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 lightweight sweater or jumper (note: bring 2 light sweaters or jumpers Nov~Apr)

    • 2 pairs slacks or 1 each slacks & skirt

    • 1 pair of shorts (optional)

    • 3 pairs of underwear and socks (socks optional May-Oct)

    • 1 pair of comfy uneven terrain waling shoes (perhaps stylish collapsible sandals for evenings)

    • 1 small fold-up rainproof jacket with hood (not needed if traveling in the Mediterranean May through September) €5 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, iPhone, Android, iPod, iPad, or idontknowwhat’s next.

    • laptop/netbook/tablet

    • e-book reader instead of heavy books

    • 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), and spares for these.

  • Toiletries kit (If you are coming from USA & carrying liquids, see tsa.gov/travelers)

    • toiletries (toothbrush, small toothpaste, floss, small roll-on deodorant, sunscreen (reef-friendly or reef-safe please). 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