This year, spring vacation may be less about jetting somewhere exotic and more about finding adventure (or relaxation) a little closer to home. But even if your destination is different, your packing strategy can stay the same. Having a handy checklist of vacation essentials gives you one less thing to think about, and it helps you avoid overpacking. Our list breaks it down to the basics—versatile, practical pieces you can mix and match for a weekend away. From here, feel free to add or subtract based on space.
1. Button-Up Shirt
A crisp, striped button-up is easy to dress up or down if your plans are in flux.
2. Classic T-Shirt
A crewneck T-shirt keeps you cool and casual, wherever the day takes you.
3. Wear-Anywhere Jeans
When a day out flows into dinner hour, denim’s always your best bet.
4. Bermuda Shorts
While they won’t replace your swim trunks, a pair of well-fitting, longer shorts can take you from surf to turf in style.
5. Leather Sandals
Opt for sandals in rich leather for an elevated take—and don’t worry, they’re still down for a day at the beach.
6. Old-School Sneakers
If exploring’s on the agenda, slip into some comfy—and always good-looking—sneakers.
7. Sun Hat
Get ready for the rays with a ball cap if you’re feeling sporty, or rock a straw hat for the ultimate vacation vibe.
Don’t forget a daypack for your on-the-go essentials like sunscreen and snacks. Bonus: it can double as your suitcase.