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When it comes to packing, everyone has a different approach. There’s the Tosses-Clothes-Into-Suitcase-the-Night-Before Girl, the I’ve-Been-Planning-for-Five-Weeks Woman, and who can forget about the Brings-Entire-Wardrobe Gal?

But take it from us: The more you bring, the less you’ll actually wear. We have it on record that you need only 16 items to get you through anything from a two-day jaunt to a weeklong siesta (or should we say fiesta?). Here’s how to do it.

It Starts With Your Suitcase

The correct packing approach: Bring a great suitcase in a manageable size (a 10-by-17-inch weekender like this one from MCM is plenty large, trust). Then add a structured tote for those inevitable shopping trips and a leather clutch to use for cosmetics during the day and as an evening bag at night.

Shop the guide: (from top left) Marysia swimsuit ($334), Zara kimono ($50), MCM sunglasses ($295), MCM pouch ($330), Loeffler Randall sandals ($195), Jennifer Fisher choker ($200), Cuyana straw hat ($75), Cos culottes ($115), Adidas sneakers ($75), Victoria, Victoria Beckham cropped jeans ($395), Saint James for J.Crew T-shirt ($90), H&M scarf ($10), Equipment maxi dress ($400), Tibi off-the-shoulder top ($245), Zara T-shirt ($10), MCM Tote ($920), MCM weekender ($1,295)

For the Plane (or Train or Automobile)

No matter how you’re planning to get there, you need a comfortable outfit with plenty of layers to combat all the unsuspecting obstacles you’re sure to encounter: a scarf for freezing A.C., a tote for holding your tablet and your (slightly trashy) beach read, and sneakers for sprinting across the terminal.

Get the look: MCM Tote ($920)H&M scarf ($10), Adidas sneakers ($75), Victoria Victoria Beckham cropped jeans ($395), Saint James for J.Crew T-shirt ($90)

For Beachside Lounging

Clever packers know everything must do double-duty: This floral kimono works on land (as a lightweight jacket over jeans) and sea (meet your chic new swimsuit cover-up). A simple clutch is also decidedly more streamlined than a bulky beach bag (you only need sunscreen and your Kindle, anyway) and it easily transitions to sunset drinks (see below).

Get the look: MCM pouch ($330), Zara kimono ($50), Marysia swimsuit ($334), MCM sunglasses ($295), Cuyana straw hat ($75)

For Sipping Mezcal Margaritas

Après sunbathing, team your kimono with a slinky slip dress and embrace beachy waves for happy hour.

Get the look: Equipment maxi dress ($400), MCM pouch ($330), Loeffler Randall sandals ($195), Jennifer Fisher choker ($200), Zara kimono ($50)

For That Fancy Reservation

Nothing screams “vacation mode” more than an off-the-shoulder top and breezy culottes. And on your feet: a pair of lace-up sandals, of course.

Get the look: Tibi off-the-shoulder top ($245), Jennifer Fisher choker ($200), MCM pouch ($330), Loeffler Randall sandals ($195), Cos culottes ($115)

For a Few Hours of Sight-Seeing

Those comfy culottes also happen to be perfect for strolling around your destination of choice (we’re headed to Majorca, in case you were wondering). Keep a bag in tow to store your found treasures.

Get the look: Saint James for J.Crew T-shirt ($90), H&M scarf ($10), MCM Tote ($920), Loeffler Randall sandals ($195), Cos culottes ($115)

For Your Inevitable Shopping Spree

Put on your walkin? shoes. You?ve got business to attend to.

Get the look: Tibi off-the-shoulder top ($245), MCM sunglasses ($295), MCM pouch ($330), Adidas sneakers ($75), Victoria, Victoria Beckham cropped jeans ($395)

For Your Afternoon of Kayaking

Interchangeable with sailing, yachting or dock sitting.

Get the look: Loeffler Randall sandals ($195), MCM pouch ($330), Marysia swimsuit ($334), Zara kimono ($50), Victoria, Victoria Beckham cropped jeans ($395)

For a Wine-Tasting Tour

Trust us, the straw hat is key. There’s not much shade in a wide-open vineyard.

Get the look: Saint James for J.Crew T-shirt ($90), MCM sunglasses ($295)Cuyana straw hat ($75), Loeffler Randall sandals ($195), Victoria, Victoria Beckham cropped jeans ($395)

For Venturing Into Town

Dress down your slinky slip dress with a simple T-shirt worn underneath and sneakers. You will probably be confused for a celebrity. Apologies in advance.

Get the look: Zara T-shirt ($10), MCM sunglasses ($295)Equipment maxi dress ($400), Adidas sneakers ($75), MCM Tote ($678)

For Getting Back on the Plane (or Train or Automobile)

This time, replace your scarf with the floral kimono. The tropical vibe will help with the overwhelming feeling of vacation-ending sadness.

Get the look: Zara T-shirt ($10), MCM Tote ($920)Victoria, Victoria Beckham cropped jeans ($395), Adidas sneakers ($75), Zara kimono ($50)

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