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Spring and Summer Holiday Travel Essentials

When packing for a vacation, every inch of your suitcase is prime real estate. Commit to not over-packing with this tight edit of travel essentials. Items like an easy to pack bag, day-to-night dress, plus a chic bathing suit that works on and off the beach help cut down on just how much you have to pack, leaving room for the straw bags, spices, and maybe a rug to two that you plan on buying. Because let’s be honest, those are the must-haves.

Smart Travel

Arlo Skye The Aluminum Carry-On
arloskye.com
$550.00

There are regular suitcases, and then there are smart suitcases. Arlo Skye’s scratch-proof carry-ons allow you to charge your phone on the go—and smugly watch everyone else at the airport crowd around hogged outlets.

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A Dracket

Rhode Resort Maxi Dress
net-a-porter.com
$365.00

Bringing a jacket to a sunny location is always something you think you can sacrifice and leave at home—until a sudden chilly night makes you regret that decision. Instead, pack a wrinkle-free wrap dress that can also function as a jacket (get it? Dracket!) that can do both. 

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Statement Sunnies

Adam Selman The Breaker Sunglasses
lespecs.com
$119.00

If there’s ever a time to wear fun sunglasses, it’s on vacation. Go the distance with pearls or palm trees, or get these zebra-printed sunnies from Adam Selman’s latest collab with Le Specs. 

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A Day-to-Night Packable Bag

Cult Gaia Small Angleou Woven Bag
modaoperandi.com
$330.00

You already plan to buy 72 straw bags while visiting Mexico City, so pack one bag that works 24/7. The great thing about this net Cult Gaia bag is that it will easily lie flat in your suitcase without losing its shape. 

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Sneaky Comfy Shoes

Clarks Parram Waltz Sandals
clarksusa.com
$69.99

Approach your shoes like your day-to-evening bag: one item you can wear all day. This sneaky-chic pair from comfort brand Clark’s can handle a walking tour (without getting stuck in the cobblestone streets of Europe!), but also works for a semi-fancy dinner.   

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Small Crystalline Half-Moon Pouch

Madewell
madewell.com
$19.50

A crappy plastic bag will never be a suitable substitute for a real toiletries case. Pack with a clear style that will ease all your worries that you left your super-important face SPF at home. 

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Costume Earrings

Roxanne Assoulin Technicolor Rainbow Earrings,
roxanneassoulin.com
$220.00

When in outfit doubt, put on a pair of colorful earrings. They add interest to your look without taking up any space in your carry-on. 

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Double Duty Swimwear

Solid & Striped The Venice Set
solidandstriped.com
$176.00

If you love a crop top on vacation, apply it to your swimwear style. It does twice the work as a regular top with jeans or a skirt off the beach, too. 

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On the Go Power

RAVPower Portable Charger
amazon.com
$43.99

Is there anything worse than losing Google Maps in foreign country? Avoid a dead phone with a portable charger that fits in your pocket. 

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