10 Essential Items to Pack For Your Summer Vacation

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10 Essentials Items to Pack For Your Summer Vacation

Since we are now officially in summer vacation season, today I’m excited to be sharing a super helpful guide with 10 Essential Items to Pack For Your Summer Vacation.

In today’s post I’m sharing all the essential items to pack for your next summer vacation, which must-have items you definitely shouldn’t forget, and how to pack a lighter suitcase to fit everything you need for the perfect summer vacation.

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10 Essential Items to Pack For Your Summer Vacation

Packing for a week vacation or getaway doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming – all it takes is a little extra planning to avoid overpacking and to ensure you look as cute and stylish as possible. The key in knowing what to pack is determining what activities you’ll be doing on your trip and choosing essential items that can be variated and worn for both day and night throughout your trip.

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Stylish Sunglasses

Up first on the list of essentials to pack for your summer vacation is the most important summer-time accessory. No summer vacation is complete without a stylish pair of sunglasses!

You can go classic with a versatile pair of aviators or choose a more colorful pair. These mirrored sunnies are one of my absolute favorites to wear on vacation and I always get lots of compliments.

A Cute Hat

You all already know I’m a huge fan of hats, but to me they’re 110% necessary for any summer vacation. A. They’re super adorable and B. They help keep out the sun. It’s really a win-win.

I actually typically pack 2 hats on vacation including a cute fedora perfect for wearing out and about, and an oversized sun hat for lounging by the pool or beach. This one has such a cute seashell detail on it that’d be adorable for the beach!

Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

A Classic One-Piece Swimsuit

Whether you’re heading to the beach or going on a weekend getaway, you can’t go wrong with a classic, one-piece swimsuit. One-piece swimsuits are super flattering on all body types and they help save space in your suitcase.

I’m totally obsessed with this gorgeous, navy polka-dot swimsuit that I purchased for my recent weekend trip, and it’s so cute and comfy to wear around.

A Kimono

You might be wondering why a kimono is on this list, but it’s a total must-have for vacation due to its versatility. Wear it paired with a tank and jeans for a casual day look, wear it over your swimsuit for a cover-up, or wear it with a dress when going out for dinner!

If you follow me on my Instagram, you might have recently seen me wearing this super affordable kimono, and I love the floral print and lace detailing.

Related: 20 Affordable Spring Fashion Must-Haves Under $30

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Versatile, Comfy Shoes

One of the most important essentials you can bring on any vacation is versatile and comfortable shoes. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve made the mistake once or twice of bringing the wrong pair of shoes and later having the blisters to prove it.

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Thankfully, I recently discovered these adorable bow slip-ons by Baretraps and they’re the perfect shoes to take on vacay! Not only are they totally cute but they feature Baretraps exclusive Rebound Technology™ which includes a built-in arch support, vibration absorbing foam for extra comfort, a slip-resistant tread, and an anti-microbial shield for odor protection.

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In case you’ve never checked out Baretraps, they’re an awesome shoe brand focused on creating and providing affordable and quality footwear that are both stylish and comfortable. They have so many cute and comfortable styles online right now that are perfect for vacay including the Britta bow slip-ons, these bow floral sandals, and these calf-suede buckle sandals. You can shop the entire Baretraps collection at Footwear Unlimited over here.

A Pair of Boyfriend Jeans/Shorts

For jeans, I couldn’t think of a more perfect wardrobe essential than a pair of boyfriend jeans or shorts. Unlike skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans have a more relaxed fit which is ideal when you’re on vacation.

They can also easily be dressed up or down, making them a great item to have in your suitcase. I’ve been living in these boyfriend jeans over the last month and they come in dark blue or white!

A Soft, White or Grey Tee

Keeping with the relaxed vibe, there’s no better vacation essential than a soft t-shirt. Whether you’re lounging around the hotel, going for a walk around town, or grabbing a quick lunch, it works for all-occasions.

I always really like packing slouchy tees like these on my summer trips because they can be worn both on and off the shoulder, making them even more versatile. (P.S. They’re 3 for $20 right now!)

Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

A Crossbody Purse

Nobody and I do mean nobody wants to be toting around a heavy bag on vacation, so leave your “everything but the kitchen sink” purse at home and opt for a lighter bag like this cute and practical crossbody.

This hot pink one has been on total repeat since purchasing it a couple months ago and it holds exactly everything I need (phone, wallet, sunglasses, keys) without being bulky. It also comes in tons of other colors if hot pink isn’t your thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Lightweight Sundress or Maxi Dress

Another must-have for your summer vacation? A beautiful sundress or maxi dress. It’s always good to have at least one dress in your suitcase and you can’t go wrong with either of these.

If I’m at the beach I typically go for a colorful and flowy maxi dress but also love swing dresses like these that are on sale for $15 right now.

A Denim Jacket

Last but not least, I don’t think I’ve ever went on a vacation where it didn’t rain or get a little chilly at least once, so packing a jacket is a must. A light-weight, denim jacket is the perfect vacation essential and it pairs nicely with just about anything.

Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

Tips for Packing A Lighter Suitcase:

In case you’re wondering how to pack a lighter suitcase for your next vacation, here’s some helpful tips and guidelines to keep in mind when selecting what items to bring on your trip.

  • Stick to neutral basics like tees, tanks, and plain blouses, incorporating color with fun accessories and statement pieces.
  • Pack versatile wardrobe items that can be worn multiple ways just like the kimono mentioned above.
  • Avoid bringing special-care items that have to be ironed unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  • Bring only 3 pairs of shoes: 1 for walking, 1 dressy pair, and 1 other depending on your location
  • If time allows, plan out your outfits in order to avoid packing items you won’t really wear/use

Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

Other Essential Items To Pack For Your Summer Vacation:

Last but not least, here are some other essential items you definitely don’t want to forget for your next summer vacation! Oddly enough these items are some of the most frequently forgotten.

