Taking a trip to Sicily soon? Then you might want to bring along some cash, your driver's license, an umbrella, and even elegant footwear. Now, you might be wondering why you'd need to bring some or all of these. You may even think that as long as you have your clothes and your gadgets, you're good to go. But Sicily is unlike any other destination out there. The sun is much brighter, the weather is much hotter, and the culture? Much more fascinating than you think! In order to have a good time on this island, you'd do well to pack a few items that will help you along the way!
Among the many legal documents you'll bring on your trip to Sicily, don't forget your driver's license. Well, first, you need to make sure that you can use it in Italy first. There are some countries that issue driver's licenses that Italy recognizes. If yours isn't, then just get an international permit. Either way, you'll need a document that will allow you to drive in Sicily since it's the best way to get around here. Make no mistake, the island has its fair share of buses and cabs, but for a true Sicilian adventure, you're better off renting a car and going on road trips!
Despite how metropolis many towns in Sicily are, the island is generally still part of the Italian countryside. As such, there are many establishments here that only accept cash. More often than not, they're the best places on the island too. Think local taverns that serve authentic Sicilian cuisine or gift shops that sell items made by the island's finest artisans. In order to buy anything in these places, you'll need to pay in cash. But before that, you'd do well to open a local Italian bank account
first. It'll be easier since many Italian banks have ATM machines in Sicily.
Don't underestimate the usefulness of an umbrella! You're probably thinking that Sicily is too sunny a place that you won't need one when you go here. Think again! The autumn and winter months can get pretty wet here, especially around December and January. And on the flip side, the summer season can get so hot in Sicily that shade from tall trees isn't enough. To help protect your skin from getting sunburned and yourself from getting a heat stroke, an umbrella is an absolute must-have on the island. If you forgot it, just buy one at the many stores here.
Elegant footwear seems like the last thing you'd ever pack when you travel to Sicily, doesn't it? The island has many ragged paths and untouched areas. They're not exactly the types of places you'd wear a pair of leather shoes or designer heels
. But there are a few chic bistros, cool bars, and lively nightclubs where you're gonna have to dress up. Even the locals know well to spruce up a bit when they go out on the town. So when you plan to explore Sicily's nightlife, make sure you're appropriately dressed. And more often than not, your choice of footwear can make or break your outfit!
The beaches in Sicily are notorious for having one too many jellyfishes near the shores. They're pretty to look at, sure, but if you get too close and get stung, you're in for a world of pain. Prepare beforehand by packing some calamine lotion. It's not exactly the best treatment for a jellyfish sting, but it can substantially reduce the pain. At least up until you get to a hospital to get proper treatment for it. Either way, you need to pack some calamine lotion for your trip to Sicily. Even if you don't encounter a jellyfish, there's no telling what might happen to your body when you go on adventures here!
While you're at it, bring along some insect repellant too! Trust that it will serve as a lifesaver in more than a few instances. The mosquitos in Sicily can get a bit much, especially around spring or summer. If you plan on traveling to the island around this time of year, expect to face a lot of them. Especially if you're one to go off the beaten path and stay in the more rural areas of Sicily. Beautiful though they may be, they are also with many mosquitos flying about! Your best bet is to put on insect repellent to avoid their bites.
Speaking of the more remote places and towns in Sicily, these are also where you ought to bring your power bank
! When you explore Sicily and get lost in its natural wonders or even ancient ruins, you'll want to snap as many photos as you can. Perhaps even film footage along the way too. And when you do all that, your phone's battery will get drained. When it does, just take out the power bank and start charging. This way, you don't have to stop taking pictures or filming video clips as you venture further into the island.
Travel Plug Adapters
The need to pack along some travel plug adapters
can't be stressed enough! Don't forget that Italy uses plug types C, F, and L. If you're coming from outside of the country, even more so from outside of Europe, there's a good chance that your chargers and other gadgets won't be compatible with the outlets here. So that's when the travel plug adapters come in. You'd still be able to use your electronics no matter where you are, be it on this island or any other part of Italy. Rest assured that this will lessen any stress on your trip to Sicily.
To ensure that you have a good time, you need to know what to pack for your trip to Sicily. Beyond the travel essentials, there are a few things you ought to bring along. You'll have an easier time here with them!