Our refinement of Rick's Packing Checklist

Remember to pack light to enjoy the sweet freedom of true mobility.

  • Clothing (which includes what you’re wearing on the plane): 
    • 3 shirts: mixed long- and short-sleeve 
    • 1 sweater or lightweight jumper (note: bring 2 light sweaters or jumpers Nov~March)
    • 2 pairs slacks or 1 each slacks & skirt 
    • 1 pair of shorts (optional) 
    • 3 pairs of underwear and socks 
    • 1 pair of comfy shoes, on your feet (perhaps stylish collapsible sandals in luggage) 
    • 1 small fold-up rainproof jacket with hood. But it's not needed if traveling in the Mediterranean May through September; $7 umbrellas will appear magically if a rare rain happens.
    • scarf or bandana 
    • broad-brim sunhat (definitely) & sun glasses 
    • swimsuit (they’ll be opportunities) 
    • money belt (or other pickpocket defense) 
  • Money:
    • hard cash (just enough to get you through airports. For €, ATMs (Bancomat) are widely available)
    • debit card (for ATM withdrawals; be sure to tell your bank you’re overseas) 
    • credit card (don’t use for ATM)
  • Documents (carried on your person, plus photocopies of each kept in your luggage), including:
    • passport
    • airline e-ticket printout
    • driver's license (not needed on a prepaid tour)
    • railpass/train reservations/car-rental voucher (if applicable; not usually needed on a Sicily Tour)
    • Hotel reservation confirmations (not needed on a prepaid tour)
    • Insurance details
  • Book you are reading (only one, if you finish it, hotels often have free exchange)
  • Address list for postcards
  • Notepad and pen
  • Journal (if you keep one)
  • Electronics, including (as you prefer):
    • camera (if you like)
    • mobile phone (SIM cards can be bought locally) or smartphone, iPod, or whatever the next hot gadget is
    • laptop/netbook/tablet
    • e-book reader instead of normal book
    • chargers/cords for each of the above
    • plug adapters for Italian plugs (buyable in the airport or locally)
  • Alarm clock (if necessary)
  • Earplugs/neck pillow/sleeping mask
  • Glasses/contacts/sunglasses (with prescriptions)
  • Toiletries kit (If you are coming from USA & carrying liquids, see tsa.gov/travelers)
    • toiletries (toothbrush, small toothpaste, floss, small roll-on deodorant, sunscreen. Soap & shampoo will be in every hotel room)
    • medicines & photocopies of prescriptions
    • first-aid kit (tiny, minimalist) 
    • sealable plastic baggies
    • laundry soap, powder (though hotel shampoo works as well)
    • small towel/washcloth