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23 Top Venice Packing List Items for (2024) + What to Wear & NOT to Bring

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Venice is one of the most desirable places to travel to in the world. From the picturesque narrow canals dotted with gondolas. To the grandiose of Saint Marks Square. Venice is a city that just keeps getting better and better.

There are so many things to do in the small Italian city, and if you’re lucky enough to be there while it’s hosting a biennale or carnival, all the better. While the city is small, you still might be wondering, “What should I pack for my trip to Venice?” Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered with this complete packing list for Venice. I’ve included a section on what to wear in Venice, the top items to pack, tips about what NOT to bring to Venice, and common FAQs.

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What to Pack for Venice – 23 Essentials

  • 1. Neck Wallet

    The streets of Venice are tiny and with large crowds pouring in from all over the world, it can get pretty tight. Unfortunately, if someone “bumps” you, you probably won’t think twice about it until you reach into your pocket when you want to pay for your gelato and realize that your wallet is missing. Using a neck wallet will ensure that your valuables are safe and secure with you.

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  • 2. Hanging Toiletry Bag

    If you think the streets of Venice are tight on space, just wait till you see the bathrooms. Since most of the buildings date back to when bathrooms weren’t a standard in every house, they were added in later. This means that there’s very little wiggle room in most bathrooms. Using a hanging toiletry bag will save valuable counter space and keep you organized.

    It has four spacious, PVC-lined pockets to fit all of your favorite self-care products and contain any spills that may happen in transit. Designed by a woman-owned travel brand, this hanging toiletry bag will fit everything but the kitchen sink.

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  • 3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    The streets aren’t the only place you need to worry about your credit cards getting stolen anymore. We had our credit card number stolen when we connected to an Airbnb’s wifi in Paris. Hackers are pros at stealing unsuspecting tourists’ digital information, such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and even identities when connected to public networks at Airbnbs, hotels, cafes, airports, and so on.

    If you’re planning on connecting to a public wifi network (like the one at your hotel), make sure to use a VPN like NordVPN to protect yourself and your data. It’s surprisingly affordable and keeps your online activity secure with just one click.


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  • 4. Quick-Dry Travel Towel

    I wouldn’t recommend taking a dip in the canals in downtown Venice, but there are a few places where you can beat the summer heat by jumping into the cool Adriatic sea. A pro tip is to bring a quick dry towel with you rather than a big fluffy beach towel that will stay soggy all afternoon and can’t fit into a beach bag.

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  • 5. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger

    Navigating the streets of Venice is not always easy. The narrow alleyways, finding the right bridge, and trying not to walk in circles are all part of the charm, right? It’s all a lot easier if you can use your phone’s navigation system– however, this quickly drains your battery, so make sure you have a portable charger with you so you can always find your way back to the hotel and have your camera ready for capturing memories.

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  • 6. Travel Insurance for Venice

    From lost luggage to an unexpected trip to the doctor, anything can happen on vacation, and you don’t want to wait till then to worry about insurance. Your domestic insurance usually will not cover you abroad, so it’s important to make sure you’re covered from the get-go with good travel insurance for your trip to Venice. A friend of ours once broke their arm on a biking tour abroad. Their medical bills were in the thousands, but luckily they had travel insurance to cover it all.

    Faye Travel Insurance is leaps and bounds ahead of other travel insurance providers. You can do everything from finding a plan to making claims on your phone without the stress of confusing paperwork. They have comprehensive plans and offer helpful add-ons like vacation home rental and car rental insurance. They make it easy to make claims and get reimbursed when you need it most without the unnecessary hoops other providers make you jump through.

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  • 7. Packing Cubes

    Keeping yourself organized is key in small hotel rooms. Using packing cubes will ensure that you’re room doesn’t quickly descend into chaos because you can’t find the dress you packed for dinner. With everything organized into cubes for daytime and nighttime outfits, beach stuff, and toiletries, you’ll never have a big pile of clothes covering the floor in your room.

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  • 8. Natural Jet Lag Relief

    A trans-Atlantic flight is a beast of a trip. It used to always take me several days to shake the jet lag and get in sync with Europe’s time zone. What helped me adjust faster than ever was this homeopathic jet lag relief. It’s all-natural and helps combat the stress of travel that leaves you feeling jet-lagged and exhausted after long-haul flights. Just take a few before and during your flight as instructed and you’ll notice how much well-rested you’ll feel when you arrive in Venice.

