Putting together a sun-holiday packing list might sound tiresome, but for a stress-free vacay, you've got to do it. A tried-and-tested formula of interchangeable pieces that actually work (rather than remaining in a creased pile at the bottom of your case) and that you can simply pull together every time you go away will put the pleasure into packing.
So, we canvassed our team to create the ultimate edit, from dresses that will work across a variety of occasions to the all-important jeans that you can fly and sightsee in. Debating over that cashmere jumper for the flight? Do it. Ditto the travel bag that will double up as a beach bag. Every item in this guide is versatile enough to be worn more than once (meaning that if you choose to invest in some high-end pieces, you needn’t feel guilty). Keep scrolling for our definitive rundown of what to pack for a stylish vacation.
This is for traveling in serious style.
No more bits of paper knocking around in the bottom of your bag.
Block out all unnecessary noise with these headphones.
These will go with everything.
Keep track of your stuff with a leather luggage tag.
Keep harmful rays out of your face while still looking chic.
Be the envy of everyone else on the beach.
How clever is this bit of kit?
While you might be traveling to a warmer climate, it does get cold on the plane, so you'll want something to wrap up in when you're feeling the chill. A silk version can double up as a warm and chic accessory.
Of course, you need swimwear, and yes, you definitely need two types: one for sunbathing and one for if you fancy a proper swim.
You always need a bikini in your bag too.
Wear these when you need to change up your outfit for the evening.
Perhaps the most useful item in your luggage—a cosmetic case for every type of holiday and situation.
Go for a fun clutch for nights out.
This is the ultimate holiday bag.
While there may be heat where you're going, there's no denying that some places get downright chilly in the evening. Pack a leather jacket and throw it over your shoulders when there's a breeze.
For obvious reasons, you're going to need a couple of T-shirts. Stick to two colors—preferably muted tones like black, white, navy, gray, or stripes. You can then wear these under a jumpsuit, with a slip dress, or over flowy trousers.
Long sleeves are great for cooler nights or colder destinations.
Save this top for when you want to show off your outfit.
Just add heels and jeans and you're good to go.
This is your true multitasker. Want to wear a dress on your night out? Wear a slip dress. Want to go sightseeing? Wear a slip dress over a T-shirt. There is seriously nothing this item can't do (except for the actual packing, of course).
The only miniskirt you need right now.
The perfect pair of jeans.
These are a classic for a reason. These sneakers will look good for a day in the city or at the beach. Pack a pair of classic Converse for walking—and don't forget socks.
These Tevas are so comfortable and can surely take you from the hotel pool to the beach.
With jeans, skirts, or dresses, you'll get so much wear out of these.
Chic and practical.