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04 | 27 | 22

Vacation Essentials: Our Packing Checklist

What to Pack for Your Next Vacation

04 | 27 | 22

Vacation Essentials: Our Packing Checklist

What to Pack for Your Next Vacation

04 | 27 | 22

Vacation Essentials: Our Packing Checklist

What to Pack for Your Next Vacation

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: 

  • Dresses
  • Jumpsuits
  • Swimsuits
  • Cover-ups 

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: 

  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Plenty of sunscreen

• The Accessories: 

  • Flat sandals
  • High heels
  • Statement jewelry
  • Totes and clutches

These are the key items that will differentiate your day and evening looks, so choose wisely. 

Packing for a Cruise

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: 

  • Swimsuits
  • 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.

• SPF Essentials: 

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Wide-brim hat

There’s no such thing as too much sun protection!

• The Bags: 

  • Crossbody bag or tote to carry your essentials
  • Clutch or evening bag for formal dinners

What to Pack for a Weekend Trip

Weekend getaways are short and sweet, so preparing for any weather is key. Check the forecast ahead of time and keep your vacation separates simple. 

• For Warm-Weather Weekends: 

  • Dresses 
  • Rompers 
  • Swimsuits
  • Sandals or high heels (tip: wedge heels are versatile for both day and night) 
  • Don’t forget your SPF and a great pair of sunglasses

• For Cool-Weather Weekends: 

  • Your favorite jeans
  • Midi dresses, tights and boots
  • Long sleeve tops (tip: layering is key)
  • Great jacket or coat to top it all off
  • Sunscreen is important in cool weather, too!

What to pack for a European Getaway

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: 

  • Wide-leg pants
  • Jeans in classic silhouettes
  • Sleek dresses
  • Feminine tops 
  • 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

Bon Voyage!

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.

Missing any of these essentials for your upcoming trip? We’ve got you covered. Check out our vacation must-haves here.