I cannot believe that I will be studying abroad in the beautiful country of Italy in less than a week. My excitement is through the roof and I am so excited to share with you all of my adventures and collaborations I have planned. You will be seeing some guest posts over here for the next month or so, but don’t worry, I am not completely leaving you!
Starting today and each Tuesday after, I will be starting a mini series Tuesday Travels where I will be posting all things travel, from packing to adventures, and all around good happy stuff! Today on Tuesday Travels: Italy Q&A.
Today I wanted to share some Italy questions and answers. Most are questions I had and questions friends have had. If you are planning on traveling to Italy or parts of Europe, I hope these questions will help you.
Q: Should I bring hair tools (blow dryer, curling iron, etc)? A: No, because the voltage is different in Europe, you must have a converter + a dual voltage hot tool for it to work. Most people just buy an inexpensive straightener, curling iron, etc. and avoid damaging their expensive items.
Q: Should I bring my own shampoo/conditioner/face cleanser? A: It is a personal preference, but if you use certain items, I would. A lot of people say the products (especially conditioner) over there are a bit weird!
Q: Do you suggest bringing your laptop? A: Again, it is a personal preference. Wifi tends to work better on laptops, but a lot of people bring their tablets/iPads for convenience of traveling light.
Q: What type of converter should I purchase? A: Invest in one that you has multiple capabilities if possible! Best Buy has some great options, but you can also grab an affordable converter on Amazon. I purchased mine from HomeGoods (crossing my fingers that they work, I will update you!). If all else fails, you can purchase converters there to charge your items!
Q: How is the weather in Italy? (June-August) A: This is one of their hottest and most humid summers. Do not even bother bringing a jacket! Check the weather before you go!
Q: I have allergies, will I survive? A: Allergies around some parts are not so fun. Make sure you pack your allergy medication. Some medications are available at the pharmacies there, but you are definitely in a different atmosphere!
Q: What types of clothes should I pack (June-August)? A: Pack light! Women do not really wear jean shorts here, but I would be sure to pack clothes you are comfortable in, it is really HOT! Also, you walk a lot so bring some comfortable shoes. Don’t forget an umbrella because it does rain sometimes!
Q: Should I buy a train pass? A: Unless you are traveling all throughout Europe for more than a month, it does not seem worth it, because the Italy Train Passes only give you a certain amount of travel days in a month. Plus, it is not to expensive to hop on a train.
Q: Should I invest in a money belt? A: Again, personal preference. If you plan on staying in hostels most of the time, then yes, probably invest in one. If not, just be smart and keep your items close. I have looked into purchasing the FlipBelt, but decided I did not really need it.
Q: Should I bring a refillable water bottle? A: If you have one, GREAT! There are tons of places/fountains to fill up your water bottle instead of spending a fortune on water everywhere you go!
Q: How is the WiFi connection? A: The WiFi works really well with laptops and is easily accessible almost everywhere (sometimes you may need to ask for a password, though).
So there you have it, friends! Who is ready to travel to Italy?
If you have an Italy question you would like answered, leave a comment below and I will find an answer for you. Happy travels, sweet friends!