Packing List: Europe in the Summer

Weather Lowdown

May in Italy can be warm. It’s not typically as blisteringly hot and humid as Italy can be later in the summer, but that kind of weather is also not out of the question in May. In the last decade (give or take), summer heat waves have been striking Italy earlier in the year, often making May unseasonably hot.
Early May tends to be more temperate, though remember that the weather gets warmer as you go south. Do keep in mind that even if the days are warm, the nights might cool off enough that you’ll want a light layer for your walk back from your dinner. Rain isn’t unheard of, either, so pack that umbrella or rain jacket. Average low and high temperature in May for Rome ,Venice and Florence – 55 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit.


You want a voltage converter for any device which doesn’t have a built-in step-down converter. Laptops, iPhones, iPads are examples of devices which will do their own voltage conversion and don’t need a converter. They just need a plug adapter.
Other electric appliances, such as hair dryers, curling irons , need both a converter and an adapter (though converters almost always include the plug adapter) because they can’t do their own voltage conversion and the European circuit will overload the appliance and burn it out. You can purchase both adapters and converters at
If you see a range of voltages printed on the item or its plug (such as “110– 220”), you’re OK in Europe. Some older appliances have a voltage switch marked 110 (US) and 220 (Europe) — switch it to 220 as you pack.

Tourism Taboos

No matter the season, touring any of Rome’s iconic churches requires respectful, modest clothing. Never don anything with potentially offensive slogans or images. Shoulders and stomachs should be covered, and shorts should be avoided. Women should keep their knees covered, but if you insist on baring your legs and arms in the heat, carry a sarong and scarf to throw on inside the church. Particularly at the major monuments, church officials won’t hesitate to hand tourists embarrassing hospital gown-like garments to cover up, or even occasionally turn people away.

Pick Pockets

Cities such as Rome are known for pick-pockets on foot and motor scooters, so include a money-belt or neck pouch to secure your cash and documents on your body while touring each day. Please leave all valuable jewelry and other valuables at home. You can wear fashion or costume jewelry .


  1. Personal Electronics & Chargers & Cables – extra memory cards, batteries, USB flash drives. •Small travel hair blowdryer/ curling iron/ flatiron – ( Note – both hotels offer blowdryers in their rooms )
  2. Plug adapters / converter
  3. Mini First Aid Kit
  4. Mini Flashlight
  5. Personal toiletries
  6. Small ziplock of laundry powder – NOTE. Hotel Shampoo works well as laundry soap.
  7. Shout Wipes are great spot removers
  8. Sunblock
  9. Light weight rain jacket / Travel size umbrella
  10. Glasses / contact lenses – Carry an extra pair of glasses in a solid protective case.Carry your prescriptions.
  11. Sunglasses
  12. Medicines ( where applicable) – Keep medicine in original containers, if possible, with legible prescriptions.Copy of prescriptions.
  13. Motion Sickness medication
  14. Hand sanitizer
  15. Inflatable pillow (or neck rest). These are great for snoozing in planes, trains, and coaches.
  16. Small binoculars. For scenery or church interiors.
  17. Duct tape. A small roll of duct tape can work miracles as a temporary fix — mending a punctured bag, solving an emergency shoe problem, and so on.
  18. Fold-up tote bag. Look for a large-capacity tote bag that rolls up into a pocket-size pouch. Use it for laundry,and those extra souvenirs you want to take back home.
  19. Small Locks . Use it to lock your backpack zippers shut. Note that if you check your bag on a flight, the lock may be broken to allow the bag to be inspected. Improve the odds of your lock’s survival by buying one approved by the Transportation Security Administration — security agents can open the lock with a special master key.
  20. Hat / Baseball cap- to protect against the sun
  21. Noise reducing Head phones / earbuds
  22. Earplugs . If night noises bother you, you’ll love a good set of expandable foam plugs. They’re handy for snoozing on flights.
  23. A couple of small washcloths
  24. Alarm clock
  25. Insurance policy ( if purchased )
  26. Small sewing kit
  27. Small packet of tissues
  28. OTC (over the counter ) remedies (whatever works for you): Pepto, decongestants, etc.


