What to Pack for Every Type of Summer Vacation
You’ve booked the flights. Secured the hotel. Lined up the restaurant reservations. (Insert applause emoji here.) But now it’s the night before your departure, and you’re staring aimlessly at the pile of clothes on your bed—confronted with the overwhelming task of packing every single outfit you’ll need for your anticipated vacation. Sound familiar?
There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at your summer destination to discover you’ve packed a suitcase full of the wrong kind of clothes. (High heels on the cobblestone streets of Rome? Don’t try it.) In order to take the stress out of last-minute packing, we’ve rounded up the most stylish and suitable looks for every type of vacation.
Whether you’re headed to a city escape, beach getaway, or outdoor adventure, scroll down to find the key pieces to pack, no matter where you plan to jet to next.
Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs Small Courier Interlock Leather Crossbody Bag in Black ($425)
A black cross-body bag works from day to night.
Ray-Ban Round-Frame Gold-Tone and Tortoiseshell Acetate Sunglasses ($160)
Classics you'll wear forever.
Lisa Marie Fernandez Yasmin Seersucker Swimsuit ($445)
You'll be the belle of the beach in this pretty pink hue.
Poolside M'O Exclusive Shorty Embroidered Straw Tote ($175)
Fashion girls love a statement straw tote.
Cupcakes and Cashmere Alvy Military Vest ($140)
A military touch says you're ready for everything.
Nike Flex Supreme Tr 5 Mesh Sneakers ($100)
Hike, bike, and revel in summer activity in these must-pack sneakers.
Ray-Ban Outsiders Oversized Wayfarer Sunglasses ($150)
A sporty silhouette for your action-packed days in the sun.
Splendid Cotton and Modal-blend Jersey T-Shirt ($65)
Every traveler needs a great-fitting staple white tee.
Donni Charm Donni Frayed Bandana in Black ($57)
A bandana adds a cool, easy edge to every outfit.
Yummie by Heather Thomson 3/4 Leggings ($78)
Outdoor adventures call for high-performance leggings.
Deux Lux x Shopbop Backpack ($50)
When it comes to backpacks, this one's remarkably chic. Ideal for exploring the great outdoors.
Privacy Please Plaza Kimono Dress ($238)
A budding romance calls for a flattering floral-print frock.
Castañer Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles ($85)
A versatile summer essential to take you from romantic sunrise to sunset.
Anine Bing Stretch-Lace Soft-Cup Bra ($90)
Love will blossom when you're in this dreamy lace bra.
Caterina Bertini Small Straw Bucket Bag ($78)
Nothing says summer like an effortless basket bag.
Superga 2750 FGLU Sneakers ($99)
Classic white sneakers are a perennial favorite for a waterfront weekend.
Loewe Gold and Silver-Tone Hoop Earrings ($325)
No need to overpack on the jewelry. All you need are these ultra-chic hoops.
Solid & Striped The Natalie Bandeau Bikini Top ($78)
Just add a breezy white button-down for the ultimate coastal look.
Ray-Ban Round Metal in Metallic Gold ($150)
Round gold frames pair perfectly with white and blue hues.
Madewell Embroidered Vacation Tank Top ($20)
You'll at least feel like you're on vacation in this cheerful top.
Ancient Greek Sandals Taygete Bow-Embellished Velvet Sandals ($245)
Effortless slides are a must for easy summer strolls.
Equipment x Kate Moss Avery Printed Washed-Silk Pajama Pants ( $285 ) ($86)
Luxe lounging at its finest.