Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"How in the world did you pack for 3 weeks in a carry on?"


"How in the world did you pack for three weeks using a carry on? Could you be very specific?


This is what Nikki asked me in the comments section of THIS post. (For those joining the program in progress, I am heading to Italy for 3 weeks on Saturday.)

So, to be specific, as requested, here was the packing gameplan:


Thank god it's summer. I didn't have to pack heavy things.

I bought a wheeled backpack. Already, I think this was a mistake because it was expensive and I will probably never use the backpack part except when hauling my stuff up stairs in Cinque Terre and in Praiano, but nevertheless, this seemed like the most versatile option. It also has an extra backpack that zips onto the actual wheeled luggage piece. Now, there is no way in hell I will actually be wearing the backpack in Italy, but the brilliant part is that it's extra storage and can be zipped off and put under my seat on the airplane, while reducing the size of the whole pack and allowing me to stow the main luggage piece in overhead compartments so I don't have to check my baggage. You with me so far? Good.

Next, here is what I packed:
1 pair of tiny flat jeweled leather sandals. Because someone has to compete with blinged-out Eurotrash while I am there. (Why do people get so intimidated dressing up for Italy. Have you SEEN europeans? There is just as much bad taste over there. There. I said it.)

1 pair of purple t-strap flat sandals.

1 pair black Havaianas. For the pool. For the beach. You know the drill.

1 pair of low-heeled black patent open-toed Prada sandals. For dinner and whatnot. When I need to look pulled together and not fall down on cobblestone streets.

1 pair of really light kickass Pumas in case I decide to hike anything.

1 pair of lightweight Lululemon sport yoga pant thingies. Also in case I decided to hike between Cinque Terra towns. I never wear this stuff unless I am actually doing something athletic (so rare, trust me). Can double as jammies. (I never sleep in the nude. I am a prude American.)

Bras and undies. Enough for a week.



1 big fuchsia cashmere scarf. I always bring it on the plane when I travel. It's a long flight. I will be cold on it.



1 of these THESE in black. Emergency blanket/scarf/sarong. So useful, so cheap, so light, so why not? My swim sarong.

1 pair of jeans. Because I am an American. If you Google "What should I wear in Italy?" people say, "Not jeans!" Well, they mean ugly-ass jeans people wear with white sneakers. These are cuffed-up Jackie-O-style jeans to go with a white tunic, gold necklace, nice sandals, and big sunglasses. A happy casual travel uniform.

4 lightweight black dresses. I live in these. Short, but not too short. Lightweight, dry quickly, perfect for a swim cover-up or going out to dinner. When I was in Argentina, someone told me, "You don't look like an American." I was wearing my favorite black dress then. It was a compliment. Why not pack an LBD? It's not like I am going to be walking all day. I don't need zip-off pants and Ex-Officio quick-dry buttoned-woven sexless shirts. Why do people pack for europe like it's adventure travel? It's not.



THIS. To ward off chill and cover up in churches. I know it looks very early-onset-Eileen Fisher, but it's super cute and the fabric is excellent.

Silver hoops.

Gold hoops.

Gold bangles.



Gold necklace (two, actually).

Fancy-ass blinged out diamond earrings (see Eurotrash comment above)

Basic black sunglasses.

Kindle, with a bunch of books loaded on to it.

1 swimsuit.

Toiletries. (Enough to get me started. I can always buy more stuff when I get there. It's not like it's a third-world country.)

Starter-euros, passport, and reservation information.

Travel books:
DK Top Ten Rome
The Luxe Guides to Rome, Venice, and Florence. (Have you read these? Oh, god. Bitchy and hilarious and smart. I highly recommend, although the hotel recommendations are too pricy for me.)
Rick Steves. I won't lie. He's geeky, but he's practical. Where other guides want to on about Michaelangelo, I just want to know how to get to the fucking train station. He's your guy for that.
Lonely Planet
DK Italian Phrase Book (with the companion CD loaded onto my IPod shuffle)
That's a lot of books, I know.

