What to Pack for Stylish Summer Trips

Your Ultimate Vacay Packing Guide

From the ocean's deep blue to the wooded wilderness, now is the time to declare yourself out of office or school and jet-set somewhere fun and relaxing. Shopping for your upcoming trip can instantly transport you into a vacation state of mind. Whether going on an exciting adventure or kicking back and relaxing, you’ll need some adorable outfits to make your vacay pictures stand out. Knowing what to bring on your trip can help ease your pre-travel jitters so it’s nothing but blue skies and smooth sails ahead.

What to Wear on Vacation

If you aren’t sure what to pack on your vacay, think of fun and versatile pieces. Save the fussy, uncomfortable outfits for formal occasions and opt for loose, flowy dresses, rompers, and dress shorts that look stylish and put together and feel great. Let your destination guide you on what to pack. For example, a tropical beach getaway calls for fun in the sun, so go for playful prints and embellishments, like stripes, floral, gingham, and embroidery. Whereas denim shorts, casual tees, and tanks might be more fitting for a lake retreat. If you’re exploring a new city, you’ll want comfortable clothes for sightseeing and shopping and some dressier pieces like a little black dress or elegant jumpsuit with heels for an evening out or a nice dinner. Don’t forget a lightweight jacket or cardigan for cloudy mornings and cool evenings.

How to Look Picture Perfect

You can never pack too many dresses, so stuff your suitcase with maxi, midi, mini, and rust dresses until you can’t close it (okay, don’t go too crazy to avoid overage fees on your luggage). Dresses are the perfect spring and summer staple as they are lightweight, flowy, and comfortable but provide an elevated, sophisticated look that sweatpants don’t. Breezy dresses and rompers are always in style, whether you’re lounging poolside or sightseeing around town. And of course, don’t forget shorts! You can never bring too many dress shorts, tees, and tanks for a late spring or summer getaway. A neutral pair of sandals or a crisp pair of white sneakers are a must, as you don’t want to overload your bag with shoes but need footwear that can work with multiple vacay styles.

Mix Up Your Vacay Attire for Multiple Outfits

With clever planning while online shopping dresses, you can give yourself plenty of options without packing your entire closet. Packing one-piece items like dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits slims down your suitcase while still giving you different looks. Of course, packing some separates that can easily be mixed and matched to create various outfits is also a good idea. Simply change out your shoes and accessories, and voila! Suddenly, you’re rocking an entirely new vacay vibe. It’s amazing how quickly you can change a look by adding a statement necklace, hat, scarf, or stackable bracelet. Add a straw bag and some beachy espadrilles, and you’re good to go.