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    Light & Efficient: Packing Tips for Exploring the Eternal City


    Once your travel plans are set in stone with tickets and hotels booked, it’s time to tackle the logistics. Start by creating a bucket list of the must-see sights and activities you want to experience. We always suggest doing a bit of research to familiarize yourself with what to expect in Rome. This includes everything from understanding the attractions you plan to visit to knowing what the weather will be like during your stay in Italy. This article comes in handy, to explore tips on how to plan efficient packing.

    Knowing what to pack and what not to bring on a trip to Rome, can maximize your experience and vacation all together

    Packing for a vacation in Rome, means you’ll have to consider some really important factors: what will the weather be like, is there a dress code in certain places, what is smart to pack? Here is everything you need to know:

    Rome’s fashion code: Smart casual All year Round

    Depending on your travel dates, dress casual and comfortable. Keep in mind there’ll be a lot of walking to do. And the weather is unpredictable. So you want to be prepared. Pack light, breathable clothing during Spring time. And dress in layers during fall and winter. Summer time is for t-shirts, shorts, skirts and summer dresses. A few swimsuites, in case you want to make sure to spend a day at the beach. After all, Rome is situated in a coastal Region, Latium, and there are beautiful beaches to visit that are just a short while away from the city center.

    Mastering Your Rome Itinerary: Tailoring Your Wardrobe for Every Sightseeing Adventure!

    Consider creating outfits depending on the different places you’ll explore. For example, some locations may require a certain dress code, like many religious sites try to reinforce: In the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and other venues run by the Church, shoulders and knees, feet should be covered. It’s considered common courtesy in Italy.

    Other sites recommend dressing in layers, like in the Catacombs: Remember, even if it’s hot out, the temperatures are significantly lower underground. You should bring a jacket if you’re planning a visit of the Roman Catacombs.

    Other than for those particular occasions, for a daily stroll in the City center, you should just where weather appropriate outfits, as long as you’re comfortable. You might want to pack a few cardigans and perhaps a pair of trousers or two, for an evening strolls, or an elegant attire for a romantic night out.

    What shoes to pack?

    Sneakers and tennis shoes for when you’ll be sightseeing

    Whether you’re spending a day sightseeing in the City center, or out exploring the offskirts of Rome’s surroundings, you want to consider wearing comfortable breathable shoes, like strappy sandals during summer. Although nothing beats a good pair of sneakers. Keep in store the amount of walking you’ll be doing, mostly on cobble stone streets. Even though the sites in Rome are fairly close to one another, a nice walk length away, there is just so much to see during the day. So you’ll most definitely be walking a lot. Might as well do it comfortably, to avoid any aches.

    Pack comfortable shoes that are easy on your back

    Sneakers, one or two pairs of flip flops, sandals. Comfortable heels, ladies (remember there’s cobble stone streets!).

    Accessorize your look

    Small backpacks are a good option, to carry the everyday essentials. Crossbody bags are even better. Rome has very efficient security system, but as for all the major cities around the World, you could encounter pickpockets. So you want to be mindful of your surroundings and have your personal effects close.

    What are the every day essentials you should carry with you?

    ID, hand sanitizer, a hat, bottled water, a pair of shades, sun screen, portable power bank, a guidebook map of the city, (even though most would download Travel Apps on their phone, to get around in Rome easier). Wifi is present almost everywhere, outside of Hotels, but we recommend opting for a International plan on your phone, just to have extra data, for emergencies. Of course, credit cards. Restaurants, boutiques, pharmacies etc. accept credit cards. But you might want to carry some cash (Euros), especially when you’re in the city center in Rome, you want to consider buying souvenires, snacks etc, in cash. Scammers are always around the corner.

    Other electronics and travel essentials to pack

    1. Valid Passport, travel documents (a travel insurance is also recommended)
    2. A travel adapter to plug into outlets, to charge your phone or electronics in general
    3. A digital camera, to capture every moment
    4. A note book: just to write down impressions, names and hints for future travels or just to make sure you don’t forget anything specific you want to remember from your vacation in Rome
    5. Travel-size toiletries, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. Although these are all pretty easy to find around the city, in case you forget to pack them
    6. hybuprofen, generic pain killers and allergy medications, dramamine for motion sickness, any prescription medicine.
    7. wind jacket, for when the weather is uncertain

    The secret is ‘smart packing‘. Think about what you truly need, plan your outfits, and avoid overpacking to make the most of your trip. Rome is a relatively easy city to pack for, and if you do happen to forget something, don’t worry! There are plenty of boutiques and local stores where you can easily find what you need. Forgetting something might just turn out to be a convenient excuse for some spontaneous shopping!

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