-iPhone
-iPod
-iPod shuffle

I feel gross owning all three, but I do. Oh, well. The shuffle has a ridiculously long battery life, the iPod had more music on it. The iPhone, well, it's my phone. Loaded with the ATT international phone plan with isn't really a great deal, but better than regular charges. Note to self: turn data OFF before I go, or prepare for a $1000 phone bill.

-Little Nikon digital camera. I love film and like to print, actually, but there is no way I can take better photos of Italy than have already been taken, so a point and shoot is all I need. I am not a big photo-nerd on vacations, anyway. The mind's eye is a better companion, after all.
-Cables to charge all this nonsense
-Power adapter

-Neutrogena 85 SPF sunscreen with Helioplex. I have good skin. I do not plan on fucking it up under the Tuscan sun, thank you very much.

-Three BAGGU for shopping, bringing things on the boat around Capri during our day trip, packing wet swimsuits, and whatnot

-White tunic

-White tank

-Hot-pink satin clutch

-Painkillers (My ankles are fusing together. I insist on walking. I refuse to wear sensible shoes. One thing leads to another.)

-Lanvin Hero shoulder bag. Because it's so very un-fanny pack.

Things I am going to try to cram on last-minute if at all possible:
-Miu Miu slingback platform sandals. Because they are tall without a lot of pitch. And I like tall.

-A lightweight coat with ridiculous sleeves and collar that would be nice to wear to dinner in Venice.

-My vintage fur stole for the plane, because I think that would be funny sitting in coach, but I am pretty sure this won't make the cut. (These are the things I think are funny while I blog drinking wine. Go figure.)


The key (I hope)? Wear simple things again and again and pack accessories. It's not a fashion show, so I don't mind repeating outfits. Week two I am renting a house, with a washing machine. In that regard, I really only have to pack for a week, and I get the middle week to do laundry as needed.

There you go. A lot of little stuff that all fits in my 22" wheeled bag.

Yay me. Yay Italy. Yay not wearing white sneakers in Italy. Go America!

80 comments:

Anonymous said...

"trip underwear". Gyno gave me this invaluable advice i pass to you. Joking how I always take care to be sparkling clean and wear nice "undies" and then of course he never sees them - He said " Trip underwear, consider me like trip underwear, I take my worst and throw it away as I go . leaving room for new purchases ." I've adopted this and take the absolutes much to throw away leaving room for the new - in Italy this my dear is essential. but how the hell are you getting all you listed in that pack - the shoes alone are going to fill it up and two scarves - faggaboutit.

Decorno said...

Anon. You miss the part where I have already packed. That shit is already in my bag, ready to go. :)

I love the trip underwear idea. Brilliant.

Decorno said...

I forgot to mention: those weird Space Bags. They really work.

Zelda said...

the thing about Italy ,,, they are all freaking look good and stylish , it's almost impossible to compete even with 70 KG luggage extra .

KatieBabie said...

WHO are you and why are you so cool!? Your packing list just impressed the heck out of me... i wish i could do italy all over again. I lived in Florence in 2004 for school. I ashadley admit i wore NIKES around town with jeans.... i got the dirtiest looks.. if I had only known. Now I know and can not wait to back with a bag packed like yours!!!!

Decorno said...

Oh, I certainly cannot compete with Italians. But I can refuse to look like a Walmart refugee, god willing.

And Katie, trust me, I am so not cool. I just do Garanimals for adults: black, black, black, pink, Lanvin, black, black, black, silver hoops, black, black sunglasses... (you get the idea).

Anonymous said...

Rick Steves would tell you to wear a money belt, wool socks, and Tevas. Add a bowl haircut and the Italians would call you 'Bruce' and force you to play folk guitar in a cafe.

The data charges suck - I don't care if they do give me 32 gig, I like to back pics up to mobileme as I take them. Hopefully, you won't go through internet withdrawal.

I tried the trip underwear thing in London in 1991. All their skivvies were bikini or over complicated boxer (I thought Paul Smith hated men). It didn't work out well. Potato starched khakis don't mix with commando - it was my young republican phase.

