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    We always say: If it isn’t versatile, don’t pack it. Luckily, these essentials are as travel-friendly as they come, ready for you to throw them in your luggage and head out the door.

    —Ali Carr Troxell

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    Reef Tropic shoes

    The quilted midsoles and suede heel patches on Reef’s Bella Costas Collection made these ballet flats ($54) comfy enough to tromp around in all day.
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    Timbuk2 Skylark tote

    Arrived at the trailhead? Unclip a few buckles and rearrange the straps, and the Skylark ($99) quickly converts from bag to backpack.
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    Icebreaker Villa dress

    Wear it day after day, with or without the belt: the merino-wool fabric dries quickly and doesn’t wrinkle even after being crammed in the bottom of your bag. ($100)
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    Prana Lahari halter top and Lavana bottom

    With a feminine cut and rolled-down waist belt, this combo is cute enough for the pool. But elastic seams give it an athletic, secure fit that keeps it in place while surfing, too. ($55 each)
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    Merrell Hawthorne Jacket

    Think of the Hawthorne ($119) as a classy windbreaker: lightweight and packable but with a subtle checked pattern for a cosmopolitan look. Lots of snaps let you quickly adapt to weather. Runs a size big.
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    Sun Bum Premium Endurance SPF 50+ sunscreen

    The mineral-based formula ($18) stayed on for hours, didn’t clog our pores, and left our skin feeling smooth.
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    Horny Toad Chambord shorts

    These classic gray shorts ($79) turn inside out for a denim look. The thick cotton fabric is a bit warm, so keep them in the bag when temperatures climb above 90.
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    Smith Lyric sunglasses

    Ultracrisp lenses and hydrophilic nose pads that hold on while biking make the Lyrics ($80) much more versatile than your average retro-mod shades.
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