Packing List for Study Abroad Italy 2017

Oh boy is packing overwhelming. I am not trying to start off this post on a bad note or anything but packing for 3 1/2 months (January 20th, technically the 21st – May 5th) is definitely challenging. I am almost twenty-one, and yes I am into fashion, and yes, I have an excessive amount of clothing…and stuff…but mostly clothing. It’s not like I’m packing summer clothing, but since it is still winter, and although Florence’s cold temperatures won’t make your face feel like it’s falling off, ya still gotta pack those sweaters. In reality, I should be continuously packing right now, but I knew I wanted to get a post out there like this, and I should get it out now.

This post will be all about my packing list for abroad, and if I can find the products online, I will definitely have their links as well. I was going to include my travel essentials, but this would be extremely long so I will write that in a separate post, along with makeup/skincare. My packing list is a list that my program with AIFS put together for the Spring semester, for those chillier days and when it starts to get warmer. Definitely nothing summery, unless I plan to go somewhere warm, or if YOU plan on going somewhere warm. This post should help students who are in my position right now going abroad, and maybe to the same place, anyone who travels regularly and needs inspiration, or a person/student who is thinking about going abroad and wants a sneak-peek into what the packing actually looks like. I have read dozens of articles on what to pack for Florence, and what things women should wear. What I have collected from those articles are that:

  1. Neutrals will help you blend in, and not make you stand out–that’s how the locals will depict on if you are a tourist or not. There are quotes telling you to “stand out from the crowd”…yeah…not in this case. In Florence, locals like to wear neutrals because it comes off as classier, and that is their normal dress code. I read that locals are proud for when themselves or anyone who dresses up. It is not in their dress code to wear sweats, flip flops, and other touristy items if you know what I mean. If you were going to exercise, that’s a different story. Express yourself more that way, but I myself will still keep things slightly neutral when it comes to that point. Standing out with wearing brighter colors is taking a risk for making yourself a target to get pick-pocketed.
  2. Bring one scarf, and bring it everywhere. Some historical and religious areas expect visitors to dress more conservative, and I think you have to pay some sort of fee if you are not dressed appropriately, but I could be wrong. Scarfs can change an outfit instantly, and they provide warmth.
  3. Pack light. But who are we kidding with a fashion-loving, twenty-year-old YouTuber. Although, I think I am doing pretty good. You know the longest trip I’ve ever been was for 2 weeks at a summer camp. And that time I brought more, which is probably hard to believe. Man did I over-pack or what. “I think I’ll need these black and green striped tights because last year we did a dress-up activity with them.” Hell to the no. For the love of God, don’t bring items like that–anywhere you go. Did I use those Halloween witch-esque tights? Probably not. Did it take up some space where I could have easily fit something else in there that I needed like a toothbrush or a hat to keep myself from getting sunburned? Ohhhh yeah. The point is, look through your wardrobe, man or woman, and look at what neutrals you have, decide how many ways you can wear the items, and decide if you’re actually going to wear them.

 

Once again, my packing list may look different than yours, because it is a Spring semester, student-specific packing list. And not everything on that list applied to me, so I skipped over them. Here we go:

Clothing:

Underwear

  • 27 pairs (a mix between boyshorts, cheeksters, & thongs). You’re probably thinking that’s too much, but you know, as a woman, there will come that time of the month, and let me tell you, a woman is gonna need some variations of underwear. And thongs are great for dresses, leggings, jeans, and anything else where you don’t want panty lines to show.

Socks

  • 4 knee-length/slightly under-the-knee socks
  • 4 crew socks
  • 2 fuzzy socks (I may change it to one pair)
  • 5 pairs of no-show Nike socks
  •  9 (may cut that number down) pairs of everyday socks

I will get into what types of shoes later on, and why I need so many socks–mostly because my feet are always cold.

