All the Pieces Your 2021 Travel Wardrobe Should Contain

I can't even express in words how thrilled I am to be writing stories about travel again (and to travel myself) after well over a year of that topic being basically off the table. As much as I despise packing, I even missed that aspect of it. Speaking of which, every time I scroll through my Instagram feed, I see that people are very much back out there, happily visiting some of their favorite destinations once again. And yes, I've been taking notes.

If you're feeling a little rusty at the whole packing thing, you're definitely not alone, and you've definitely come to the right place. Below is a compilation of items that everyone seems to be packing for travel this year and that are worth your consideration. Scroll to get inspired and to shop pieces you might want to have in your suitcase when you land. As they used to say back in the pre-2020 days, bon voyage! 

Crochet Pieces

No matter where your vacation destination may be, crochet will probably be appropriate. Bonus: It's easy to find at every price point.

Sarongs

Sarongs are really living their best lives this summer. A couple of fun ideas: Get one that matches the fabric of your swimsuit or wear one as a skirt with a T-shirt and sneakers.

Sheer Dresses

Sheer Realisation dress

Photo:

@raeannlangas

A big trend this summer has been wearing a sheer dress over a bikini or bodysuit. As you can see, it's very effective.

Bucket Hats

A bucket hat is the key to many successful vacation looks, and there are plenty of recent Instagram posts to prove it. 

Matching Shorts Sets

Matching shorts set

Photo:

@aimeesong

A shorts set is the easiest summer outfit you can buy, and the words "easiest" and "travel wardrobe" always go together.

Retro Sunglasses

Retro glasses

Photo:

@monamali_

Retro everything is cool again, so if you want to pack the freshest frames, choose a pair that would've been just as relevant in the '70s.

Belly Chains

Belly chain with swimsuit

Photo:

@laurenegg

Wearing jewelry with a swimsuit can be pretty polarizing, but we support. This summer, everyone is pairing belly chains with their swimsuits with very chic results.

String Bikinis

String bikini

Photo:

@claire_most

String bikinis are both classic and fun, and they'll take up minimal room in your suitcase.

Colorful Shoes

Colorful shoes

Photo:

@emilisindlev

Here's a thought: Give your neutral shoes a vacation and only pack fun ones.

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