Preparing luggage for a trip can sometime be a bit more of a stressful mission than most people think. The most common mistake is filling our suitcases with all kinds of unnecessary items and accessories that we probably won’t even use during our vacation. The biggest challenge with packing is to not miss the essentials that cover the main bases of practicality, utility and functionality. So, the million dollar question, how can you optimize every inch of your case and still have some room for some vacation purchases?
Summer Vacation: What to Put in Your Suitcase?
When planning your next vacation, try not to overwhelm yourself with pre-departure stress and concentrate on how much fun your vacation will be. Think about finally relaxing and resting after months of intense study or non-stop work, taking time for yourself and creating some lifelong memories.
So let's start with some basic tips on all those summer essentials 2018 that you can’t live without. These essential items should make up the base of your luggage, making sure that you definitely have those perfect items ready to go.
I think we can all agree that there is nothing better on holiday than a fresh and comfortable outfit. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics and comfortable pieces that will work for most activities you have planned. This year, one of the biggest material trends in linen - which is perfect as it's lightweight and cool for a sunny holiday!
To avoid carrying half of your wardrobe with you, pack basic garments and neutral colors. Using this approach you can easily mix and match the pieces you have to create a huge number of outfit options. For elegant summer choices pack white, beige and khaki pieces that you can accent with bright accessories. These natural and discreet tones are easy to wear and go with everything. However, you do have to pick at least one statement piece to take with you!
Other must have pieces? Definitely basic tops and classic dresses. Going somewhere warm? Opt for kimono and tunic styles that are flattering but also don’t cling to the body, giving you a bit of room to breathe. The 'it' dress of the season this year is the maxi dress - find out more about the trends in 2018.
Striped wrap maxi dressXS S M LMore details
Short floral dress00 1 2 3More details
Fiore polkaXS S M L XLMore details
Wide leg trousers42More details
Striped wide40 42More details
Printed flared trousers38 40 42 44More details
- Nordstrom$495.00VERONICA BEARD
Women's Xena Stripe Wide Leg Pants2 4 6 8 12More details
Women's Moto Polka Dot Crop Nonstretch Denim Jacket2 US (fits like 0) 4 US (fits like 0-2) 6 US (fits like 2-4) 8 US (fits like 6-8) 10 US (fits like 10-12) 12 US (fits like 14)More details
- Nordstrom$119.00Vince Camuto
Women's Botanical Tropic A-Line Maxi Dress2XS XS S M L XLMore details
- Farfetch$370.00Alice McCall
Gidget dress4 12More details
Women's Katie Striped Peasant Dress2 4 6 12More details
- Nordstrom$168.00Eliza J
Petite Women's Tiered Tassel Fringe Cotton Maxi Dress0P 4 4P 6 6P 8 8P 10 10P 12P 14 14PMore details
Sweet Pea DressLMore details
- NA-KD$172.95Just Female
Ulrikka Maxi Dress - Brown, MulticolorXS S M LMore details
Front Button Maxi Dress32 34 36 38 40 42More details
Overlapped Midi Dress32 34 36 38 40 42More details
Side Knot Slip Dress - Red32 34 36 38 40 42More details
If you're going on holiday during the summer, then you've definitely got to take your swimwear. Mixing and matching swimwear is a great way to take only a few pieces but have a huge range of options. This year animal print swimwear is a big trend - as well as one-piece patterned swimsuits and ruffle detailing!
- Luisaviaroma$200.00Reina Olga
FOR A RAINY DAY ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT1 2 3More details
X WeWoreWhat Danielle swimsuitXS S M LMore details
- Saks Fifth Avenue$390.00CHIARA BONI
Inam Ruffle Swimsuit2 4 6 8 10 12More details
- Revolve$88.00Lovers + Friends
Here You Are Top2XS XS S M LMore details
Polka dot one pieceS M LMore details
- Farfetch$451.00Lisa Marie Fernandez
Mira polka dot print flounce bikiniXS S M LMore details
Women's Leopard Rib High-Leg Bikini Bottoms12 US (fits like 14) 14 US (fits like 16-18)More details
- Revolve$154.00Made By Dawn
Ribbed Jacquard Rapture TopXS LMore details
Diagonal Ruffle SwimsuitEU 34 EU 36 EU 38 EU 40More details
Off Shoulder SwimsuitXS S MMore details
DESIGN Festival Tropical Print Plunge Front SwimsuitUS 2 US 4 US 6 US 8 US 12 US 14More details
- Asos$21.00New Look
Spot Frill Highwaist Bikini BottomsUS 2 US 4 US 6More details
- Asos$54.00Peek & Beau
Bardot Polka Dot Swimsuit DD - G CupCupsize 30 H Cupsize 30 I Cupsize 32 H Cupsize 32 I Cupsize 36 DDD/F Cupsize 36 GMore details
Rainbow Leopard Print Tie Waist Bandeau SwimsuitUS 0 US 2 US 4 US 6 US 8 US 14More details
Beautiful sunglasses and other important accessories are the perfect pieces to customize your outfits. Below, all the must-have items to put in your suitcase immediately:
With a pair of flat sandals and a pair of high heels, you'll be perfect from day-to-night.
A maxi tote bag or a canvas bag to take to the beach.
Waterproof jewelry to wear on the beach. Layer some statement bracelets or necklaces, perfect for giving a finishing touch to your beachwear.
- Revolve$112.00Hat Attack
Painted Palm ToteOne SizeMore details
- Revolve$110.00Kendra Scott
Kristen EarringsOne SizeMore details
Rubber sandal with crystals36 37 38 39More details
- Farfetch$328.00Cult Gaia
Circle toteOne SizeMore details
- Farfetch$340.00Eddie Borgo
Long tassel earringsOne SizeMore details
- Farfetch$195.00Fabio Rusconi
Velvet ribbon sandals36 37 38 39 40 41More details
Braided sole sandals36 37 38 39 40More details
Fringe trim sandals35More details
- Farfetch$142.00Carmen tassel earringOne SizeMore details
Woven toteOne SizeMore details
- SALEVestiaire Collective$186.00
SunglassesOne sizeMore details
- Nordstrom$22.00Women's Tassel Drop EarringsOne SizeMore details
Women's Triangle Body ChainOne SizeMore details
- Vestiaire Collective$225.88Armani
Oversized SunglassesOne sizeMore details
- Vestiaire Collective$292.32Fendi
SunglassesOne sizeMore details
Web Woven Straw Tote - GreenOne SizeMore details
Tripple Tassel EarringsOne SizeMore details
- Asos$72.00Sacred Hawk
Chunky chain harnessS MMore details