We look forward to summer vacations all year long, and the hardest part is narrowing it down to one place to go. Luckily, the travel experts at Jetsetter helped us identify four of the top travel destinations for summer 2019: Hawaii, Croatia, Canada, and Tokyo. So we did what we do best, and styled outfits that feel at home in each type of location. See what travel essentials we recommend for your next international vacation.
What to pack for a mountain trip
Jetsetter recommends: Canada
The bag to take: If we were to pinpoint a vacation style for an international mountain trip, we’d call it “utilitarian chic.” That’s why you need a backpack—it’s the easiest and most stylish way to explore hands-free. Not to mention, it’s the perfect place to keep your necessities together, like a water bottle or notebook.
Travel essentials: Layers, for sure. You can generally expect warmth and sunshine in the summer, but temperatures can vary greatly depending on elevation. It’s best to stay within a mostly neutral color palette, then add or take away pieces. Layers can help dress an outfit up or down, too. Wear a tee and sneakers for the day, then change into wedges and a denim jacket for dinner.
What to see: Check out Banff, Canada’s oldest national park, if you’re a nature-lover. The landscapes are incomparable and the lakes put postcards to shame. But don’t think Canada is all mountains and moose—there’s a lively city scene in Montréal if that’s your cup of tea.
What to pack for a beach getaway
Jetsetter recommends: Hawaii or Croatia
The bag to take: This is the time to break out your big beach tote—one that fits all your vacation books as well as a towel and a bunch of snacks. A collapsible tote is ideal to pack in a suitcase, but if you’d like your bag to have a little more structure, find one with a zip-closure and use it as your personal item on the plane.
Travel essentials: Fill your suitcase with easy, lightweight items like dresses and jumpsuits. For one, they take up less space in your bag than a multi-piece outfit; and two, they’re always stylish. We’re loving vibrant prints for vacation outfits. And load up on accessories, an easy way to dress up a casual look.
What to see: Calling all Game of Thrones lovers—Croatia was one of their filming locations and fans are flocking to picturesque Dubrovnik. Bring some comfy summer shoes, because you’ll want to do some exploring. As for Hawaii? After a luau and some beach time, consider a hike along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast. “The Kalalau Trail is still one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done,” says Jetsetter Senior Editor Lindsey Olander.
What to pack for a big city visit
Jetsetter recommends: Tokyo
The bag to take: You’ll want a structured leather bag on hand for your trip. Sightseeing is inevitable, so you’ll want room for cameras and maps. We also recommend a statement clutch for dinner or an evening out.
Travel essentials: Big, international cities are known for being hyper-stylish, so this is the time to take fashion risks if you want. If you’ve always wanted to try out a certain bold accessory or statement bag, go for it! That being said, a base wardrobe of the essentials is a good idea, too. Think: jeans, jumpsuits, sandals, and tops that easily pair with one another.
What to see: Word on the street is half the Jetsetter team has already traveled to Tokyo, so you know the trip will be worth it. Plan your trip around your hobbies. If you love eating, find some local markets. If relaxing is up your alley, try a signature onsen bath.
We hope we’ve inspired you to plan a trip and explore somewhere new. If you already have something planned, talk to a personal stylist about where you’re going and how long you’re staying so they can help you pack.