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    If You Loathe Putting Together Travel Outfits, Here Are 29 Essentials To Bring On Your Next Trip

    Iconic basics, going out 'fits, and athleisure pieces that'll make packing a no-brainer.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. High-waisted rolled denim shorts in a timeless paper bag shape that'll look effortless with a basic white tee.

    Promising review: "These are the best summer shorts. I wish I had these in multiple colors. The fit is spot-on. I purchased the blue denim and the black and both are great colors, but I want more colors. I also love the elastic waistline." —doub515

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and seven colors).

    Psst — this is available on Prime Try Before You Buy so you can try it on before committing to purchasing it!

    2. A darling basket handbag if your style is quirky with a hint of vintage. If you're headed somewhere warm, then this accessory is a must-have.

    rattan bucket bag with flower and pearl embellishments
    rattan bucket bag with flower and pearl embellishments

    Promising review: "This little purse is super cute and goes great with any summer dress! Great quality." —A K.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in three styles).

    3. A ruffle knit tank — aka any pair of pant's new BFF. This will look fab with a classic pair of jeans or shorts.

    Promising review: "Such a cute addition to any summer outfit! Highly recommend. Lightweight but detailed and works great for any occasion." —Helena Ezzeldin

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and in 33 colors/styles). 

    4. A high-neck cropped tank in case your wardrobe is crying out for some good, solid go-to basics you can wear a bajillion times and never get sick of. This will pair well with quite literally any bottoms you pack.

    reviewer wearing white tank top with flowy pants and a crossbody bag
    reviewer wearing white crop top tank with orange skirt and sandals

    Promising review: "Guys, I am the queen of returns. When I tell you I've tried at least 15 crop tops over the last few months only to send each and every one back, you should know that I'm picky. This top is amazing. It has a stretchy spandex feel (almost feels like swimsuit material), which I prefer over a thin cotton fabric. It's very easy to wear without a bra and sits in a nice location on my waist — not too short and nice to wear with a high-waisted skirt or yoga pants. I would honestly probably work out in this top." —Sarah O'Brien

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 16 colors). 

    5. A high-waisted swing skirt that'll transition well from day to night depending on the top you wear with it.

    reviewer wearing skirt in blue
    a different reviewer wearing the skirt in black

    Promising review: "I love, love, love this skirt! I love it so much that I immediately bought four more in different colors. It’s high waisted and the perfect length without being too short. If you’re on the fence...get the skirt! I found the polka-dotted ones are true to size while the florals are more snug with less stretch." —Kara DeBie

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S–XL and 44 colors/prints).

    6. Paper-light cotton trousers if where you're headed may get a bit chilly at night but you still want your wardrobe to feel effortless and put together.

    pants in cream
    pants in brown

    Promising review: "THESE ARE MY NEW FAVORITE PANTS! The fabric is superb in all colors. Fabric is a medium-weight breathable cotton in a subtle, nearly unnoticeable pattern. It does not wrinkle excessively when wearing, and washes beautifully. The paper bag style of these pants really allows for a lot of flexibility depending on YOUR size. These pants are great for hot muggy summer, and I realized yesterday that with boots, they'd transition nicely into fall as well." —Peggy Brogan

    Get them from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in sizes 0–22 and 13 colors).

    7. A drawstring bodycon dress in case you have some cute dinners planned and want to feel like a million bucks.

    a reviewer posing in the baby blue dress with a white top and matching purse
    A model wearing the pink dress and showing the side view of the drawstrings and ruche detail

    Promising reviews: "I purchased this dress last minute for my birthday and absolutely loved it. I received a lot of compliments and felt confident wearing this dress. It wasn’t sheer at all and the material is very soft. Definitely will purchase in other colors!" —laniya

    "This dress is amazing! The fabric is so soft and silky but also has structure and because the sides are ruched, I can adjust it to the perfect length, which means a lot when you're only 5'1". The ruching allows me to control the amount of fabric gathered in the tummy and behind areas. To sum it all up, I LOVE the dress and plan on purchasing at least two more in the army green and the brown because this style dress can also be worn in the fall and spring months with a basic or colored denim jacket and a cute pair of boots or booties!" —Tonya

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes S–XL and in 28 colors/styles).

    Psst — this is available on Prime Try Before You Buy so you can try it on before committing to purchasing it!

    8. A lacy bodysuit you're able to wear under a chic blazer as a sexy top. I've seen some of my most favorite influencers styling these lately and I'm obsessed.

    One of my fave influencers, Mary Skinner (@mary.cj.skinner), styled something super similar in a video recently and decided I need a lacy bodysuit in my closet ASAP. 

