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The Best Way to Pack a Hat, According to Hat Attack's Creative Director

The Best Way to Pack a Hat, According to Hat Attack's Creative Director

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. If there was ever a place and time to wear a hat, it's on vacation. Even if you're not a "hat person," you probably can't resist a classic straw hat for trips to Mexico, a beanie for chilly New York weekends, or a beret for Paris, bien sûr. While a hat can be a statement, it also falls under our category of an Instant Upgrade; it elevates any travel uniform. But there's usually one issue you run into when bringing a hat on your vacation. How do you pack it? Where do you pack it? Do you wear your hat in the airport? Do you carry the straw visor in your hand? If it's a larger hat, or one with a brim, packing it in a suitcase doesn't always feel like the best option. No one knows the struggle — or the solution — like Cooper McManus, the creative director of Hat Attack. If you've spent any time scrolling through Shopbop, Revolve, or Tuckernuck, you've probably come across one of the brand's creations. While it's celebrating 40 years in business this year, the brand has managed to stay relevant and stylish, partly thanks to Cooper, the daughter of the brand's founders. Meghan Markle and Jennifer Aniston count themselves as fans of the brand, after all. So if the thought of packing a hat — or even choosing the best one to bring on your trip — has kept you from donning a stylish fedora or wide-brim straw number, you don't have to worry any longer. The ultimate hat expert is here to answer your questions about traveling with a hat in tow. Below, Cooper McManus reveals the best hat to wear in the fall, her favorite way to travel with a hat, and the secret to packing a hat on vacation. My personal travel style is… Comfort is key when traveling. [I] try to look cute and on-trend while being comfortable — meaning wearing clothes that are weather appropriate, bringing a bag that can easily be worn all day, a hat if [I’ll] be in the sun, and easy-to-wear shoes. If I’m not at home, you’ll find me… In the summer, I like to be anywhere where we can spend time outdoors — either by the beach/water in Cape Cod or in Vermont camping and hiking! In the winter, it’s great to get away somewhere warm, but I also love going to Vermont for skiing and winter activities. My go-to hat for the spring and summer... The Vented Luxe Packable Hat is new, and we’ll have it in three colors next season. It’s so versatile and can be folded into any beach bag or suitcase. It has no trim, so it really works with any outfit — jeans and a tee, a sundress, or just a bathing suit. My go-to hat for the fall and winter… The Cashmere Chunky Beanie is my favorite. It's slouchy (but not too slouchy) and can be worn with pretty much any coat, jacket, or sweater. It also has a bit of a looser fit, so it doesn’t completely mess up your hair! I'm also loving the Amelia Wool Felt Fedora. It’s a medium-brimmed hat that really works with any fall look. How do you know which hat to bring on your trip? Think about the activities you will be doing. Pool lounging? A canvas sunhat is a good choice for laying down, reading a book, or relaxing by the pool. If you're hiking or doing more active activities, a baseball cap would be smart. For the beach or walking around the city, I would recommend a straw hat. What's the best way to pack a brimmed hat when traveling by plane? Our packable hats are great because they can be folded — either into your suitcase or carry-on. When you get to your destination, just unfold and place on a flat surface to even the brim back out overnight. If you have a more fragile style (raffia or Panama), you can stuff the inside of the hat and then pack carefully around the brim to keep it flat and avoid damage during travel. How do you recommend keeping your hat safe when traveling? Because they are typically made from all-natural materials, hats are quite fragile and should be taken care of. Avoid getting them completely soaked in water — no matter what the material is, it is hard to recover from that.

