What To Buy Depending On Where You're Headed For Vacay

Packing would be a lot less painful if we could do it in the dark, with a glass of wine in hand, while watching Gilmore Girls reruns. (Okay, we pretty much do that, and it ain't easy.) But the truth is, a lot of factors go into deciding what to bring and what makes sense, quantity-wise — are, say, five pairs of shoes truly necessary for a weekend getaway? It's not just as simple as reaching blindly into your closet, throwing some things in a bag, and hoping for the best.

So, with spring travel almost in full swing (adult spring break, anyone?), we're here to help you get a general idea of the must-haves you need to pack depending on where you're headed, using a few popular destinations we've dreamed up.

Believe it or not, it's about so much more than just the weather. We've got your potential activities and the overall vibe of the destination in mind with the vacay-ready picks ahead. So, no matter your destination, you'll definitely be looking fly when you arrive.
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Destination: Tulum
Everything's easy and breezy on Tulum's beautiful beaches, and this tunic can be a top, dress, and bathing suit cover-up, all in one.

Zara Striped Tunic, $49.90, available at Zara.
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You'll need an Instagram-worthy bikini for all those envy-inducing, wish-you-were-here beachfront pics.

Tavik Swimwear Jett Top, $70, available at Need Supply. Tavik Swimwear Jayden Bottom, $60, available at Need Supply.
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Your #OOTD snaps won't feel too touristy with this embellished camisole. It's light, airy, and perfect for a day in the sun.
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Bring a pair of shorts you can dress down with sneakers or sandals for daytime exploring, and later dress up with heels for a night of dancing.

Stripe Detail Shorts, $265.19, available at Farfetch.
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Destination: Denver
Take it easy when it comes to the wardrobe in Denver, because no one is overdressed in this outdoors-y, laid-back city. A cozy sweater you can wear with shorts or layer up at nighttime will come in handy.

TNA Clarion Sweater, $90, available at Artizia.
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Leggings that are equally suited for long walks and scenic cookouts.

Michi PNL Sheer Leggings, $254, available at Harrods.
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A pair of heavy-soled boots is on-trend and still totally practical for a relaxing hike with friends.

Charles & Keith Lace-Up Hiking Boots, $69, available at Charles & Keith.
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Destination: Marfa, TX
Desert exploring and taking photos in front of Prada's special Marfa location calls for a pair of not-your-average boyfriend jeans.

Topshop Oversized Boyfriend Jeans, $80, available at Topshop.
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A special pair of slides is super-comfy and easy to throw on, but still looks totally put-together. You need a versatile, no-brainer shoe for shopping and road-tripping.

Trademark Pajama Sandals, $398, available at Need Supply.
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This sweet basket bag was practically made for stocking up on vintage treasures and farmers market treats along the way.

Market Carry-All Basket, $28, available at Dôen.
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Destination: Palm Springs, CA
Get your hands on a day-to-night printed dress for all those pool parties and music-festival hangs.

& Other Stories Herbarium Print Dress, $115, available at & Other Stories.
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Don't forget the go-with-everything shades that protect your eyes — and look good in the process.

Gentle Monster
For Her P1(E), $280, available at Gentle Monster.
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And, there's no shame in matching your sandals to your sunnies for a completely sun-ready look that's still low-key high-fashion.

Alexander Wang Amelia Flat, $595, available at Alexander Wang.
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Destination: Cartagena, Colombia
A color-blocked rash-guard swimsuit not only works for surfing nearby beaches, but can double as a top to wear with shorts (and looks amazing in photos with Cartagena's colorful buildings as a backdrop).

Flagpole Kelly Suit, $450, available at Flagpole.
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No need for anything too restricting on this trip — leave the skinny jeans behind in favor of a relaxed pair of cargo-culottes.

Zara Trousers With Side Pockets, $25.90, available at Zara.
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Sneakers are obviously ideal for long days of walking, but this unique pair just feels more breathable and warm-weather appropriate.

Loeffler Randall Roxie Lace-Up Runner, $395, available at Loeffler Randall.