What to bring?A list of items you should definitely take on your roadtrip through Italy!
What to pack on your Vespa?
Backpacking with using a Vespa scooter as your main form of transportation is not something you do every day. Maybe it is your first time visiting Italy, or maybe you never backpacked at all. This might make you ask, what to pack on a backpacking trip in Italy on a Vespa? That’s why we made a list for you, to make packing the least of your concerns before departing on your great adventure!
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Italy is ruled by a Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. On average, July is the hottest month of the year, and January the coldest. Therefore, it is important to pack the right clothes for the right time of the year. Furthermore, when riding a scooter, windchill can be a cooling factor, even in summer! Working with layers is in our opinion the way to go. Lastly, accidents can occur to anyone on the road, no matter how experienced you are. It is tempting to feel the wind across your bare skin, but wearing long clothes is much safer.
Therefore, we advise the following clothes to pack on your trip:
- T-shirts (Year-round)
- A sweater (months October-April)
- 1 or 2 sturdy pairs of jeans (year-round)
- A windbreaker jacket (months May-October)
- A rainproof insulated jacket (months November-April)
- Gloves (months November-April)
Riding through the scenic Italian landscapes is a truly beautiful experience with gorgeous landmarks. So do not be afraid to hit the breaks and take some pictures! Aside from taking pictures on your phone, bringing an analogue point-and-shoot or single-use camera can offer you lovely tangible surprises after you get your film developed upon return. A great way to capture your experience during the ride is an action camera. Bring your own or rent one on Grover!
- Mobile phone
- Analogue point-and-shoot or single-use camera
- Action camera
To take everything with you, you need to pack everything in a backpack, as taking a suitcase on a scooter is a very impractical thing to do. Believe us, we tried. That’s why we recommend shopping for a comfortable backpack. It is important to keep in mind that some trips between stops, cities or hostels are 2 hour plus rides. Therefore, make sure that the backpack sits comfortably on your back and gives sufficient support. Bergfreunde offers lots of qualitive backpacks, perfect for these kind of trips!
For your ride
Shakey cobblestone roads in scenic Italian towns can work as a curse for loose bolts and nuts to appear on your scooter. Therefore, we would advise packing a small torque wrench and multi-tool, in case you start to hear any weird noises coming from your Vespa.
In case you rent an old-timer Vespa or a Vespa from the PX series (discontinued after 2017), you are riding a scooter with a two-stroke motor. You can feed modern 4 stroke motors gas directly from the gas pump. However, 2 stroke motors require a mix between gasoline and 2 stroke oil in a ratio of 1:40. Most gas stations lend jerrycans in which you can mix your fuel combination, so the only thing you should pack is a bottle of two-stroke oil and a small measuring cup! You can buy two-stroke oil at any large gas station upon arrival in Italy.
- Torque wrench
- Two-stroke oil
- Measuring cup
That’s it folks! All you need to start your journey through Italy. Got any questions? Feel free to ask us in the comment section. Ciao!
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