National Park Packing List—What to Wear in the Spring

National Park Packing List—What to Wear in the Spring

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. If there's a title for The Worst Place to Underpack or Pack the Wrong Thing, it's a national park. A national park is a place where you can't always pop in a store to grab a new pair of hiking boots or another fleece layer if you're cold. The majority of the time, what you bring with you is what you'll have with you for the entirety of your day (or whole trip). If you're hiking or camping, you can't pack too much—the lighter the pack, the more enjoyable the adventure. On the other hand, packing too little leaves you vulnerable to whatever elements come your way, including varying temperatures, rainy weather, and unexpected snowfall. And if you've made it to one of the world's most beautiful national parks—think Yellowstone, Zion, or the Everglades—you don't want to spend more time being anxious about your outfit choice than you do taking in the sights. Visiting a national park in the spring, specifically, can making packing even harder. Spring is notoriously temperamental. March, April, and even May can bring a range of weather, so it's best to create a layerable, thorough national park packing list that will keep you comfortable, no matter the circumstance. What to Wear to a National Park - Spring Packing List While you'll require a more detailed list if you're going camping or adventuring out for a few days, these are the national park essentials that will ensure you get the most out of a day in one of America's gorgeous natural wonders. Hiking Boots + Socks What you have on your feet at a national park is priority number one. You can find more of our favorite hiking boots here (and thick socks to wear with them), but see a few sturdy, affordable pairs you can rely on below. Sports Bra Ladies, leave your t-shirt and wire bras at home. A low-to-medium impact sports bra (like our go-to styles from Outdoor Voices and Girlfriend Collective) will provide the support you need without constricting your breathing. Light T-Shirt or Long-Sleeve Shirt Like putting on makeup, the key to dressing for a trip to a national park is to start light. You can add more coverage as needed. For warmer climates, a tank or t-shirt is perfect. For more mountainous destinations, a long-sleeve is just the right thing. Fleece or Down Vest We will sing praises of the vest (or gilet, for our UK-based travelers) for all outdoor adventures. A fleece or down vest keeps your upper body toasty, not sweaty—and the best styles have pockets for easy access to Chapstick and your phone. Water-Resistant Windbreaker or Anorak Protection from wind and rain is crucial if you're spending time in a national park. If the weather's nice, a windbreak rolls up nicely and can be tucked away in your backpack. Thicker Coat Hear us out: If they're your style, wax Barbour jackets are actually amazing for a national park visit. They're warm (some have extra layers you can add to the interior), have plenty of pockets, and can handle a little bit of moisture. P.S.: You can get Barbour jackets for 40% off at Tuckernuck with code TNUCK40. We're also recommending a few other activewear-style coats (for colder spring days) below. Leggings or Durable Hiking Pants The entire dilemma: leggings or real pants? For a national park, either works—as long as you're comfortable and able to trek several miles at a time. Fanny Pack, Shoulder Bag, or Backpack You're going to want to be hands-free at a national park. You'll need a quality bag that can hold a few snacks, maybe a lunch, a water bottle, and extra sunscreen. Hat Baseball hat or sun hat, your pick. Just as long as you have some protection from the sun. Sunglasses No need to squint in the sunshine. Your eyes (and your future self when all your trail selfies come out looking cool, calm, and collected) will thank you. Sunscreen + Chapstick Last but not least, you absolutely cannot forget sunscreen and Chapstick on a national park visit. The UV rays are sure to be out in full force—no matter where you go—and many of the parks are known for their dryness, which leads to chapped lips. No thanks.

This Pair of Allbirds Is the Perfect Spring Travel Sneaker

This Pair of Allbirds Is the Perfect Spring Travel Sneaker

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. We like to use the phrase "packing efficiently" versus "packing lightly" when traveling—as "lightly" often comes with the connotation of not feeling fully prepared. Efficient packing, however, is often hindered by the important question: Which sneakers should I pack? Sneakers are heavy and bulky—a traveler's worst nightmare. There are cute sneakers, sneakers to exercise in, and sneakers that photograph well. This conundrum also changes by season; you'll want a lighter pair for summer trips and a thicker, more sturdy pair for trips where you might encounter wintry weather. The best travel sneaker for springtime, however, has to be even more versatile. Meet the perfect spring travel sneaker, the Allbirds Wool Runner. Allbirds is a brand known for sleek styles and using natural materials in its products. We also love them for their lightweight build, moisture-wicking material, and wide range of colors—including grey, white, black, and lighter spring shades like pale blue and coral. While these are made with merino wool, they tend to run on the warmer side; so they're great for plane rides and keep your feet comfortable in varying spring temperatures. The Wool Runners also minimize odor, so if you need to throw them in your carry-on or larger suitcase, you won't have to worry about the leftover foot smell transferring to your clean clothes. Oh, and did we mention they're machine washable? So after your travels take you miles away and across state lines and oceans, you can come home, remove the laces and insoles, and toss them in the wash. Pick out your Allbirds Wool Runners for your next spring trip or vacation here.

