I've heard from previous Florence students that a backpack is essential for going to school and trips for the weekend. Truthfully, I haven't carried a backpack since my sophomore year of high school, so I was kind of bummed about having to lug one around again (they're just not my favorite). But then I thought about the company Herschel Supply Co. that I often see students on campus carrying around and went to check out the site. All of the back packs were exactly what I was looking for-- practical utility with a step towards being fashion forward and classic. The one I ended up purchasing is rather large, but I wanted it to be so I could pack enough for weekend trips. It's the Little America Backpack which was $90. I don't believe I've ever spent $90 on ANY one thing besides perhaps a prom dress or two, so it was hard for me to part with the money...but worth it. This is a gorgeous, comfortable, durable backpack that I'm excited to go adventures with! It also can hold a 15' laptop which is nice for school.
I'm beginnging to get very excited about my trip, but at the same time can't quite comprehend what I'm about to do. I've been learning Italian using a free app called Duolingo which is really fun if you're looking into learning a new language! Next up on my list of things to buy is comfortable, but cute, walking shoes. Any suggestions for me? x