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What to Pack: 90 Essentials to Take On Your Summer Vacation

by Kim Izzo

“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Anderson

Wondering what to pack on your summer vacation? After two years of pandemic restrictions and lockdowns the summer of 2022 is proving to be a return to travel. Many of us are ready to book jaunts far and wide – from Nantucket to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. But no matter where you find yourself this season ensure your wardrobe is as prepared for fun as you are.

Which means simply that whether you are jetting away to an exotic destination wedding, are planning a tropical vacation with the girls, or are looking forward to a romantic escape with your partner; deciding what to pack on a trip is crucial for making the most of your vacation adventures. From the plane ride to dinners at trendy restaurants to sightseeing tours and scenic strolls along a beautiful coast—knowing exactly what to pack on a trip and choosing clothes that make you confident is the key to looking and feeling good no matter what your plans or destination.

Speaking of summer getaways, how does an all-expenses paid trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast sound? Yes, we thought so too, which is why we encourage you to enter White House Black Market’s exciting Italian Getaway Giveaway for an opportunity for you and a friend to jet to the stunning Amalfi Coast and a $1000 shopping spree!

In the meantime, read on and get planning for Italy, or anywhere you choose to visit this season.

Factors to Consider When Choosing What to Pack

What to wear on vacation really depends on the trip you are preparing for. Things to consider when deciding what to pack for your trip include the season and the weather of your destination, the length of your vacation stay, and any items or clothing you might need for a unique outing or destination.

Here are some of the most common factors to consider when choosing what to pack for vacation, so you can make sure you’ve thought of everything you need for a relaxing escape.

The Season

When considering what to pack on your trip, the weather plays a huge role. For instance, if you are planning a sunny, tropical vacation to an exotic coastal destination like the Amalfi Coast, packing your swimsuit, cover-up, sandals, and sunscreen is a must.


Packing for the events you will be enjoying is crucial when deciding what to pack on vacation. For example, those who will be partaking in extended walking tours of local sites should pack several pairs of comfortable shoes to ensure the visit is enjoyable.

Suitcase Space

For many, choosing what to pack for a trip heavily depends on how much space there is in your suitcase. If you have plenty of room, take it all. However, most of us do have limited suitcase space and will need to determine whether we really need those clunky hiking boots or the fifth pair of jeans.

Length of Trip

How long you will be staying at your vacation destination directly affects what to pack for your trip. When packing for a two-week vacation, you will obviously need to pack more clothes for a larger variety of events—especially if you won’t have access to laundry facilities.

Shorter trips like a weekend let you manage with fewer outfits and being more adventurous with your clothing choices for vacation.

Special Occasions

The perfect dress for a special event is our Lemon Print Tea Dress

If your vacation is to celebrate a special occasion, be sure to bring along anything that you need to dress the part. From a romantic dress to wear as a wedding guest on your best friend’s big day to the perfect look for your engagement photos – your agenda of special events will definitely influence what to pack on a trip.

What to Pack: 90 Essentials

When deciding what to wear on vacation, there are a few basic staples you should always bring when you travel to your favorite sunny locale. From the perfect outfit to the right shoes, here are some of the must-haves when it comes to knowing what to pack for vacation so that you are prepared for any event, excursion, outing, or adventure.


We’re grown ups so we know what we need, right? Well, more than one of us at WHBM have found ourselves at a destination without the exact item of clothing we need in that moment. And while we all love to shop, it’s good to make a list before you start packing a suitcase. Here are some of the clothing essentials you’ll want to pack for your vacation:

  • Comfortable shoes—dressy and casual
  • Shorts
  • Light jacket
  • Belts
  • Classic white shirt
  • Raincoat
  • Capris
  • Skirts
  • Swimsuits
  • Casual shirts
  • Jewelry
  • Bras and underwear
  • Jeans
  • Sports clothes—tennis and golf are popular at resorts
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Dressy shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Bathing Suit cover-ups
  • Water Shoes
  • Dresses—casual and dressy
High-Hell Satin Espadrilles with the most adorable lemon print!

So we’ve got your wardrobe covered. Now what about everything else that you shouldn’t leave home without? Here are some of the basics, some can be bought at the destination and most hotels will have mini-toiletry kits for guests. But if you’re a super-packer, then you know. If you’re not, we’ve made the list for you.


Whether you plan on breaking a sweat or looking picture-ready at all times, keeping up with your personal hygiene needs while traveling is a must. Here are some items you might need:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face wash
  • Deodorant
  • Lip Balm
  • Shaving cream
  • Hairstyling products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • After-sun lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Prescription medication
  • Hairbrush
  • Makeup
  • Contact solution
  • Pain relievers
  • Vitamins
  • First aid kit
  • Razor
  • Moisturizer
  • Tampons/pads
  • Nail file
  • Face moisturizer


Ready for a day at the beach or touring a town, our Lemon Beach Tote has you covered.