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  • 9. Power Adapter for Italy

    Don’t forget that while you’re abroad, your electronics will need adapters to be able to plug into the European outlets. This one has two USB ports so you can charge up to three devices at once. Don’t make the mistake of buying a cheap version because that could easily ruin your electronics. Instead, opt for one like this that has a built-in fuse protector so your devices won’t get fried in case of any faulty hotel or Airbnb wiring.

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  • 10. Prepaid Europe SIM Card

    You’ll want to be able to use your phone while in Venice so you can hit the ground running when you arrive instead of trying to find wifi to call an Uber or use Google Maps to navigate to your hotel. We’ve been using this prepaid SIM card on our past few trips to Europe and it’s worked great. It functions in over 30 European countries and is super easy to set up and use. Having data and not constantly having to rely on wifi makes traveling a whole lot easier. You can get directions on the go, research where to eat or visit next, or call an Uber without stressing to find wifi.

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  • 11. Cooling Towels

    Summer in Venice can get pretty toasty. If you’re not prepared, you’ll be searching for the nearest cafe with AC, which is not very easy to find. Bring a cooling towel to throw around your neck anytime you feel like you are edging towards overheating. All you have to do is dip it in water, and you’ll instantly be able to cool down.

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  • 12. Daypack

    Venice might seem small if you look at it on a map, but because of the canals, the city is like a maze. Meaning it’s not always easy to get from A to B in a timely fashion. You’ll want to bring everything you need with you for the day. A comfortable and spacious day pack will allow you to bring all of your travel essentials.


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  • 13. TSA-Approved Luggage Locks

    I had my favorite pair of sunglasses stolen out of my checked luggage before, and ever since then, I’ve made sure to use locks to secure my bags. Think about it – you don’t want your trip essentials like glasses, Kindle, or camera to get stolen. This two-pack of TSA-approved luggage locks is perfect for securing a checked bag and a carry-on – you can never be too careful. They even come in handy for public lockers at tourist sites or hostel lockers.

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  • 14. Deodorant Wipes

    With all the walking you’re going to be doing, you’ll be sure to work up a sweat at one point or another. I’ve found that keeping deodorant wipes in my daypack is a lifesaver when you want to freshen up before dinner or between sightseeing activities. This way, you’ll be able to feel clean all day, even if you don’t have time to stop back at the hotel for a shower.

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  • 15. Windproof Travel Umbrella

    In the rainy seasons, it can get pretty wet in Venice, plus the small alleyways act almost like wind tunnels, so you’ll want to make sure you have a high-quality windproof umbrella to keep your dry. My best advice is to just throw it in your day pack at the beginning of the trip and never take it out, that way, you have it when you need it. It also comes with a zippered case to store the umbrella that way, you don’t get the rest of your belongings in your bag wet.

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  • 16. Water Bottle with Built-in Filter

    Staying hydrated is key when you’re in Venice. You won’t realize that you’re walking as much as you are because there’s so much to take in around you. Carrying a water bottle around with you is the best way to ensure you are drinking enough water. Italy has public water fountains all over the place, so you can refill throughout the day. Although Italy has potable tap water, filtering your drinking water will ensure you’re water tastes as pure as possible.

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  • 17. Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

    In Venice, you’re surrounded by water. While you wouldn’t plan on splashing your phone or dropping it into the canal while you’re on a gondola– accidents do happen. To ensure that your phone can survive any accidental water encounters, use a universal waterproof case during your time in Venice.

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  • 18. Natural Motion Sickness Patches

    If you get even the least bit seasick, you’ll want to have a pack of motion sickness patches with you at all times. Being on the water is a way of life in Venice, not to mention one of the best ways to see the city. From the gondolas to the “bus boats” and water taxis, you might need a little extra help getting your sea legs. Stick a couple of these patches behind your ears or by your navel to stop motion sickness before it hits. They don’t leave you feeling out of it like Dramamine, and they work better than any other natural remedy – my wife has tried them all!

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  • 19. Packable “Just in Case” Bag

    We’re all familiar with the traveler’s dilemma of flying home with more stuff than we have room for. When you visit a place like Venice that has so many iconic souvenirs to bring home as souvenirs, you’re going to need a little extra space in your luggage.

    My wife had the genius solution to bring a packable personal item bag. It takes up no room in your luggage when it’s empty but can fit all your souvenirs on the way home. The best part? It fits underneath your seat so airlines won’t charge you for any extra baggage fees!

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  • 20. Natural Hangover Relief

    No trip to Italy is complete without trying the different varieties of wine, but if you happen to overindulge, be sure to have this hangover cure handy. Made with natural herbs, vitamins, and minerals, Cheers helps your liver detox alcohol and replenishes your body with essential nutrients. Take three capsules after your last drink before going to bed, and wake up feeling better and ready to explore Venice.

