Condé Nast Traveler® & Garnet Hill
We love the spirit of adventure, the thrill of exploration, and the relaxation of a great getaway. Travel and vacations are precious, a time to see the sights, build memories with family, and of course, hit the beach! Here are some suggestions on what to bring and how to travel light.
SIX TRAVEL TIPS
from Rebecca Misner
Senior Editor, Condé Nast Traveler
I’m a beach gal down to my very core. The ocean, the sand, the sun — I feel happiest and healthiest when I’m at the beach. As a kid, I spent summers bodysurfing in Southern California with a brood of amphibious cousins. My twenties were spent crammed into shared beach rentals in the Hamptons. In my thirties, I fell in love with surfing (and a surfer). Now, with kids of my own, I spend vacations exploring beaches around the world, and most summer weekends we’re camped out on the beach in Montauk, New York.
These days, however, there’s a little less lounging and a lot more sunblock involved. The perfect beach day: morning surf with my daughter, shell collecting with my son, a fierce game of smashball with my husband, followed by — if I’m really lucky — a short nap and a run along the water, and to end the day, a bonfire and s’mores.”
1. PACKING TIPS
The beauty of packing for a beach getaway is that you truly don’t need much. Pack your suitcase, and then take out about half of what you just packed. I try to bring hardworking pieces — items that can easily go from beach to bistro. A lightweight sweater, for example, is great for both a morning walk on the beach and to throw on over your dress at dinner. A loose tunic or a long sundress does double duty as a swimsuit cover-up and eveningwear (dress it up a bit by belting it and adding colorful or metallic sandals and jewelry).
2. TAKE A BREAK FROM BASIC — GO BOLD!
My usual uniform is pretty neutral-heavy — mostly black and navy. But this goes out the window when I go on a beach vacation. I find myself wanting to wear colors that I never wear at home — pinks, yellows, even neon! It’s actually kind of freeing.
3. FINDING THE PERFECT SWIMSUIT
There’s a misconception that swimsuits are either functional or look great, but not both. Not true. A one-piece doesn’t have to scream high school swim team — it can be incredibly sexy and sporty, and lowrider bikini bottoms are flattering and stay put when you dive.
4. ACCESSORIZE STRATEGICALLY
A good straw hat, a scarf, and sunglasses are must-haves for any warm-weather trip —they’re sun protection and add a little glam to every outfit.
5. THE BEAUTY OF STATEMENT JEWELRY
I rarely pack anything too dressy for a beach getaway. Instead, I’ll bring one or two pieces of jewelry (which take up no suitcase space). It’s amazing how a bold bracelet or a bright necklace can step up an outfit.
6. CREATE PARADISE AT HOME
Back home, I try to keep the beach vibe going however I can. I decorate my mantelpiece at home and my office with shells and driftwood that I’ve collected, and I incorporate bright, beachy colors and patterns into my home decor.
You’ll find CNT picks (and beautiful pics taken in Tulum, Mexico) in the latest issue of the Garnet Hill Catalog, coming to your mailboxes and post offices soon. Enjoy a little inspiration from our latest collection.
How do you pack for a tropical vacation?