The Best Travel Pillows for Sleeping on a Plane

The Best Travel Pillows for Sleeping on a Plane

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. Unless you are one of the fortunate few who can effortlessly fall asleep anywhere, it can be a struggle to get quality sleep while flying. Call it the usual nerves and excitement of air travel that make it an especially difficult feat, but there is no denying that bringing along a comfy travel pillow will ease your worries as you slip into a deep sleep. For when it’s necessary to have your trusted, packable travel pillow stashed in your carry-on, these are our go-to picks. Why You Need a Travel Pillow Nothing is worse than traveling on a long, overnight flight when you are so ready to sleep, but an uncomfortable headrest and tight legroom have other plans—and don’t even get us started on the middle seat. You resort to fighting sleep altogether and sit awake hoping that if you do fall asleep you won’t wake up propped against your neighbor’s shoulder. This is a job for the travel pillow. Flying with a travel pillow is no longer about toting along one of those uncomfortable, traditional U-shaped pillows with beaded stuffing. Rather, the many advancements and updates to travel pillows have made them indispensable to falling asleep while traveling on a plane, especially on long, international flights or late-night flights. How to Choose the Right Travel Pillow Every traveler sleeps differently on planes, so it is best to find the ideal travel pillow that is most functional for your needs. As you evaluate the differences in comfort level, thickness, type of fill, and the ease of packing, you will quickly discover which travel pillow will be a great investment for you. Are you someone who gets warm easily on a flight? Then your go-to travel pillow will be one made from a breathable material. If you’d rather make sure that your travel pillow helps support your back and spine, then one with a focus on ergonomic design and lumbar support is for you. Regardless, choosing the right travel pillow is unique to the individual, but we are here to help make that decision easier. The Travel Pillows We Love Trtl Travel Pillow For the seasoned traveler who is looking for a reputable, dependable travel pillow, look no further than the Trtl Travel Pillow. This pillow wraps around your neck and is beloved for its ability to keep your head in a better ergonomic, stable position than the average travel pillow. While acting like a shoulder to fall asleep on, this pillow also helps keep your head upright as you sleep. Buy It: trtltravel.com, $39.99 Trtl Pillow Plus Now, if you are frequently flying for overnight work trips or long-haul flights, the updated Trtl Pillow Plus is completely worth the splurge. It is the elevated version of the original, and it has been modified to include an adjustable neck support and a breathable mesh fabric so you won’t overheat. The best part? This pillow can effortlessly fit into your carry-on. Buy It: trtltravel.com, $69.99 Rumpl Stuffable Travel Pillow For the traditionalists who want a travel pillow that’s shaped like, well, a pillow, Rumpl’s Stuffable Travel Pillow is soft, fleecy, and water-repellent (in case your in-flight neighbor has any accidents when the drink cart comes around). Best of all, it can be stuffed into a handy pouch that makes transporting it and keeping it clean between flights easy. Buy It: nordstrom.com, $35 Slip Beauty Sleep To Go The stylish Slip Beauty Sleep To Go pack includes a travel pillow and matching sleep mask, both made of mulberry silk. The team at Slip took 10 years to develop its silk, and they claim it helps with both skin and hair anti-aging. It absorbs less face cream, creates less friction, and is soft, durable, and non-toxic. Buy It: sephora.com, $124 TravelRest All-in-One Ultimate Travel Pillow Love using a travel pillow when you can but cannot seem to find room in your carry-on to make it work each time you travel? The Travelrest Ultimate Travel Pillow will be your best friend, as it is compact and rolls up to conveniently fit in the tightest of spaces, but it also has memory foam inserts for extra comfort. Particularly practical for flights where the middle seat is unavoidable, this pillow is worn crossbody and inflates with minimal effort. Buy It: travelrest.net, $36.95 Huzi Infinity Pillow The Huzi Infinity Pillow is the perfect travel pillow for anyone who isn’t content with sitting in the same position on a flight and needs reliable, comfortable support that molds to match your needs. The infinity loop design of this pillow allows for it to be formed into numerous shapes, so as to maximize and accommodate for each individual’s preferences. Buy It: infinitypillow.co, $39 Ostrichpillow Light Versatile Pillow If you are a light sleeper and prone to be affected by the lights and sounds on a plane, then the Ostrichpillow Light Versatile Pillow will help you to peacefully doze off. This soft, infinity-style pillow goes over your head and rests over your eyes, so as to block out any distractions and create a restful space. Buy It: ostrichpillow.com, $45 Ostrichpillow Go Neck Pillow For those who prefer the more structured travel pillow, the Ostrichpillow Go Neck Pillow is the ideal option to cradle your neck no matter where you rest your head on its memory foam interior and soft fabric exterior. Buy It: ostrichpillow.com, $60 Cabeau Evolution Cool Neck Pillow If traveling in your favorite loungewear is more your style, but you’re afraid you might be too warm with a travel pillow, then you will love the Cabeau Evolution Cool Neck Pillow. Its ventilated fabric design helps it to function as a cooling travel pillow while not skimping on comfort with memory foam support. It also shrinks down to half its size to fit into a mesh case. Buy It: cabeau.com, $59.99 J-pillow Travel Pillow For anyone in search of a comfy, soft travel pillow with head, neck, and chin support, then look no further than the J-pillow Travel Pillow. Its three-way support helps you stay asleep without your head bobbing around, and its machine-washable fabric allows for worry-free travel. Buy It: j-pillow.com, $39.95 (sale)

