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how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

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how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

two seventy year seniors are going on globus tour best of italy in jun and need to know how to pack. want to pack light but may need to do laundry. any ideas.

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1. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

Look in the back of any Rick Steves book on travel. He has one for Italy. He gives an excellent list for people who need help with packing.

For your age I would say no baseball caps, no logo shirts and no white running shoes.

Don't take much... dont take jeans. They are too heavy to dry.

There are catalogues for travel ;Magellen for one. Look at what they have to offer..they have shirts and tops that are wash and wear..

select one or two colors and stick with them.

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I'm 66 and a female that loves to travel! Pack half of what you will need and you should be fine. Laundrys are available either from hotel or on a street near by. Pack light and mix and match with a basic color like brown, black or blue.

Cotton is the best fabric as it is cooler than snythetics and I prefer skirts and dresses as sometime the toilets leave something to be desired. Rarely do I wear white pants as they soil so easy and don't lend themseves to extended wear. Comfortable shoes are a must, make sure they are broke in. Don't forget sun block and mosquito repellent, travel size is just fine. I bring a washcloth or two as most hotels don't have them and my own travel alarm.

I have a small backpack that I use as my day bag for water, camera, and snacks, also sunglasses and lightweight hat for sun. I do bring my thermal cup for coffee and it nice after breaksfast to take one for the road in an hour or two.

Your tour company is great, have used them and they

deliver what they promise.

Also bring some assorted plastic bags, good for a roll from breaksfast or what ever later in the day. Kleenex in your day bag is essential along with sanitizer for bathroom breaks.

The pace is busy, have wheels on your bag and once its off the bus, you can roll it to your room and not bother waiting for the driver to deliver it.

A travel guide and city maps that you are visiting is essential if you want to leave the group and be on your own. I like the picture MAPEASY maps that you can get from the bookstore as it shows the main streets and location of major sites and some stores and restaurants.

Photostat your passport and airline tickets in case you lose something, keep copies seperate.

Call your bank and advise them your dates of travel so your debit card and credit will work. You must have a 4 digit pin number or the cards won't work.

I use a waist money belt and carry only enough $$$ for a given day, keep credit cards in belt as well and never let anyone see you use the belt.

I do carry a disposable wine opener and it comes in handy along with a disposable flashlight,just in case I need it in the dark. Couple of bandaids in purse is good and I lighten the purse as much as possibe and use my back pack during the day so my hands are free. Be safe, be smart and have a great time!

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3. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

Follow Rick Steves' advice. Bottom line, the lighter the better.

www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/packlight.htm

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Make sure you take along comfortable shoes for walking, many streets in the cities are cobbled, and if you visit any ancient sites such as the Forum in Rome or Pompeii surfaces are uneven. A sunhat too, it will be pretty warm.

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5. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

I usually travel for 3 weeks on a 22 inch roller carry on suitcase and one other piece like a purse or camera bag -- my husband the same with a computer bag -- we tuck in an expandable duffle for laundry on the way back to make room in the bag for purchases if we should buy anything -- which we rarely do

the most important thing is shoes -- I always travel with a pair of laced leather walking shoes (mine are handmade German shoes -- very comfortable) and merrell clog type shoes with thick rubber sole -- also very comfortable and well cushioned -- and one pair of merrell sandals -- more dressy than the other two but with an athletic sole

you MUST have comfortable shoes you have worn a lot and at least two pair so you can trade off. if it must be white trainers, so be it -- but you should be able to purchase and break in dark unobtrusive walking shoes that are as comfortable as gym shoes --- and throw in a handful of those gel blister bandaids -- you can buy them in Europe -- but I always like to have basic pharmaceuticals with me -- and always have bandaids in my purse or pocket, both regular ones and blister bandaids

I usually have a couple of pairs of pants -- one linen and one black denim jeans that look like slacks -- and two skirts -- one cotton wrap and one synthetic pull on that is a bit more dressy -- and then graduated tops. I like plain black cotton Ts that are fitted (like Gap 'favorite tees' or fitted Banana Republic tees for women), at least one cotton turtleneck for chilly days or evenings, sweaters, a polartek, a dressy sweater for evenings at the opera or whatever and a raincoat I can throw in a purse

the wash and quick dry underwear at gear stores like REI are also great -- you an wash underclothes and lightweight tops in the sink with shampoo especially if you will be in a hotel for two nights

it is handy to have a daypack in the luggage for picnics and so forth or a lightweight but capacious purse that you can use to throw in a raincoat, umbrella or sweater depending on need

I would not wear a belt pack for daily money -- money belts are 'body safes' not wallets and should not be accessed in public -- and bum bags are in addition to being ugly not very secure -- both backpacks and waist bags are easy for pickpockets to access

carry a small amount of money and one credit card in your purse as well as a copy of your passport -- stow the rest in your room safe -- and don't worry

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I would not carry a backpack with anything of value in it in any city in Italy. The pickpockets are pros and will rob you blind. Take a purse that can be carried across your body.

Pack light weight shirts and pants. Remember, if you go into churches your shoulders and knees must be covered, this goes for men and women. I have see too many people turned away-even in the heat of summer- for not wearing appropiate clothes. You might want to take a hat, sunglasses and sun block. Invest in some reallly good walking shoes. You will be doing a lot of it.

Pack a little as possible and leave all the extras behind. You will be on an escorted tour. If you need anything, let the guide know. They will do their best to get it for you. The only extra I would pack is an umbrella. There is no need taking up space and adding weight with travel mugs, plastic bags, wash cloths, laundry detergent, or anything else you probably won't use. If you wouldn't take it on a trip in your own country then don't take it to Italy, odds are they will stay in your suitcase and take up space.

Remember, don't pack more than you can carry. If your suitcase is too heavy for you to lift overhead, get rid of some stuff. For 12 days you can get by with 6 pair of pants, 8 tops (less if you are comfortable with that), 2 pair of shoes and maybe a sweater or lightweight jacket.

Donna

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7. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

agree with dbabe except about one thing -- washclothes

they pretty much are never provided in European hotels -- occasionally you get a linen towel at the bidet that can be used as a washcloth -- but if you like me, use washclothes regularly then pack a couple old raggy ones you can toss when they get gross -- or some sort of quick dry towel/washcloth substitute

you should be able to pack plenty in a well designed 22 inch carry on type bag -- I have one with packing cubes and folders and can easily pack clothes for a couple weeks before having to do laundry except for underwear once or twice

also a sunhat (it is easy to fine hats that fold up for packing)

the weather is also a big factor -- I travel mostly in France in May and June -- and so heavy jean type pants are perfect -- in Florence in July it will be very hot -- so very light weight pants, capris if you like them, and definitely skirts are the right idea -- and cotton for close fitting clothes

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8. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

Wow-what great info...thanks and I didn't even think to ask this question

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9. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

thanks great help

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10. Re: how to pack for 12 day tour in italy

I want my wash cloth!, that's all I know. Has saved my life on more than one occasion during the heat of July, August and Sept in the middle of no where.Some times a wet wipe doesn't do it. What a relief, to put on the back of your neck, wipe down your perspiring head or knock the dust off your arms. I can do without my lipstick, but the wash cloth goes with me on the hot day trips, can't stay on the air conditioned bus for the whole trip.