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What I’m Packing for a Summer Trip to Italy

To my mind, packing for a trip is half the fun and the below list is everything I packed for our 9 days in and around the Amalfi Coast. This is both an easy resource for you if you spot something you love on my Instagram, and a checklist for me to make sure I don’t leave anything behind! All of this fits in my personal itemone carry on and one checked bag, which is the maximum amount of luggage I ever like to travel with on a trip. I always pack my most special pieces plus the items I need to get me through the first 48-72 hours of the trip in my carry-on just in case the checked bag goes missing for a couple of days, and I highly recommend using apple air tags in your checked bag for extra peace of mind!


Nothing is easier than throwing on a dress for lazy summer days and dresses will be my look of choice for our trip. Sundresses don’t take up much space in luggage and look elevated yet are incredibly comfy. I’m bringing a bunch of white and neutral accessories to mix and match so getting dressed will be a breeze. I’m bringing lots of fabulous options for under $200, plus a few special pieces. 

Casual Dresses for daytime exploring:

Special pieces for dinner:

  • I love the retro feel of the beaded neckline and cuffs on this caftan. 1960s glamour!
  • I just discovered Cartolina Nantucket’s collection and their dresses are so beautiful plus many are inspired by Bridget Bardot’s yachting style – perfect!
  • A Tove bow-front dress in white (old, seen in blue-grey here)
  • Going full Italian glamour in this stunning rust and teal dress by LaDoubleJ, and this silk caftan by the same brand
  • You can never go wrong with a floral sundress from Oscar de la Renta (watch for it to go on sale again!)
  • I’ve collected some favorite Italy-specific pieces over the years (mostly pre-loved!) and brought a majolica sundress by Dolce and Gabbana Dress (found on theRealReal (watch this page) or similar here, this fabulous maxi skirt, and this embroidered shift


I might have gone a little too light on this category, and will likely end up wearing bathing suits as tops a lot on this trip, but since most days will involve dips in the Mediterranean or a pool I think that’s ok!


Bathings suits:

  • This bow one-shoulder suit in white and in blue (can pass as a top if paired with a skirt!)
  • This classic white tank swimsuit
  • A navy Zimmerman high-waisted bikini (old, but same silhouette in seersucker here: top and bottom)
  • Love this pink marbleized bikini top and bottom. (I’ve had the same suit in an older paisley print for 5 years and still love it!)



Summer accessories are so easy, pick a couple neutral options and mix and match as you go! (Plus several of these fit inside each other, so they don’t take up much space).



  • This Alice Walk cashmere wrap (in ivory) is so plush and a total lifesaver on chilly planes and will be my go-to layer when the temperature dips at night
  • I almost always wear stud earrings in my day-to-day but I’m excited to wear these statement pearl hoops for our dinners out! (They are so pretty!)
  • My gold locket.
  • Three belts include: this one (pair with a silk scarf), a white double Aquazurra one (old, current season here) and this raffia one.
  • Sunglasses including tortoise frames, rose-colored-glasses, and white sunnies!
  • silk scarf, which can also be tied as a top.
  • We’ll be mostly walking for our workouts, but I brought a pair of leggings and a sportswear to hopefully do a few mat exercises while away.
  • My XXL sunhat for shading my face at the pool (yes it fits in my luggage!) 
  • Two Lake nightgowns and a robe!


  1. Caprice
    June 3, 2023 / 3:59 pm

    Wow Stacie! Beautiful selections that couldn’t fit better for where you are going! I will have to live vicariously through you and please have a spectacular time! Post lots of pictures please!

  2. Anna
    June 3, 2023 / 5:06 pm

    Have a wonderful vacation Stacie! Thanks for sharing your packing list. Would love to see another packing video (time lapse or even full length). You’re kind of a seasoned pro at packing, so I find it very interesting. Looking fwd to seeing all the posts from your trip!

  3. Suzanne Miller
    June 3, 2023 / 7:33 pm

    So fabulous! Can’t wait to see all the gorgeous photos. Please do one of those fast forward packing videos! I love to see how you fit it all in… I used your truck of laying all the dresses flat and folding up together for our trip to Italy last summer and I fit 13 dresses in my Paravel carry on. It was pure magic!

    Have so much fun!!!!

  4. Rachel
    June 3, 2023 / 8:25 pm

    You MUST go to Sorrento and go to Bimonte cameos! Yes, I have been nagging you about this for two years, ha-ha!

  5. MaryBeth Roberts
    June 3, 2023 / 9:51 pm

    Elegant, classic and artistic touches throughout your packing list! As Always! Have a fabulous trip and I look forward to following along with your IG and FB, and website posts.

  6. Jane Bache
    June 15, 2023 / 2:39 am

    Hi Stacie,

    I am heading to Italy soon and will be there for 10 weeks travelling throughout we will have two weeks exploring Lake Como Milan and surrounding area then a coach tour for 10 days leaving from Rome, then a 3 week Mediterranean cruise back to Rome for 4 days then to Sorrento for two weeks to explore Amalfi Coast and Capri SO my question is how does one pack wisely for 10 weeks because we will be using trains, planes, buses to travel on – your help would be appreciated – it will be from August to mid October with four days in Singapore before heading home – I want to leave room in my suitcase for my new purchases

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