The key to packing light is to start off with an already light-weight weekender bag (this one is 3.5 lbs). The bigger the bag, the more you’re likely to pile in –– so try to keep it cute and compact.
18″ patent weekend satchel, $150, lipaultluggage.com.
I love to travel with a blazer, it polishes up whatever you’re wearing. Since it’s spring I go for a light-weight linen style you can wear while flying and at a restaurant that might have the AC blasting.
Linen blazer, Joie, $278, intermix.com.
This gauzy linen stole lends a stylish Parisian chic touch to your look and keeps your neck warm until you change temperatures. It also weighs practically nothing.
Cotton linen stole, Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo, $13, uniqlo.com.
I always pack a pair of pants just in case it’s attack of the mosquitoes or it gets breezy while hanging out at night. This high-waist style is super versatile; you can rock them with your linen blazer for an all-white island party, with a beach tunic or even your cropped swimsuit top and heels.
High-waist jeans, Topshop, $70, topshop.com.
En route to my destination, I like to be comfortable but still look cool. These New Balance sneakers weigh approximately 4.5oz and practically fit like a sock –– not to mention the colors are super cool. They’re also perfect if you’re the work-out-while-on-vacation type.
Minimus Zero v2 sneakers, New Balance, $109, newbalance.com.
These sleek babies can fold up and fit right in your carry-on, taking up zero space.
Foldable sunglasses, Persol, $330, glasses.com.
Multi-functional pieces are key for keeping your items condensed to a carry-on. This gauze tunic takes me from the beach to brunch easily.
Cotton “Berta Tunic,” Lemlem, $200, lemlem.com.
These sandals are the only pair I’ll need on my next vacay. Changing the ribbon from Grecian white to Caribbean red creates a completely different look. Plus, they support the employment and education of Ugandan woman.
Leather sandals, Sseko, from $55, ssekodesigns.com.
This cropped style bikini feels like I should be in Fiji, even better the top can double with a high-waist skirt or jeans.
“Ananda” printed bikini, Mara Hoffman, $235, netaporter.com.
I’m known to pack a sarong that I can wear 3 million ways on a vacation. I can wear it as a skirt, a dress, a bandeau or a turban all in one day –– how can you resist that?
Patterned sarong, H&M, $13, hm.com.