What to pack for a quick summer beach vacation

Updated on May 9 2017

Vacation season is here, guys, which means it’s time to plan your summer beach getaways. Whether you’re going to hit the waves at some of the best beaches in Asia, or host a poolside party at these top luxury villas, the key to packing for any warm-weather holiday is to keep it simple, don’t take too much, and stick with the fundamentals. Not sure what we mean? Scroll down to see our list of go-to style essentials for your next summer escape.

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Swim Shorts

Equally suited to aquatic adventures and wearing on dry land, these quick-drying shell swim shorts by Dan Ward feature a subtle lagoon-blue leaf print for a refreshing vacation vibe, accompanied by an elegant slim-cut silhouette. They also come with push-stud sides, elasticated back, and mesh-lined interior for a contemporary touch.

HK$1,287 from Matchesfashion

 

Baseball Cap

There’s nothing attractive about a sunburnt face. In addition to protecting your complexion from the blazing sun, this baseball cap by Maison Kitsuné also a tastefully casual touch to any outfit. It features a twill six-panel design which maximizes comfort for prolonged wear, and also has a adjustable back strap to retain a sporty attitude.

HK$590 from Lane Crawford

Weekender Bag

Leather bags may look great, but they can get pretty beat up during your travels. If you’re looking for a fuss-free holdall that will carry the essentials for a weekend getaway, we recommend this one by Paul Smith, which is made entirely from nylon for maximum durability.

HK$4,528 from Farfetch

Tropical Shirt

Nothing says you’re on vacation like a tropical shirt, but the trick is to find one that doesn’t look something retirees would wear. Get into the tropical vibe with this PS by Paul Smith‘s cotton-and linen-blend shirt, which features a fun print and a slim, contemporary fit.

Approx. HK$1,212 from PS by Paul Smith

Loose-fit Pants

You should always have a pair of loose-fitting pants that give you an alternative to wearing shorts while still maintaining the vacation vibe. We recommend these linen-and-cotton-blend trousers by Tomorrowland, which are made of soft, breathable fabric and have an elastic drawstring waist for easy wear.

HK$3,018 from Matchesfashion

Rubber Sliders

Perfect for any poolside activity, these Raf Simons x adidas Bunny Adilette white rubber sliders capture the designer’s sleek and contemporary aesthetic. The witty assembly instruction text detail on the soles says ‘This Side Up’ and ‘Hold Firmly’ for some high-fashion fun.

HK$1,422 from Nordstorm

Watch

You’ll still need a watch to keep track of spa reservations and flight schedules, but you might want to switch out your elegant classics for something slightly funkier. This Steampunk Auto watch by Romain Jermone features handpainted camouflage on the hour markers and leather strap, matched with PVD-coated steel for added hardness and a cool matte-black finish. What’s more, the steel used in the watch is made with fragments that were recovered from the Titanic!

HK$121,000 from Lane Crawford

Sunglasses

Flat lenses and rimless frames are very on-trend at the moment, and these Tuttolente Classic sunglasses from Super fit the bill perfectly. Expertly handcrafted in Italy with blue Zeiss lenses, they’ll give you a fashion-forward look that outshines everyone else.

HK$2,490 from Lane Crawford

Sandals

You will need a pair of shoes to walk around in when you’re out of water. These Carlton sandals by Marni feature contrasting colours for a summer flair and a molded leather footbed and slingback ankle strap for secure wear and comfort.

HK$4,874 from Farfetch