Travel Essentials for Flashpacking Vacays

At long last, summer is in sight and for many, that means weekends at the cottage or vacays to exotic locations. These trips can be on a limitless budget or on a dime, but whether you're a backpacker or — as the hostel community likes to call them — a flashpacker, a few packing essentials never go amiss. I'm talking about the must-have travel products that are multi-functional and keep you looking gorgeous without weighing down your luggage (leaving more room for souvenirs). Here are just a few of the things that, in my experience, should be at the top of any packing list.