Anonymous said...

Starter Euros is an excellent idea - you don't want to make the money exchange window your first destination to seek out everywhere you arrive, just so that you can ride the train, take a taxi, whatever

erin said...

sage advice. hilarious, too. little black dresses are definitely the way to go.

Anonymous said...

Great list. I say squeeze in the platform shoes. Spent 2 weeks last summer in Rome/Florence and it's intimidating how those Italian women navigate the cobblestone streets in gorgeous high heels. You'll feel more like a native. And hey, you have the painkillers packed . . . .

MaryBeth said...

Amazing that you got it all in. I actually snorted when I read about the fur in coach, the wine is working you are funny. Now just take a picture everyday of what you are wearing and prove you over packed or are the best traveler in the whole wide world. Have fun. MB

Anonymous said...

I agree, agree, agree about your dressing philosophy when you travel. Just came back from Barcelona and I actually met "the ugly American" of travel myth...it was not pretty. Wish I had turned off my data while I was away...my bill was CRAZY!!!!! Enjoy your trip.

regina di roma said...

I love your packing list. Great blog, it looks like you have it all covered (don't forget anti-perspirant though, it's HOT HOT HOT in Italy and you won't find any here. Also, a few tips on visiting Rome in this scorching heat
36 degrees today (what's that, 96?)

hipster said...

Get Fring or Skype for iPhone and you'll save yourself planefare vs ATT. My daughter travels back and forth many times a year with her iPhone.
Why do Americans have such low fashion self esteem
when it comes to traveling over here.
We can spot and hear u guys a km away !!

Thao said...

Awesome. I could live in my black dress and a fuchsia scarf. Have a great time!

Hande said...

Brava, decorno, brava!

Iheartfashion said...

Love your packing list. Black dresses are the way to go and the Lanvin bag is beautiful. And I never travel without painkillers either.

IheartAmbien said...

What about Ambien or some other sleeping pill that will knock you out for the dreaded coach flight of 9 hours (assuming you are connecting in NYC)... that is my lifesaver for each of my buy trips to Europe. Red wine + Ambien + "On the plane" playlist = GOOD NIGHT.

home before dark said...

Have a wonderful trip. Another tip I was given that I love: Buy new clothes as you go, wear them as needed. MAIL them home! Kinda evens out leaving the underwear behind!

Anonymous said...

this is amazing. i need you to tell me what to pack for two weeks in thailand (beach) followed by a few days in tokyo.

Anonymous said...

Salutemi Roma/l'Italia, sono otto anni che non c'abbiamo visti e mi manca moltissima!

Well, since you're all packed up I thought I'd quiz you on your italian!

I am so impressed with your list that it prompted me to comment and I am also going to save it for future reference. I am so amazed at all you're able to fit in! I've travelled to italy a few times and I have to say my travel bags have gotten smaller in size and weight but not small enough! I have trouble packing for 1 week at the beach!

But I have managed to not look like an American! So much so that I had a few "arguments" on the streets of Rome insisting I was not a native and could not provide directions! My favorite part of the whole trip!

Buon Viaggio!

Decorno said...

IheartAmbien: That's funny. I always tell people that my in-flight meal is Tylenol PM and 3 vodka tonics.

lucitebox said...

Thanks for the great packing tips. Brilliant.

I'll suggest that you leave heavy platform heels at home and splurge. Buy some there. Why not?

Anonymous said...

1. Ambien/Lunesta: yes!
2. Not all Italians are chic... many, many examples of nonnas (grandmas) strolling/dragging along the streets.
3. A big fan of travel bags to organize and hide my Hanky Pankys, etc from prying eyes in case of a search or overweight luggage situation. I've been a victim to having to pull things out of my luggage at the counter.

Habitually Chic said...

I'm impressed! I can't even pack my stuff for a three day weekend in one carry on bag let alone a three week trip!!! I've already warned Stefan that I will overpack for Paris but since he underpacks, that leaves more hangers in the closet for me! Hope you have an amazing time! Bon Voyage!!!

