So you can spend less time worrying about what to bring and more on where to get your first glass of wine!
If you’re anything like me, you love to travel but hate to pack. It’s just this big chore standing between you and the amazing trip you have planned! It’s stressful, time-consuming, and you inevitably forget something. If you’re heading to Florence, you just want to spend the hours leading up to your departure daydreaming about all the incredible pasta and gelato you’re going to eat—not scrambling to haphazardly cram everything you own into your suitcase. A painless packing experience may seem like a dream that is impossible to realize when heading to a new destination, but fear not, my packing-averse friend! I’ve compiled your definitive packing list for a trip to Florence, so you can spend less time worrying about what to bring and get to the more important questions, like where you’re going to get your first glass of wine when you land!
At least 2 international travel plug adapters—make sure Italy is included in the list of covered countries. Important note: do not plug your American hair straightener in with a normal adapter, because it WILL BREAK!
Camera (so many sights!)
Camera strap to wear around your neck
Reusable water bottle (lots of walking!)
Portable phone charger
Protective phone case
Journal, books, magazines, etc.
Cross-body bag for women, money belt to wear under the clothes for men and women. Pickpocketing does exist, so I wouldn’t recommend walking around with a backpack that opens easily.
Ladies: makeup and other toiletry items you can’t live without (lotion, face wash, etc.)
Underwear (a classic forgotten item!)
External hard drive for backing up photos
Money: I highly recommend exchanging some US dollars for euros at your local bank in America before heading to Italy. You can be sure you are getting a fair exchange rate and you’ll be all set with cash for taxis and coffee when you land!
*If you’re staying in a hostel or shared vacation rental: bath towel, washcloth, luggage lock, shower shoes, slippers, hairdryer, soap/shower gel
Now here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need for the varied Florence seasons:
Autumn & Winter (approx. September – February)
Be prepared for cool days (approx. 50 – 79°F), chilly nights (approx. 34 – 55°F), and quite a bit of rain.
One big warm scarf
A few pairs of black jeans or leggings (good for nightlife)
Your favorite jeans
Warm puffer jacket
Shirts for layering
Lotion for dry skin
Spring & Summer (approx. March – August)
Get ready for some sunny days (approx. 60 – 75°F), some scalding, humid days (approx. 80 – 90°F), comfortable nights (approx. 40 – 63°F), and scattered showers.
Bug repellent spray or bracelets (those darn mosquitos!)
Hat (wide-brim, baseball cap, etc.)
Active wear for long walks/hikes
Comfortable flats, sneakers
Short sleeve shirts, tank tops, cool blouses
Ladies: light jeans, skirts, sundresses (you’ll rarely see local women wearing shorts)