Saturday, May 30, 2009

Packing Checklist & Travel Tips: by Tori Higa

All of this talk about traveling to Italy has inspired me to compile a list of a few basic travel tips for those of us who hope to get to Italy one day soon.

- Always buy a few personal items once you arrive at your destination such as tooth paste, mouth wash, etc. There is just something really fun about using an Italian brand of shampoo.
- Pack light – with enough room in your suitcase to bring home souvenirs.
- Be sure to bring your Libby Dibby wrap skirt – and I’m not just sayting that! They are two skirts in one and you can use the extra space in your suite case.
- Wear sensible but cute shoes. (I love these handmade shoes by Le Pied Leger)
- A hat and sunglasses are a must this time of year in Italy – why not go Audrey Hepburn style? I always try to pack cheap sunglasses though because I do tend to loose them.
- Remember to take lots of pictures – you can never have too many snap shots.
- Look into visiting a major museum at night – it’s usually much cheaper (and sometimes even free) and always less crowded. I can remember visiting the Uffizi at night because of a friend’s recommendation and just loving it.
- Be sure to visit a grocery store and/or farmer’s market. Nothing will make you feel more like a local than mingling with them during everyday errands.
- Calories don’t count in Italy (gelato is a must at least once a day)
- Pack a fun sketch book like one of Liberty’s designs either for sketching, journaling, scrap booking, or a little bit of everything.
- I also think that one of Liberty’s DoHippy Bags would perfect for day trips or even just walking around the city. They not only expand when you need them to, but they can fold down in such a way that makes it impossible for pick pockets to snag your wallet. In my opinion, these are the perfect travel bags.

1. Libby Dibby skirt
2. Gap straw hat
3. Libby Dibby Recycled SCRAPbook journal
4. Liberty Worth DoHippy Bag
5. Forever 21 sunglasses
6. Le Pied Leger footwear
7. random photo of Italian brand of shower gel (I don't know why I think it's so much fun to use foreign drugstore brands while traveling - but it is!)

Hopefully we can all get the chance to use some of these travel tips soon. In the meantime, you can always rent Roman Holiday for a little Italian fix. :)



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