Packing List: 10 Days in Italy

Wednesday, September 20

It's packing list time! I haven't done one of these since my trip to Europe last year because honestly they are a lot of freaking work BUT extremely helpful to look back on. Packing is a stressful part of traveling that I don't love, and it's silly to think that it can actually affect your trip. I had the mantra "Stuff ruins trips" (via Man Repeller) in mind this time around, and I think I did a pretty decent job!

This post is going to be long so let's just go for it! 
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The Trip:
Destination | the island of Sardinia, Italy and Rome, Italy
Forecast | highs in the mid-80's lows in the high 60's, mostly sunny and warm, some rain
Notable activities | beach time in Sardinia, lots of walking in Rome, a few nights out (mostly casual) 

The List: I've linked to exact when possible or similar otherwise.
Not included here | toiletries, undergarments, make-up, jewelry, carry-on stuff, hi-waist bikini bottoms
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I'll keep my commentary to a minimum here, but a couple notes:
+ My color palette, as you can probably guess, was white, blue/denim, and pink. Sticking to a palette for packing was something I ignored for years, but I promise it is so helpful.
+ Another thing you might notice is that I stuck to three in every category. I find it so helpful to pack like this! Pick a number, based on the duration of your trip (not an exact science), and stick to it.
+ As a general rule, I never pack any "one hit wonders." I wore each of these items multiple times (apart from the white tanks.) The white dress specifically was meant to double for a night out/beach cover-up (since I only technically packed one "cover-up.") The other exception was the off-the-shoulder dress, which, I had specifically in mind for one nicer night out. No regrets packing it for one night where it worked perfectly (that full outfit here!) 
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black one-piece | Rosé one-piece | snow leopard swim top | purple bikini | tunic | romper | denim jacket | tights | shorts | sports bra | top | Nike trainers | Rainbows | clogs

+ I knowingly packed one more swimsuit than I really needed, but the novelty suits were like a point of the trip! Otherwise, I was pleased that my suits were mix & max. I never wore my black hi-waisted bottoms (and forgot to include them here!) but that was mostly for tan line reasons. 
+ My sister told me I didn't need many nicer options, and I never had the opportunity to wear the romper. 
+ The denim jacket was mostly for chilly plane rides, but it also worked for when the sun went down!
+ Regardless of if I'm training for something or planning to workout, I don't travel without activewear of some kind (because I can't sit still.) My sister is training for a marathon so I ran with her one day, otherwise, we went on several walks/a hike-ish but I didn't need the tights. 
+ Shoes were the thing I would have loved to have more of, but really didn't need. But I did get sick of wearing these three pairs over and over again. 


+ I never travel without a scarf! This one is oversized and was perfect for wrapping up in on the plane.
+ This doesn't include jewelry (simple studs/necklace for everyday, a couple pairs of statement earrings.) 
+ My beloved reversible leather tote was a dream of a carry-on, and of course it was filled to the brim with ish. I'm considering doing a separate post about what I had in my carry-on, would anyone be interested in that? I always love "what's in my bag" posts. Literally if one person cares, I'll do it for ya! Let me know. Otherwise I may not have the strength for another flat lay haha    

The Outfits: Thanks to my sister for taking SO MANY pictures of me. Jeez. 
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+ I feel like you can get a really good vibe of the whole trip from this nifty little collage. I did wear multiple outfits in one day but it was mostly transitioning; beach to casual dinner, day to night in Rome, etc.
+ MVPS: drawstring pants, striped button-up, Madewell Courier dress (worn in Rome), Nike trainers
+ Didn't wear or need: romper, black hi-waist bottoms, white cotton tank, active tights

The Verdict: The three little assessment questions I like to ask myself.
+ Did I like what I wore? | I did! It all felt v Italian vacation-y but still v Pri.
+ Did I feel comfortable/prepared? | Comfy, YES, and maybe just slightly over-prepared, that's my only edit.
+ Did "stuff ruin my trip"? | Nope. AND I had room to bring back souvenirs and new clothes. Success!

OK. I would love to hear your thoughts! Did I look cool, what did I forget, what should I have left out, what do you never leave home without? And if you made it to the end, THANKS for reading!


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Saturday, September 16

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| earrings: Old Navy {similar} | lip: Aveda nourish-mint in Cana | necklace: gift {similar} | blouse: Ann Taylor Loft | drawstring pants: Old Navy {similar} | clogs: Swedish Hasbeen {same in tan} | purse: vintage {save / splurge / love this "Ostrich leather" one!} |



Well good Saturday evening to you all! I basically never post on weekends (like, ever) but I really didn't want to be dragging my Italy trip out forever, hah. I did share a bunch of pictures & my full trip re-cap earlier this week (not like a typical blog post about traveling...it's more like, run-on sentences of me sharing my "clever" observations) and my first look from the trip (off-the-shoulder chambray on the island of Sardinia- yay.) Here's my second and final look from my trip (promise)!

