The Only 16 Items You Need for Any Summer Vacation
All hope lies in traveling light
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.