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  • 21. Tickets to Top Venice Attractions

    If you wait until the last minute to book tours once you get to Venice, you run the risk of finding that they’re sold out. Our favorite way to make sure we get on the tours we really want (especially in a popular destination like Venice) is to book ahead with Get Your Guide. Not only are you reserving your place, but you can also save money by booking in advance. You can’t visit Venice without taking a gondola ride, watching a glass-blowing demonstration, or going on a food tour – they’re all a part of the Venitian experience!

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  • 22. Gorgeous Outfit

    There is no better occasion than a night out in Venice to get a little dressed up. This jumpsuit is a sophisticated but extremely comfortable look that easily transitions from day to night. The material is wrinkle-resistant so it’s perfect for travel. It’s flattering on different body shapes and comes in a variety of gorgeous colors.

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  • 23. Reusable Wine Bags (Leak-Proof)

    Think about the wine, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and perfumes you’re already scheming to bring back home. Now think about the glass bottles and how rough airlines can be with luggage. Avoid a shattered disaster by bringing inflatable, reusable wine bags. They’ll protect all of your glass-contained souvenirs (not just wine bottles) so they actually make the journey home where you can enjoy them with friends and family.

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What to Wear in Venice

Venetians are very stylish people. They always look put together, even if they’re just running to the market to get some fresh produce. You’ll want to dress cute, but also keep in mind that you’ll be doing a ton of walking. The summer months get extremely warm in Venice, so you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing something breathable. Plus, you might have heard that the city is sinking, which means that from time to time, there’s flooding in the city, so having a pair of waterproof shoes is important when visiting Venice.

What Women Should Wear- (Click to expand)

Below is a sample women’s clothing list.(All items link to for your convenience).

There’s nothing casual about Venice. The city is bursting with style. When you’re packing, you’ll want to make sure you’re bringing things that are both stylish and comfortable. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time wandering around the canals, you’ll want shoes that are easy to walk in on cobblestone streets. Make sure you bring one fancier outfit if you’re planning on hitting any of Venice’s more fine-dining establishments.

What Men Should Wear- (Click to expand)

Below is a sample men’s clothing list.(All items link to for your convenience).

Italian men take pride in their style, and it shows. If you want to avoid being pegged as a tourist immediately, you’ll want to pack clothes that are comfortable yet refined. Wearing a nice pair of pants and a button-down shirt is always acceptable, but you’ll want to pack something nice for fancier places. Don’t be afraid to accessorize with belts, watches, and hats.

Dressing for the Seasons in Venice

SPRING – March, April, May

The weather ranges from sweater weather to sundress and sandals in the springtime. Packing layers will be your best bet. During the day, you’ll be comfortable in a jumpsuit, but once the sun goes down, you’ll want a light jacket or long sleeve shirt. On cloudy days you’ll want to wear long pants and a stylish shirt, and don’t forget your umbrella.

Temperatures in the spring range on average between 50°F to 71°F (10°C-22°C)

SUMMER – June, July, August

The summertime in Venice is hot. Since the city is surrounded by water, you do not only get the sun from the top, but the reflection coming from all directions. You’ll want to make sure you’re in breathable clothes that you’ll be comfortable walking around in. Think flowy dresses made with natural materials or loose trousers and t-shirts.

Temperatures in the summer range on average between 80°F to 90°F (25°C-31°C)

FALL – September, October, November

Like the springtime, the fall has quite a range in temperatures. It can change on a dime, so make sure you have layers with you. If the sun is out, you’ll be able to wear your summer clothes, but once the sun goes down, you’ll want to bundle up with a long sleeve, light jacket, and pants.

Temperatures in the fall range on average between 40°F to 80°F (5°C-25°C)

Winter – December, January, February

The winter in Venice is pretty cold in comparison to the rest of Italy. It regularly gets down to freezing temperatures and doesn’t reach above 50°F very often. You’ll want to wear pants, tennis shoes or boots, and definitely bring a light puffer jacket. During the evenings you’ll need a hat and scarf to keep you warm when the wind blows off the water.

Temperatures in the winter range on average between 32°F to 50°F (0°C-10°C)

Dressing appropriately for the activity– (Click to expand)

Saint Mark’s Basilica: You’ll need to cover your shoulders and knees to enter Saint Mark’s Basilica. You’ll want to wear pants or a long dress that day to avoid being turned away.

Taking a Gondola Ride: When you’re being rowed through the narrow canals, you’ll want to wear something photogenic since you’ll surely be snapping a lot of pictures. Wearing a jumpsuit or a sundress is ideal. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun.

