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.

City chic

beach bound

Lisa Marie Fernandez Yasmin Seersucker Swimsuit $445

You'll be the belle of the beach in this pretty pink hue.

Misa Fira Dress $224 $157

From beach to bar in seamless style.

Steven Friendsy Raffia Slides $89

These woven sandals were made for longs days at the beach.

Janessa Leone Ana Wide Brimmed Panama Hat $300

A wide-brim hat is your summer closet staple.

Raen Raleigh in Metallic Copper. $185

Choose rose gold frames for a striking signature look.

Outdoor Adventure

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.

The Great The Tie Sleeve Shirt $295

We're calling this the perfect road trip shirt.

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.

romantic getaway

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.

Gorjana Gypset Ring Set $65

Delicate jewelry adds an eye-catching touch. 

Caterina Bertini Small Straw Bucket Bag $78

Nothing says summer like an effortless basket bag. 

sail away

Topshop Stripe Wrap Top $35

Look stylish at sea in this flattering wrap top.

Current/Elliott The Cropped Flip Flop Jeans $188

Don't leave home without staple white jeans.

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.

Simon Miller Birch Mini Tote Bag $435

Elevate your look with a polished tan suede bag.


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.