What Miron Crosby Cofounder Sarah Means Packs for a Texas Summer

What Miron Crosby Cofounder Sarah Means Packs for a Texas Summer

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. Destination: Texas — Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso Time of Year: Summer (June, July, August) Average Temperatures: 85° F to 100° F Typical Weather: Hot, humid, and muggy Sarah Means, cofounder of the bespoke cowboy boot brand Miron Crosby, knows Texas just as well as she knows boots. That innate knowledge comes from first-hand experience on her family's ranch in West Texas — and it's something she, along with her sister, Lizzie, used to their advantage when starting their brand in Dallas in 2016. Since then, Miron Crosby boots have graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar, among others. Sarah describes her personal style as "feminine, colorful, and flowy," which is exactly how you'll want to pack for a summer trip to Texas. Think linen, loose fabrics, and plenty of summer dresses. That's because, yes, it gets hot and often humid, depending on where you're visiting. But if you pack properly, you'll find yourself embracing the Texas heat in no time. To do so, however, you'll want some advice from an expert. And no one knows how to survive a summer in the heat better than a native Texan. Below, Sarah gives us the inside scoop on her travel favorites and what to bring with you on your next trip to the Lone Star State. While cowboy boots might not be the first travel shoe you think of, Sarah may convince you otherwise... My tried-and-true outfit to travel in… My secret to comfy chic travel is a long slip dress with a pull-on crew neck sweater over and cowboy boots. The dress feels like pajamas; the sweater is cozy for the cold plane and will make you look like you actually got dressed. My go-to travel bag is… I’ve owned my military blue Rimowa cabin roller bag for 10 years, since I graduated from college. It is worth the hype (and every single penny) for its lightweight durability. Plus, it’s still sleek and dark for travel, but a rare enough color that nobody will accidentally grab it off of the conveyor belt at arrivals. Favorite pair of shoes to travel in? Wear your Miron Crosby cowboy boots on the plane because: 1) They’re comfortable 2) Most of our women’s styles are constructed without steel shanks, so they won’t alarm at security, and, most importantly... 3) They take up so much room in your suitcase, so remember: Wear, don't pack. My current favorite is our light pink metallic Maggie boots. What’s your favorite thing about a Texas summer? PATIOS! There’s something magical about summer Friday afternoons in Texas, despite the heat. I’m excited to sneak out of the office a few hours early for ranch waters al fresco at my favorite spots around Dallas and out in West Texas at the ranch! Favorite brands of clothing you gravitate toward in the summer? I live in my cotton Sue Sartor dresses; I’m obsessed with her botanical textiles. Her dresses travel beautifully, they’re breezy, and I get tons of compliments each time I have one on. If you know me, you know I love a matching set. Cara Cara does the BEST ones! You won’t find me this summer without my Cesta Collective bucket bag. They’re the BEST and oh so cute and structured. I live for a bucket. Packing List: What to Bring with You for a Summer Trip to Texas Here's what Sarah recommends packing in your suitcase if you're visiting Texas in the summer. Your homework before you come (or on the plane) is a little light reading... White linen is a must for those aforementioned patio evenings. Cowboy boots that say it all, literally. A hero product from a Texas-founded company, Supergoop!, nonetheless. Cool PJs are a must for any trip! “The stars at night are big and BRIGHT,” so pack chic sunnies. Love this moisturizing mask since everywhere you go inside overdoes it a bit on the AC. Leave some room in your suitcase for a sussie for your pals back home: a little of our favorite red salsa.

