My Packing List

First off, I need to apologise in advance to all of you seasoned travellers out there.  I’m doing my first ever packing list and I can predict that a lot of you will end up rolling your eyes.  But, hey – we’ve all got to start somewhere!

For my first trip abroad alone, I’m going to be starting in Rome and making my way, via train, to Venice, making multiple stops along the way 🙂

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(Cat for scale)

I guess the first thing I want to show you guys is the bag I’m planning on taking.  The Osprey Porter 46 looks perfect – it’s carry-on size, opens at the front to make packing and rooting through it easier, plus the zips have hooks for padlocks.  What’s not to love?  The only thing I’m worrying about is the 8kg carry on limit…  But I’m hoping I’ll manage!

So, what am I planning on taking?  (I’ve not taken photos of everything that’s coming with me because I have either (a) forgotten to take photos of them, or (b) decided that I don’t want photos of personal stuff – like my underwear – on the internet 😀 )  Also, excuse the blurriness – I was trying to keep my cats occupied so that they didn’t sit all over everything…



  • Two pairs of shoes – I’ll be wearing my converse but my black flats will be packed away
  • Six dresses – I think this is where a lot of people will roll their eyes. I’m not really a trousers person and, thankfully, my dresses are lightweight enough that they won’t take up much room!  One of the dresses won’t be packed, as I will be wearing it
  • Two pairs of leggings – I’ll be wearing one pair and the other pair will be packed away
  • Two short cardigans
  • Hoodie – Again, I’ll be wearing this, so it’ll take up no room in my luggage
  • Lightweight coat – I haven’t decided if I’m gonna pack this or wear it, as it’s so lightweight. I guess it’ll come down to how much my pack weighs
  • Scarf
  • Underwear (obviously!)
  • Pyjamas


Toiletries and medication:

  • Toothbrush (obviously!)
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel sized shampoo, conditioner and bodywash – I’m only gonna take one of each and buy more when I’m there – but I’d rather not arrive without any hair products (I sound like such a girl…)
  • Travel sized face wash and moisturiser – I’m hoping these will last the entire two weeks. If not, I can easy buy more
  • Face wipes – because I can’t go anywhere without them
  • Deodorant
  • Blister Plasters
  • Makeup (in the bag with my toothbrush.  I’ll probably have to move this to a clear bag for going through security at the airport…)
  • Contact Lenses
  • Hayfever tablets – my hayfever is bad. Like, seriously bad.  It’s so bad that I have to get extra strong tablets on prescription.  It’s not fun… (Not pictured, as I forgot)



  • Phone (not pictured as I’m using it to take the photo)
  • Kindle (I can’t go anywhere without it)
  • Camera
  • iPad
  • Various chargers and adapters



  • Passport (I probably don’t need to write this, as it’s pretty obvious)
  • Various paperwork relating to flights, hotels, etc
  • My notebook/journal
  • Italian phrasebook
  • Hankies (can’t go anywhere without these!)
  • Hairbrush
  • Purse
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella (not pictured as I’m still trying to hunt it down!)

All packed! (But I’m probably gonna change things about to try and reduce the weight a bit – just over the 8kg for the airline!!)

My Packing List
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