Packing for Venice

So excited about going to Venice! I’ve been before but in the Winter many years ago, so I’m really looking forward to it.

For me, the fun of holidays & short breaks starts with the outfit planning. I am an obsessive weather-watcher before I go away, as on short breaks we only travel with carry-on luggage, so it pays to be organised.

It looks like it’s going to be hot so I’m thinking dresses, strappy tops, shorts and mostly  flat shoes as I’ll probably be on my feet a lot.


I’ve decided (unusually) to go for quite a simple colour palette, to make mixing and matching easier. If it’s sunny I never travel without a hat or sunnies. The Sensi Studio hat, Miu Miu clutch and Bulgari sunglasses are chic and simple classics that go with everything.


I’ll also be taking this fabulous bracelet which although looks really special was a great find on eBay for only £18! I love the vintage look it has.


Accessories – bags in particular, tend to take up most of my luggage space! The one I’ll probably use the most is the Lanvin tote (similar here) as it goes with everything and is a great size. Another must is a cross-body bag. I found this vintage Celine on Vestaire Collective and thought how perfect it would be for this particular trip, so this is definitely coming with me! A clutch is also nice to have on a city break (although not an essential) and I love this fun ice-cream bag from Skinny Dip London which is also a cross-body bag. I would really like to take this beautiful vintage Chanel with me from Vintage Heirloom, although I’m always a bit nervous about taking such treasures away with me, so I may decide not to risk it.


I can’t remember what the cobble situation is in Venice (any ideas?)  so I’m going to play it safe and attempt to pack only one pair of heels. This Aquazzura pair (similar here) are a dream to walk in and the beautifully soft suede make them easy to pack. The TKEES flip flops don’t look much but are nearly always in my suitcase, as the sand colour goes with everything; they’re really comfy and they make your legs look endless which is always a bonus! I don’t think I need to justify packing the Valentinos (similar here)!


Another travel essential for me is a scarf of some description. This Pucci scarf (similar here) I found on The Outnet will go with most of the things I’m packing and is a great print. Shorts are important too – these French Connection ones are brilliant for a city break as they are a lot smarter than denim shorts, so can be dressed up with a silk camisole such as this Tibi one, or more casual with a linen shirt (another essential).


Another silk Tibi camisole will be packed in black plus these amazing printed Fendi trousers which I have just bought from The Outnet. I know printed trousers (or ‘jazzy pants’ as I affectionately call them) are not to everyone’s taste but there is something so chic about them and they are great for day or evening when you may want to cover-up a bit more.


This is currently a possible ‘airport outfit’ (yes, I really am that sad – am I the only one?). I love this striped Petit Bateau tee with these great Pucci trousers (similar here). I am currently on the look out for some smart navy shorts just in case it’s too hot to wear these, so if anyone spots any let me know!

A couple of sleeveless dresses are another essential. I love this black Zimmerman dress (old, but similar here) and this striped Anthropolgie one (old, but similar here). They should definitely keep me cool and are easy to pack.


What are your city break packing essentials?

Here’s hoping I don’t lose my suitcase!

2 thoughts on “Packing for Venice

  1. Marta Santorio says:

    Love this post! I’m so weather obsessed too before going on a trip (and because I only ever bring a carry on with me…) You have such an amazing bag collection, loving all of them! Have fun in Venice, it’s such a beautiful place! Can’t wait to see more pics!


    • emmawriblog says:

      Glad I’m not the only one – the forecast keeps changing! Might have to pack more layers which means less room for bags – ugh! If you have any recommendations, let me know – it’s been a long time since I was there last.


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