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.
Emma Jones is a fashion and entertainment writer based in Toronto. She writes extensively for lifestyle and entertainment outlets, including MSN.ca, About.com Celebrity Style and MTV.com. Obsessed with British street style and vintage finds, when she's not writing (or wasting her Law degree, sorry parents!), Emma can be found scouring Kensington Market thrift stores for band shirts and original must-haves. Her style icons include Fearne Cotton, Alexa Chung, Debbie Harry, and Daria.