Undershirts/Bras

  • 5 bras
  • 2 Calvin Klein Bralettes (Black & White–I love to sleep in these, and they are great for lounging around without actually having to put on a bra, but still wanting coverage)
  • 4 different colored bralettes (for those shirts that are thinner, or just to have something underneath)
  • 2 camis (beige and white–can’t go wrong with those two colors, neutrals)

Long Sleeve Shirts

  • 3 three-quarter sleeve shirts (casual and dressy)
  • 8 sweaters (neutral colors, but I have a light minty-pastel color in there as well–something has to make my eyes pop, right?)
  • 4 regular long sleeve shirts
  • 2 button down shirts (white & classier, and one is a red & blue plaid shirt–not neutral, but I need a comfort piece from home that I’ve been wearing since high school. It’s still in style, don’t worry 😉 )

Short Sleeve Shirts

  • 8 short sleeve shirts ( I feel like that is a good number. Plus, not only can I wear those out and about, but I can also wear them around the apartment I’ll be staying in, so they can double as lounge wear)
  • 3 dressy sleeveless tops (this is important for when you’re either going out to dinner, for a night out, or something fancier like a show or something. I am bringing 3 classic colors: Black, off-White, and Wintery Red–thicker material)

Sweatshirts

  • 3 Sweatshirts (If you have met me, you would know that this is a big step for me. When I am not working, in class, or exercising, I live in sweatshirts and sweatpants–will get to that later on. I decided to bring my grey half-zip Curry College pullover–gotta rep Curry of course!, a maroon half-zip pullover from Aeropostale-looks like a VV Shep Shirt, but hella cheaper, and will make me blend in more (weird to say, because I like to stand out in my own style), and a slightly cropped grey graphic sweatshirt that says, “RAD” on the front…I can’t NOT bring that abroad. So stylish)

Jeans/Leggings

  • 2 pairs of jeans (Black and Dark Wash–>my holy grail jeggings since high school, sadly not available at American Eagle anymore, the black ones should be still available there)
  • 2 pairs of leggings (Black, and also from American Eagle)

Shorts?

  • not sure on this one yet

Belts

  • 1 everyday gold belt
  • 1 belt that goes with a specific dress

Dresses/Bodysuits:

  • I don’t really wear skirts, so I left that one out and included a bodysuit
  • 4 dresses (range from casual to dressy)
  • 1 bodysuit

Workout Clothing

  • Although it will be cold at first, and I am not at all a runner, I believe I will be doing a lot of walking, hiking, and maybe some in-apartment exercises
  • 1 Black Nike Pro Compression Shorts (or spandex as I like to call them)
  • 2 sports bras (White & a brighter greenish-blue)
  • 1 short sleeve shirt (white multi tye-dye)
  • 1 tank top (neon pink Curry College Fitness tank)
  • (maybe) 2 pairs of shorts–black Curry College shorts and maybe blue shorts
  • 1 long bootcut yoga pant
  • 1 cropped yoga legging

Pajamas

  • my pajamas are sweats–surprise surprise. I could never comfortably sleep in pajama sets and everything.
  • 1 pair of Black VS Pink sweatpants
  • 2 long sleeve shirts (I am always cold, I can use workout clothes to sleep in as well, and I gotta rep once again Curry, and my home state!)

Coats/Jackets

  • 1 Black North Face rain jacket
  • 1 Abercrombie & Fitch (Fall jacket–I was told I do not need a heavy winter coat even during the winter) Navy jacket
  • 1 Warm Black Longer North Face jacket?
  • 1 Black Nordstrom Moto jacket (a key staple in any wardrobe, but especially in Italy)
  • 1 Beige dressy light jacket? (not sure)

Shoes

  • 2 pairs of Steve Madden Troopa Boots in Black and (maybe) Dark Brown (will use these as rain boots, so I don’t have to bring my huge chunky Hunter Boots–unnecessary for this trip)
  • 1 pair of Sam Edelman riding boots
  • 1 pair of ADIDAS Superstar Gold Stripe sneakers (maybe)
  • 1 pair of Black Nike Air Max Sneakers (comfortable walking)
  • 2 pairs of Steve Madden mini gladiator sandals in Black and Gold Metallic

Gloves/Hats/Scarves

  • 1 pair of Red tech gloves
  • still looking at my beanies
  • still looking at my scarves

Swimsuit/Beach Towel

  • 1 VS Pink Black triangle swimsuit top
  • 1 Black plain swimsuit bottoms
  • 1 Hot Pink pain swimsuit bottoms
  • VS Pink Mint Graphic thin beach towel (better for packing)

Toiletries:

Toothbrush/Toothpaste

  • 1 current toothbrush
  • 1 extra toothbrush just in case
  • 1 tube of Colgate toothpaste

Deodorant

  • 1 Secret Gel Deodorant–travel size (I can buy more overseas)

