Supplies Related to Coursework
You will need a digital camera or phone (film cameras are also welcome), battery chargers/USB connectors for portable devices plug adapters (2- and 3-prong) and a portable hard drive and/or cloud backup Drawing/writing supplies will include:
-1 large A4 Moleskine Art Plus sketchbook [8½“ x 12”]
-1 set of small sketchbooks/plain journals [3.5” x 5.5”]
-1 set of drawing pencils, 2H – 6B [or leads & lead holder]
-erasers (white plastic, kneaded)
-pens and markers
-small carrying case for basic drawing supplies
You may also consider a travel watercolor kit, Conte crayons, or pastels. All items can be readily bought in Rome.
Make certain you have a valid passport. Make copies of your passport and bring one with you (keep packed in a separate place). Also leave a copy of your passport at home. These copies will be necessary if your passport becomes lost or stolen. Also, a list of account numbers and contact information for all credit cards and bank accounts should be kept separate of your wallet. It is also recommended that you share that list with someone in the States in case of a lost or stolen card.
The best way to get cash while abroad is by using ATMs. Most accounts will allow you to withdraw up to roughly $250-$300 a day at the most current exchange rate. Traveler’s checks are not recommended. There are 2 ATMs in the Fiumicino airport. You can wait to get cash once you pass through customs.
It is highly recommended that students bring a credit card with them in case of emergencies. Credit cards can also be used to obtain cash at most banks. You must have your passport with you to do this (very high service charge). Visa, MasterCard or American Express are widely accepted. Be sure to bring only cards with your name on the card, signed on the back. FOR ALL ACCOUNTS: YOU WILL NEED TO NOTIFY THE BANK OR CARD COMPANY OF YOUR EXPECTED TRAVEL PLANS PROIR TO DEPARTURE. This will prevent the account from being declined and assumed stolen.
Important Addresses & Phone Numbers
You will be provided with the addresses and phone numbers for the Palazzo, your apartment, health insurance contacts and the faculty. Keep these addresses and phone numbers with you at all times so that you can call if you need assistance.
Bandages (especially for blisters), cold tablets, aspirin, sunscreen, insect repellent. If you take prescription medication, including birth control pills, be sure to get enough for the entire trip. You may want to bring Advil or Tylenol, which are not always available. If you are now taking prescription drugs, it is advisable to take note of the strength of each dosage and chemical composition, since European medicines are sometimes calibrated differently than medicines in the US. The local pharmacies do stock an abundant amount of medications, but you should have a clear idea of what you want or need. If you get motion sickness on winding roads (as much of the semester’s travels include long bus rides), you might want to bring a supply of Bonine, a less drowsy alternative to Dramamine. Medication cannot be shipped from the US, so plan ahead. It should also be noted that you are enrolled in GeoBlue insurance and can work directly with GeoBlue to identify medications within the Italian pharmacy system that are legal and equivalent.
Our daily visits to sites around Rome will take us from archeological sites to churches and your attire should be able to be adapted to suit all conditions. (Keeping thin shawls in your bag is one good way to do this.) Bear in mind that you will not be able to enter churches or sacred spaces if your shoulders and knees are not covered. Students will not be permitted to attend classes in inappropriate clothing. Students are REQUIRED to wear comfortable, durable, practical shoes at all times. This includes flat, arch-supporting shoes. Not allowed to wear on field visits: flip flops, clogs, high heels, or shoes without a back strap. Rome is filled with rough cobblestone streets and many of our site visits will include substantial topography. Sturdy shoes are essential at all times.
There is a computer lab at the Rome Center so it is not strictly necessary for you to bring a laptop unless you anticipate processing your own images and/or writing. If you do bring a laptop, please make sure that you bring a plug/power adapter for your laptop. Contact a computer dealer to be sure the right item is purchased. Voltage in Italy and Europe is 220 volts.
-timekeeping device (watch, alarm clock or smart phone)
-sunglasses, prescription if necessary
-water bottle, thermos, and/or portable mug (Italians do not use these);
-travel guides (Let’s Go, Eyewitness Guides, Rough Guides)
deodorant (American students repeatedly say Italian brands are not their favorites); washcloths (not used in Italy); soft, reusable shopping bag; sewing kit. Bring a backpack or small piece of luggage for the day field trips and your weekend travel. A duffel bag rather than a bag with wheels is recommended, since it’s easier to use on cobblestone streets and when in small towns with long flights of stairs. Pack carefully! The baggage weight limits are strictly enforced. Check with your carrier for details.