GFProf: wow, those links will come in really handy, because we will be in the Siena region of Tuscany for about a week: We arrive on the 12th, and leave early in the morning on the 19th! Small world: we will be staying at a villa right outside Buonconvento. If you see someone who looks like me next to a guy who looks like a lumberjack, that would be hubby and I.
Zibsca: Thanks, that is good to know. Here in California, coconut oil is pretty ubiquitous, but there are lots of places here in the U.S. where it is evidently still hard to find. It's nice to know that I shouldn't panic if the mean TSA guy makes me dump it. The temp should make me feel right at home: I am packing lots of shorts and general cottony items, which will be horrible to iron, but at least I won't roast. It's a lot like the weather around here, I believe.
Ommmmmmaggie, I was surprised when I did a search and didn't see anything similar to this thread, and am glad to know that my weird obsessiveness might answer other people's questions! I figure it's important info, there are a lot of intrepid travellers following the PB.