Saturday, June 16, 2012

Packing Questions

I'm stressing about how many clothes to bring on my trip this fall, because I've got people telling me I should only bring 2 or 3 outfits and other people telling me I need to pack a few suitcases worth.

We'll be gone three weeks; changing cities every 3 or 4 days at first.  We're starting in the north of Italy and moving south, at a time when it starts to turn colder and might rain in the north.  It'll be warmer in the south... I'm hoping for shorts and T-shirt weather.  We don't plan to rent a car; we'll be walking or using public transportation where ever possible.

We've pretty much planned almost every day.  We'll have some free time every day, but I don't know that we want to spend it at laundry mats.  We're also staying at (mostly) B&B's, so I don't know if laundry will be available on sight.

Personally, I usually wash my clothes after each wearing.  I'm a bit of a slob, and tend to slop a lot so it's usually necessary.  I also don't like wearing pj's more than a couple of nights before swapping them for a clean set.

Then again, I'll only have a rolling duffle bag that's about the size of a medium-sized suitcase and a small shoulder bag.  Anything that I bring, I have to be prepared to schlep down cobble stone streets, onto the trains and through the airports.

If we plan to spend one night at about the half way point at a laundry mat, how many outfits should I bring?  How many would you bring?


  1. I would suggest contacting the B&Bs to see if you can use their washer (although you will need to hang clothes to dry more than likely). Unfortunately when it is that rainy, I found that I wanted more clothes - because I hate wearing wet pants/socks/shoes (I had this same problem... In Italy). If you are going to be in big cities, you can also look to see where the nearest dry cleaner/laundry is & pay to have your laundry done upon arrival at each new place. Regardless - bring clothes that you can layer, then you just wear less layers the further south you go.

    Have a wonderful time!

  2. Uhmm, I am the last person you should take packing advice from. I take a minimum 3 outfits for an overnight trip! Good luck ;)

  3. I think I would go sparse on the clothes, but would bring lots of undies. I find I don't mind wearing "dirty clothes" as long as I have fresh drawers on.
    Excited for you!!


  4. Put together seven outfits of the most interchangeable tops, bottoms and sweaters you have, keep the footwear to a minimum. I'm a big fan of rinsing things out in the sink and hanging them to dry.

  5. I have not a clue! If you only knew how I stress over packing. For Florida I always take a couple pairs of shorts and about five shirts and lots and lots of underswears! Then I just buy stuff when I am there... :) Packing for Italy would throw me into a tizzie! I am so excited for you!