One of the most common mistakes travelers make when planning a trip to Italy is overpacking. It’s tempting to pack for every possible scenario, but lugging around a heavy suitcase can quickly dampen your travel experience. Italy’s cities, especially the historic ones like Rome and Florence, often have uneven cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, and stairs. Plus, if you plan on using Italy’s efficient train system, managing bulky luggage can be a challenge.

To avoid this mistake, pack light and versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched. Choose comfortable walking shoes, as you’ll be exploring on foot a lot. Most importantly, don’t forget to leave space in your luggage for souvenirs you’ll inevitably want to bring back.