In this week's Travel Loot, our new column featuring the travel stuff we're currently crazy about, Gentedimontagna founder Pavia Rosati is packing (lightly) for her Italian seaside jaunt.
I may run this travel website, but I never plan my travel in advance. I'm more "Jeralyn, I forgot to tell you I'm going to Amsterdam tonight" than "here's where I'll be in six months." Except for one standby: my annual summer trip to on the Amalfi Coast with my husband, my father, my father's girlfriend, and our good pals who join us from Paris, London, Rome, Vegas. It's a party, with lots of spaghetti. Here's what I'm packing for full Italian style.
1. The Right Bag
Basics first: I'll be gone for close to a month because before Italy, I'll be in London for a white tie for a ball in Cambridge. (What is white tie for girls?) So I have to pack city clothes and easy but chic beachy gear for Ischia and the Amalfi Coast. I'm psyched to carry my new ($180). I'm a luggage fanatic, and I've been admiring this one from afar for its compactness and its jewel colors.
2. Go-Anywhere Shoes
I'm a magpie for snakeskin. And eelskin. And tortoise. And crocodile. Clearly, I was a reptile in a past life. These adorable ($259) will work on the plane, in the city, by the sea.
3. Simple Dresses
Easy. I need easy when I travel. Like this cool ($145), new this season from Chance, the travel-ready collection by .
Packing strategy: Bring minimalist clothing and let jewelry make the statement. Like this gold-dipped (£535). It's going to look so great against a tan.
5. Sporty Kicks
Another pair of shoes? Yes, but other than this, I'll be barefoot. ($65) are the least comfortable sneakers I own, but they look so good. I've been buying them since I was 15. Once Italians find a trend, it takes them forever to shake it, though sneakers are especially right for this season. And in this color!
6. The Souvenir
Last summer, when I Instagrammed the above photo of me on a Riva on my way to for dinner, a dozen friends asked me to stop by the hotel's incredible gift shop, , to pick up lotions, perfumes, anything. (€125) seems like an especially appropriate (read: wanderlust-inducing) scent to carry back.
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