Stacey said...

Genius! Have been reading your blog for a couple of months now & I absolutely love it! Last summer we traveled to Portugal & Spain and I forced myself to only bring 1 carry-on which seemed impossible. Best decision I could have made - changed my life as a traveler! Wore black dresses & metallic flat sandals to dinner every night, easy breezy. Have a wonderful trip!

G said...

Great list! I'm traveling now and using your advice on the trip underwear! Already trashed bad jeans, underwear, and tees.

Carrie said...

Total awesomeness. I will keep this post forever. I think I will actually print it out and put it in my suitcase.

Anonymous said...

I am actually going to take this on as a DECORNO v. READERS challenge and pack the exact same things into a carryon to see if it will actually fit.

Decorno said...

Shouldn't be hard. Don't forget that the list really only involves about 10 articles of clothing, and that I get to wear the jeans, the cardigan, and the sweater on the plane, in addition to a pair of those shoes.

But if you want to test it, knock yourself out. :)

Anonymous said...

Be sure to pack bug repellent!

Harvey Millstein, Certified Interior Decorator said...

Horse tranquilizer.

Anonymous said...

Fashion vs. form. i'm always struggling with the fact that i LOVE a chic canvas duffle or tote as my luggage (goes with my plane outfit, natch), but it just kills my back as i'm walking the 2 miles in between terminals at Fiumicino (you guys know what I'm talking about - can that airport be any bigger?)

But the alternative is a horrific, everyman 22" rolly? It just conjurs up the image of an out of shape business consultant/salesperson in a bad Men's Warehouse/Macy's sale suit. Sigh.

Where is this backpack from?

seattlesarah said...

Fuuuuuck, Decorno, you are my hero. I have nightmares where I have to cram all my shit into a tiny bag and I can't and it takes forever. This is what I'll be doing on my honeymoon next year. My biggest problem is always the shoes, of course. We tend to walk all day, so I end up needing bigger, sturdier shoes.

Kay said...

Very cool of you to share. And the exact dimensions of this huge-looking carry-on are what? Backpack goes on back so dimensions in photo smaller?

please sir said...

I love a good backpack trip - what about toiletries? I haven't backpacked since the new size restrictions on toothpaste and lotion - wondering how that works now. Also, Cinque Terra is AMAZING. Be sure to follow the signs to the nude beach. Ok yeah it's nude, but the scenery and black, smooth rocks are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

If you decide to hike between Cinque Terra towns.....do not wear thong underwear. A friend did just that last year and came back with nasty boil type thing back there. Ouch and yuk.

Diane said...

I did a similar carryon deal for a 12 day trip to Italy a few years ago. Used the Space Bags to cram everything in. Thought we'd breeze through CDG connecting to Venice. Nuh-unh. Although the carry-on were the right dimensions, they did not conform to Air France's weight restrictions.
We ended up shifting some stuff to a shopping bag so that the heavy carryon was lighter than allowed. But watch out for that!

Anonymous said...

more details on the black dresses, please. are they 4 different styles, materials? they seem to be the key to your whole look since you didn't pack many tops or bottoms! Thanks!

marlazz said...

I'm bookmarking this post forever, should I ever be so lucky to go to Europe again, when this economy picks up. and when that happens I am packing exactly the same stuff, save the fur stole and the Lanvin (I'll get something similar). The Ipod /shuffle/Iphone bit is insane, but I get it. Kindle?...brilliant! show pics of the black jersey dresses pls.

jen said...

I wish I had this post when I packed for 2 weeks in Europe in a carry on...would have felt much more chic!

Packing light is definitely the way to go though - I will never go back to a full suitcase!

Have a blast!

Anonymous said...

We are packing twins, except I think you are better at shoe origami than I. How the fuck did you get so many pairs of shoes in that bag? And how are you dealing with the stupid liquid carryon scene? You are my new hero.

