Going away for the long weekend? A week at the cottage? A month in Europe? Pack smartly and carefully to avoid excess baggage fees and have everything you need for a fashionable escape. From multi-purpose sun care to go-anywhere sneakers, here are the clever, fun pieces to pick up at Square One before your next trip!

Technically a tennis t-shirt, this minimalist Lacoste Sport top doubles as the ideal all-purpose base layer for when you want to pack lightly. Made of a lightweight, moisture-wicking fabric, it’s what you’ll want to be wearing when your holiday overlaps with a heatwave.

The colourful, waterproof bag by Canadian company My Tagalongs, sold at Simons, is the cutest way to keep water and sand from getting all over your stuff at the beach!

The Intrepid Gent Kit, available at Holt Renfrew, includes portable containers of essential men’s grooming products by Aesop such as their Coriander Seed Body Cleanser and Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion, all packaged in a smart black case. 

Kiehls’ new Activated Sun Protector lotion offers SPF 30 protection and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. For use on both face and body, it will come in handy whether you’re off to the beach or a day at the museum. 

Who said comfortable walking shoes can’t make a splashy style statement? These Rihanna-approved Fenty PUMA satin and rubber sneakers from Little Burgundy would work for both urban exploring and gallery-hopping. 

The bridge and temples of these Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses—from Sunglass Hut—fully fold up for easy packing! Its iconic design is super versatile, and the polarized lens are a must for sunny drives.  

The Hyba jacket at Reitmans has the structured look of a leather moto jacket, but comes in an easy-care fabric that you could even work out in! Consider it a quick and easy way to upgrade your comfy, default ‘travelling outfit’. 

Truc Nguyen

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based freelance stylist, fashion editor, and writer. She’s worked as a style editor at Flare, Teen Vogue, Vogue Living, and StyleCaster​.com​​, and is a co-founder of Editors Inc​.