This could easily be some outfit inspo for your Saturday night, regardless of what you're doing! If you're going out on the town, you're covered (and can walk for dayzzz in clogs.) If you're at a casual hang watching football (I understand this is what people are doing today?) swap the clogs for sandals or slides and skip your college tee. And if you're traveling, I promise you, these pants are a dream (just be sure and bring something long-sleeved.)

For the second Europe trip in a row, these linen drawstring pants from Old Navy have been my packing capsule MVP. I just want you all to have them!! They are so easy breezy and comfortable for traveling (I'm talking 24+ hours both ways) and transition to a chic night out-fit so well. They also work in a pinch every time I wake up late for work- a cool, simple look that doesn't look schleppy- done! I am actually selling an identical pair on Poshmark (these are a Petite and slightly shorter, but not much at all) and this pair from Nordstrom seems really similar. If I have never given you anything else from reading this blog- you need some drawstring pants. Trust me.

I had this exact outfit in mind for a night out in Rome, actually, and that's what these pictures are from! After a day running from the Piazza Navona to the Trevi Fountain to the Coliseum, we stopped for a quick costume change, and then it was out to dinner and drinks. We stayed in the Trastevere neighborhood which was absolutely delightful- so many great gelaterias, pizzarias, trattorias and shops, and all just steps away from our Airbnb! All of the sights are walking distance away, but the neighborhood definitely felt a lot more chill and local, and with a bustling night life! Full re-cap of my trip to Italy right here

I'm hoping between unpacking my suitcase and doing laundry and cleaning sand off my floor this weekend, I'll get my packing post together- stay tuned! Enjoy the weekend!! 

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Thursday, September 14

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Just like everyone else, Italy has been on top my travel wishlist forever. How could it not be? The food, the culture, the history, the sights, and the people all together make it a pretty ultimate destination.

I met my sister in Milan on a rainy Friday evening, and we continued on to the island of Sardinia on Saturday morning. We were SO fortunate to be able to stay in the city of Alghero with our dear friend, Luise, at her family's vacation home. Seriously, shout-out to Luise, whom I started calling "Santa Luisa" because she was the best host; always having an espresso ready, chauffeuring us around, making the best hard-boiled eggs and pasta, etc.

I was very tickled to come up with the analogy "Sardinia is the Hawaii of Italy" so, the ultimate island vacation destination for Italians. But also a bit of a deep-cut (which we were pleasantly surprised to learn when several Romans said "You went to Sardinia? No one goes there!") achievement unlocked!

Sardinia is truly one of the most incredible places I've ever been, and it has SO much to offer! Stunning white sand/clear blue sea beaches, mountains, cliffs, quaint towns, deserts, and sooo much great seafood, all under the unrelenting (fantastic!) Mediterranean sunshine.

We were totally content spending the day at our “local beach”, & making an ^^ Italian spread ^^ back at the house for dinner (this was not settling at ALL- we picked up any random fresh pasta at the corner grocery and it was like the best thing I’d ever tasted.) Luise was also super gracious to cart us around the island for a few excursions as well (in the cutest retro Fiat!): Capo Caccia National Park (I know I’m using a lot of extremes but this was actually one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been), Stintino beach, (clearest water I’ve ever seen, and a castle to swim to, nbd) and the tiny town and local beach in Bosa (colorful flags and cove beach above!)

We certainly embraced the "island lifestyle" 100%, I'm talking, no real clothes, no make-up, dinners on the terrace, sunset Negronis, it was a dream.

And then to juxtapose our island lifestyle to the extreme, we flew to Rome on Thursday for our last couple days. My sister and I agreed that it would have been better to do the busy/packed chapter of vacation BEFORE the chill/beach chapter (next time!!) We really only did a walk-by tour of most things since our time was short, but turning the corner and seeing the Parthenon was not a let-down. I actually gasped a couple times. To be in the same city with so much history that I’d only ever read about in books/seen pictures of was just SO cool. There may even be a video out there of me singing in front of the Coliseum, (not for money, just for my family and because I am dumb) idk, ask my sister and she might give it to you.

I’ve been thinking about the food since I’ve been back (obviously) and you know, Italian food is just what’s UP. There’s no guessing and it’s a crowd pleaser, who doesn’t love pizza, cheese, pasta, and gelato? We did it big. Seriously in Rome one day we had pizza for a late breakfast, gelato for a late lunch, and pasta for a late dinner! Because the Italians eat dinner at like 9pm, seriously.

I think I could get used to that slow Italian lifestyle…and the people watching was prime. I loved nothing more than watching an enthusiastic phone call or conversation that could have been just someone asking the time of day, but it’s all and emphatic gestures and air kisses in sing-song Italian. You do you, Italians.

Ciao, for now, Italy!

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