What to Pack for a Summer Vacation

Summer may not be the three month vacation it once was, but for most of us, it’s still our favorite time of year to get away. From the sunny beaches of a far-off paradise to the bright lights of the big city (and all the rolling hills in between) — nothing quite says relaxation like an easy breezy summertime retreat.

But before you can head off for some fun in the sun, there’s always that irksome little task of packing to be done. Whether you’re planning an extended stay or just a casual weekend escape, knowing what to bring along (and what’s better left at home) can be the most challenging part of traveling.

Ease some stress and take a load off this year — we’ll share a few bright ideas for your next summer excursion to the beach, city, or even the country. Because trying to consolidate your entire summer wardrobe down to a few bags can get pretty exhausting. Trust us, we know.


Beach Bum

beach collage

1. Matthew Williamson Round Sunglasses, $369.00; 2. Tori Praver Hoku Bikini Top, $77.00 and bikini bottoms, $61.60; 3. Echo Striped Cover-up, $88.00; 4. HOSS Cutout Flat Espadrille Sandals, $159.50; 5. Juicy Couture Gen Y Summer Day Dream Tote, $78.00; 6. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30, $9.99


City Chic 

city trip

1. Coral and Tan Shirt, $52.00; 2. Nude Laser Cutout Shorts, $82.00; 3. La Mer Collections Turquoise Crystal Chain Wrap Watch, $165.00; 4. Tory Burch Tallis Moonlight Satchel, $495.00; 5. Juicy Couture Stripe Floppy Paper Straw Hat, $78.00; 6. Diane Von Furstenberg Theia Two-Tone Wedge Sandals, $191.99


Country Cutie 

country trip

1. Madewell V-Neck Pocket Tee, $19.50; 2. J. Crew Miansai Hook Bracelet, $55.00; 3. Free People One Smiles Returning Tube Dress, $98.00; 4. Anthropologie Village Green Bag, $98.00; 5. One Teaspoon Original Bandit Cut Off, $63.00; 6. Forever 21 Three-Strap Sandals, $20.80