    Promising review: "Love this! It’s so soft. Usually worried about lingerie being itchy, but it’s sooo comfortable and doesn’t feel like anything is on." —heatheracarr

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S–4XL and in 15 colors).

    9. JW Pei faux crocodile shoulder bag for holding all of your essentials while you're out exploring the city.

    a model wearing the pink handbag with a white tank and green pants
    a reviewer wearing the purple bag with a matching skirt

    JW Pei is an Asian-, family-owned brand with minimalist purses that are made with sustainable vegan materials.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this little purse...This falls into the small purse category, but there’s still ample space inside. Can fit my phone, lip gloss, mascara, blush, brow pencil, bill folder, keys, even my small battery-powered fan and I’ll still have space left. I like to wear it on my shoulder, the strap is the perfect length. I also love the bean shape; it looks luxe and gives it character. Material isn’t cheap at all. Overall a gorgeous addition to my collection and well worth the money." —Nelly

    Get it from Amazon for $58.99 (available in 13 colors).

    10. A two-piece apron jumpsuit you can wear eight different ways so you can make the most out of packing. The top and bottoms can actually separate and be worn individually and the top can be styled into a ton of unique looks.

    model wearing the jumpsuit in navy blue
    model showing the jumpsuit twisted in the back in navy

    And if you need some inspo to help you get started with how to wear this pieces, there's more images on the site that show different ways it can be worn!

    Vetta is a woman-owned slow-fashion small business that makes versatile wardrobe essentials. They create collections of five items that can be mixed-and-matched to create 30 different outfits. The clothes are made from sustainable fabrics and in responsible factories.

    Get it from Vetta for $158 (available in sizes 0–18 and in four colors/patterns). 

    11. A ruffled sleeve pleated-skirt dress for a ~wowza~ option you'll be so glad you packed if you're headed out for a night on the town.

    reviewer wearing dress in green
    reviewer wearing dress in yellow

    Promising review: "LOVE THIS DRESS! I bought it for a wedding and got so many compliments. It fit great. I probably could have gone down a size because the top was a little loose. But it’s very flowy. The material is thin but thick enough that it’s not see-through." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and in nine colors).

    12. A strappy bikini if you plan on enjoying tons of time at the pool with a mojito in hand.

    reviewer wearing black bathing suit in pool
    reviewer posing in pink bathing suit in front of pool

    Promising review: "If I could leave more than 5 stars for this swimsuit, I WOULD!!!! I want to scream from the rooftops about how amazing the fit and feel of this beautiful set are. I put this on and immediately felt like a million dollars. The top boasts padded cups and adjustable everything, making it fit well no matter your size. I generally have a hard time staying in bikini cups, and I was able to tighten the back AND sides of this suit for a perfect fit. Well-made, well-loved, and I will wear this suit to EVERY beach and pool party from now on!!" —Annie Hinz

    Get it on Amazon for $35.98+ (available in sizes M–3X and 12 colors/patterns).

    13. A flowy ruffled-hem dress so lightweight, it won't take up much room in your suitcase at all.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress — it fits perfectly and it's so adorable. The first day I wore it I got so many compliments and it was so comfortable. It was nice to wear as a dress or even a long shirt with leggings. The color is really cute too. I definitely recommend it and will probably buy more in different colors!" —Jasmine Ball

    Get it from Amazon for $26.34+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 18 colors).

    Psst — this is available on Prime Try Before You Buy so you can try it on before committing to purchasing it!

    14. Chunky white sneakers you'll be able to wear with everything (seriously, everything). These look amazing with skirts and dresses too! 

    Writer wearing the chunky white sneakers with a red jumpsuit
    models wearing fila disruptor sneakers while eating ice cream on the sidewalk
    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed, DSW

    BuzzFeed writer Stephanie Hope loves hers: 

    "I brought only these shoes on my Disney vacation with my husband and they were perfectly comfortable! I wore them for a week straight: four Disney parks, Universal *and* Islands of Adventure! I got zero blisters and felt completely fine the entire time!"

    Get them from DSW for $69.99 (available in sizes 5.5–11).

    15. A tie-front dress for daily excursions where you want your outfit to look cute but also give your legs the ability to breathe. 

    a model in the dress in pale green with white flowers on it
    a reviewer wearing the dress in yellow

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Pro tip: If you want your bust to look even better in the dress, get a push-up adhesive bra. Pull the ties across each other over the connecting part of the bra, and use two safety pins to hold [it] in place. THEN tie." —Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes S–XL and 39 styles).

