You’ve finally booked the vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Now it’s time to plan your looks… and make sure they all fit in your suitcase! But don’t let packing stress you out. Just follow this ultimate getaway packing guide. It’s a list of what to pack, plus styling tips for all kinds of trips, whether you’re beach-lounging or adventure-seeking. And be sure to follow our favorite piece of packing advice: keep your vacation clothes simple and rely on accessories to change up your looks.
Packing List for a Beach Vacation
For beach vacations, we always try to travel light. Pick flowy midi dresses and feminine rompers that do double duty as cover-ups and going-out looks. Just switch out your daytime slides for strappy heels. Here’s our breakdown of your beach necessities:
• The Basics:
Lean into versatile, one-and-done looks that you can throw over your swimsuit and wear to dinner. Ready to hit the beach already? Shop our swimwear here.
• SPF Essentials:
Plenty of sunscreen
• The Accessories:
Totes and clutches
These are the key items that will differentiate your day and evening looks, so choose wisely.
Since cruises usually drop anchor at warm, tropical destinations, you’ll be able to choose your own adventure. You’ll need looks for relaxing on deck, as well as comfortable (but cute) clothes for sightseeing and exploring.
• The Necessities:
Sporty-casual skirts or shorts
Great walking shoes or sandals
Stick to a uniform of dresses, rompers and jumpsuits. Switch out how you accessorize them and you’ll feel like you packed twice as much.
For rich culture, historic sites, beautiful scenery, delicious food and endless exploring, you can’t beat a European vacation. You’ll need effortless, comfortable looks for walking, sightseeing and running to catch your next train. We recommend clean, modern pieces that are sure to be on trend in every city on your tour.
• The Basics:
Jeans in classic silhouettes
Jacket or blazer
Comfortable walking shoes for daytime exploring and simple heels or slides for evening
• The Accessories: a large tote to hold all your essentials when you’re out all day sight-seeing and a clutch for going out at night
No matter where you’re going, follow these tried-and-true tips for packing light and you’re sure to feel great and look chic. And here’s one more bit of advice: if you’re staying at a hotel, save space by avoiding items the hotel provides—like toiletries, towels and robes.