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How to Pack for Your Summer Vacay the RIGHT Way

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Dreading packing for your upcoming summer vacation? We know how to make it quick and easy! With the help of Topshop, we’ve compiled our list of essentials you’ll need no matter if you’re taking a weekend trip or heading on a longer adventure.

1. Neutrals

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The key to vacation packing is building a foundation of neutrals. They go with everything, they’re always chic and they can easily be dressed up or down. Our absolute must-haves? A well-worn jean jacket, high-waisted jeans, a plain white tee, tan sandals and a simple black dress. Endless possibilities! Shop our favorites at Topshop.

2. Good walking shoes

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Trust us when we say you won’t want to deal with blisters while on vacay. This can easily be avoided if you bring comfortable walking shoes that you can go miles in without scraping the skin off your ankles. You don’t have to sacrifice style for function, though. We’re obsessed with these white sneakers from Topshop.

3. A day-to-night look

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If you plan on going out after long days of relaxing on the beach, you’ll need some versatile pieces that can be taken from day to night. Be sure to pack a simple dress that can be dressed up or down. We suggest this simple black bodycon dress from Topshop that looks just as good with a jean jacket and flip flops as it does with heels.

4. Comfy layers

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When you’re traveling, layering is key! You’ll need at least one light jacket (or heavier, depending on where you’re going!) for the plane, and you’ll also want something for night. We love this black bomber from Topshop, which is a neutral classic piece that can be easily dressed up or down. Beyond the jacket, we recommend packing tanks, tops and sweaters (in neutral colors like tan, black and white) so you can easily adjust to weather.

No matter where you’re going this summer, be sure to pack these absolute must-haves! You won’t regret it!

Katie was the former Senior Associate Editor of Her Campus. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015, where she studied Writing Seminars, psychology, and women's studies. Prior to joining the full-time staff, Katie was a national contributing writer and Health Editor for HC. In addition to her work with Her Campus, Katie interned at Cleveland Magazine, EMILY's List, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Katie is also an alumna of Kappa Alpha Theta. In her spare time, Katie enjoys writing poetry, hanging out with cats, eating vegan cupcakes, and advocating for women's rights. 
As a Senior Associate on the Integrated Marketing team, Katherine manages and executes digital marketing programs for Her Campus's partners across digital, email, social and influencer platforms. Before Her Campus, Katherine worked in the ecommerce world as a merchandiser and buyer. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. She started her own fashion blog, Style Tab, four and a half years ago and it has become one of her biggest passions. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Boston, shopping, brunching, watching funny (cat) YouTube videos, attempting to exercise and traveling. Find her on Instagram: @styletab