Let this be your number one guiding principle: the less you take the better. Most people find they have taken more than they need!
In your Carry-On
Be sure to keep the following items with you:
- tickets (include a photocopy of your ticket in your pocket or purse)
- passport (include a photocopy of your passport in your pocket or purse)
- Pilgrims’ Itinerary Booklet (on the inside front cover are addresses and phone numbers of your hotels and cell phone numbers of the staff)
- one change of clothing (in case luggage is delayed)
- personal grooming items—small bars of soap, travel size tubes of toothpaste, etc. (remember you can get everything in Italy that you can get at home, e.g., shaving items, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.) Remember to put manicure items in your checked baggage. Scissors or other pointed items may be confiscated if you leave them in your carry-on.
- umbrella or poncho or raincoat
- any snacks you may want to bring with you on the plane
- sweater or light jacket to wear on the plane
In your checked luggage
- good walking shoes are the most important item to pack
- wash cloths in a plastic baggie (towels are provided but Europeans generally don’t supply washcloths)
- liquid or powder detergent (small plastic bottle) and 6-12 small plastic clothes pins plus string for hanging (available in a travel store or luggage department) for hand washing and drying your clothes
- plastic bags for packing shoes, laundry, liquids, etc.
- travel alarm, ball-point pen/pencil
- sun glasses
- insect repellant (optional for use during the summer months)
- extra film if you bring a camera (film costly in Europe)
- small packets of facial tissues
- individual handiwipes
- shower thongs if desired
- an adapter and converter for any electrical items (outlets in Italy run on 220 volts)
- night wear / underwear / socks
- couple of skirts or pairs of slacks/washable pants (and/or jeans if desired)
- shirts or blouses that have at least short sleeves (no tank tops)
- sweater or sweatshirt; windbreaker or jacket, scarf, gloves, hat or earmuffs, depending on the time of year.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing on the plane. Soft slipper socks can also add to your comfort while you sleep during the flight.
- Bring practical clothes that are easily washable and fast drying. There are many T-shirt vendors if you need extra shirts.
- Part of traveling lightly and simply includes leaving at home as many of your electrical devices as possible. For those that you must have, check with a travel store regarding what kind of adapter/converter you may need. Note that some pilgrim hotels supply hair dryers; some do not.
- The coffee in Assisi is made from barley and is caffeine free. If you need a morning dose of caffeine you may want to bring a jar of instant coffee or coffee packets for yourself. Hot water is provided.
- Many airlines are no longer providing free snacks on shorter flights. Airport food and food purchased on the planes can be expensive. Before you leave home, purchase a few breakfast bars or granola bars to pack in your carry-on to use as snacks. If you carry a small plastic water bottle, it can be re-filled at airport water fountains.
- Remember that you must handle your own luggage, so pack lightly (and remember to leave room for items you purchase as souvenirs).
- The weather in Rome and Assisi is much like the weather in New York or Chicago. Summer months are warm while spring and fall can be cool. Early spring and late fall can be cold and wet. Bring things that could be layered when the weather is cool and peeled off when it is warm. A light sweater is generally sufficient for summer evenings. If you are traveling in very early spring or late fall, bring warm clothing.
- You might want to bring your own notebook if you intend to take notes or write out reflections.