I love Rick Steves and take his books with me when I travel to Italy. But I have to tell Rick that you NEED more than 3 pairs of underwear on a trip longer than a week!
I packed carefully for my most recent trip Home To Italy this October. Everything coordinated and everything could be used with 3 or more items. The trip was for 4+ weeks in Italy and a return to the USA by ship for 14 days.
So Off I go!
Well even in October in a heat wave in Rome, quick dry underwear washed out every night does NOT dry overnight! The heat is not turned on in Italy until November. However I had planned a week at an apartment in Spoleto (Umbria) that had heat and a washing machine. But until I arrived there on week 2.5 I had to manage. So off to the local markets to buy throw away clothing. I usually bring worn out clothes from home and as I progress on the trip, I toss away items I don’t want any longer. At the end of some trips I leave items at the charity box found in most cities. Socks were easy to find and I had a contest with my friend in Florence, how little I could pay for sweaters in the local markets. Florence was cold without the heat turned on. I was staying at a wonderful convent hotel but only had a quilt in the room! 3 Euros was the best price I found!
Later I found suitable warm clothing for 10E, 8 E and 12 E!
Once I arrived in Venice the convent hotel had heat! They were surprised when I called and asked if the heat was turned on, the staff member just said, this is VENICE!.
So I plan to take more than 3 pairs of underwear when I travel. Maybe I can get away with only 5…….