We can probably all agree that vacations are great. Who doesn’t love to take a break, change the scenery, get out of town every once in a while? But packing? Not so much. Packing is pure stress. Are we bringing enough? Too much? What’s the weather going to be like?
It’s tempting to just bring everything. But when it comes to traveling, the last thing we want to do is haul around stuff. Going minimalist can be scary, but it’s worth it. It just takes a little talent and creativity. It saves you the hassle of checked luggage, a sore back and an hour-long deliberation of what to wear when you should be enjoying your vacay.
Whether you’re visiting the nieces and nephews, headed out for your honeymoon, or hitting a 3 day music festival, there’s certain things you’re just gonna need.
Here are our essentials for the perfectly packed summer trip bag.
The In-Transit Outfit
When you’re standing in lines at the airport, crunched in a tiny seat with 12 inches of leg room, spending 8 hours in a car with a full bladder, and hauling around 50 pounds of luggage, the last thing you want is to be strapped into a pair of stilettos and skinny jeans (god bless Victoria Beckham, we’re truly mystified). But with all the options out there, there’s no need to surrender to pajamas and Lululemon.
On our travel days, comfort and convenience comes first - but style is never sacrificed. Our top picks are relaxed-fit options in comfortable, soft materials that offer a degree of stretch. We’re talking pieces that feel like pajamas and offer the mobility of workout gear – but resemble nothing of the sort.
Here are some of our picks from Scotch & Soda, Skylar + Madison and Flynn Skye:
The Dressy Outfit
Chances are, there’s going to be a dinner, a party, or just a random inclination to feel pretty. Chances also are you have no idea where you’ll be going, what the dress code is, what the weather will be like, and whether or not you’ll feel like wearing heels. Let us introduce the all-purpose dressy outfit. It consists of one main piece (we love a good go-to dress or jumpsuit) – and transforms with accessories. Footwear, jewelry, hair, and makeup dress it up or down to perfection – and most take up little to no extra room in your bag.
Check out some of our favorite picks for dresses and jumpsuits from: Cotton Candy, Flynn Skye and BB Dakota:
The Day Outfits
Whether you’re off to Minnesota or Mexico, the key for daytime looks is versatility. You might be tempted to pack an outfit for every mood and every activity, but resist - a few select pieces that can mix and match to suit the weather, the plans, and your state of mind can save you the hassle of sitting on your overstuffed suitcase every time you need to zip it. (Plus you’ll probably end up wearing the same three things every day anyway.)
Check out some of our staple mix and match daytime outfit picks below from Rue Stiic, Faithfull the Brand and Sancia:
Check out other travel style picks below: