This was my list for a week in Venice when I planned to take trips to islands and spend time on the beach. I've de-personalised it slightly, but it's still a 'women's' packing list. Much of the stuff will still apply to men though. I hope the list might make a good starting point if you're at a loss for what to pack for a summer break in Italy.
City and beach break in summer, 5-7 days: a list for women
|Luggage: one cabin-size 4-wheeled suitcase (checked in), one 20-litre rucksack with multiple pockets, one cross-body handbag.
Tickets and passes for UK travel to airport
Hotel details inc. map
Travel insurance details, EHIC (health care card), important contact numbers, passport photocopy
Phone plus EU charger
IT equipment plus adaptor
Camera plus charger plus spare SD card.
Maps, booklets, info, printouts, guidebook*
Umbrella or cagoule
Scarf – 1 heavy, 1 light (large enough to cover shoulders and arms when visiting churches).
Neckerchief to restrain hair when on boats
Folding beach bag or small rucksack
Money belt (useful on beach)
Snack & favourite teabags
Plastic sandwich-size bags
Beach towel (Hammamas)
Light long layers for indoors
Two x swimwear
T-shirt dress to wear over swimwear.
Two pairs of light comfortable linen/linen mix trousers for evening and journey
Smarter t-shirt or top
Lightweight long-sleeved shirt
Cardigan or thin jumper
> More detailed suggestions: capsule wardrobe for Italy in summer
|Sunlotions (face and body)
Mini bottle of sun lotion
Aftersun with insect repellent
Insect repellent spray
Mini Swiss Army Knife
Toothpaste and mouthwash
Shampoo and conditioner
Hairbrush and comb
Facial moisturiser with SPF (for when there's not enough sun for proper sun protection)
Hand cream with SPF
Minimal make up (concealer, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick)
Make-up removal wipes
First aid (painkillers, plasters, antiseptic cream etc)
Travel washing line
Anti-histamines and hydrocortisone cream (both for mosquito bites)
Other personal essentials
*Obviously I don't actually take a guidebook to Venice as I've written my own. But in general I'll take a guidebook, sometimes cut up, to any new destination.