  • Sunscreen
  • Phone Charger
  • Toothbrush
  • Razor
  • Bras/Panties
  • Umbrella
  • Camera
  • Contacts/Solution/Glasses

That about wraps up today’s post, friends. Hope you enjoyed my guide on 10 Essential Items to Pack For Your Summer Vacation and I hope it will be a helpful resource to you as you pack your next vacation. Also, if you’re in the market for some cute and comfy shoes, don’t forget to check out Baretraps over here at Footwear Unlimited. There’s a cute pair just waiting to be found. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What’s one must-have item you always bring with you on vacation? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!- Cara

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Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

Planning your next summer trip? Then you'll love this ultimate guide that covers EXACTLY what to pack in your suitcase for your summer vacation. This vacation packing list for women covers exactly what must-have fashion items you'll need like a swimsuit, a hat, and a comfy pair of shoes! #sponsored #baretraps #summervacation #packingtips #vacationpacking #travel #vacationessentials

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29 Comments

  1. Caroline Jones wrote:

    I am so lucky I was able to come across your blog before heading for vacation!!
    Now I know the right dress, shoes and other essentials to pack. Thanks!! โ™ฅ
    xoxo | Caroline

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Glad it was helpful to you, Caroline! Have a great vacay!

      Posted 7.3.18 Reply
  2. chelsea jacobs wrote:

    Those shoes are SO cute!! So perfect for summer!

    Posted 6.19.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They’re my total faves right now.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  3. Nadine wrote:

    Those shoes are so cute!! I have my sunglasses packed 365 days a year, regardless of weather.

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha me too. 9 times out of 10 I’m wearing sunnies on cloudy days too.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  4. Jasmine @ Jasmine Maria Blog wrote:

    YES YES YES to all of these. I brought a few kimono to my last vacation.

    Posted 6.17.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks girl! Kimonos are so versatile!

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  5. Helen wrote:

    I love this list! I’m all about the one pieces and cute kimonos. I am also LOVING those shoes!

    Posted 6.16.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks girl! I think one pieces are so much more universally flattering and paired with a cute kimono they look so chic. And thanks they’re super comfy!

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  6. Jennifer Maune wrote:

    Those shoes are so cute! And I love adding a cute hat to my suitcase – it makes it really feel like vacation!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

    Posted 6.16.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks- they’re super comfy too! And I agree it’s not a real vacay without a hat! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  7. Foodie Finds Home wrote:

    These essentials are so true! I went to Italy a few weeks ago and totally forgot my cover up. Shopping in Italy is not cheap. I wish I would have had this list to help me prepare!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Oh no! Yep I’ve had that happen before and usually whatever it is that you forgot you end up paying a lot more for it because it’s in a tourist area.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  8. Sierra wrote:

    This is the perfect list and I am loving those shoes! They are so cute and look perfect for exploring. Sierra Beautifully Candid

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They’re so comfy and go with just about any outfit!

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  9. Tanya Dufour wrote:

    I think you covered all the bases! I really love that romper you are wearing ! Those shoes look super comfy! I actually stumbled upon baretrap at TJ Maxx last summer and bought a pair of their sandals. I loved them so much I search for the same pair this year and bought 2 similar pairs in different colors.

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They’re soo comfy and I’m glad to hear that you like the brand too. It’s nice when you can find that perfect balance between cute and comfy in shoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  10. cait wrote:

    yes i love packing ideas for summer esp when going on a trip! those shoes are super cute!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Cait! They’re definitely my favorite shoes to wear right now.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  11. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side wrote:

    question, so when you pack your over sized hats, do you actually pack them in the suitcase, or do you carry it on with you, if you’re flying on a plane. I tried to pack mine once and it got so squished it ruined the hat…suffice to say the hat didn’t come home with me…boo. Next time I just carry onto the plane?

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      So I don’t know if other people do this but I’ve always turned my hat with the opening facing up and then I fill it with other items like socks, pajamas etc. so that it doesn’t get squished. And yeah if I’m flying I’ll wear it and put it in my carry on. I used to never wear hats but now I can’t get enough of them.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  12. Ashley Stephenson wrote:

    I always seem to over pack anywhere I go! Last month I went to Mexico and for once I didn’t over pack! It helped that we were going to a wedding and knew our exact plans before going so I knew exactly what I needed to pack for!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      That’s so true- it really does help to know what you’ll be doing ahead of time so you can pack accordingly.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  13. Erica @ Coming Up Roses wrote:

    Girl those flats are SO CUTE! I always forget a light sweater, so it makes top of my list all the time anymore. All great essentials, and you look adorable!

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! They are super comfy and I love the bow detail. And I definitely have to always have a sweater or jacket with me on vacay now- even if it’s 90 degrees I’ll end up needing it eventually lol.

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply
  14. Laura wrote:

    Hey girl yes to vacation essentials Iโ€™m going on my first vacation actually back to Maine where I grew up and moved away from her recently so Iโ€™ll be my first vacation as a married woman Iโ€™m super excited but I have no idea what to pack because itโ€™s going to be in August and itโ€™s going to be warm and I didnโ€™t even think to bring a hat also it will be my first flight do you have any flight tips because I have no idea thank you so much for posting these essentials I really needed this

    Posted 6.15.18 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hey Laura- that sounds so exciting! Definitely dress comfortably for your flight- I’d probably wear a light zip-up jacket in case you get too cold or too hot. I always like bringing a book with me to read while flying or if you have a dvd player you could bring a movie to watch, so it will keep your mind occupied. Flying isn’t much different from riding in a car- hope you have a great trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted 6.24.18 Reply