Packing for vacation can be tricky, especially if you’re picking wardrobe items for a tropical getaway. Your wooden wedges look amazing with a flouncy white sundress, but they are bulky and you only have so much room in your suitcase… le sigh. And, while you’ll likely lounge about soaking up the uninterrupted sun rays (piña in hand), tropical weather can also be fickle. Depending on what time of the year you’re traveling, there’s always a chance you’ll get some rain in the tropics, so you want to plan accordingly. Packing a ton of clothes may seem like a smart way to avoid the woes of unexpected weather, but bulky luggage puts a serious damper on the "relaxation" you’re meant to have on holiday, especially if you’re schlepping it through connecting flights. Here are a few of my go-to wardrobe items for a tropical getaway that will ensure your vacation style is on-trend and prepared for whatever the tide may bring.
1. Lightweight Kaftan
A white cotton embroidered kaftan is at the top of my list of must-have wardrobe items for a tropical getaway. I live in my swimsuit on tropical vacations, but I always like to cover up with something light, especially if the mood strikes me to shop around town in between tanning sessions. This lightweight kaftan has a cool embroidered pattern around the neck that looks amazing with just about any color bathing suit. Plus it’s short enough to double as a shirt that you can wear with jean shorts on another day.