What to Pack for New York in the Spring

What to Pack for New York in the Spring

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. Destination: New York City Time of Year: Spring (March, April, May) Average Temperatures: 51° F to 71° F Typical Weather: Mild but unpredictable, rain likely Picnics on the Great Lawn in Central Park, outdoor cocktails at sidewalk cafés in Greenwich Village, fresh blooms lining the Flower District in Chelsea, evenings under the lights at Yankee Stadium—spring is truly the best time of year to visit New York City. After a long, cold winter, New York comes alive on the first warm day of spring, and the energy is palpable. The excitement can be fleeting, however—the weather still tends to fluctuate until summer humidity hits in mid-May, and temperatures can change drastically from one day to the next. What to Wear in New York City — Spring Packing List The secret to coming prepared for spring New York weather? Layers. The speed at which you can go from freezing on a park bench to sweating on the subway is staggering. This season is all about transition, and it can be temperamental, but just one gorgeous day will have you falling in love with the city in a way that hits different this time of year. Just make sure to play it cool—no one likes an overzealous tourist in NYC. Don't worry, as former New York City residents, we're here to help make you look and feel like a local. Sunglasses New York street style rule No. 1: Always wear sunglasses—the darker the better. See our favorites here. Comfortable Sneakers and Booties You will walk more than you ever knew you were capable of on a trip to NYC, and your feet will ache. Go for comfortable, minimalist sneakers—we love an effortless white leather pair—and sleek ankle boots with a bit of support and stretch, like these black leather Chelsea boots from Loeffler Randall, which will take you from an afternoon of shopping in SoHo to an evening at a dark, moody wine bar with ease. Jeans You'll want daytime jeans—check out our go-to laid-back, high-waisted pairs—and nighttime jeans—think black and slim-fit. Black Leggings All those stereotypes about New Yorkers dressing in black? They're true. Don't be afraid to add a pop of color to some of your spring outfits, of course, but when it comes to leggings, black is your best bet. Our favorite travel leggings of all time are from Beyond Yoga. Leather Jacket A leather moto jacket is a New York staple, and it tends to be just the right weight for spring weather. It's one of those instant outfit upgrades: it has the power to add attitude to a sundress and style to an oversized tee and leggings. This washed style from Madewell is a classic you'll pack for years to come. Raincoat or Windbreaker You're unlikely to completely avoid rain, so pack a water-repellent trench or at least a hooded windbreaker. J. Crew's self-proclaimed Perfect Lightweight Jacket is exactly that, and easy to pack. Light Sweaters In the spring, a light sweater is your best friend. You can pair one with jeans, leggings, or throw it over a dress on one of those days when the sun is in and out. Everlane's Organic Cotton Crewneck sweater is described as "layerable and laid back," which is exactly what you need. Grab one in a few different colors, we won't tell. Basic Tees You'll want to pack your favorite T-shirt to layer under your sweater or leather jacket, or to wear on its own, depending on weather, and you can't go wrong with Outdoor Voices' Everyday Shortsleeve in black. Reviewers call OV's T-shirts the "best tees in the game" for style, fit, comfort, and quality, and we couldn't agree more. Dresses If you're lucky enough to catch some sun, there's no better feeling than running around the city in a cute dress on a warm day. Pick one that's structured but relaxed or one that will take you from day to night, even if it gets chilly. Jumpsuits and Matching Sets Packing a monochrome two-piece set and a jumpsuit is the very easiest way to feel put-together. Baseball Cap A New Yorker will pair a baseball hat with any outfit, casual or dressy—and there's nothing more New York (and universally fashionable) than a Yankees hat. Backpack and Crossbody Bag For long days of walking around, a small backpack is a comfortable way to carry what you need. Go for a mini black leather version and it'll never ruin your outfit. For the subway, a crossbody bag with a zipper is a safe way to go.

What Fashion Stylist Emily Dawes Packs for a Weekend in the French Countryside

What Fashion Stylist Emily Dawes Packs for a Weekend in the French Countryside

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. Take one look at London-based fashion editor, stylist, and writer Emily Dawes' Instagram (@emilyjdawes), and you'll immediately get a sense of what her closet contains. Her knack for layering and command of mixing classics with seasonal trends is enviable—simultaneously, she makes it all look effortless. Formerly a fashion editor at You Magazine and currently a freelance editor at Who What Wear UK, Emily is not only confident in her own style, she's also aware of every aspect of fashion—from fit to comfort to versatility, all of which remain paramount for packing and traveling around the world. That said, her line of work has taken her all over the globe—Los Angeles, the Maldives, and exquisitely English towns in the Cotswolds. Her personal life is just as wanderlust-inducing; pre-pandemic, her travels included frequent stops in New York, weekends in Wales, quick trips to Paris and Amsterdam, and dreamy holidays in Ibiza and Cyprus. One of the places she's returned to again and again, though, is the South of France. In June 2019, Emily married her husband, John, in a picture-perfect French countryside ceremony—with a chateau, wicker baskets for her bridesmaids, and lots of linen. Following the wedding, the newlyweds and spent another two weeks basking in the sun of the country and the seaside. Needless to say, Emily had her French countryside wardrobe planned down to a T... See what Emily packs for a holiday in France below. Travel Style Q&A with Emily Dawes My travel style is… Classic and relaxed, mostly involving lots of light linen in neutral colors with some cute floral dresses added in for good measure. My favorite destination Provence and the Côte d'Azur. You just can’t beat the Mediterranean sunshine, exploring old town streets and visiting the market for croissants in the mornings, then stopping for fresh seafood and local rosé by the bright blue sea in the afternoon. My dream trip It would have to be a stay at Les Roches Rouges, which is my happy place, including a quick boat trip over to the Île Sainte-Marguerite for lunch at La Guérite. I’d end with a road trip through Provence, stopping off at the local vineyards and quaint little countryside towns like Cotignac. It’s heaven. I can't go anywhere without… A basket bag! One that is big enough to throw everything in for carry-on luggage, but also works perfectly for anything from beach days to market shopping when you get there. And of course, my sunscreen. My tried-and-true travel outfit If it’s short-haul, I’ll wear my comfiest pair of jeans from Arket or RE/DONE, a simple t-shirt and probably a versatile light jacket like this one from Everlane that works with most of my outfits when I’m there too. Then I’ll tie a thin cashmere jumper over my shoulders in case it gets chilly on the plane. If it’s long-haul I’ll switch the jeans out for my favorite joggers or Lululemon leggings. My go-to travel bag I always have an Away case in tow— the Bigger Carry-On or canvas Weekender for short trips and my Large suitcase for longer stays. They just fit so much in and are very hard-wearing! My favorite shoes to travel in Probably my Birkenstocks or Gucci loafers. Something you can slip on and off easily if needed but still super comfy. Plus, they both look great with jeans or joggers, depending on your travel style. Favorite brands for travel-friendly clothing Silk dresses like those from Réalisation Par are perfect for packing; they roll up so small and hardly crease. Plus, they work for both day and night. For elevated basics like tanks, t-shirts and linen pieces, I love Everlane and Arket. And you can’t beat Faithfull the Brand for effortless travel style that’s always on point. What to Pack for Spring or Summer in the French Countryside Floral Dresses Nothing says French countryside better than a floaty floral dress. Comfy enough for exploring but dressy enough for lunch in the local town square. Straw Hat The sun is strong anywhere away from the coast, even in spring, so a good sun hat will protect you all day—and look cute. Basket Bag For all your essentials, and those baguettes you picked up from la boulangerie. Sunglasses To finish off your look and add that certain french girl ‘je ne sais quoi’ Cute Sandals A simple pair of leather sandals will complement all of your outfits, day or night, so you can minimize your packing load. Linen Tops and Blouses Light and breezy but perfect if you want to keep a bit more covered up. Light Denim Take one or two pairs of light-colored jeans or even a pair of denim shorts that you can wear with your linen tops on rotation. Light Sweater It’ll get chillier in the evenings and it can sometimes be breezy, so throw a thin knit over your shoulders in case you need to keep you warm.

