The Lazy Girl's Guide To Packing Like A Pro

You've requested your days off, booked the airfare, reserved the hotel, and arranged your excursions (and now just have to build up the courage for hang gliding). There’s nothing standing between you and that sweet, non-cubical air. Oh, right, except for one thing: packing. This activity may be the most only stressful aspect of any trip, and it requires the same strategy and precision you used to plan the fun stuff.
To simplify the process, we narrowed down the top 30 getaway essentials. Click on for the plane necessities, pool musts, and other packing requisites that'll streamline your vacay — so, you can get back to focusing on whether or not you're going to need that new VSCO filter pack. Bon voyage!
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1. The Throw-On Dress
One of the most versatile pieces you can toss in your bag, the throw-on dress can be worn a multitude of ways. Try it by itself with sandals for a day of sightseeing, over your swimsuit for an impromptu dinner, or even layered atop trousers for an unexpected night-out look.
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2. The Rose-Tinted Sunglasses
Retro and current at the same time, these mirrored lenses give a modern twist to a range of classic frames, so you can get your natural #filter on in the most stylish way possible.
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3. The Roomy Dopp Kit
There’s no reason to stuff your daily essentials into that old pouch you’ve had since your first flight experience. That’s especially true with these dopp kits that are as functional as they are cool. Grab one in a quirky pattern that could double as an impromptu clutch — just remember to ditch the toothpaste first.
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4. The Trusty Cutoffs
Slightly tattered and frayed at the hem, this season’s shorts silhouette is a little longer, but no less sexy. Wear 'em with a graphic tee and slides for day, or dress them up with a fancy tank for night.
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5. The Sophisticated Swimsuit
We love this hybrid between an itsy-bitsy bikini and a one-piece bathing suit. The flattering, higher-waisted bottoms will allow you to eat that second slice of snack-bar pizza without feeling like you need to suck in.
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6. The Analog Camera
You’re at the beach — get off your phone. Save some space for an actual camera to replace your mobile's shooter. You’ll create memories without being tempted to check your email every 30 seconds.
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7. The Plane-To-Pool Slides
Love 'em or loathe them, shower shoes are going nowhere this summer. If you've been considering hopping aboard this trend, now's the time to do it. Spanning a range of cool colors, textures, and embellishments, this season’s iterations certainly have a life beyond the freshman dorm. They make for a solid footwear choice that's comfy while you're flying and convenient while you're floating.
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8. The Track Pants
Now this is how you bring the comfort of your pajamas to your everyday life. These don’t-wear-to-the-gym jogger pants can easily transition from your plane seat, where they can be worn with an oversized pullover, to beachfront drinks, where they'll look great paired with a silky camisole and strappy sandals. (And, you didn’t think you had the sporty gene in you.)
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9. The Packable Maxi
It’s not really a vacation until you’re parading around the beach in a maxi. To keep the frock current, find a graphic pattern that’ll stand out in a sea of basic neutrals. Throw it in, pull it out, and you’re all set.
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10. The Statement Roller Bag
Think about your roller as you would any other bag. You wouldn’t swing a tacky, run-of-the-mill, nylon carryall over your shoulder, would you? No. So, opt for a suitcase in a fun, lively print that’ll not only rival your everyday satchel collection, but make fellow travelers jealous as you’re tucking it into the overhead compartment.
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11. The Graphic Tee
This isn’t the graphic tee you remember from your college days. With fresh updates like beaded details and abstract prints, this summer staple is a little more polished than it was in seasons past. Translation: You can pair it with your distressed cutoffs without the risk of looking like a total scrub.
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12. The Travel Journal
No matter where you’re headed, your trip is undoubtedly going to be one to remember. Keep a journal to jot down your thoughts and experiences. Select an option with a sleek or fun covering that’ll pop on your bookshelf and entice you to relive your vacay months later.
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13. The Passport Cover
Your passport deserves a statement accessory, too. Try one in a forward, camo print or classic, Breton stripe to shed new light on your boring, blue I.D. You’ll make that customs experience a tad more bearable.
