You’ve survived wedding planning, and a honeymoon to Italy is on the horizon. With its rolling countryside, intimate cafes and sweet wines, Italy is a romantic paradise; and in order to ensure that your honeymoon would be as relaxing and stress-free as possible, pack light. Getaways to the “Bel Paese” are best enjoyed unencumbered, and you’ll need plenty of suitcase space for all the Italian indulgences you’ll be bringing home. Keep both the practical and the romantic in mind while you pack.

In Your Carry-On

Place your passport, tickets, printed hotel reservation confirmations and wallet in your carry-on bag, along with any medications. You won’t be able to refill American prescriptions in Italy, so bring an adequate supply of any that you need, including contraceptives if you so choose. Keep your digital camera in your carry-on along with extra batteries and memory cards. Neither of you should need more than one or two paperback books and an MP3 player, since most of your entertainment should come from being together.

Clothes and Shoes

Pack versatile pieces that will keep you feeling comfortable and looking well-presented. Italians tend to dress better than most, but don’t pack your snazziest outfits. Nothing puts a damper on an Italian dinner like a pizza stain on a pricey dress. Pack basics in lightweight, easy-to-layer fabrics. Italy’s weather is mild, but throw in a few scarves and light jackets in case night temperatures turn cool. These items, along with a few pieces of inexpensive jewelry and other accessories, can stretch your outfit options. Bring two swimsuits if you’ll be hitting the beach. For women, bikinis are fine for the beach, but if you’ll be cliff jumping on the Amalfi Coast or trying your hand at water sports, pack a one-piece or something sturdier and sportier. With shoes, stick to neutral colors you can pair with any outfit. Two or three pairs should suffice, depending on your planned activities. Avoid overly casual choices like tennis shoes unless you’ll be doing a lot of hiking, running or adventure sports. Italy’s cobblestone streets also make high heels an impractical choice.

Romantic Items

Of course you won’t need to pack your own champagne and rose petals, but a few items will set your honeymoon apart from any other vacation. Pack plenty of lingerie, and if you’re traveling in spring or summer, bring bathing suits so you can take a romantic dip together. You might also enjoy having some massage oil handy for romantic back rubs, and since you may not find this item readily available in small Italian drug stores, pack a tightly sealed and wrapped bottle in your checked luggage.


Pack a universal outlet adapter. These are essential if you want to use your camera charger, hairdryer or any other U.S.-purchased devices abroad. Pack your camera and a few extra memory cards. Leave your laptop behind: Focus on spending quality time together, and forget about emails and pressures at home. If you desperately need Internet access, many hotels, restaurants and bars offer Wi-Fi, and Internet cafes are not difficult to find in Italian cities. Take an Italian phrasebook; most Italian cities are fairly easy for English speakers to navigate, but a little bit of linguistic effort is always appreciated by the locals.