The Most Stylish Straw Sun Hats for Women

The Most Stylish Straw Sun Hats for Women

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. There's no doubt about it: Packing a straw hat on vacation can be a hassle. While you may be envisioning yourself wearing it along the beach in Mexico, coconut drink in hand, strolling along the white sand beach, you're probably overlooking the fact that you have to carry it from your house to your destination and back again. So what should you do? Bring a "packable" sun hat style that easily folds up in your bag or suitcase. While it might not be your first choice, the packable straw hat will make the journey to and from the destination easier. Slip it into your personal item or carry-on suitcase, and readjust the material upon arrival. Find a sun hat style that is cute enough, flattering enough, and provides plenty of sun in order for the extra effort to be worth it. And you have to take a lot of photos while wearing it. Sunglasses optional. No matter the option you chose, finding the perfect sunhat makes lounging by the pool much more enjoyable. There's something glamorous about leafing through a magazine, your face shaded from the sun and hidden from the rest of the vacation-goers. Below, we found the most stylish straw sun hats for travelers going to warm destinations this spring and summer. The Best Straw Sun Hats to Pack for Vacation Our favorite places to shop for straw sun hats include varying price points. Amazon for impulse purchases; your flight for Aruba leaves in two days and you can't find your hat from last summer. Sarah Bray, a Bermuda-based designer, when you want a special sun hat, complete with a colorful bow to tie under your chin. Handwoven from fine seagrass, these hats can be adjusted to flip out or in, depending on your preference. Tuckernuck usually stocks both trendy and timeless sun hats; it's also a solid choice for quality pieces. Hint: Use code YOUROCK for 20% off your order. Find your favorite straw sun hat below (then start dreaming of your next tropical adventure).

