Today on Weekend Meanderings, everything I’m packing for a week in Italy!
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It was another busy week around here.
Our little Pippa went in to have a tooth removed and ended up losing eight.
She’s a trooper and is enjoying her new soft-food-only diet.
I joined Cindy, Annie, Mary Ann and Kim sharing ideas tp refresh our homes for summer.
Tomorrow is Father’s Day!
What are you plans?
Last week I shared a few easy and delicious brunch recipes that dad’s will love.
I’ve busy getting organized for our upcoming trip to Italy.
And today it’s all about what I’m packing for a week in Italy.
Let’s go …
It’s a long flight from the West Coast to Italy. I’m exhausted, just thinking about it. When getting dressed for the ordeal flight, comfort is key … so is warmth. I get cold on planes.
I plan to wear an olive green or khaki pair of Splendid joggers, a short sleeve white tee and my new Ash white tennies. I just picked up this loose, striped polo sweater and this striped pullover sweater. I love them both but will have to choose one or the other for the flight. I may also carry my Rails cropped denim jacket. Of course, a cozy pair of travel socks are in my carry on bag as well as a light-weight scarf.
ITALIAN WEDDING GUEST LOOK
We’re going to a wedding! It’s an afternoon event and the dress code is cocktail attire. I’m wearing this olive and white tiered dress and wedge sandals from J.Crew. The sandals are a little uncomfortable due to the height. I think we’ll to be standing quite a bit and I may opt for these espadrille wedges with a chunkier platform instead. I’ll carry my petite basket bag (I bought this new shoulder strap to use with the bag for more casual outings) and these raffia and pearl drop earrings. I’ve packed a light cashmere wrap … that I may or may not need.
Our days will be split between roaming the charming towns around Lake Iseo and Lake Como and lounging pool and lake side. And eating pasta, obviously. I’m bringing a few casual dresses, my new white tennies and a pair of flat sandals.
My trusty Panama hat is making the trip, as well as a couple of jackets and my favorite woven tote. The petite basket bag I’m wearing for the wedding will do double duty as a day bag with its new shoulder strap.
Last but not least, a couple of bathing suits and cover ups for pool days.
During our time in Lake Iseo we’ll be with a group of old friends … fun. When we move on to Lake Como we’ll be on our own so I can rewear a couple of my evening ensembles. Efficient packing! That said, we still need to get there … to the efficient part … because right now I have more outfits on the rolling rack than are needed for a 7-day trip.
I adore this one-shoulder number that Kim introduced us to a few weeks back. I’ll pair it with this tiny basket bag with bamboo handles. It arrived this week and I swooned. And I just picked up these sandals from the clearance rack at Nordstrom.
When I saw this linen blend dress my heart skipped a beat. I tried it on and it was like Cinderella’s glass slipper. Yes, it needs to be ironed. The tan jacket is the perfect topper to ward off an evening chill.
MY TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
My travel essentials list continues to grow … I’d like to do a separate post about it so I can refer back to it when packing. Here are my basics.
I’m a fan of Tumi luggage. It’s pricey but it lasts. And if there’s a baggage handling mishap (it happens more often than you think), Tumi is great about offering speedy repairs. Jim, who travels a lot and has availed himself of the service on numerous occasions, swears by Tumi. However, we disagree on packing cubes. I think they’re essential, he says they’re for rookies. I’m taking my largest bag on this trip.
These are a few other travel gadgets I’ve come depend on. I just checked the weather and it looks like we may need umbrellas.
For this trip I’m packing lots of sunscreen.
And a power adapter and voltage converter (they vary among countries, so double check). Update: The power adapters were great, but the voltage converter was a bust. I bought the converter for my blow-dryer brush, and, like every other hair dryer I’ve ever taken to Europe, it was a disaster. I made due with the hotel hair dryers.
Always pack a change of unmentionables, even better a change of clothes, in the event luggage is (quelle horreur) loaded onto the wrong plane. Also, basic necessities … toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, face wash, etc. … that keep one feeling somewhat civilized and presentable during the flight and upon arrival. In that vein, hair ties or bands are essential for freshening up in the airport or airplane bathroom. Heaven forbid your hair should graze the icky countertops. Oof.
Finally, when traveling to another country it’s nice to know a few words in the local language to say hello, goodbye, please and thank you. My friend the Contessa helped me with my essential words so I can order my morning cocoa (cioccolata calda) and lunchtime ice tea (te freddo). I’m good to go!
This is the current state of my rolling rack. Obviously I have a lot of work to do. It appears Jim has embraced the rolling rack preparation method, I see a few of his things have creeped in.
UPDATE: I’m back from Italy and shared everything I actually wore here!
And that’s what I have for you this week.
Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth …
One more thing ~
There are only 14 days left to take advantage of my code SPRITZER10 to save 10% off Change of Scenery resort wear. Orders over $100 until June 30. These are some of my favorite change of scenery pieces, including this dress I’m packing for Italy.
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Cheers from Snowberry!
What’s on my rolling rack for Italy ~