FWIW, I flew Virgin Atlantic to London a few weeks ago for a work/play combo trip of 1 week and was insanely proud of myself for getting everything into one carryon ... UNTIL the airline blithely informed me I was OVERWEIGHT for my carryon. I had checked dimensions online, actually broke out a gd tape measure, the whole 9, but it never occurred to me to weigh the stupid thing if it wasn't being checked. So you might want to look into that if you haven't already.

Also, don't forget earplugs and an eye mask for the flight.

Anonymous said...

I have read your blog for over a year and I think you are funny and smart, but please, please, please stop saying European. As in, "Have you SEEN europeans? There is just as much bad taste over there."

I am "European" and yes of course there is bad taste everywhere. What I find so painful though is that Americans generally seem to refer to "Europe" like it's one big country. Do you honestly think that the style in Denmark is the same as in Turkey? Or are Iceland and Spain similar? I constantly hear, "oh, that's very European in style,". This is an absolutely meaningless thing to say. There are 50 countries in Europe, with different governments, languages, religions and currencies. You are going on a trip to Italy, saying a trip to Europe is really just a kind of ignorant American thing to say. Aplogies for the rant but whenever I hear European it makes want to bang my head on the table.

red ticking said...

HILARIOUS.

Anonymous said...

I travelled to Northern Italy with a carry on for 4 mos last summer and the summer before ( with my husband and 2 children - each with there own carry on). Just note that it will be 35 degrees (90 F) - with no chill in the air - if that helps with your packing at all - have a fabulous trip and try and get to Lucca ( just east of Pisa) and Forte di Marni...
Travel well
La Dolce fa niente

Maison Luxe said...

that is impressive. honestly, hats off to you girl!

Michele said...

Great post, lots of good fashionably stylish ideas. But - make sure you can lift the carry on into the overhead. I have seen too many people unable to do it and some flight attendants won't help. I also wonder where you are going to put all the great stuff you will pick up during your travels. I do the transAtlantic jaunt several times a year and I never do a carry on. I check a suitcase that is bigger than I need and always have it filled to bursting on the return trip. There is no way I am cramming stuff in and wrenching my back before all the fun starts. And be aware that if you travel on any European airlines the allowances vary - in fact even going through security differs outside the US.
Bon voyage!

shelley said...

Rick Steves! haha...he is a so droll but he really hits the nail on the head with tips for real-life travel. Love! Ciao bella!

Anonymous said...

all of that in 7 KG. carry on?

Kit Golson said...

Ummm...too many shoes, too many black dresses. Really and truly. You don't need all those shoes, pare it down to two, three at the most. Open toe patent Pradas? fuggedaboudit!

And, everyone in Europe wears jeans. Very chic-ly too. But it will be hot, hot, hot....

Have a great trip, I love the bag, where did you get it?

Anonymous said...

Please be specific about your 4 black dresses. I'd love to know where you found these. Thanks. Have fun!

Grant K. Gibson said...

Dear lord have mercy!
I might have to fly you out to San Francisco just to show me how to pack.
I have to be honest here- mens clothes are just HORRIBLE to pack- shirts and pants are just bulky.
You have it so easy with the black dresses.
Have a great great time!
Italy- it seems like months ago.
Your comment to Katie had me rolling on the floor with the Garanimals- adult fashion.
You might just be my long lost sister.

Nikki said...

Yes, Europe thanks you for leaving the dirty offwhite kswiss a home. I average two gelato a day last time I was there, I'll be looking forward to hearing your average!

~M said...

"early-onset-Eileen Fisher" ...you slay me, Decorno!

Anonymous said...

Diane is so right about the weight of the carry on. I had never thought about it and on my final trip home from China, where I lived for 3 years, they weighed my carry-on! I had to do some shifting but it was an annoying load of BS. If I can carry it, I should be able to bring it.

s. said...

Europeans (and yes, I will refer to them as one group) do wear jeans. It's shorts they're not so crazy about. And yay for you for admitting that bad fashion can be found in abundance all over that continent, too. I lived in Paris for years right after living in Manhattan for 5 years and I have to say I that New Yorkers are far more stylish. Please tell us more about your black dresses!