Feminine Products

  • 1 pack of Always 10-hour protection pads (TMI, but these are my holy grail)
  • 1 pack of tampons (once again, these are items that I can obviously buy more overseas)
  • 1 pack of Always panty liners

Brush/Comb

  • 1 Dry Bar Lemon Drop brush (holy grail brush)
  • 1 black wide toothed comb (out-of-the-shower hair)

Shaving Razor

  • I forgot the brand, it may be Gilette, but just your average shaving razor

Shampoo/Conditioner

  • I put these in travel size smart tubes, which I will get into later on
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Clean 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner (I have been using this since 8th grade…nuff said)
  • Biolage ….forgetting the name….REALLY GOOD though WOW, just purchased it
  • OGX (I think that’s the brand) Coconut Milk Shampoo (also have been using this since high school)
  • OGX Coconut Milk Conditioner
  • Morocco (at ULTA) Conditioner

Body Wash/Body Lotion

  • B&BW Watermelon Lemonade Shower Gel
  • Soap & Glory Orangeasm body wash (boy does that smell AMAZING)
  • B&BW Hello Beautiful body lotion
  • FabFitFun Sicilian Tangerine Body cream

Perfumes/Body Mists

  • 1 Travel Size of Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance perfume
  • 2 Travel Sizes of VS Night body mists

Makeup/Skincare

  • I am going to write all of that in a separate post because even though I have travel-sized products, and I am not bringing my entire makeup collection, and there is still a good amount of products

Hair Accessories

  • 10 hair ties
  • 5 bobby pins (I don’t use these, but you never know)
  • 1 dressy headband

Nail polish/Nail Clippers

  • about 1 or two nail polish colors
  • nail accessory travel size set

Vitamins/Powder

  • D3 vitamins
  • B12 vitamins
  • Patriot Green Powder (my holy grail for about a week, actually gives me natural energy–something I don’t normally have)

Extras:

Purse/Wallets

  • 2-3 wallets (range from RFID blocked, casual, & fancy)
  • 1 White & Gold quilted chain crossbody clutch (Thanks Gabby!)
  • I am not a purse/pocketbook kind of person, but I found this great, spacious pocketbook that looks like a fancy handbag, but it’s actually from The Container Store! They have a huge travel sale during the summer, so mine was about $99 at the time instead of a little over $100. I got it so I can safely put my camera inside of it when traveling! Unfortunately, it is not RFID blocked

Important Documents

  • I won’t go into detail about these
  • Passport
  • more essentials, I think everyone knows what types of important documents to bring with you

Sunglasses

  • 1 pair of cheap Black plastic sunglasses from Nordstrom BP
  • possibly 1 pair of aviators of American Eagle

Technology/Chargers

  • Apple MacBook Pro 13-in with Retina Display
  • 2 Apple MacBook Pro chargers (1 for backup)
  • 1 Pink Vera Bradley laptop case (suitable for as high as a MacBook Pro 15-in)
  • Apple iPhone 5s of course…don’t ever forget your phone
  • 2 Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter with dual 2.5A USB charging
  • Hero 5 Session GoPro – USB charger, 64 GB SD card
  • BlackPro GoPro accessory bundle
  • iPhone 5s charger
  • PlugBug World 2-in-1 universal plugs for Apple MacBooks & USB port
  • Sony Alpha a58 DSLR camera with carrying case, charger, and SD card
  • maybe my tripod – I feel like I should, but I know it will take up so much room
  • Apple earphones

Bath Towels

  • I am bringing this velcro strapless towel from Target. Less chunky than a bath towel, smaller, and I also have that beach towel I could use if I needed it

Journal

  • 1 personal journal

Backpack

  • 1 SwissArmy backpack

Suitcase(s)–Duh

  • 1 Large Blue Samsonite Suitcase
  • 1 carry-on suitcase

Travel Guide/Map

  • AAA Italian Dictionary
  • AAA Florence travel guide book

Addresses of friends & family for postcards

  • will get those later

 

There are some items, more in the extras category that I will be talking about in my Travel Essentials post. There are also items in here that I didn’t list at all because they will be mentioned in my next post. I hope that this packing list helped you whatever traveling situation you are in, whether you are a student, family, a solo traveler, photographer, etc.

See you in my next post!

 

xx   Jordan

 

 

 

 

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