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Destination dressing: What to pack for your Euro summer trip

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

This is the only checklist you'll need when packing for a European getaway.

Who cares about winter in Australia when its arrival signals the best time of year worldwide: European summer. The dates are set and your flights are booked, you've updated your luggage (because you need to nail that Insta-shot at the airport) and you're on track to smashing your fitness goals courtesy of F45. The only thing left to do now is figure out what to pack (read: buy before you go).

From cute summer dresses and tan sandals to all white outfits, luxe swimwear and this season's most coveted cross-body bag, here is the ultimate list for fashion girl's going on vaycay.


The IT-bag

Getting the bag right is an important one. It needs to be big enough to fit the everyday essentials but small enough to work as a clutch after dark. Consider: phone, financials, sunglasses and lip balm. 

Leather Cross Body Bag With Tassel $55.00
ASOS
Fossil Sydney Tomato $199.00
THE ICONIC
JIMMY CHOO 'Sunny' cross body bag $855.22
Farfetch

All-day sandals

Euro vaycay equals round-the-clock walking. Finding comfortable footwear that you can wear all day long is imperative to a good solid day of touristing. Buy them a few weeks before you're travel date so you can wear them in.

Black Ankle Strap Sandals £18.99
New Look
Rope Detail Flat Gladiator Sandal Gold $40.00
Missguided
Kate Spade New York Ivone Slides $148.63
ShopBop.com

After hours heels

Dinners and dates, a cheeky disco dance session; pack a pair of high heels that will go with anything.

Angel Block Heel Two Part Court $50
Boohoo
Spurr Raphaela Block Heels $59.95
THE ICONIC
Public Desire Gaby Strappy Heeled Sandals $65.00
ASOS

Sneakers to cruise in

If you're into the adventurous side of travel (read: getting off the beaten track) sneakers are mandatory. And if not, they're still something to fit into your luggage for comfy cruise-wear all day long.

adidas Superstar $130
THE ICONIC
Converse Pride Rainbow Woven Chuck High Top Sneak...
ASOS
Alex Strap Sneakers $69.99
Forever New

Shorts

Pack a few pairs of cute shorts you can alternate between on hot days. Find options that will work with most tops; denim cutoffs, linen shorts and white options work well.

All Rounder Shorts in Beige $55
Showpo
Franki Stripe Shorts $34.80
Sabo Skirt
Wrap Waist D Ring Shorts Khaki $30
Missguided

Wear-everywhere top

When there's so much to do and so little time, having a couple of wear-everywhere tops will come in handy. Heading straight from day-time activities to dinner to out will save you time to focus on the fun!

Tamara High Neck Lace Insert Blouse $89.99
Forever New
TISSA Scalloped Edge Cami Top $55.97
Ted Baker
Atmos&Here Holly Swing Top $59.95
THE ICONIC

Trousers you can up-style

Culottes and wide leg pants are a dream on vacation. Worn with crop tops or t-shirts, you can quickly switch flats to heels and transform the outfit altogether.

Yellow Stripe Culottes £24.99
New Look
Atmos&Here Esme Wide-Leg Pants $69.95
THE ICONIC
Sofia Floral Digital Print Skinny Trousers $28
Boohoo

Dress x 3

Multiple dresses are needed on a European getaway. Day dresses, maxi dresses, short dresses or playsuits will keep your outfit choice easy each day.

Luna Slip Dress $52
Sabo Skirt
The Jetset Diaries Mariposa Open Back Mini Dress ...
ASOS
Assembly Moments L/S Dress $59.95
THE ICONIC

Pack your bags, baby. We're coming in hot!

Doone Roisin

Doone Roisin is the social media butterfly and Fashion Editor at finder.com.au. She's an online shopping enthusiast ready to show you what to buy and how to wear it, the best sales around town and insider tips to make note of.

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