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The Ultimate Packing List for Study Abroad in Italy

Need help packing for study abroad in Italy? This list has you covered!

Ah, Italy. It’s one of the most beloved study abroad destinations– and for good reason! While dreaming of all of the pizza, gelato, and pasta you’ll be downing is easy, packing isn’t always such a breeze. Thankfully, we’re here to help!


  • 4 dresses or rompers– The Italian sun can be brutal. If you’re studying abroad during summer, these will be your wardrobe staples!


  • 2 casual tank tops– Great for layering and jetting off to class
  • 2 dressy tank tops– For nights at Lion’s Den & Kikuya (you’ll get familiar with those!)
  • 1 short sleeved top
  • 1 long-sleeved top
  • 1 t-shirt


  • 2 pairs of jeans– Bring a comfy boyfriend fit pair as well as staple dark skinnies.
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 leggings– You’ll live in these on travel days!


  • 2 cardigans— Great for tossing in your bag for a weekend trip
  • 1 lightweight jacket— For chilly evenings on the town
  • 1 heavy jacket— If you’re studying abroad during the Fall or Spring semester, or if you plan on taking a trip to Interlaken or another chilly destination, this is a must!

Athletic Wear

  • 2 athletic tops– Hiking in Cinque Terre, anyone?
  • 2 athletic bottoms
  • 1 sports bra


  • 1 sandals— Bring a pair you won’t mind messing up during beach days in the Almafi Coast. Make sure they’re comfortable!
  • 1 boots— Essential if you’ll be in Italy during chillier months or plan to travel outside of the country to colder countries.
  • 1 walking shoes— The Italian cobblestone can be brutal. You’ll pretty much live in these! Think Toms, espadrilles or Converse.
  • 1 sneakers— Bring these if you plan on hiking, canyoning, skydiving etc.


  • 2 scarves— These are perfect for switching up any outfit.
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 crossbody bag
  • 1 tote bag— Make sure it has a zipper and isn’t easy to get into! Pick pocketing in Italy is no joke.
  • 1 umbrella
  • Minimal jewelry– Bring only the essentials!


  • 2 pairs of PJs
  • Underwear and bras– Pack extra underwear. Laundry in Italy can be a pain… Don’t count on having a dryer!
  • Socks
  • 2 swimsuits– Add cliff diving in Capri to your must-do list!
  • 1 towel— Many hostels charge a fee for towel rentals. Your living arrangements in Italy might not come equipped with towels either.
  • 1 neck pillow
  • Earplugs


  • Shower products— Pick up a travel sized toiletry kit and fill it with your own products for weekend trips. You’ll find these products in most hotels and in stores at your study abroad destination, so don’t waste suitcase space on large bottles.
  • Make up— Keep it simple!
  • Medications—Daily vitamins, ibuprofen, sleep aid, anti-nausea, anti-diarrhea and any prescribed medications.
  • First-aid kit—A few band-aids and a neosporin packet should do the trick.
  • Packet of tissues— You never know when you won’t have access to toilet paper. Carry them in your purse throughout your trip.
  • Dental products– Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties


  • Laptop/tablet
  • Phone—Look into international plans before you leave. Even if you’re getting a basic cell phone from your study abroad program, take your cell phone for pictures and wifi use.
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Back-up phone charger
  • Outlet converter—Don’t forget this!
  • Headphones


  • Passport
  • Copies of passport— Hide these in both your carry-on and checked bag.
  • Driver’s license
  • 2 credit cards—Make sure they don’t charge foreign transaction fees! Keep one hidden as a back-up.

Once you’ve crossed these items off your list, you’re ready to study abroad in Italy! Remember, almost everything you forget can be found in Europe, so don’t stress. Just have fun, and remember to take in all that Italia has to offer! Ciao bella.

The Ultimate Packing List For Study Abroad in Italy

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