Sicily

What to pack for your trip to Sicily

Sicily has a typical Mediterranean climate in the low-lying regions around the coast: mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of intense sunshine throughout most of the year. The warm and dry season typically is from April until September and the cold and rainy period from mid-October until the end of March. In inland areas, with their hills and mountains, the climate becomes slightly continental. At higher altitudes, winters become moderately cold and summers are still hot (and often torrid), while in mountain areas it becomes cold. Mount Etna, an active volcano, is covered with snow during late fall until spring.

All-weather gear. During the winter, early spring and late fall seasons, be prepared for rainy and windy conditions. Ideal are lightweight hoodies like the highly weatherproof Arc'teryx Squamish jacket, which is breathable, too – handy for when the weather clears up again. Tuck a good (but compact) umbrella, like Repel's Windproof Travel Umbrella with Teflon Coating, into your bag, in case of a real downpour.

Super-comfy walking shoes. If you are planning to do a lot of walking in Sicily, the key is to be comfortable. Try to avoid bringing shoes you have not broken in. Tennis shoes (trainers, sneakers), hiking shoes or other types of durable sports shoes are probably your best bet. If you don't want to look like a tourist, dress fashionable! It might be a good idea to pack a not-too-bulky pair of trail runners, such as Saucony’s Peregrine 7 for men or women, that hold up well on wet and dry ground.

Don't forget your swimwear for your visits to the beaches! You’ll also want a space-saving microfiber towel like the Sea to Summit DryLite towel. A pair of sandals, like Chaco's Z/VOLV or Ecotread, will give you better traction on wet surfaces than a standard pair of flip-flops.

Sun protection for the summer months. Along with an effective bug repellent and great sunscreen, bring a wide-brimmed hat – when the sun is out in Sicily during the summer it is quite strong.

Power adapter and charger. In Italy the power sockets are of type F (his socket also works with plug C and plug E). The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. A type F power adapter is included in this world adapter set from Bestek, and a multiport charger, like Anker’s compact Powerport 4.

Packing cubes. They not only keep your suitcase organized, but also compact your clothes to save space. One of frequent travellers'favorites are Eagle Creek‘s Pack-It cubes, which come in different sizes so you can tailor your setup to your needs.

Lonely Planet has a great guide to Sicily – Soak up history in charming Syracuse, hike Stromboli's lava-strewn crater, or visit crumbling castles in gorgeous hill towns. The Rough Guide to Sicily helps you to get under the skin of Sicily with inspiring photos, colour-coded maps and up-to-date reviews of hotels, B&Bs, campsites, restaurants, cafés and bars.

Another great source of information is the official Visit Sicily website that provides great insider tips to the region.