Anonymous said...

What is the brand of the backpack?

Tell us how the packing all worked out when you get back.

Too many shoes I think.

You could have put the travel books on the Kindle.

I don't see how you got it all in.

Now:

Hell, yes, I am sick of hearing about how sophisticated and chic ALL Europeans are. No they are not. Some are. Some are slobs and there are lots and lots and lots of jeans, tees, and "trainers" everywhere. It's like going to New York and seeing the women on Madison Avenue and the downtown girls on Broadway and W. Broadway and thinking this is what New Yorkers look like. No, it is what chic New Yorkers look like. The rest are ordinary, boring, and/or slobs like the rest of the world. I was in Paris and London a few months ago and it sure was true then. Down with white sneakers everywhere except with white active sports clothes.

"Europeans" is short-hand. "Americans" is short-hand. No one thinks they are all the same.

Anonymous said...

Was between Florence, Rome, Venice and Settignano for a month last summer and managed with a carry on each for me and the hubby, we most certainly didn't look like "American Tourist Trash" in fact we got stopped for directions, gotta love learning the language, oh and thank heaven for big sunglasses! Please drink TONS of vino sfuso (fresh table wine with NO sulfites!) and ask the locals where they eat, they have the BEST hiding spots, great food and cheaper than the main drags...
Buon Viaggio!

Decorno said...

~M, I was wondering if I was going to get any love for that Eileen Fisher crack. You made my day.

Decorno said...

The backpack is Eagle Creek 22" Switchback.

And for the Kindle comment - the books I am taking aren't available for kindle, otherwise I would have bought them in that format.

Julia said...

"Why do people pack for europe like it's adventure travel? It's not."

This is exactly how I pack. Thank you for saving me of the rest of a life of packing like an idiot. It stops now.

Anonymous said...

Don't miss the little MoMa cafe across from the American Embassy in Rome...and Villa Borghese may be the best hit and run museum ever (requires online res)...well worth the time!

...and if you make it to Orvieto, have lunch/dinner at Nona Amelia...amazing!

Happy travels from the foodfairie!

Cyn said...

Looks like you will be one stylish traveler - I am more than a little jealous that you are one of those bleesed people who apparently does not get inner thigh rub (or "chub rub") while trekking around for miles in dresses or you would have packed more pants. Seriously, I am envious (and I am not a heffer either, just have thighs that touch)....Lucky me!

Have a wonderful time!

Sincerely,
I luv me some Spanx

Decorno said...

Cyn - I have a PhD in thigh-rub. I actually bought some boy-short-like spanx today. Just in case. No joke. But honestly, I just don't plan on walking that much. Week 2 of my trip will be spent almost entirely in my little rental with my pool and my view of the sea. I am not really a church-and-art traveler. I'm lazy. I am there for the sun and the distance from work and taking out the garbage and doing the dishes and all of that jazz.

xoxo,
These-Thighs-Do-Touch Decorno

Jenny said...

What a fab' list! Sounds more glamorous than I am in my daily life!~ I must do better.
I confess to reaching for some zip off pants and black v-neck tshirts when I travel. Would love to look stylish!!

Enjoy your trip - looking forward to hearing tales of your adventures.

Anonymous said...

For my fellow thigh rubbers out there I have salvation for you in one word: Bodyglide. www.bodyglide.com

I discovered it during my masochist marathoner phase. But I still use it on my sweetly curved thighs when I'll be walking all day in skirts.

Susan

Stevie said...

1) how about some packets of gentle wash soap to wash out some things in your sink?

2) why five black dresses? Don't you think you might find one there? why not *one* in a color or a skirt + a tee that would double as jeans top + wear over swimsuit. Try some of the interesting things excuse the brand reference -- but there are some chiffon or embellished tees from JCrew and a denim skirt (pencil or mini) + a single cardigan to wear alone, wi cami or layered would be so much more flexible than 5 black dresses.

3) REALLY need to know what makeup you are packing including the skincare stuff.
Cmon. fess up here.

