What to Wear in Venice, Italy (+ Packing List!)

Venice, Italy, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with millions of tourists visiting annually.

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Venice several times over the past couple of years. I’ve taken cruises there in the summer and spent days exploring the city in the spring and fall. As such, I’m experienced in what to pack (and not to pack) for a trip.


The essential clothing items you’ll want to pack for a trip to Venice:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Trainers
  • Pyjamas

If you’re visiting Venice in the summer, then you’ll also want to add:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • T-Shirts

You may also want to bring sandals. However, remember that you’ll walk at least 10,000 steps daily, so ensure they’re comfortable. Also, if you plan to spend time by the beach in Venice, don’t forget to bring some swimwear.

Alternatively, if you’re visiting Venice in the winter, you’ll want to bring:

  • Trousers, Leggings or Jeans
  • T-Shirts (plus long-sleeve if possible)
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat

If you’re visiting Venice during the shoulder seasons, I recommend bringing a mix of clothes. Pack a couple of pairs of shorts and trousers, and bring a jacket and raincoat too, just in case.

Accessories & Extras

The essential accessories and extras you’ll want to bring on a trip to Venice include:

  • Purse / Wallet / Money
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses (I’d pack these even if you’re visiting in winter)

If you’re visiting Venice in the summer, you’ll also want to bring a sunhat. Meanwhile, if you’re visiting in winter, I recommend:

  • Wooly Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves


The toiletries available in hotels in Venice will vary depending on where you stay. As such, feel free to adjust this list of toiletries where necessary.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bodywash
  • Facewash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Bobbles
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Razer/shaver
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Make-up
  • First aid kit (plasters, bandages, etc.)
  • Medication (where applicable)

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’ll also want to pack the following where applicable:

  • Prescription glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution
  • Prescription goggles
  • Prescription sunglasses

Tech & Entertainment

  • iPad / tablet
  • Headphones
  • Chargers
  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • SD Cards
  • Power Bank

Baby & Toddler

If you’re travelling to Venice with a baby or toddler, then you’ll also want to bring:

  • Vests
  • Babygrows
  • Clothes
  • Snowsuit
  • Pushchair
  • Raincover
  • Baby bottles
  • Water bottle
  • Sterilising bags
  • Baby Monitor
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Sling/baby carrier
  • Nappies
  • Nappy creams
  • Formula
  • Breast pump
  • Thermo

Venice has a lot of stairs and uneven surfaces. If you need a pushchair, I’d opt for a lightweight one. Alternatively, a baby carrier is going to be best.


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