While honeymooning in Northern Italy, I was super inspired by the way Europeans dress even while on vacation. I had packed what I considered the essentials: a long trench coat, a couple skirts, dresses for going out to dinner, one pair of jeans for the plane, tops, and some cardigans. I was proud of myself for limiting my shoe wardrobe to a pair of booties, 2 pairs of high heels, and walking sandals. But after noticing the European travelers around me, I realized there was definitely room for improvement.
Mark and I visited two tourist destinations: Lake Como and Venice. The lake is our favorite for summer vacations: it’s quiet, the tourist population includes a lot of European families, and the surrounding beauty – a large hazy, lazy lake;…
…and the Alps in the background – cannot be beat. Temperatures normally reach the high 80’s to low 90’s (F).
Visiting the lake in fall, there was a surprising change. The tourist demographics switched to groups of American retirees (a bit above the age of our peer group) and the air was substantially cooler – including a bit of rain. We still had an amazing time, exchanging our vows atop a castle overlooking the lake (stay tuned for photos in a later post).
In Venice, the crowd was much more varied in terms of age and country of origin, and this is where street style inspired and gave me new ideas on how to pack for autumn travel to Europe.
I came to the conclusion that aside from the obvious (toothbrush, underwear, cardigans, etc.), there are 5 must haves for visiting Italy or similar parts of Europe in fall.
Pack a soft bag which can be used for a trip to the market or as an extra carry-on for the flight home. This idea was actually conceived before the trip and forgotten – indispensable!
I hope that these tips will help you pack for your future autumn travels even more comfortably and with some great style tools. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on some not-so-necessary extras you might also consider bringing along for an even greater style boost – like tights!