We’re big believers that packing a carry-on suitcase perfectly boils down to good fashion math—versatile basics that can be layered, mixed, and matched. Below, a few tips on nailing the formula.

The Bags

One carry-on, one personal item: Nobody said the latter can’t multi-task. Choose a tote that you can pack out a bit (toiletries, purse, reading material), that can also double as a beach bag. When it comes to suitcases, a featherweight hard shell is the best thing ever.

On The Plane

Planes are cold: Pile on thin layers, like a cashmere hoodie (great for chillier beach nights), an oversize cotton scarf (doubles as a pareo), and a polished blazer. (See: How to get upgraded.)

Packing List

Pick the pieces you know you’ll be excited to wear, that play well with others—if something is a tough match, don’t pack it.

First Beach Day

Second Beach Day

First Afternoon

Second Afternoon

First Evening

Second Evening

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