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A Trip To Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, But What To Wear?

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So, the trip to Lucca, Italy has been booked. Now what to pack. I’ve done a bit of research, and it does say that the weather can be changeable at this time of the year (May) with temperatures typically at around 22 degrees centigrade throughout the day but by evening, they drop to around 12 degrees centigrade.


Lucca in May usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 91mm for the month and, based on the climate data for the past 30 years, about 12 days of rain are anticipated. So, packing a light, rainproof jacket and a foldup umbrella are recommended.

So, packing for a trip to Lucca in mid-May requires considering the weather, activities planned, and cultural norms. Here’s a suggested packing list:

Clothing
Light layers: T-shirts, blouses, and lightweight long-sleeve tops for cooler evenings.

Comfortable pants or skirts.

Light jacket or sweater for cooler mornings and evenings.

Comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city and cycling.

Swimsuit if your accommodation has a pool or if you plan to visit nearby beaches.

Hat and sunglasses for sun protection.

Umbrella or lightweight rain jacket for occasional showers.

Accessories
Daypack or small bag for carrying essentials during outings.

Travel-sized toiletries and sunscreen.

Adapter plug for European outlets if you’re traveling from a different region.

Camera or smartphone for capturing memories.

Guidebook or maps of Lucca and surrounding areas.

Portable charger or power bank for keeping devices charged while on the go.

Health and Safety
Prescription medications and any necessary medical supplies.

First-aid kit with basics like band-aids, pain relievers, and antiseptic wipes.

Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for maintaining hygiene while traveling.

Travel insurance documents and emergency contact information.

Miscellaneous
Passport, travel documents, and copies of important information stored digitally and in hard copy.

Local currency or credit/debit cards for transactions.

Snacks and water bottle for staying hydrated and energized during outings.

Lightweight scarf or shawl for covering shoulders when visiting religious sites.

Travel lock for securing luggage.

Cultural Considerations
Modest clothing for visiting churches and other religious sites, including covering shoulders and knees.

Respectful attire for dining out and cultural events.

Basic Italian phrases or a phrasebook for communication with locals.

By packing versatile clothing suitable for mild spring weather and comfortable footwear for walking and exploring, along with essential accessories and items for health and safety, you’ll be well-prepared for your trip to Lucca in mid-May. Adjust the list according to your specific needs and preferences.

Usually a week before we go, I plan what I’m going to take out and hang them on a rail. This way I can see exactly what I’m going to take and how they are going to mix and match. I usually keep to a colour theme, say blue, white and red as in the picture here.

I think I’ll take a trusty trench, just in case of showers.


As the roads are predominantly made of cobblestones, I’m not taking any heels – they’ll just get ruined. So, I’ll stick to comfy sandals and a pair of trainers. We plan on doing lots of walking. I’m not sure whether to take a nice dress for when we go out for a nice dinner. Maybe it’s just my excuse to buy this one I’ve been fancying from M&S?

I’ll then plan each outfit and take a photo of it so that I know how many outfits I can make from the items I’m taking.

We only intend taking a carry on so I’m going to have a word with myself and make sure I don’t overpack. I usually come back with loads of things that I didn’t get to wear.  It would be nice to leave a little room, just in case I spot something nice.

I have my eye on a Uniqlo cross body squidgy (not the real name for it!) bag. It’s the viral one and you can pack lots in it for the day (light jacket, scarf, umbrella and bits and bobs.

That’s the plan anyway. I can’t promise I’ll stick to it! Stay tuned to see if I bought the M&S dress!

See you on the other side.

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