  1. 2 – 3 pairs of pants – one dressy, two casual. Cotton blend is recommended: When washed or if they get wet in the rain, it dries faster than jeans. If you like to wear jeans, wear them on the plane so they don’t take up room in your suitcase. Light-weight khakis always look good. Many gentlemen like lightweight convertible pants / shorts with zip off legs. This style can be functional as you can use them to cover up inside Cathedrals/churches.
  2. Several pairs of walking shorts – lightweight material
  3. A variety of shirts in a cotton/polyester blend. Shirts with long sleeves that roll up easily can double as short-sleeved. Synthetic-blend fabrics ( for example Coolmax or light weight microfiber) often dry overnight. Lightweight Polo shirts look smart as well. T-shirts are great for layering.
  4. 1 Nice Sports Coat or Jacket ( always dresses up any outfit) – Optional
  5. Lightweight but warm sweaters or fleece – gives you layering flexibility to move from Italy’s moderate daytime temperatures to the cooler evenings.
  6. Lightweight underwear and socks
  7. Sleepwear
  8. Swimsuit ( just in case )
  9. Tie
  10. Note – Wrinkle resistant fabrics are beneficial.


  1. 2-3 pairs of pants – one dressy, one casual; cotton blend is recommended: when washed or if they get wet in the rain, it dries faster than jeans. If you like to take jeans, wear them on the plane so you don’t have to pack them.
  2. Several pairs of shorts/capris (shorts are fine, but generally not in Cathedrals/churches; capris covers the knees so they are OK anywhere )
  3. A variety of polos / blouses or shirts ( long sleeved , short-sleeved, various colors – synthetic blend fabrics often dry quickly ) T shirts are great for layering.
  4. Lightweight but warm sweaters or fleece – gives you layering flexibility to move from Italy’s moderate daytime temperatures to the cooler evenings.
  5. 1 nice blazer or jacket ( can be worn with pants, skirt or over a dress to dress it up ) – Optional
  6. 1 skirt (lightweight ) – Optional
  7. 1 Dress ( lightweight) – Optional
  8. Lightweight Larger Scarf – easy to pack and instantly dresses up any outfit. Plus is a good cover up in the Cathedrals and churches. Also covers shoulders in cold restaurants, museums or on a cooler evening.
  9. Swimsuit
  10. Sleepwear
  11. Lightweight underwear, bras and socks ( Choose light weight blend fabrics 100 % cotton takes a long time to dry )
  12. Note – Wrinkle resistant fabrics are beneficial.


  1. 1 pair of comfortable, broken in walking shoes….there will be a significant amount of walking.
  2. 2nd pair of walking shoes ( also broken in ) in case 1 pair get wet.
  3. Ladies – Nice pair of flats or sandals – Optional
  4. Black Concert Attire including Dress shoes

Documents, Money,and Travel Info

  1. Money belt (or neck wallet). This flat, hidden, zippered pouch — worn around your waist (or like a necklace) can be tucked under your clothes — is great for your peace of mind . Purchase a lightweight one with a neutral color ( eg. beige)
  2. Credit cards, debit cards – Please notify your bank or financial institution that issued the cards that you are traveling overseas. It is called a Travel Alert – you will have to inform them what countries you are visiting and the dates of travel. This is very important as if you do not notify them, and you attempt to use that card overseas, they will immediately freeze or block your card for the duration of the trip.
  3. Documents. Bring your passport; driver’s license; and any other useful cards . Photocopies and a couple of passport-type photos can help you get replacements more quickly if the originals are lost or stolen. Bring any necessary contact info if you have health or travel insurance.
  4. Small notepad and pen. A tiny notepad in your back pocket or day pack is a great organizer and reminder.
  5. Journal. An empty book to be filled with the experiences of your trip can become a most treasured souvenir.
  6. Small day pack. A lightweight small pack is great for carrying your sweater, camera, personal items etc. , while you leave your large bag at the hotel . Cross body bags are very good – they are very difficult for a thief to remove from your shoulder. Don’t use a fanny pack — pickpockets love them .
  7. Visiting Cathedrals / Churches in Europe – Same for both sexes – covered shoulders and covered knees, please remove hats once inside. If there is an attendant , rules probably will be enforced.

Safe Travels Bon Voyage!