The 2022 Vacation Capsule Wardrobe: 9 Essentials You Should Always Pack

After having to stand on my suitcase and push with all my strength to get my carry-on to close far too many times to remember, I decided I'm going to have to reconsider my packing process. As an avid overthinker, I almost always feel like I need to pack more than I need. I'll decide on a few different outfits but then inevitably get the idea that what I put together is not enough and add a couple of extra items "just in case." We did a recent interview with Gigi Hadid, where she explains how she likes to focus on packing lightly and mixes and matches to create no-fuss outfits, so if a supermodel was packing light, why was I stuffing my suitcase with things I didn't even end up wearing?

On my last vacation, I started to prioritize nine key essentials while packing, and the trip ended up being a fashion success. While I pre-planned outfits, I was still able to mix and match pieces in case I wasn't feeling one of my original looks or if the plans for the day had to change. Each look was easy and effortless and still looked good on the 'gram. If you're planning a trip soon and want to see the capsule wardrobe I followed, keep scrolling. You (and your suitcase zipper) won't regret it.

Vacation Capsule Wardrobe

Breezy Button-Down

I consider a button-down my ultimate vacation staple. Tie it over a dress, pair it with a tank and trousers, throw it on over a swimsuit—the options are endless with this basic.

Carryall Bag

I love statement handbags, but unfortunately, my carry-on doesn't have enough room for a trendy bag to pair with each look. Instead, I'll opt for a carryall that feels current but will fit all my necessities. For summer 2022, woven bags are the It accessory, and they are perfect for any summer vacation wardrobe.

Lightweight Trousers

From work to vacation, there's nothing like a good pair of relaxed trousers. Retailers are releasing more lightweight linen styles for the summer, and I've already added a few to my cart. They seem easy to wear and comfortable, which is a must for vacation packing. It's all about relaxing, remember?

Easy Sandals

When I'm on vacation, the last thing I need is uncomfortable shoes. Easy and streamlined sandals are the pair of shoes that I'll pack. 

Versatile Sneakers

From walking through the airport to trekking around a new location, versatile sneakers are the second pair of shoes that should be on your vacation priority list. They may not be the most glamorous shoes of choice, but your feet will thank you. 

Maxi Skirt

Maxi skirts may be a top trend for 2022, but they've been something I've packed on vacation for years. The floor-sweeping hemline is not only versatile, but it also always looks polished.

Fun Accessory

Whenever I plan a vacation, the first thing I want to do is shop for fun accessories. Vacation outfits are all about being relaxed and comfortable, so a colorful accessory is an easy way to take an understated look to the next level. Even if you're wearing a simple swimsuit, a colorful silk scarf, for example, will add the perfect finishing touch. 

Updated Basic

Obviously, you'll be packing basics, but consider one with a unique touch so that, even with a simple outfit, it'll look elevated. Think cutouts, texture, and pops of color.

Matching Set

The greatest thing about a matching set? It basically gives you three built-in outfits. Wear the set together, pair a basic tank with the bottoms, and pair the top with trousers or a skirt.