February always brings about a collective desire to escape the Canadian cold. Months of snow, sleet and frozen feet - been there, done with that, right? Whether you're just talking about a last-minute trip or have already booked your dream beach vacay, a perfectly packed suitcase makes any getaway that much more dreamy. I've pulled together 20 perfect packables to help you make your great escape in style. Bon voyage! Um, did I mention I'm free between now and April?
JET SET ESSENTIAL #1 | ACCESSORY STORAGE BAGS
WHY YOU NEED THEM | One easy way to make packing more enjoyable? Grab some storage bags to separate your shoes from your skivvies - not only do they keep your unmentionables discreet at customs, but they'll also help you stay organized while at your hotel. You could settle for Ziploc but why would you when these little bags are so super adorable?
OUR PICK | Fabric Storage Bags, $14.95, H&M
JET SET ESSENTIAL #2 | CUTE KICKS
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Running shoes take up tonnes of room in your suitcase so if you like to work out while on vacay (good for you, I'll be at the bar), pick up a pair that look cute both in and out of the gym. Wear these cute navy kicks on your travel days and you'll never have to worry about sprinting through the airport in flip flops again. Then, pull them out for morning beach runs or guilt-induced trips to the hotel gym after hitting the buffet a little too hard.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #3 | A FLOWY WHITE SHIRT
WHY YOU NEED IT | A beach vacation means never having to say you're sorry - in other words, forget about being impractical and wear all white. White dresses, shorts, tees and tunics look perfectly easy, breezy. Oh, and don't forget to pack a few Tide to Go sticks, just in case.
OUR PICK | Tunic Top, $29, Aerie
JET SET ESSENTIAL #4 | A BOLD, OVERSIZED SCARF
WHY YOU NEED IT | From layering up for naps on the plane, doubling as a pretty beach cover-up, and killing it as a way-cuter-than-the-hotel-variety towel to toss over your beach lounger, a bold oversized scarf is an absolute vacation must. Trust.
OUR PICK | Colorblock Scarf, $34.95, GAP
JET SET ESSENTIAL #5 | MIXED METAL RINGS
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Rules are meant to be broken on vacation. So, abandon your matchy metal ideals for a minute and mix up your rings with abandon. I am loving this edgy-looking little set from H&M, both for the design and the under-$10 pricepoint.
OUR PICK | 6-Pack Rings, $9.95, H&M
JET SET ESSENTIAL #6 | LIGHTWEIGHT DRAPEY PANTS
WHY YOU NEED THEM | A getaway is all about relaxing, so why not let your wardrobe do the same? A pair of lightweight drapey pants will go the extra mile for a weeklong vacay. Wear them on your travel days, over your bikini, even with a tank and strappy heeled sandals for dinner dates.
OUR PICK | Lightweight Jogger Pant, $51, American Eagle
JET SET ESSENTIAL #7 | UNIQUE LUGGAGE
WHY YOU NEED IT | There's nothing more frustrating than waiting and waiting at the luggage carousel when you know that your idyllic resort is waiting. I can't promise that these suitcases will arrive faster than the others but in my experience, choosing something other than black will help you quickly spot your luggage among all the others.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #8 | COOL SUNGLASSES
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Oversized black sunglasses are always in fashion but a beach vacation calls for a lighter, more playful approach. A pair of clear mirrored sunglasses are a cheap and cheerful way to dial up all of your Instagram pics, while you can never go wrong with a pair of silver or gold Ray-Ban aviators.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #9 | SOMETHING BRIGHT
WHY YOU NEED IT | When embarking on an adventure, I like to choose mix-and-match neutrals to keep my luggage light but I always make sure to throw in a few bright pieces to stay celebratory. An eyelet shirt in sunshine yellow would look adorbs paired with white, navy, or pink shorts, or a pair of black lightweight joggers (see above) and snake print gladiators (see below).
