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What to pack for a Springtime trip to Tuscany

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Planning a springtime trip to Tuscany?  Whether you are visiting Florence, Lucca, Pisa or Montecatini Terme you are in for a wonderful time.  Tuscany is beautiful and has worked it’s way up to be one of my favorite places to visit.  I am in love with it’s amazing weather, beautiful architecture, delicious wine and gelato.  Oh the gelato.  Lots and lots of gelato!

If you are planning a trip to Tuscany this spring, or you have seen some good deals for trips to Tuscany on Groupon and decided to snatch one up, and you have no idea what to pack, don’t worry.  That’s what I am here for.  Here is everything you need to know about what to pack for your trip to Tuscany.

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What clothes to pack for Spring

  • Pack a lightweight jacket.  While the afternoons are usually warm enough to go without, if you plan on going out at night or in the morning it will be chilly.  Not to mention if you decide to head up to the hill towns, they are incredibly windy and it’s nice to have a little something to help keep you warm.
  • Comfortable footwear as you will be walking.  And walking and walking some more.  This is not the time to bust out your 5 inch heels!  Comfort is key!
  • Sunglasses and hats.  This is the time for gorgeous blue skies and sun!
  • Make sure you pack your swimwear.  This is not necessarily for the hotel pool (although if your hotel has an indoor pool go for it!) but more for the hot springs!  Take a trip to Saturnia and enjoy the hot water!  This is a little bit of a drive but definitely worth a day trip if you have time.
  • Nice outfits.  This is for going out and also for just getting some wear out of them.  The Italians are very stylish and most wear nicer clothes everyday.

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Essentials for any travel

  • Universal power adapter so you can charge your devices.  Italy does have the regular EU power sockets.  I personally use one that I can plug multiple devices into, and I recommend going that route or buying multiple adapters because, honestly, who has just one device anymore?
  • Local currency.  Look on the back of your debit card.  You see those PLUS, STAR, INTERLINK symbols?  Those are actually there for a reason.  When travelling abroad you have to find an ATM machine with one or all of those symbols to be able to withdraw money.  It’s not impossible to do, but you are not able to use every ATM like you can in the US.  In Montecatini Terme we were unable to find one ATM that we could withdraw money from, however in Florence we could use almost every ATM.  It’s always easier to have local currency on you in case it’s a day or two before you find an ATM you can use.
  • Day bag or purse so if you don’t want to carry your carry on the whole time, you don’t have to.  This should be big enough to fit your camera and anything else you will need for the day (sunscreen, wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, etc)
  • Reusable water bottle so you don’t pay an arm and a leg for bottled water while you are out and about.  I like to use a collapsible water bottle so I can put it in my day pack or carry on easily and it doesn’t take up much space till I need it, but any reusable water bottle will do.  Bonus, this also helps the environment!

 

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