10 Things to Pack for your Trip to the Amalfi Coast
Traveling to a new place and trying to pack lightly for the journey can be daunting. What to bring? What to leave behind? Beyond the obvious passport and camera, here are a few items that will serve you well when vacationing on the Amalfi Coast.
1. Comfortable walking shoes
This is a MUST. Considering that this coastline is naturally rugged and that climbing stairs and hills are a necessity and a way of life (especially in Positano), a smart pair of walking shoes will save your tired feet. Good walking shoes also are necessary if you want to hike the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods).
2. Aqua socks or flip flops
Although extremely beautiful, the Amalfi Coast shoreline is comprised of pebble (rocky) — not sandy — beaches. As such, a pair of aqua socks or flip flops to wear on the beaches will come in handy. Just walking from your lounge chair to the water’s edge can be painful on bare feet. Take an old pair that you can leave behind and create more room in your suitcase for the trip home.
3. Light scarf or wrap
During the Spring and early Fall months, the evenings can get cool and windy. Having a light scarf to tie around your neck or drape over your shoulders is a great way to stay warm and fashionable at the same time! That same scarf or wrap will also come in handy on a windy boat outing and as a bathing suit cover-up.
4. Travel adapters and an extra smartphone battery
In order to charge your electronics, don't forget to pack some simple, inexpensive travel adapters. They can be purchased at any travel store or at a local pharmacy. Most villas provide hair dryers, however if you will be bringing your own (or a flat iron) you'll need a special voltage converter. Electricity voltage in Italy is 220.
With all the picture taking and selfies you’ll be snapping, you’ll probably see your phone battery drain quickly. It’s a good idea to carry some extra power for your cell phone so that you’re never without a phone in the event of an emergency. Also double-check with your local provider to be sure your phone plan will cover you in Italy.
This may seem obvious, but bringing a good quality protective pair of sunglasses is a must. You will find yourself using them for everything on land and water - and you’ll also look Italian chic!
6. Bathing suit and cover-up
If you forget your bathing suit, it may be difficult to find a replacement. Local shops don’t always carry a large variety of sizes or styles to choose from. Also, bring a simple cover-up (or use your wrap!) to walk around in after leaving the beach area. It’s not customary (and prohibited!) to parade around shirtless or in a bikini without a cover-up unless at the beach or poolside.
7. Linen clothing item
Although you can (and should!) purchase some gorgeous linen pieces on the Amalfi Coast, it’s good to pack at least one item that will help keep you cool during the hot summer months. Linen is breathable, versatile, and can be dressed up or down.
8. A few dressy accessories
Vacationing on the Amalfi Coast almost always involves a chic aperitivo or dining out at a fabulous restaurant. Remember to pack a few pieces that will help dress up an outfit: an elegant pair of earrings, a lightweight jacket, or a small designer clutch.
9. Kindle or other digital reader
While lazing by the pool or soaking up some sun on the beach, a Kindle or other digital reader is a great way to travel with your favorite books or magazines. Why not download some interesting books on Pompeii and Herculaneum or the ruins at Paestum? Without all the bulk in your carry-on, you’ll have more room for souvenirs!
10. Collapsible lightweight bag
Choose a versatile, lightweight bag that can be folded to fit into your carry-on. You’ll use it for your day excursions and beach trips to carry your camera, scarf, maps, and water bottle. Look for something that can be worn cross-body for comfort.