    16. A pair of high-waisted flowy pants that kindaaaa look like a skirt but are in fact pants — which means your inner thighs will thank you for not exposing them to the possibility of chafing in the heat.

    a reviewer wearing the pants and showing off the side slit
    a close up of the pants and the slit

    Promising review: "These pants are so comfortable and chic! I love that they are wide-legged and flowy. They give you the same breezy feeling that you get with a maxi skirt. The material is super soft and the perfect weight for warm weather pants. The belted ties are just the right length and add a very feminine touch. The pant legs are very wide. I cannot wait for warmer weather to get here so I can wear this outfit!" —Brittany Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in sizes S–4XL and 16 colors).

    Psst — this is available on Prime Try Before You Buy so you can try it on before committing to purchasing it!

    17. A daisy-covered cardigan to keep handy for chillier evenings or cold restaurants. I always make sure to bring at least one cardigan for dinners because I tend to get cold.

    a reviewer in a pastel blue cardigan with white daisies on it
    another reviewer in a pastel green cardigan covered in daisies

    Promising review: "This sweater is SUPER cute, good quality, and fits like a glove! Overall, this sweater is definitely great for the spring time, and the material is very cozy and soft!" —Maya Herring

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in one size and seven colors).

    18. A Set Active ribbed workout bra in case you love wearing athleisure but want to ensure it looks fashionable and not like something you wore to middle school gym class. If you love to get your workout on while on vacays then you'll def wanna pack this.

    writer ali wearing bra in mojito in a mirror selfie
    model showcasing back of bra
    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed, Set Active

    Set Active is a woman-owned, small workout wear brand with made-to-match styles that are comfortable and well-made.

    I recently got back into working out and wanted to motivate myself by getting some cute, new activewear. I love Set Active, they are my absolute fave brand for workout wear and I own several of these ribbed V bralettes. They're perfect and TBH, I will probs order more. 

    Get it from Set Active for $56 (available in sizes XS–XL and 13 colors).

    19. A midi sundress so all you'll need to go with it are some chic accessories, a pair of sandals, and perhaps a sun hat.

    reviewer wearing the dress in white, with hands in the pockets
    reviewer wearing the striped dress

    Promising reviews: "LOVE this dress! It looks exactly like the picture! The pockets are deep and super handy. Very comfortable and I love that you can dress it up or down. Perfect for the summer in hot, humid weather! Going back for more colors!" —Haley

    "Found this dress through a BuzzFeed article and couldn't resist the white sunflowers. The material is stretchy and just fits your body so well. I didn't have any problems with it being see through. The length is cute, the buttons are fake so they stay uniform all the way down, and it's stretchy across the back of the bodice so bigger-chested people would love this. My mom and I have completely different body types and the large fits us both amazingly! Definitely going to try to order as many prints as I can!" —Courtney Clark

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 38 styles and colors).

    Psst — this is available on Prime Try Before You Buy so you can try it on before committing to purchasing it!

    20. A super cute straw hat to ~top~ off your beach look if you're headed somewhere tropical. This'll keep you looking trendy and shield you from harmful UV rays.

    reviewer wearing straw hat with bathing suit while sitting on a swing over water
    reviewer wearing straw hat while swimming

    Promising review: "Let me start off by saying I've never been a beach hat type person...until now! I love this hat!!! When I bought it, I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. (You know, it looks good on others but not so good on me.) Well, I just got back from Belize and this hat was amazing. I love how adjustable it is. I was able to comfortably wear it while riding a golf cart, all day at the beach, and even out on a kayak without it blowing off or being too tight. And it was just the right coverage for me. Enough to protect my sensitive eyes and fair skin from the sun yet not so large that it was in the way. I wore it much more than I thought I would because it was so useful, cute, and comfortable! Great buy." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 22 colors).

    21. A two-piece set if you want getting dressed on vacay to be as effortless as possible.

    buzzfeed writer ali wearing set in pink
    reviewer wearing the green outfit
    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed,

    After writing about this set so many times in BuzzFeed posts (and reading the glowing reviews, of course), I just had to see what the hype was about. I ordered this in pink for a recent trip to California and it was the comfiest and cutest outfit I've ever worn on a trip. I honestly want to order it in more colors that's how much I love it. It was so effortless to throw on and style — just add a cute bag, some sunnies, and sneakers for a cute and ready-to-go 'fit.

    Promising review: "I love this set! Every time I wear it I get compliments from friends. I also like how open and breathable it is. Texas summers are very hot and I‘m not absolutely dying when I wear this! Very happy with the purchase." —Erika V.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 15 styles).

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