Style Staples You Need to Pack on Every Vacation

Traveling is one of our favorite pastimes.

The allure of jetting off to an outside location is something we can't resist! That being said, the packing part is something we tend to leave way until the last minute. Don't call us procrastinators, it's just that packing a week's worth of amazing outfits is hard to do.

This is especially true when we are forced to only bring along a carry-on. In order to make packing for your next trip a cinch, we've compiled a list of items that can be mixed and matched and that transition perfectly from day to night. A simple shoe change will transform one outfit into two! Read on for the best tips to keeping it stylish while traveling light.

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Nude Sandal

Nude Sandal

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A nude heel is not only a closet staple but a must-have for any trip. This classic shoe will match elegantly with any skirt or dress up a simple pair of jeans. The shoe design isn't bulky so it won't take up a ton of space in your bag. A simple shoe change can easily transform your most comfortable outfit. Try pairing them with jeans for a casual (but cute!) dinner outing or go wild and wear them with denim cutoffs for a relaxed but dressed-up style.


Wrap Dress

Wrap Dress

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A wrap dress can go with you on a sightseeing tour and then turn up at dinner with heels for an elegant version of the same outfit. It's no wonder this has been an iconic shape since the '70s. They are not only comfortable, but very flattering for every figure. This version by Target includes a ruffled design that can easily transition for a more dressed-up affair if needed. Paired with comfortable walking shoes, this same exact dress can also be your companion while you explore a new city.


Classic Blue Jeans

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A clean pair of classic blue jeans should always be in your arsenal. They are bulkier to pack and take up more space than other items. For that reason, we suggest traveling to your destination with the jeans on. Pick a pair that is comfortable to wear all day. Don't be afraid to pair them with tees and sandals for a day out or with heels for a fancy outing.


Gladiator Sandals

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This statement shoe makes you look fashionable in one quick swoop. You can pair it with a plain-Jane outfit and the shoe's intricate design will always make you look like a million bucks. Gladiators offer the comfort of a flat sandal but with a lot more personality. They work well with dresses and cut-offs, as well as under jeans if needed. This should be your go-to shoe when you are looking to pack a style punch on vacation.


Classic White Tee

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Dear great white tee, how many praises can I sing to thee? A well-constructed plain white tee can be dressed up with a skirt and heels or dressed down with cutoffs and sandals. The tee can also be styled in many different ways by knotting the waist or rolling up the sleeves. You can layer on jewelry and take it away on a night out. You can also wear it under a spaghetti strap dress for a very on-trend '90s look. A plain white t-shirt should always be packed in your bag and we tend to opt for deep V versions of the style. Don't worry about spending too much on this clothing item, this one pictured above clocks in at less than $20 and it will do the trick for your next summer vacay.


Now that you've explored the five most important items to pack in your bag this summer, what are you waiting for? Blast THIS awesome summer tune and start planning that next vacation.