Hey there, lovelies!
From what I’ve been hearing recently, it seems like the Amalfi Coast is either everyones’ dream destination or IS everyones’ summer vacation destination! If you fall into the latter group, today I am going to use the experience I’ve gained the past couple of years visiting this area to help y’all pack smart!
By the looks of the style board I’ve put together, I’ve kind of made it seem like the Amalfi Coast is only a destination for those seeking a warm weather beach going vacation. However, that’s just one of the types of vacations you can find yourself experiencing in this area. If you’re unfamiliar with the Amalfi Coast, first let me show you the area of Italy we are talking about here!
ZOOMED OUT VIEW
The Amalfi Coast is located in the southwestern portion of Italy. More information on how to get to this area in a future post!
ZOOMED IN VIEW
As you can see, most of the places you see tagged on social media from this area are pretty far from each other and take a lot of effort and planning to get to. The actual Amalfi Coast is a 50km stretch of land that begins in Sorrento and ends in Salerno.
When you arrive in this magical area, you will see that the towns that are situated along the Amalfi Coast sit at the bottom of or within steep, rock cliffsides so, while you may be going to relax on the beach, there is surely more to do if you happen to have an interest in hiking, wine, cooking and spectacular views! I absolutely love the variety you get when you come here!
So, sure, you may want to pack a good majority of the items I have featured in the style board, but there are a few other essentials you may need depending on the activities you have intentions of partaking in! In a later post, I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve done in the area that I’ve enjoyed and would recommend as well as a potential 10-day itinerary to give you an idea of how to situate your time in the area.
With all of this in mind, here are some key items to remember to pack for your trip!
Clothing That Suits Your Vacation Preferences
So, as I’ve mentioned, there are so many potential activities for you to do but, to put it simply, I’d put the items you may need to bring into three categories: casual / everyday items, activewear items and beachwear items.
CASUAL / EVERYDAY ITEMS: The casual / everyday items will be for those days where you are venturing to a nearby town along the Amalfi Coast to shop or enjoy a cooking class or simply meander through and enjoy the sites! You can also use these clothes to go to dinner in. Many of the restaurants are casual but I would bring a couple of pairs of jeans in the early Spring as it does get a bit chilly in the evenings.
ACTIVEWEAR ITEMS: If you’re all about getting out in nature, hiking and seeing some stunning vistas, then I highly suggest you bring some activewear items with you! It gets hot in June, July and August so choose your items carefully!
BEACHWEAR ITEMS: You can’t go somewhere by the sea without allowing yourself some time by the water on a lounge chair so definitely be sure to bring some beachwear items with you, as well!
In regard to how many bathing suits you bring, it all depends on how long you’re there but I’d say to remember, you can always rinse them off in the shower at the end of the day and sit them out to dry overnight.
Shoes That Suit Your Vacation Preferences
One of the great things about the Amalfi Coast is that you can spend the day on the beach or hiking a trail that takes you almost as high as the clouds – well, that’s how it feels, at least! With that said, you will need to be sure you pack appropriately based on what you think you and your party will be doing while on your vacation!
FLATS / LOAFERS: Since I went in the beginning of the season, in late April / early May, I felt it would be best to bring along some flat espadrille and loafer flats in case I didn’t find it to be warm enough to walk around in sandals en route to dinner. If you are looking at the weather and you think you may need to bring a pair or two of those with you, here are some that I personally love or think are cute:
PRO-TIP: Do not pack a pair of shoes you have NEVER worn before! Blisters caused by uncomfortable or stiff shoes after lots of walking are lethal to the enjoyment of your vacation.
Outfit details for the above outfit can be found HERE!
SANDALS / FLIP FLOPS: For those leisurely strolls, walks to the beach and day trips to neighboring towns, I’d recommend flat sandals and flip flops.
SNEAKERS: For those days spent hiking or longer days spent exploring, I’d recommend being good to your feet and wearing sneakers.
In Positano, there are a lot of inclines and declines, as well as steep staircases, so wedges and heels are discouraged. In the other cities along the coast, you’ll find this, as well as cobblestone streets.
NOTE: You’ll see in some of my outfit posts from the area that I did bring heels and wedges but, I can assure you, I put them on at the door of the restaurant ha! Wearing them around Positano, or anywhere along the Amalfi Coast, is a WORK. OUT. A lot of restaurants are very casual and there’s no need for heels or wedges, but there are some where it would be more appropriate, and I’ll go into that in the restaurant guide for Positano. I would just recommend wearing a handbag that is large enough to put your flip flops or flats in after you have put your heels on.
Accessories That Suit Your Vacation Preferences
ACTIVE: For the active gals, be sure to bring a water bottle and hat with you on your hikes:
RELAXED: For all of you beachgoers, I would suggest bringing a hat, water bottle and sunglasses:
Being that it’s summer, I’d also recommend bringing a couple of fun jewelry accessories that you know you’ll wear quite a few times. I brought these new Kendra Scott earrings and wore them so many times!
Sun Protection – No Matter Your Vacation Preferences
If there is one thing that is for sure, you will need sun protection in Italy, most especially if you’re visiting in June, July and August. These months, particularly August, is extremely hot and the UV index is always at 10! The chance of rain is also much smaller during these months. Last year, they had five months straight of no rain so, be sure to pack some of the following and put it on each morning and reapply throughout the day!
I hope that helps make packing a little easier for anyone traveling to the Amalfi Coast this year! It is an amazing vacation destination and I hope you have the absolute best time! More posts on this area coming soon! xo.