The Best Beach Bags for Your Next Sunny Escape

The Best Beach Bags for Your Next Sunny Escape

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. When packing for a beach vacation, we go all in on swimsuits and sunglasses—but we often forget one key item: a beach bag. Investing in a tote for the beach is important because it allows you to bring along everything you need for the day—from a coverup, hat, and SPF to a book and portable speaker. This bag will be exposed to sand, saltwater, sunscreen, and the occasional margarita spill, so it's important to find one that's either waterproof (or water-resistant) or sturdy enough to protect its contents. For the same reason, a zipper is always a plus. If you're the type who always shows up at the beach prepared with all your favorite drinks and snacks, you might even look for a cooler bag. Of course, you also want a cute beach bag that complements your look—one you won't be embarrassed to turn up to sunset happy hour still wearing. Find our favorite beach bags from Bogg, Paravel, and more below. Best Waterproof Beach Bag: Original Bogg Bag Waterproof, washable, tip-proof, and an extra-large holds up to six full-size towels. Green isn't your favorite color? It comes in several more shades. Best Budget-Friendly Beach Bag: Straw Tote Handbag A woven tote in natural cream complements any beach outfit—find this one in particular at Target. Best Canvas Beach Bag: Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Lo & Sons wins again. Use it as your carry-on and then bring it to the beach—this lightweight, zippered canvas tote does it all. Best Colorful Beach Bag: Pamela Munson Top Handle Gardener Bag A rattan base, leather trim, and pops of color. Pamela Munson is known for classic spring and summer totes — that can dressed up or down depending on your post-beach activities. Best Raffia Beach Bag: Mar y Sol Samana Bag Made by artisans in Madagascar and Kenya with renewable materials, this navy striped beach bag is a unique spin on the classic neutral tote. Best Monogrammed Beach Bag: Cabana Tote If you're the type of traveler who loads up with books, sunscreen, and snacks, the Paraval Cabana Tote is for you. Choose your favorite colorway, then personalize it with your initials.

What to Pack for Mexico in the Spring

What to Pack for Mexico in the Spring

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. Destination: Quintana Roo, Mexico Time of Year: Spring (March, April, May) Average Temperatures: 72° F to 86° F Typical Weather: Warm, hot, driest season There's a reason Mexico is such a popular destination for spring breakers—both college-aged and older age groups. It's hot, the skies are clear, and travel deals are tempting. The Quintana Roo region, in particular—which includes places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel—makes appearances all over your Instagram feed at this time of the year. Because spring is peak season in this region, your vacation packing list is relatively simple and straightforward. You'll need all the basics of a tropical vacation—bathing suits, a cover-up, sandals, dresses, light layers, and the all-important sun protection. When you're packing, remember one thing: You'll probably spend the majority of your time in the sun and by the water. If you have a swimsuit and some sandals, you'll be fine. What to Wear in Quintana, Roo Mexico — Spring Packing List This kind of Mexican getaway involves a lot of lounging by the beach, but if you're planning a more adventurous trip, get some inspiration from our national park packing list. For this trip, you should be able to fit everything in a carry-on; we suggest wearing your sneakers on the plane and any of your heavier layers. Sunglasses and Sunhat Find our favorite sunglasses here and sunhats here. Stylish Sneakers If you're flying into Cancun from a slightly chillier spring, you'll want to avoid trekking around the airport in sandals—but you also don't want to arrive to an 85-degree day in thick boots. Sneakers it is. Light Pants Many Quintana Roo resorts have dress codes, especially for evening meals. A loose pair of pants (like our favorite style from Summersalt) can be dressed up with heels (our picks below) and an elevated tank or thrown on over your one-piece for poolside lunch. Bathing Suits Self-explainable. We love a one-piece that can double as a top or an always-flattering high-waisted bikini. Beach or Pool Cover-Up Depending on where you're staying, you'll probably spend the majority of the time in a bathing suit, changing only for dinner. Bring a cover-up to keep in your beach bag for trips to and from the water and beach bar. Dresses Easy to throw on, can be dressed up or dressed down. Pick light fabrics (think linen or cotton) and styles that work with both sandals and wedges. Shorts Leave the jeans at home because let's be honest, will you really wear them on your trip to Mexico? Bring two to three pairs of shorts, with varying fabrics and fit. Light sweater or sweatshirt It may get chillier at night, but there's no need to bring more than one or two layers. Solid colors that go with the majority of your suitcase work best. Casual Sandals Obviously. Again, one to two pairs is plenty. A classic Birkenstock or a raffia-accented style will be all you need. Block Heels or Espadrilles Throw on a block heel or espadrille for ocean-view dinner; no tall heels necessary. We love the brand Soludos for comfortable spring and summer styles. Beach Bag + Personal Item We found several styles that double as both your personal item on the plane and your beach or pool bag. There's enough room for sunscreen, a book or two, magazines, and more.

