What to Wear on Vacation—A Summer 2022 Packing Guide

You have your plane tickets secured and hotels reserved, and now what’s left is the question of what to pack. Planning what to wear on vacation can actually be a fun task, knowing that there are lots of resort-ready accessories, dresses, and swimsuits made for a summer holiday. Plus, a last-minute buy means you have something new and exciting to bring along with you.

Tropical destinations and beach getaways require little clothing, but the following items make up a solid list of vacation essentials. You’ll want at least one resort-ready dress that you can wear to cocktails and dinner but also to the beach with sandy hair and flip-flops. Items that provide sun protection are key—a shade hat, a beach cover-up, and of course, a daily SPF for starters. An accessory (or two!) that will instantly activate your vacation mode and that you can wear with everything you’ve packed, say a pair of woven slides or an earring made out of a seashell, and of course, a practical but cute carryall to stash all of your beachy belongings into.

Look to the below for the ultimate packing guide for this summer’s holidays, tropical getaways, and relaxing retreats, and as a one-stop-shop for all of your vacation style needs.

Bring the relaxed vacation mindset to your wardrobe with one-and-done dresses that require little to no thought.

Johanna Ortiz Transit of Venus tie waist midi-dress

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ALC Kai pleated maxi dress

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Christopher Esber open-knit maxi dress

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Rhode Madeline linen dress

Shoes that go with everything in your vacation capsule wardrobe, from neutral espadrille flats to cushy slide sandals.

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Tory Burch Eleanor raffia kitten heels

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Lafayette 148 grained calfskin leather slip-on espadrilles

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You’ll need something you can carry at the beach, on day trips, and out to dinner.

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Loewe Paula’s Ibiza confetti small basket tote

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Heimat Atlantica Chacha large rattan tote bag

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Muuñ Sophie leather-trim basket bag

Look to shell necklaces and beaded baubles to transform any ordinary dress or swimsuit into an extraordinary resort-ready ensemble.

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Lizzie Fortunato Clement convertible necklace

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Marni fish charm-detail earrings

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Catbird turbo shell earrings

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No matter where your travel plans take you, there’s sure to be the perfect swimsuit for the destination.

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Ganni crochet high-neck bikini top and string bikini bottom

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Alexandra Miro Clara gingham swimsuit

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Johanna Ortiz Unbroken cut-out swimsuit

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Araks Quinn bikini top and Veronica bikini bottom

Be it a sarong, caftan, or dress; it’s best to have at least one item you can use as a cover-up in your suitcase.

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Louisa Ballou Aura floral-print cotton-blend kaftan

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Caravana Tuznik leather-trimmed fringed cotton-gauze pareo

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Matteau printed silk-georgette pareo

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Dries Van Noten cotton voile long kaftan

Your on-vacation beauty routine should be simple, sun-kissed, and stress-free. Just don’t forget SPF.

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Shiseido clear sunscreen stick SPF 50+

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Ilia super serum skin tint SPF 40

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Soleil Toujours aloe antioxidant calming mist

Keep the sun out of your eyes and accessorize your beach vacation look at the same time.

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Prada logo striped raffia bucket hat

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Janessa Leone Franco packable hat

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Tory Burch straw crochet short-brim bucket hat

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