Everything you need doesn’t fit neatly into a specific category and we know that. That’s why we’ve created this list of some of the most common miscellaneous items that travelers need. Depending on where you’re going, you might want to pack some of these things:

  • Umbrella
  • Laundry bag
  • Styling tools
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera
  • Travel speakers
  • Binoculars
  • List of prescriptions medications
  • Sunglasses
  • Electric converters and adaptors for overseas travel
  • Laptop
  • Extra memory cards
  • Beach bag
  • Emergency contact information
  • Electronic chargers
  • Banking and credit card information
  • Beach towel

Carry-On Items

Traveling to a beautiful coastal getaway can mean long stints on a plane or two. A great novel is a wonderful way to escape during flights or layovers. Our pick for the summer is One Italian Summer by Rebecca Searle, a book club favorite. And here are other items that’ll help keep you entertained and comfortable:

  • Headphones
  • COVID vaccination card
  • Negative COVID test documentation
  • Face masks
  • A great read – try one of these summer books with buzz
  • Water bottle
  • Tissues
  • Change of clothes
  • Travel itinerary
  • Cell phone
  • Earplugs
  • House keys
  • Passport
  • Contact lenses
  • Magnetic travel games
  • Prescription glasses
  • Snacks
  • Driver’s license/ID
  • Travel blanket
  • Valuables
  • Gum or mints
  • Credit cards
  • Cash
  • Eye mask
  • Travel pillow
  • Plane tickets

Even More Tips & Hacks for How & What to Pack

Here are some other packing hacks and tips to keep in mind as you get ready for your trip:

  • Pack minimally. Choose clothes you can layer in neutral colors that you can mix and match for different outfits.
  • Place all liquids inside a plastic bag in your luggage when you pack for a trip to avoid spills and mishaps ruining all of your vacation clothes.
  • Plan to re-wear some of your clothing choices, especially if you’re able to do laundry on your trip.
  • Keep your most important documents and items in the smallest bag that you can easily keep with you at all times for easy access.
  • Choose multipurpose accessories to maximize suitcase space, including purses that can be used as storage while traveling.
  • Consider rolling your clothes instead of folding them for more room in your suitcase and to avoid wrinkling while traveling.
  • Wrap any fragile or breakable items inside of socks and insert them into your shoes or boots to keep them as protected as possible.
  • Wear bulky items such as large boots and oversized jackets on the plane to save packing room.
  • Use compression packs or packing cubes to save space and fit more in your suitcase.
  • Know what to put in your carry-on luggage to avoid damage or theft of valuable or irreplaceable items.
  • Buy travel-size toiletries or containers for items like shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc.
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom for better balance to avoid problems with rolling luggage falling over.
  • Keep clothing and other items in your suitcase clean by wrapping each pair of your shoes in shower caps before packing.
  • Consolidate technology with a 5-way socket board (trailing socket) for electronics. This allows you to utilize one adaptor for all gadgets, including cell phones, laptops, chargers, etc.
  • Shop White House Black Market for vacation clothes you know will fit well and be comfortable for travel and all the adventures that lay ahead.

Last but not least, lean into the vibes of the destination you’re headed to. If the breathtaking Amalfi Coast is your goal, think about adding some yellow accessories or wear a playful yet sophisticated top or dress with an artistic lemon print that pays tribute to the area’s famous lemons and limoncello. Going somewhere in the Caribbean? Consider a neutral color palette with pops of green or tropical prints. What to pack on a trip is up to you, but hopefully, these tips will help make your decisions much easier.

If you’re looking for inspiration, shop our citrus-inspired looks like our Lemon Print Tie-Front Midi Dress, this Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Blouse, or the Lemon Print Denim Trucker Jacket.

Enjoy the Peace of Mind of Well-Planned Packing

When deciding what to pack for a trip, planning ahead is the key to having everything you need and not getting bogged down by what you don’t. Bringing clothes that make you feel confident will help ensure that you have the best time possible.

When you’re looking for the perfect vacation outfit, style, and feel, White House Black Market has everything you need for every part of your trip. From classic sunglasses and strappy sandals to stylish jeans and a classic white shirt, White House Black Market has the best clothes that you will love wearing all vacation long. Shop our modern yet timeless selection of women’s clothing for iconic looks that you’ll love to look back on in all your pics.

The perfect summer vacation wardrobe combined with these savvy vacation tips on what to pack for your trip and how to pack it lets you have peace of mind knowing that you have everything you need to relax and have fun on your vacation adventure.

Where do you want to visit? Wouldn’t it be incredible if your next vacation was a complimentary one? If you have a great destination in mind, and you are ready to escape, be sure to enter White House Black Market’s exciting Italian Getaway Giveaway for your chance to travel to the beautiful Amalfi Coast for two and a $1000 shopping spree on them!

Must be legal resident of the US, 18 or over to enter. No purchase necessary. Valid from (June 1-June 15, 2022). Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

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