Laid-Back Vacation Essentials


Packing for vacation has a nasty habit of turning into a chore. Most of us know the drill: We excitedly plan the vacation itself, but leave the bag packing until the eleventh hour — and inevitably leave something important behind in the process. Wouldn't it be a relief to alleviate the packing stress once and for all? Take comfort, literally, in these travel essentials that look phenomenal, feel great and promise to see you through your vacation in style.

The perfect bag

No question about it, you need a sensible bag to grab and go, whether you're headed abroad or to the beach in a neighboring state. Opt for a spacious tote made with a lightweight material, like the Tumi Voyageur Q-Tote ($225). Bonus points for plentiful pockets and a standout color — you'll never want for room or style with a versatile tote like this on your arm.

Comfortable undies

Few things can put a damper on your day like uncomfortable underwear. Don't let this be an issue on vacation! Bid farewell to constricting fits and binding cuts and slip into a pair of the newly redesigned Fruit of the Loom cotton panties ($11.99). They're unbelievably soft with covered elastic that won't dig into your skin and a ravel-free waistband that stays put. Where have these been all our lives?

No-fail flats

Heels are fabulous and all, but you don't want to hit the road without a pair of flats. They'll come in especially handy during long walks, but they're also just plain easy to wear with everything, from ultra-casual shorts to date-worthy dresses. Try a pair of Yosi Samra Samaras ($84), which channel a touch of old-school glamour.

The essential scarf

Whether you use it to add a pop of color to a monochromatic dress or add a layer of warmth to your outfit, a lightweight scarf is a smart addition to your suitcase. Try Love Quotes Knotted Tassel Scarf ($88) — from the airy fabric to the array of summery colors, it's destined to be an instant favorite.

A travel dress

The less you pack, the better — but obviously not at the expense of your fabulous style. A dress that reverses, like this one by Sweetwater ($98), presents possibilities galore. Show off playful stripes or a conservative solid, and adjust the side cinches to expose some more skin. It's ideal for a stroll along the boardwalk, a casual dinner date or a relaxed afternoon at a theme park.

An anytime cardigan

Everyone needs a go-to on a brisk evening or unexpectedly breezy afternoon, something that's just as easy to throw on over a light tank dress as it is over a pair of cutoffs and a light tee. The MOD.lusive by Bobeau Open Front Cardigan ($29) slips right on, is available in plenty of colors and takes the guesswork out of those last-minute outfit changes.

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