Everything is settled by now, you got your visa approved, your job or university is set to start, and you found a perfect apartment for long-term stay in Rome. There is only one last thing left before getting on the plane – packing for Rome! Equally exciting and frightening task, packing when moving to another country is everyone’s challenge. This list of DO’s and DON’Ts will help you get an idea what you can find in Italy and what not, what you should take with you on the plane, and what you can buy here!
Bring with you
- Medications – The first thing to recommend to always take with you when moving to another country, whichever it may be, is to take all the medications you are using or may need with you. This includes vitamins, food supplements etc. Of course, in Italy you can find most medications or at least their substitutes, but it is not always easy to get a prescription for them. Many expats get here without their meds (or without enough of them), then they try to get prescriptions and when this does not work, they opt for having them shipped from their home country and that is just a big No-No, especially if you are shipping them from outside the European Union. Italian customs will not let these pass.
- Clothes – if you are moving to Italy long-term, it means you will be staying here through most seasons and therefore need a variety of clothes. Spring and fall are rainy so we suggest packing your rain coats and rain shoes, if you already have them. Again, you can buy these here too, but the weather here can be unpredictable, plus these are items that are good to invest in and be quality so if you already have them, find room in your luggage. As for the summer, pack light and don’t forget swimsuits! Make sure to bring a pair or two of your most comfortable shoes, whatever your daily routine will be like, you always need these for Roman cobblestones. In general, we suggest not wasting too much space on other clothes in your luggage, because in Rome you can really find a variety of clothing stores, from casual, sporty to elegant, expensive, cheap, really anything. Alternatively, you can always have your clothes shipped.
- Other – instead of using up all your luggage space on clothes, which then you will buy some more here, because come on, now you live in Italy, we suggest bringing other stuff you like from home. To name a few, plug converters are important as the shapes of plugs here are different so make sure to pack some. Other things could be special foods, cosmetics, make-up or anything you care a lot about and you are not sure if you can find it in Italy.
Buy in Italy
- Sheets and linen – no need to bring these from home and take up all your luggage space. In Rome you can find plenty of stores such as IKEA, selling sheets and linen, duvets and cushions or anything else you may need for your new apartment. Not to stay too long without these, search for the closest stores before your arrival.
- Tech appliances – if you think you will need a printer or any other appliances from home that would take too much space in your luggage, maybe it is a better choice to buy them here. Prices are competitive and you can find almost everything. Again, look up Italian websites or amazon.it for what you may need before arriving here. At the end of your stay in Rome, you can always resell it as second hand.
- Other – you can really find almost anything in Italy, no need to bring every little thing with you. Really focus only on things that are essential to you and bring only those.
We suggest categorizing things by their importance, then researching what can be found and bought in Italy, what not, and pack accordingly. This way you will make sure to have all your essentials with you and more importantly, you will save yourself from shipping your boxes and all the hassle that comes with that!
Happy packing and safe travels!