What Sara Banks, Founder of SteamLine Luggage, Never Travels Without

What Sara Banks, Founder of SteamLine Luggage, Never Travels Without

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. There's luggage, and then there's the luggage that makes you want to book a flight to Europe immediately. SteamLine Luggage falls into the latter category. It's sleek, timeless, and makes for a picture-perfect moment the second you step off the plane. When Sara Banks started the brand in 2005, she wanted to "make travel feel luxurious again." She tells Just Packed, "I was working in the fashion industry and would see buyers for shops and boutiques wearing beautiful coats and handbags coming from the airport dragging boring, tired luggage, and it just let the whole picture down. As luggage is truly your largest seen accessory, I just knew that this could be improved upon." Sara, like our editors, is "determined to bring elegance back to travel." Plus, she's someone who has gotten packing down to a science; that means you'll never find her overpacking. According to the entrepreneur and frequent traveler, "Less is always more. Not having to trawl through clothes or outfit plans makes it so much easier to get out and explore a new destination." So in the spirit of always packing the right things and being prepared when traveling, Sara shares her must-haves below — from her favorite SteamLine luggage to her go-to travel shoes. My go-to carry-on bag is… Any SteamLine carry-on! It fits everything perfectly and shamelessly... It's such an easy case to bring and a joy to travel with. My favorite personal item bag is… I do love an open tote bag to throw in anything I need easy access to, although I haven’t landed on my favorite one just yet. I quite like the security of the laptop compartment of [this] Tory Burch one and the easy-to-access open top. The only checked bag I’ll ever need is… A spinner-sized SteamLine. Believe me, there's a beautiful, practical place for 2-wheeled luggage (like on every city street), but the 4-wheel spinner SteamLine fits my entire family on a weeklong trip anywhere — and two of them fit my entire family on a year-long trip around the world! The protective covers offer carefree check-in, and the wheels are handy in airports when also pushing a buggy. My tried-and-true travel outfit is… The recycled cashmere v-neck jumper from Cuyana and an oversized cashmere shawl. I [also] love Cuyana’s French terry tapered lounge pant. I like to feel a little more elegant while traveling, but feeling comfortable is a necessity, so [a] good cut and quality materials are key. Inside Sara's Carry-On: Her Most-Packed Essentials Le Spec Sunglasses are always in my bag; this Australian brand offers so many styles. Trinny London's BFF SPF 30 Skin perfector, stacked Lip2Cheek, Eye2Eye, and Lip Treat Balm. Layers for a chilly night, [like the] Mini Cardigan from La Ligne. I always like to have something cozy for evenings, reminds me of Ireland. The Bandolier iPhone crossbody is a game-changer. Versatile travel shoes, both a flat that can be dressed up and a sneaker for activities. I'm usually traveling with my husband and four young boys, so not many opportunities for heels these days. Right now, I am wearing Isabel Marant sneakers and Loeffler Randall bow slides. I'm trying to reduce waste while traveling, so I always pack my stainless steel Swell water bottle and various Stasher snack bags for the kids. Preening hand sanitizer is a great find for a hand sanitizer that doesn’t over-dry your hands on the plane; it's also recyclable, refillable, non-toxic, and vegan.

What to Wear in Charleston in the Spring

What to Wear in Charleston in the Spring

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. Destination: Charleston, South Carolina Time of Year: Spring (March, April, May) Average Temperatures: 58° F to 72° F Typical Weather: Warm, humid, occasionally chilly Many visitors who come to Charleston, South Carolina in the spring expect a tropical vacation. Their suitcases are packed with bathing suits, plenty of tank tops, shorts, and sandals. When they arrive and realize it's about 62 degrees and rainy all week... not only are their beach plans ruined, but they're cold and cranky for the entirety of the trip. Don't let this—or the opposite scenario, packing heavy layers for a warmer spring—happen to you. March, April, and May are some of the most enjoyable months in the Holy City; the suffocating Charleston humidity hasn't quite arrived yet, and the wisteria, jasmine, and azalea blooms come out in full force. You'll want to enjoy it and feel comfortable in what you're wearing. Spend a day on Sullivan's Island or Folly Beach (just bring a sweatshirt or cover-up). Walk down the South of Broad streets, stopping for photo ops in front of colorful historic homes along the way, in comfortable and cute sneakers. Grab dinner and drinks on King Street in an outfit that feels elegant and put-together but far from out of place. Below, we've compiled your Charleston packing list—everything you need for a long weekend in the springtime. What to Wear in Charleston, South Carolina — Spring Packing List Jeans Charleston is a casual city. You're good wearing jeans just about anywhere—brunch to beach to breweries. Shorts The jeans equivalent for warmer days. Linen or Cotton Layers Spring in Charleston requires an art for layering. Neutral or solid-color cotton pieces can be paired with shorts, jeans, or even under a dress in a pinch. Day-to-Night Dresses Obviously, you can still bring your sundresses. These can easily be worn with a simple crewneck sweatshirt or sweater for chillier days and nights. Light Sweater or Sweatshirt Self-explanatory layers. Rain Jacket or Umbrella Preparation is the key to a successful trip. Bathing Suit Okay... we did say it wasn't super hot this time of the year, but that isn't to say it might not get up to 80. Bring a suit just in case. Sneakers Charleston is as walkable as it is casual. And those cobblestone streets weren't made for heels. Flat or Heeled Sandals Day-to-night dresses meet day-to-night shoes. Crossbody Bag A solid crossbody is truly the only bag you'll need on this trip. Straw Hat and Sunglasses The sun is out—even if the humidity hasn't yet arrived in full force.