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14. The Wear-All-Week Studs
Your jewelry routine should be simple when you're on vacation. There’s no reason to schlep your entire box with you when fuss-free, eye-catching studs with quirky shapes and classic finishings will go with everything for any occasion.
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15. The Don't-Forget-It Jacket
Hopefully you won’t need one, but with the airplane’s AC and the sometimes-cool beach nights, it’s smart to have a lightweight jacket on hand. A bomber style is sporty-cool but feels feminine and modern with splashes of microfloral.
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16. The Headphones
The No. 1 traveling rule? Don’t forget your headphones. There’s nothing worse than sitting on a 10-hour flight with a screaming baby and no "Yonce" to calm you down. Try a standout metallic pair or a sleek, white option to update your tired earbuds. Just make sure they’re noise-canceling.
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17. The Slip-On Sneaker
The sneakerhead is ruling the world right now, and slip-ons are leading the pack. Spanning a massive range of fun prints, like colorful leopard, and textures (we can’t get enough of this perforated leather), these kicks make airport security a breeze and look cool paired with cuffed jeans or even a more-formal dress.
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18. The Carry-On Bag
A no-nonsense shape in a graphic print or saturated hue is practical for toting around your iPad, dopp kit, and magazines. It adds spice to your travel ensemble, too.
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19. The Eye Mask
Satisfying shut-eye is only accomplished on long flights with a proper eye mask. But, instead of wearing the free, dinky one the airline gives you, give your ZZZs a lift with a plush pick that’s comfortable and stylish.
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20. The Comfy Going-Out Heels
When you move the party from the beach to the club, you need steppers that look great but won’t kill your feet. A single-strap stiletto with a slightly thicker heel will allow you to move and elevate your look. A nude option is always appropriate, but if you’re feeling a bit daring, go for a high-wattage pastel shade instead.
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21. The Everyday Watch
Even though time shouldn’t be of the essence, you’re going to need something to wear every day to remember exactly how far away you are from happy hour. A plastic or white option feels fresh, easy, and vacation-ready compared to your standard silver or gold piece.
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22. The Tech Case
Give your tablet the makeover it deserves with a case as sleek as any clutch in your arsenal. A solid-colored pick is always classic, but a printed version is unexpected and fun, too.
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23. The Plane Socks
There’s nothing worse than going through security with bare feet. Printed, multi-colored stockings give your lame, white gym stockings a run for their money and can spark a conversation when you’re reaching for those plastic bins. Not into socks and sandals? Ball 'em up in your carry-on tote once you're past the last TSA agent.
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24. The Textured Clutch
A textured clutch in summery-feeling raffia gives your going-out look extra depth. A 3D-embellished version with protruding, black florals goes with everything, and a multi-colored option with textured stripes instantly dresses up any look.
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25. The Blanket Scarf
To battle the airplane’s finicky temps, keep an oversized scarf in your tote to double as a full-body covering. Lightweight or gauze material will give you an extra layer on chillier evenings — without the heaviness of your winter standby.
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26. The Prepackaged Underwear
You never know when you’re going to need fresh drawers. Keep a disposable version in your bag for any time you may need a second pair — like after the beach or before that impromptu dinner.
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27. The Excursion Crossbody
If you’re planning on doing some sightseeing, you’re going to want a hands-free crossbody to hold your daily essentials. But, don’t sacrifice style for function. Instead, marry the two: Choose a bag with a long strap and convenient pockets, complete with luxe-feeling finishes like brass hardware or pebble leather.
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28. The Frisky Sundress
Move on that dance floor, or stand out at that beach shack, in a flowy sundress. Barely there or exaggerated-strap necklines look more current. If you choose a style with a bold print, you can go easy on your other accessories. Slip into single-strap heels, add a clutch, and you’re done.
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29. The External Charger
You won’t want to be glued to your phone while relaxing, but there’s nothing worse than seeing that flashing red battery — just in case you really need to use it. A portable external charger is small, lightweight, and won’t leave you stranded on the island.
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30. The Packable Hat
The snapback is your ticket to instant coolness, and it shields your face from those UV rays. Throw a forward, paint-splattered version in your bag, or choose a textured, tri-toned stunner that feels a little more grown-up than your standard, logo-adorned option.

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