OUR PICK | Broderie Anglaise Cotton Top, $39.95, H&M
JET SET ESSENTIAL #10 | A MATCHING SET
WHY YOU NEED IT | Once you enter the working world, there are just way too few occasions to play. Whether you choose a romper or a crop/short combo, look for an outfit that's designed just for fun, like this pretty palm print set.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #11 | A RETRO BIKINI
WHY YOU NEED IT | Cocktail in hand, steamy beach read on the Kobo, and nothing to do all day but sleep, sip, repeat. A dreamy schedule like this calls for perfect retro polka-dot 'kini. Simply add a bold red lip (why not?), paparazzi-ready sunglasses and an oversized floppy hat, and you'll make every other Speedo-clad lounger look on in envy.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #12 | A FUN SUNHAT
WHY YOU NEED IT | There's no better way to hide out from the harmful rays than under a cute hat, both fun and functional all at once. While we normally love fedoras, they always end up crushed in your luggage, so choose one that folds up well and will retain its shape.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #13 | LAYERING NECKLACES
WHY YOU NEED THEM | The great thing about jewellery is that a) it's small so you can pack as much as you want, b) you don't have to spend a lot to make a statement and c) a single piece can instantly reinvent all of your neutrals so you can create new looks from day to day. I like to leave my expensive jewels at home so I never need to stress about them getting lost or stolen.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #14 | A DRESS-UP STUNNER
WHY YOU NEED IT | No matter where you go on your vacay, there's a good chance you'll want to dress up at least one night. Pack a pretty maxi for a low-key resort or a chic black jumpsuit for a more formal setting. One important packing tip to consider: avoid wrinkly fabrics like 100% linen and rayon in favour of suitcase-friendly polyesters, jerseys and blends.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #15 | GLADIATOR SANDALS
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Sure, you'll want to pack a pair of flip-flops but it's nice to have a pair of amped-up flat sandals to rock at the resort as well. These snake print stunnas look high-maintenance, but they're super easy to slip on thanks to a smart zipper at the back.
OUR PICK | Snake Print Gladiators, $60, ALDO
JET SET ESSENTIAL #16 | GOLD EAR CUFFS
WHY YOU NEED THEM | Vacations are the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone, and while you might not want a tattoo of the poolboy or an ode-to-Jennifer-Aniston body chain, it doesn't mean you shouldn't try something a little risky. These ear cuffs are small but mighty, and will make you look like the beach goddess you always knew you could be.
OUR PICK | 6-Pack Ear Cuffs, $10, ALDO
JET SET ESSENTIAL #17 | A SEXY ONE-PIECE
WHY YOU NEED IT | Step away from the tanks, ladies. I mean, they're called tanks. Full stop. While we love our 'kinis, most don't handle waterslides, beach volleyball, or poolside salsa lessons all that well. This sexy scalloped swimsuit shows that one-pieces don't have to be boring.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #18 | A BRIGHT COVER-UP
WHY YOU NEED IT | I personally like to believe that by putting on this tunic, my body will immediately morph into this model's. Whatever, we'll all still look caliente in it, esp. with a bit of a tan. Oh, and if you hate the idea of the sun, be sure to do a St. Tropez treatment before takeoff.
JET SET ESSENTIAL #19 | A CUTE CLUTCH
WHY YOU NEED IT | It's always smart to pack a cute little clutch in the front pocket of your luggage, since you'll use it for any night out to hold your cell, room card and the poolboy's digits. Unless, you're attached, in which case you probably shouldn't get the poolboy's digits.
OUR PICK | Clutch Bag, $12.95, H&M
JET SET ESSENTIAL #20 | AN EMBROIDERED BEACH BAG
WHY YOU NEED IT | Don't let a plastic bag ruin your entire perfectly-crafted beach look. Instead, pack along a pretty embroidered beach bag which you can also use as your carry-on.
OUR PICK | Jacquard Hobo Bag, $44, American Eagle