If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you know that planning that next big trip can be as exhilarating as finally touching down in a new (or much-loved) location. However, if there’s one part of the planning process that’s less than thrilling – and maybe even a little overwhelming – it’s packing. Since what you pack largely depends upon the places you intend to visit, how you’ll be traveling, and the activities on your itinerary once you arrive, it can be tricky to know just what to bring along for the journey. Regardless of these factors, there are a handful of pieces that will come in handy no matter where you’re headed. Make sure your suitcase contains these versatile items for stress-free packing and easy vacation-ready styling.


A Pair of Comfortable Shoes

Chances are you’ll be doing at least some walking during your trip. After all, the best way to truly immerse yourself in a new place is by exploring it on foot. For all-day treks around the city, opt for a pair of comfortable shoes that won’t ruin the rest of your trip with painful blisters. Flat mule styles are on-trend for the spring, as are sneakers that go above and beyond your usual gym attire – think metallic finishes, colorful embroidery, and luxe materials, like these.

Versatile Staples

Depending on the length of the trip you’re taking, you may need to re-use certain pieces in a number of outfits, whether it’s because of a lack of access to laundry services, the desire to travel light, or both. To ensure you get the most wear out of your vacation wardrobe, pack versatile pieces that go with a variety of ensembles. For example, this post suggests re-purposing the white sundress you wore with a denim jacket for a casual night out into a beach cover-up for the next day.

An All-Season Jacket

Even if you’re jet-setting to a location known for its warm, sunny days, that doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t encounter some less-than-favorable weather while there. Keep your fingers crossed for picture perfect, Instagram-worthy exploring, but it’s still smart to bring along at least one item of clothing that will protect you from the elements – just in case. An all-season jacket is ideal for just about any type of climate (unless you’re snowbound, of course). Whether it’s rainy days, chilly breezes, or fog-induced mist, a light raincoat, such as an anorak or classic trench, is easy to pack and pairs well with any outfit. This site has a large selection to browse, keeping you both stylish and dry should showers strike during your travels.

Statement Accessories

The right accessories can transform any outfit, allowing you to re-wear your staple pieces without feeling like you’re repeating an ensemble. Scarves, shoes, belts, and handbags are all ideal for jazzing up a simple look. But if you’re looking to pack light, pieces of statement jewelry – especially necklaces that make a big impact – are by far the easiest, and most stunning, way to take your outfit to the next level. These styling tips are perfect inspiration for pairing your statement necklaces with any outfit, taking even the most casual of pieces from daytime site-seeing to evening outings.