles? Thanks, Marissa

    1. In my experience, yes. It probably depends on how you fold/roll items to pack inside of them though.

  6. LOVE all your travel videos! I’m doing a bit of travel in October interstate and need new luggage. What would you recommened for luggage; hard case or soft case? Thanks!

    1. For road trips I wouldn’t necessarily buy a hard-sided bag, because it’s really designed to protect items during air transit. We have one already, so we do use it for car trips from time to time. I think it’s a personal preference kind of thing, though.

  7. Hey, great video, are those Tieks as comfy as everyone says? I have horrible wide feet, just wondering if they worked for you?

    1. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are. It did take a little time to break them in, but I love them.

  8. Loved the video, i was wondering what brand your flats were? they looked like they would be super comfy and loved them being so compact.

  9. Love your packing videos! Random question, you look darling in this video. Where did you get your shirt from? Love it with the popsugar scarf.

  10. I wonder if you would have less wrinkles and more room for clothes if folded your clothes using the KonMari Method (you’ve shown in other videos) and packed your cubes that way?

    1. Lots of people roll their clothes in packing cubes, but I prefer to fold them up small. I don’t generally have issues with wrinkles.

  11. Hi Jen
    I just found you.. Where did you purchase the packing bags/cubes. Wish I could have this site last year. We went to France/Italy w our 3 kids. Any packing tips if u r travel w kids?

    1. I’ve bought them from The Container Store before and seen them at REI. I think you can find them on Amazon, too. I don’t have kids so I’m probably not the best person to ask about that, but I’m sure there are people with tips out there if you google it 🙂

  12. I have just discovered your blog and your youtube videos. They are really interesting and useful. Can you tell me what flyaways are? Are they a brand of scarf?

  13. Hey!! Very interesting post. I love packing and traveling for Italy. I love your packing ideas and the way you organized your suitcase! I wish a terrific time:)

  14. Hi! I saw that you brought your clarisonic with you, did you take your charging station/did it work? I am going to Italy and want to take mine with me but I don’t want to break the charging station! I know things like hair dryers and straighteners can sometimes melt 🙁

  15. I know this is years later, but maybe one day you can do a video or blog on ALL the Places you have visited! I love watching your videos and I am always curious to where you have been; as I love travel…

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