Warm-Weather Fashion Travel Essentials Checklist

Gearing up for a week of fun and sun? These multitasking wardrobe items will work hard on vacation so you don’t have to.


  1. Check Lightweight dress

    Pick something in a wrinkle-free fabric like silk jersey; a sleeveless, knee-length wrap style works for day or evening.

  2. Check Cotton tunic

    Choose a bright color to throw on over a swimsuit or dress up with slim pants and jewelry.

  3. Check White ribbed tank tops and V-neck tees

    Pack three of each; alternate them for day and night wear.

  4. Check Thin cardigan sweater

    Cashmere or cotton would be best.

  5. Check Lightweight jacket

    For practicality, go with cotton or nylon.

  6. Check Long skirt

    A bohemian print is colorful and fun.

  7. Check Linen pajama bottoms

    These can double as a bathing suit cover-up.

  8. Check Cotton chino pants

    As comfortable as jeans but lighter and with a bit more polish.

  9. Check Black linen slim-cut trousers

    A more sophisticated choice for evenings.

  10. Check Cotton twill shorts

    A neutral color, such as tan, khaki, or olive, will pair with everything.


  1. Check Beach bag

    Canvas or raffia will be lightweight. Make sure it’s large enough to comfortably stash a towel, book, hat, water bottle, etc.

  2. Check Bathing suits

    Bring two—you always need a dry one!

  3. Check Sarong

    Wear it over your swimsuit during the day and as a wrap at night (also ideal for chilly plane rides).

  4. Check Fabric hobo bag

    Leather is too darn hot in the daytime. Go with a bright, tropical color (like sorbet shades).

  5. Check Evening clutch

    Satin, silk, or raffia with a bit of beading.

  6. Check Rubber flip-flops

    Wear them on the beach and instead of slippers.

  7. Check Casual sandals

  8. Check Dressy sandals

    Look for a pair with beads or other embellishment.

  9. Check Wide-brimmed hat

    Make sure it’s packable.

  10. Check Sunglasses

    Your trusty favorites, plus a cheap back-up pair you can wear for water sports.

  11. Check Jewelry

    Bring a set of bangles that can be worn separately or together; a long (16-inch to 18-inch) necklace; a chunky necklace in faux semiprecious stones such as amber, turquoise, or garnet; studs or medium-size hoops for day; dangly earrings for night.


  1. Check Nylon or zipper-seal plastic bag

    For stashing wet bathing suits.