Burano: Burano is a colorful neighborhood in Venice that is great for wandering around and getting lost. Since the buildings are painted with bright colors, I think it’s best to wear something that contrasts colors, like a solid black dress or shorts and a stylish shirt that will stand out in photos. Plus wear comfy shoes because you’ll be getting in some major steps.

Carnival: The most important thing to wear at the carnival is a mask. Other than that you can wear whatever you’d like, be it a full costume or a chic jumpsuit. As long as you have a mask on, you’ll fit right in.

Climbing the Campanile Di San Marco: You should always wear comfortable shoes in Venice but particularly on the day that you’re going to climb the Campanile Di San Marco. The 323 steps will be much more enjoyable if you’re wearing shoes that are easy on your feet.

Going for Dinner: Feel free to get dressed up for a dinner in Venice. Italians don’t need a reason to get dressed up, so naturally, for dinner, they step it up a notch. You’ll want to wear something elegant like a black dress and stylish shoes. Guys should wear a collared shirt and a nice pair of pants with shoes that fit the outfit.

What NOT to Bring to Venice

  • 1.DON’T BRING High heels

    Between the uneven cobblestone streets to having to walk further than usual because you need to navigate the canals, it’s better to leave the heels at home and opt for something a little more practical.

  • 2.DON’T BRING a Full Suitcase

    Venice has no shortage of shopping, from artisanal goods to Italian fashion. You’ll be happy you left some space in your luggage for everything you pick up along the way.

  • 3.DON’T BRING Bulky Clothes

    Unless you’re going in winter, there’s no need for bulky clothes. They will just take up the much-needed space in your suitcase. Leave your big sweaters at home and opt for something a little more lightweight.

  • 4.DON’T BRING Revealing Clothes

    Italy is a pretty conservative country and this comes across in their fashion. You should leave anything that’s too low cut or revealing at home unless you want to get some not-so-nice stairs from the Venetians.

  • 5.DON’T BRING a Hair Dryer

    You won’t need to bring along a hairdryer, wherever you stay should provide you with one. It’s basically a cardinal sin in Italy to go out with wet hair, so it’d be unthought of for a hotel not to have one at the ready.

  • 6.DON’T BRING Valuables

    You never know what can happen while you’re traveling– so it’s better to play it safe and leave anything super valuable or irreplaceable at home.

What NOT to Wear in Venice – (Click to expand)

While there’s not a set-in-stone dress code in Italy, there are a lot of unspoken rules. You shouldn’t wear anything that’s too revealing or overly casual. Meaning, no short-shorts or skirts, and jean shorts are a big no-no unless you want to be immediately pegged as a tourist, and the same goes for cargo shorts for men.

FAQs about Visiting Venice

  • 1. How do you get to Venice?

    How do you get to Venice?

    You can fly to Venice’s airport (Venice Marco Polo Airport) or to Treviso Airport. From both, you’ll take a bus or a boat to get into the city. I highly recommend taking the boat because how often do you get the chance to arrive by boat to such a picturesque city. You can also take a train to the Stana Lucia Train Station if you’re coming from another part of the country or Europe.

  • 2. When is Venice Carnival?

    Carnival is Italy’s Mardi Gras Celebration. It lasts for two weeks starting in Mid-February.

  • 3. What is the best way to save money in Venice?

    What is the best way to save money in Venice?

    There are a couple of ways you can cut some costs while you’re in Venice. Rather than taking a private gondola ride, opt for taking the waterbus– you’re on the water getting incredible views but without the cost of the gondola. Buy focaccia from a bakery for lunch and eat it by the canal rather than go to a restaurant for lunch, and make the most of aperitivo where you get access to a buffet for the price of a drink.

  • 4. When is the Venice Biennale?

    There are two Biennales hosted in Venice, the Art Biennale and the Architecture Biennale. They switch off every other year and typically run from Mid-May to Mid-November.

  • 5. When is the best time to visit Venice?

    When is the best time to visit Venice?

    The best time to visit Venice is the “shoulder” seasons, so spring and autumn. There are fewer crowds (aside from the two weeks of carnival) and the weather is milder – winter is quite cold, and summer can feel blistering hot. Going when there are less crowds is ideal for any place, but especially for a city as confined as Venice. The canals and narrow cobblestone streets tend to be far less romantic when they’re overflowing with tourists.

  • 6. What’s the typical food of Venice?

    Venice is known for its fish dishes, Risotto al Nero di Seppa (Black Risotto) is probably the most famous, but the locals will tell you to try anything with anchovies or sardines.