As with any trip, there were things that we were really glad that we did and things that we wish that we had done to prepare for our trip to Italy. This was a major trip—we were gone for two weeks immediately following our wedding. It was Mr. Coral’s first trip to Europe and my first European trip in a decade. We wanted to share some of the things that we learned, things that we are so glad that we did (or didn’t do), and a few things that, retrospectively, we wish we had done.
We’re glad that we packed in backpacks. I packed in this 46 liter backpack and Mr. Coral used his old 70 liter Boy Scout bag (similar here). It was so crucial that we didn’t have rolling bags—with the amount of trains and walking and traveling we did (every other day was a travel day) the backpacks were easy to grab and go. We couldn’t have done certain trips, like our quick jump off the train to the tower of Pisa, if we had to roll bags behind us. For day packs, one of the best buys of the trip was this collapsible backpack. It’s big enough that I used it as my airplane carry on (it carried the laptop, iPad, books, a toiletry bag, and more on the plane), and then we zipped it up and transferred those things to the big backpack on normal travel days. We also used that bag as our day pack, and it was perfect for water, snacks, and souvenirs. Finally, I carried this anti-theft travel purse daily, and Mr. Coral wore our cash and passports on this money belt on train trips. We were very thankful for both!