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What You Will Need to Bring on your Trip

Pauline Kenny

While most vacation rentals are fully equipped, there are a few things you should bring with you.

We stay in vacation rentals frequently and I have a plastic container full of what I think are kitchen essentials in case the place doesn't have them: a good cutting knife, a bread knife, a small peeling knife, a vegetable peeler, a few wooden spoons, a small timer, pot holders, an apron, a jar of sea salt, scissors, a kitchen towel (this isn't really necessary), a vegetable scrub brush, a bottle opener, some zip lock bags (for storing things), matches, candle.

When traveling in Italy, we also bring a small good pot with a tight lid for cooking rice. Frequently the kitchens have very few pots and pans or they don't have ones with good lids. Italians cook rice in risotto and that cooking style doesn't require a tight lid. And I bring a small flame tamer because Italian stoves do not turn down low enough for cooking rice.

We usually buy a cheap cutting board to use or buy a nice one and bring it home. In Italy you can find nice olive wood cutting boards in many of the towns (especially in Montalcino).

Bring a flashlight for finding your way to your door at night. It is very dark in the countryside. I always keep mine in my purse.

When you arrive on the Saturday, try to get there close to the 4pm check in. That way you have time to get settled in and see what you need in the house, then run out to the closest shop to get what is lacking. Some towns have stores open Sunday morning or even have a Sunday market, but in other areas everything will be closed until Monday. For sure you will need: toilet paper (usually 1 roll is provided), paper napkins, food for breakfast and for any meals on Sunday (or Saturday night).

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