Travel Essentials for an Island-Bound Vacation

Bringing you my top essentials for your next warm and sunny destination! Simplicity is key when I'm traveling, particularly with a toddler,  so these items have been carefully selected with the busy woman/mother in mind who is looking for a smooth combination of relaxation and fun while keeping your style elegant and reflective of your newly found zen. 

 

1. Tunic top | Anthropologie

1. Tunic top | Anthropologie

2. Denim Shorts | American Eagle

2. Denim ShortsAmerican Eagle

3. Bringing a crop top like this one on your vacation will allow you to create a variety of outfits and play with both neutral and colorful bottoms. It is flattering - a must-have for sure!  Crop Top | Express

3. Bringing a crop top like this one on your vacation will allow you to create a variety of outfits and play with both neutral and colorful bottoms. It is flattering - a must-have for sure!  Crop Top | Express

4. Maxi skirt for ocean breeze-Instagram-caught- moments. Maxi Skirt | Forever 21

4. Maxi skirt for ocean breeze-Instagram-caught- moments. Maxi Skirt | Forever 21

5. When temperatures slightly drop at night, you can slip on this light cardigan over your summer dress and feel cozy and adventurous to take in the night scenery!  Classic V-Neck Cardigan | Forever 21

5. When temperatures slightly drop at night, you can slip on this light cardigan over your summer dress and feel cozy and adventurous to take in the night scenery!  Classic V-Neck Cardigan | Forever 21

6. Flat Sandals | Steve Madden

6. Flat Sandals | Steve Madden

7. This skirt is part of H&M'S new Pre-Spring collection. When I first saw it on the rack, I had to try it on, and couldn't stop twirling in it!  The fit, quality of the fabric , and color vibrancy are absolutely perfect. Another must-have for daytime promenade and nighttime dancing! Short Pleated Skirt | H&M

7. This skirt is part of H&M'S new Pre-Spring collection. When I first saw it on the rack, I had to try it on, and couldn't stop twirling in it!  The fit, quality of the fabric , and color vibrancy are absolutely perfect. Another must-have for daytime promenade and nighttime dancing! Short Pleated Skirt | H&M

8. Plain tees are the foundation of the majority of my vacation outfits. They are versatile and most of all, plain comfortable!  Plain Tee in different colors | H&M

8. Plain tees are the foundation of the majority of my vacation outfits. They are versatile and most of all, plain comfortable!  Plain Tee in different colors | H&M

9. ALWAYS pack a pair or more Jeans | GAP 

9. ALWAYS pack a pair or more Jeans | GAP 

10. Wether you plan to partake in touristic discoveries and/or keep the exercising routine going while on vacation (you are my shero), packing a pair of sneaks is always a wise idea. I like these from Nikes; the black and white pattern makes it cool enough to pair it with any outfit | Nordstrom

10. Wether you plan to partake in touristic discoveries and/or keep the exercising routine going while on vacation (you are my shero), packing a pair of sneaks is always a wise idea. I like these from Nikes; the black and white pattern makes it cool enough to pair it with any outfit | Nordstrom

11. Romper | Topshop

11. RomperTopshop

12. Crossbody bag for the day | Daily Look

12. Crossbody bag for the day | Daily Look

13. Maxi Dress | ASOS

13. Maxi Dress | ASOS

14. These sandals will give your backside maxximum sizzle. I have been following this designer for a while; her shoe work has creativity, and she gives feet major life with her sharp craft and intricate details.  Sequined sandals from Aminah Adbul Jillil.

14. These sandals will give your backside maxximum sizzle. I have been following this designer for a while; her shoe work has creativity, and she gives feet major life with her sharp craft and intricate details.  Sequined sandals from Aminah Adbul Jillil.

15. A simple and elegant LBD is essential and makes date night planning a lot easier on you. I adore this one from Express.  LBD | Express 

15. A simple and elegant LBD is essential and makes date night planning a lot easier on you. I adore this one from Express.  LBD | Express 

16. Evening floral clutch, ASOS, to match the island vibe!

16. Evening floral clutch, ASOS, to match the island vibe!

17. This one too is adorable! LBD | Express

17. This one too is adorable! LBDExpress

18. ALWAYS pack a Denim Jacket | GAP

18. ALWAYS pack a Denim JacketGAP

19. Floppy Hat | Target 

19. Floppy HatTarget 

20. NEVER forget to pack a one-piece bathing suit | ASOS

20. NEVER forget to pack a one-piece bathing suitASOS

21. Passport Holder | ASOS

21. Passport Holder | ASOS

22. Beach tote | Target 

22. Beach tote | Target 

23. Long pendant | Urban Outfitters

23. Long pendant | Urban Outfitters

24. Bracelet | Urban Outfitters

24. BraceletUrban Outfitters

25. Cool Sunglasses | Nasty Gal

25. Cool SunglassesNasty Gal

26. Sunblock! (available in any drugstore)

26. Sunblock! (available in any drugstore)

27. And Tide To Go! stick for those surprise stains. I have had to use it quite a few times on my recent trip to Cape Verde - actually more than I anticipated and I'm so glad it came along. I was able to return home with clothes that are intact and stain-free. 

27. And Tide To Go! stick for those surprise stains. I have had to use it quite a few times on my recent trip to Cape Verde - actually more than I anticipated and I'm so glad it came along. I was able to return home with clothes that are intact and stain-free. 

Post contributor: Marlene Castillo