We know you’ve heard it a million times – PACK LIGHT! We are girls who love shoes and too many clothing options, so we’ve learned this lesson the hard way. You would be surprised how much extra room and weight those extra items will take up in your pack. A few days into your trip, you won’t care how much you thought you needed those six styles of jeans – you’ll just want them gone.
Check out the video for our top must-pack items. Then click below for general packing tips and an entire packing list.
Clothing Packing Tips
Pack less than you think you need
Any chance you’ll be shopping overseas? We thought so. Leave room in your pack for fun items you may buy on the road – such as scarves, bracelets, Italian shoes, or funky European pants.
Pack layers of clothing
Instead of packing sweaters AND t-shirts, we often bring long-sleeved shirts that we can wear under the t-shirts and a light-weight jacket to wear on top. This way, you will be able to wear the jacket during a chilly morning and take it off in the afternoon.
Bring clothing you can mix and match
We usually bring a few solid color t-shirts that we can dress up with a scarf and skirt or dress down with jeans and flip flops. The key is to bring things you can wear once or twice in different outfits before they have to be washed.
Pack clothes that don’t wrinkle easily
Self explanatory. There’s no way we’re packing an iron.
Look up the weather forecast before you leave
It’s easy to assume the weather somewhere else will be similar to where you live. Find out what kind of clothing you will need on your trip.
Bring culturally-appropriate clothing
Clothing styles and modesty standards differ around the world. Keep this in mind when packing. Be respectful of the culture and dress accordingly. Also, if you want to blend in with the locals, pack items similar to their current fashion. Or buy a few local clothing items once you arrive. We were surprised that so many people in Italy wore long, lightweight pants during the summertime. It was easy to spot the American tourists wearing (short) jean shorts.
Bring modest clothing to visit cathedrals and temples
We tell our friends this every year, and they rarely listen. You will need to be wearing appropriate clothing if you want to visit most of the historical churches, cathedrals, and temples. Most of the time this appropriate clothing means a skirt of appropriate length (if a woman) or at least long pants. No short shorts! Our friend Annie wore short jean shorts and tried to visit a lovely cathedral in Italy. They gave her what looked like a giant bib to wear around her waist over her clothing before she could enter. Told you so!