Anonymous said...

yeah I had a backpack like that for Italy and I still had to check the bottom part on any local flights. (perhaps you don't have any) Luggage restrictions are smaller than the US. Definitely hike the cinque terre.

bussbuss said...

Fabulous and hilarious! I also was dying at the Eileen Fisher crack. Nice.

I did a two-week trip to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Phuket earlier this year and was shocked and proud (of myself! yes I'm patting myself on the back as I type) that I fit everything into carry-on. I used the same black dress philosophy (took 3). It's really the way to go.

I'm about to embark on a two-month trip to Greece, Italy, France and Croatia for Sept-Oct. and my only apprehension is that black + hot sun isn't exactly ideal. But it is so practical (hides dirt!), looks chic and is incredibly versatile.

I essentially had the same accoutrements as well - a few scarves/wraps, flat sandals, and then bought some clothing as we went. I have a feeling this trip will require bringing an empty checked bag for the journey home (to fit everything we'll buy along the way)... although the suggestion of shipping it home might be even better.

Please let us know how it goes - would love to know how to adjust accordingly post-trip!

BussBuss xx,
kelly

p.s. How did you find your rental in Italy... are planning on going that route too... HomeAway.com?

bussbuss said...

oh! and regarding the underwear situation... i thought i had packed enough for the trip to asia, but was one pair short. the only place open on a sunday morning to get a pair was a walgreens-equivalent. the size charts were in japanese, but there was only one option anyway (M) so i bought them.

once i got them back to the hotel and opened them, it revealed that a Medium was for someone 80-95 pounds! luckily this was a slim phase of my life, but beware - that wouldn't work for most reasonably sized humans... the italians are a bit more robust, but you never know...

Lovely Little Nest said...

You are my hero.

The end :)

Rebecca said...

WOW. Very impressed! I studied in in Florence in 2004 and A trip to Italy is always a struggle for me b/c it's always about the fashion and what to pack. I still don't see how all that fit in there. You should have taken a picture of the finished packing product-amazing. I dig you blog and love the part about the biggest compliment is looking like a native. I totally agree. For some reason customs stopped me on my way back from Thailand though for having a small bag. I was gone two weeks and the guy was like most people pack twice as much for half the time. Then he searched my bag. funny stuff

Design Scouting said...

i adore you decorno! have fun in italia.

Duyen said...

Strangely enough, I live in Seattle, I'm going to Italy for 3 weeks, and I need to fit all my clothes in a carry on.

Can you provide the name of the luggage you used? Or would you not recommend it.

Duyen said...

Nevermind about the pack, I just read your commnents.

Ms. Pittsburgh said...

So right! I'm heading to Florence and France in a couple of weeks, and no one believes that I'm only taking a carry on. It's not like they don't sell toiletries in Europe, not to mention Ferragamos.

Anonymous said...

Quick comments: ew to the old underwear, how much room does it save??

Decrease one pair of shoes.

It will be quite hot for all that black, as people have said.

If you are using public transportation/spaces at all, pack your cash/passports in a moneybelt and wear it under your clothes. Rick would agree.

Halcyon House said...

Hey...glad to see you're back...not sure when that happened, clearly I don't check in often.

In any case, I've been scouring your blog for this post (I remembered stumbling on it once upon a time) because I'm traveling to Italy for the first time in April for about 2 1/2 weeks spending most of mine time in Tuscany.

I love your packing list and now for my long winded question...would you make any changes or suggestions?

If you have time, feel free to email me at ashleigh(at)halcyonhousedesign(dot)com!

Thanks and I'm glad you've returned, I always enjoyed your snark!

Best,
Ashleigh

Katelyn Konecny said...

Bring the Hanky Pankys, they are comfortable, breathable, and invisible. Don't forget your favorite lipgloss and birth control (and tampons if you are dumb enough not to use your birthcontrol to avoid your period while oversees).

Key to picking the three dresses? Just above the knee, don't wrinkle, and can go from day-to-night. By far the most useful items in my eight week trip in Prague.

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