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Top 10 Travel Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves

Here's How To Pack For A Getaway In A Carry On

Here's How To Pack For A Getaway In A Carry On

How many times have you actually worn every single item that you packed for a summer vacay? If you're like most of us, the answer is probably never. Instead of lugging a stuffed suitcase (that you probably had to sit on to zip up) across the country only to wear your favorite t-shirt the entirety of your trip, try sticking to the list of travel capsule wardrobe must-haves below. By focusing on key pieces that can be endlessly mixed, matched, and worn for all occasions, we promise you'll be able to enjoy your next getaway with nothing but a carry-on. After all, most of our warm-weather wardrobes consist of lightweight fabrics and barely-there footwear, so it shouldn't be too hard to squeeze everything in, right? Keep scrolling to shop our list of must-have pieces that not only work from coast to coast but from casual to cocktail, too. Opening image: @birkenstock

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June 4, 2019

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Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote

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THE TOTE BAG: Thanks to its classic construction and style, the tote bag can seamlessly transition from airport bag to everyday bag.


Daily Ritual Mid-Rise Skinny Jean

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THE SKINNY JEAN: Your skinny jeans could probably carry you through your entire vacation if you wanted them to. Pair them with a graphic tee and sneakers for exploring the city, then dress them up with heels and a silk blouse for a night out.


Everlane The Luxe Cotton Side-Slit Tee Dress

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THE T-SHIRT DRESS: When it comes to packing light, one-and-done outfits are always a good idea. The switch of a shoe is all it takes to transition this t-shirt dress from day to night.


Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

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THE DO-IT-ALL PANT: Travel in comfort, wear them on a walk around your destination, then dress them up for dinner—you've got lots of options here.


Levi's 501 Cutoff Denim Shorts

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THE DENIM SHORTS: If you're going somewhere warm, you'll need a classic pair of denim shorts to take you to the beach and beyond. Our pick looks super flattering with bikinis and cropped tops thanks to the high-waisted cut.


Dr. Scholl's Madison Fashion Sneaker

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THE SLIP ON SNEAKER: Comfortable walking shoes that don't skimp on style are key. Our pick features an anatomical footbed that cushions each step, so you can spend more time sightseeing and less time in pain.


Amazon Essentials 2-Pack Short-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt

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THE T-SHIRTS: T-shirts are a must because they'll serve as the foundation for the majority of your outfits. Grab a multipack with a mix of colors and patterns so you can have a few options to choose from.


Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

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THE COMFORTABLE SANDAL: If there's one thing you learn from this list, let it be the fact that you will absolutely regret using the space in your suitcase for uncomfortable shoes. When it comes to sandals, go with a practical (but still on-trend) pair like these Birkenstocks.


Gap Icon Denim Jacket

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THE DENIM JACKET: Even if it's hot out, it's important to have a light layering option. A denim jacket is perfect for the freezing plane, great to throw on in the evenings when the temps drop, and—most importantly—it'll go with every single item on this list.


Everlane The Relaxed Poplin Shirt

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THE BUTTON DOWN: Name another item that can go from workday to cocktail hour to beach coverup. We'll wait.

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