Doing 3-week carry-on packing lists has become something of a tradition for me, partially due to some practical reasons (I’m usually gone for around 3 weeks, you guys have messaged saying they help a lot, and it actually helps me think through what I’m packing before I even take off!) but more than anything, I honestly just can’t stand not travelling carry-on only no matter how long I’m gone for. I feel like it’s just one less thing to worry about, it makes travelling so much easier and quite frankly, I’ve liked my outfits so much more since making the full switch to carry-on only a few years ago!
The trick is to make a base of neutrals, pick your tonal colours (this trip had dusty pastels offset by some jewel tones) and keep in mind what fabrics will do best.
For example, this might be surprising but I actually love most silk blends, since they roll easily and take up no room (rolling also keeps wrinkles at bay – more on my packing tips here!). But other than that, I always just pick out the jewelry I’m planning on rocking for most of the trip (with maybe an earring set or ring or two to switch in and out to mix it up) and keep the beauty simple (the biggest tip I can give in this area is to go for cream or powder bases so that you don’t max out your liquids quota and to pack a couple lippies that you can layer up easily [I usually go for a rose and classic red] so that you can mix up different colours with lip balm). I pack a little toiletry kit but remember, shampoo, conditioner, etc can all be bought when you land! Cheaper to get those things wherever you are than to either have to pay any fees at the airport.
Now as I mentioned in my Italy: What You Need to Know and my 3-Week Italy Itinerary posts, Italy is such a diverse country and you’re not only going to be needing some variety for the climate itself, but each area has its own feel that you’ll want to dress for. We were also there in the late fall, so this is a list that’s catering to that season but the same basic principles would apply for summer. Just always think basics, basics, basics with some strategic pops of colour or accent pieces (and as I mentioned above, I usually try to keep these really similar, so maybe pops of blue or stripes for one trip [like Greece], or here lots of pastels and the like).
So without further ado, my full packing list below…make sure you pin or save this graphic for your next Italy trip!
ITALY IN THE FALL: MY PACKING LIST
2 neutral bottoms, 3 tops, 3 dresses, 1 skirt, 2 sweaters (1 pullover, 1 cardigan), 1 jacket, 1 hat, 3 scarves (1 warm, 2 lighter) 4 pair of shoes (2 foldable ballet flats, 1 pair of ankle boots & 1 pair of sneakers) + accessories (flat, easy-to-pack bag, jewelry, sunglasses, etc) – finally, depending on where you’re going in Italy, swimsuits are obviously a must as well!
Happy planning guys!