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We present the 6 holiday must-haves that will make packing faster and easier, without compromising on style.

By Lindsay Samson

July 27, 2021

With summertime in full swing, we’re sure many are getting ready to grab their bags and take that much-deserved road trip, beach holiday, or jaunt to a far-flung location. And while packing may seem simple, it’s a science with rules that travelers often learn the hard way. Doing it strategically can be the difference between a harried vacation with countless detours and a worry-free trip with everything you need at your fingertips. Here’s our shortcut to packing the right way, from the best travel bags and most comfortable footwear to items that will easily serve double duty and lighten your load.



TO THE BEACH AND BEYOND

The Summer Swimsuit


A non-negotiable summer vacation essential everyone needs is a statement-making swimsuit to rock beachside. So whether you’re a two-piece devotee or a full-coverage fan, embrace the vivid colors and eccentric cuts they arrive in, this season. But what about beyond the beach? Make a multitasking miracle out of your swimsuits by letting them double up as outerwear. One of the easiest styles with which to pull this off is the one-piece, which works when worn with a pair of boyfriend jeans or comfy slouchy sweats and crisp, white sneakers. Feeling bolder than usual and keen to bare a bit more? Find a bikini in your favorite style, be it a tie front, high neck, or bralette, and take to the streets as a “DIY” crop top.

Kailua Blue Nabu Swimsuit
Kailua Blue Nabu Swimsuit
Kailua Blue Nabu Swimsuit

Diarrablu

Kailua Blue Nabu Swimsuit

$125
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini
Ivory Mino Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Ivory Mino Bikini

$165
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini
Zuri Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Zuri Bikini

$165
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini
Kari Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Kari Bikini

$195
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit
Purple Amina Swimsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Purple Amina Swimsuit

$150
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit
Sari Swimsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Sari Swimsuit

$140
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini
Ivory Mulan Bikini

Andrea Iyamah

Ivory Mulan Bikini

$167



PRINTED FROCK STAR

The show-stopping dress


Romantic, wistful, and delicate, the printed dress is an undeniable summer wardrobe staple and an effortlessly stylish vacation packing solution. They’re chic and easy single-item outfits ready to step in and solve any on-the-road wardrobe woes in one fell swoop. And while we’re not suggesting you throw a couple of floral frocks in your tote bag and call it a day, we do think the garment’s versatility and vacation-ready practicality deserve a little exaltation. All it takes is a few carefully selected accessories, a quick shoe swap, and the option of a lightweight jacket, and you’ve got a relaxed holiday look that’ll keep you cool while exploring, then take you straight to an outdoor dinner beneath the stars.

Mandevo Shirt Dress
Mandevo Shirt Dress
Mandevo Shirt Dress

Taibo Bacar

Mandevo Shirt Dress

$289
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress
Mandarin Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Mandarin Shirt Dress

$425
Amani Dress
Amani Dress
Amani Dress

Doreen Mashika

Amani Dress

$210
Bahari Dress
Bahari Dress
Bahari Dress
Bahari Dress
Bahari Dress
Bahari Dress

Doreen Mashika

Bahari Dress

$210
Fahari Dress
Fahari Dress
Fahari Dress
Fahari Dress

Doreen Mashika

Fahari Dress

$220
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress
Reiko Shirt Dress

Studio 189

Reiko Shirt Dress

$425
Sing Dress
Sing Dress
Sing Dress

Studio 189

Sing Dress

$525
Guddi Black Coumba Dress
Guddi Black Coumba Dress
Guddi Black Coumba Dress
Guddi Black Coumba Dress
Guddi Black Coumba Dress

Diarrablu

Guddi Black Coumba Dress

$155
Parachute Dress
Parachute Dress
Parachute Dress
Parachute Dress

Nkwo

Parachute Dress

$250
Asali Dress
Asali Dress
Asali Dress
Asali Dress
Asali Dress

Doreen Mashika

Asali Dress

$200



WALK THIS WAY

The comfortable sandal


Summer holidays call for footwear that is comfortable above all else. Chances are you’ll be spending plenty of time exploring the locale of your destination on foot, so choosing shoes that are not a hindrance is vital. For this reason, we tend toward the ease and casual air of the flat summer sandal—whether it be a slightly chunky flatform or a classic slide. And while your first instinct may be to pack your comfiest sneaker, they can sometimes take up slightly more space in your suitcase than expected. Turn instead to sandals with a comfortable, supportive insole that doesn’t skimp on elegant design elements, like Loza Malehombo’s Uri Sandals: with its classic cross-strap design, thick sole, and elasticated straps, it’s the ideal day-to-night choice.

Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Clear Fah Regal Sandals

$110
Brown Fah Regal Sandals
Brown Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Brown Fah Regal Sandals

$110
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides

Nkwo

Hope Slides

$95
Ilamoye Slide
Ilamoye Slide
Ilamoye Slide

Shekudo

Ilamoye Slide

$210
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule
Adiza Mule

Shekudo

Adiza Mule

$220
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide
Tinubu Slide

Shekudo

Tinubu Slide

$205
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Fah Plus Sandals

$150
White Uri Sandals
White Uri Sandals
White Uri Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Uri Sandals

$170



JUMP(SUIT) FOR JOY

The utilitarian one-piece


Like the printed summer frock, there's a very good reason we love jumpsuits as a vacation essential. Simply put, they’re easy, convenient, and a one-and-done sartorial solution. Just step inside it, button or zip it up, et voilà! You’re dressed! It’s a kind of wardrobe hero that’ll allow you to soak up the sun by mixing it with a simple sandal and oversized sunnies. The all-in-one wonder also takes up significantly less room than separates like a shirt and trousers ensuring your suitcase is light enough for comfortable traveling. Another plus? The jumpsuit needs little accessorizing and is commanding enough to speak for itself.

Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit
Bumi Jumpsuit

KikoRomeo

Bumi Jumpsuit

$325
White Umy Jumpsuit
White Umy Jumpsuit
White Umy Jumpsuit

Diarrablu

White Umy Jumpsuit

$225
Mermoz Jumpsuit
Mermoz Jumpsuit
Mermoz Jumpsuit
Mermoz Jumpsuit
Mermoz Jumpsuit
Mermoz Jumpsuit
Mermoz Jumpsuit

KikoRomeo

Mermoz Jumpsuit

$395
Salmon Umy Jumpsuit
Salmon Umy Jumpsuit
Salmon Umy Jumpsuit

Diarrablu

Salmon Umy Jumpsuit

$225
Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit
Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit
Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit

Diarrablu

Kailua Blue Pino Jumpsuit

$195
Barah Jumpsuit
Barah Jumpsuit
Barah Jumpsuit
Barah Jumpsuit

KikoRomeo

Barah Jumpsuit

$361
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit
Ama Jumpsuit

Andrea Iyamah

Ama Jumpsuit

$228
Colorblock Jumpsuit
Colorblock Jumpsuit
Colorblock Jumpsuit
Colorblock Jumpsuit

Kahindo

Colorblock Jumpsuit

$217



HAT TRICK

The finishing touch


Okay, okay, we know an oversized sun hat may not be one of the most practical items to be lugging along on your getaway, especially given how much emphasis we've placed on the importance of packing light. But hear us out. Protecting your skin from harsh UV rays is a must when unwinding outdoors, so if you want to avoid returning home with a nasty case of sunburn, don’t leave this one behind. But besides that, it’s an accessory that delivers a swift dose of vacation glamour to even the most casual of ensembles. From classic boleros to summer visors, our cheeky selection of headwear from South African milliner Crystal Birch has got you covered.

Anas Sunhat
Anas Sunhat
Anas Sunhat
Anas Sunhat
Anas Sunhat

Crystal Birch

Anas Sunhat

$130
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham

Crystal Birch

Lola Visor Blue Gingham

$55
Lola Visor Black Trim
Lola Visor Black Trim
Lola Visor Black Trim
Lola Visor Black Trim

Crystal Birch

Lola Visor Black Trim

$55
Poppy Panama Boater
Poppy Panama Boater
Poppy Panama Boater
Poppy Panama Boater
Poppy Panama Boater

Crystal Birch

Poppy Panama Boater

$60
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash
Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash

Crystal Birch

Kara Sunhat with Interchangeable Sash

$95



IN THE BAG

The durable holdall


Last on our list but certainly not least is the receptacle in which all of the above needs to fit: your travel bag. Before you even begin deciding on what to pack, it’s important to find a tote that’s practical and versatile enough to hold all your things and is easy and comfortable to carry, while still being exceedingly chic. Zaaf’s stylish and roomy takes on the classic weekender tote are the type of pieces durably built for getting beat up on the airport conveyor belt. Reform Studio’s diminutive version of the backpack, on the other hand, is your hands-free go-to: polished and utilitarian, it’s big enough to fit a passport and other essential documents, and is perfect for taking along on an all-day sight-seeing expedition.

Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender
Avalo Weekender

ZAAF

Avalo Weekender

$410
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack

Reform Studio

Mini Torero Backpack

$180
Blue Karima Weekender
Blue Karima Weekender
Blue Karima Weekender

New Tangier

Blue Karima Weekender

$461
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender
Indica Afar Weekender

ZAAF

Indica Afar Weekender

$590
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack
Torero Backpack

Reform Studio

Torero Backpack

$210
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender
Indica Weekender

ZAAF

Indica Weekender

$450
Red Karima Weekender
Red Karima Weekender
Red Karima Weekender

New Tangier

Red Karima Weekender

$461
Black Karima Weekender
Black Karima Weekender
Black Karima Weekender

New Tangier

Black Karima Weekender

$461