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
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.
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.
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)
Prana Lahari halter top and Lavana bottom
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.
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.
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.
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.