A word that comes to mind when I think about summer is: getaway. Now I know that not all of you have a designated summer break, but I’m a firm believer in having some sort of summer vacation. Whether that looks like a first-class trip to the Bahamas, a road trip to a city you’ve never been to, or a bonfire in your backyard, I encourage you to put something on your calendar. No matter where the destination may be, I’ve created my ultimate summer vacation packing list to get you inspired for your next trip.

P.S. Don’t forget to pack summer beauty essentials like sunscreen, moisturizer, and a great lip balm!

A Cute Swimsuit

You can never pack too many swimsuits in my book! If you absolutely have to narrow down your collection for a trip, I would go with this pastel beauty by Ted Baker.

Ted Baker swimsuit {love!}

Shop: Ted Baker Pastel Floral Pleated Bikini Top, $70

A Tropical Beach Towel

Whether you’re by a pool, lake, or beach, a cute towel is a must! How could you resist this happy little bunch of flamingos?

Target Flamingo Beach Towel.

Shop: Target Flamingo Beach Towel, $21.98

A Floppy Sun Hat

Floppy hats are one my favorite sources of sun protection during the summer. I never travel without one. The pop of bright pink on the inside of the brim is what sold me on this pretty little number.

Echo Lagoon Floppy Hat {the best sun protection for summer!}

Shop: Echo Lagoon Floppy Hat, $38

A Stylish Cover-Up

The more I see swimsuit cover-ups the more I love them. Their breathable material is ideal for staying cool in the summer heat. Most styles look similar to sundresses now too. This embroidered cover-up is my favorite:

Topshop Swimsuit Cover-Up.

Shop: Topshop Embroidered Babydoll Dress, $65

In-Flight Entertainment

Whether you’re killing time on a plane or taking a jog on the beach, these gilded headphones are fashionable and functional. Don’t forget to pack them in your carry-on!

Gold gilded ear buds from Urban Outfitters.

Shop: Urban Outfitters Happy Plugs Earbud Headphones, $30

Your Favorite Summer Sunnies

No matter the season, I always have my sunglasses at arm’s reach. There’s nothing worse than being blinded by bright summer rays. I suggest keeping an extra pair on you while you travel, just in case.

Ray-Ban sunglasses {LaurenConrad.com's ultimate summer vacation packing list}

Shop: Ray-Ban Icon 50mm Sunglasses, $170

A Light Sweater

When I’m on vacation I always pack a light sweater for those breezy summer nights. You never know when you might need to pull on an extra layer. How sweet are the palm trees on this light pink Wildfox sweater?

Wildfox Twin Palms Sweater.

Shop: Wildfox Twin Palms V-Neck Baggy Beach Jumper, $98

A New Wardrobe For Your Gadgets

Coordinating your technology to your vacation is a thing, right? If you’re like me and change your phone case as often as you change your manicure, you’ll love this jeweled flamingo case by Kate Spade.

Kate Spade New York Flamingo iPhone Case.

Shop: Kate Spade New York Jeweled Flamingo iPhone 6 Case, $45

Fancy Footwear

Toss those heels in a corner, ladies. It’s time to give your feet a vacation too! Since I can’t pack every pair of sandals in my closet, I tend to choose versatile ones that can be worn day to night. These Tory Burch espadrilles fit the bill.

Tory Burch summer espadrilles.

Shop: Tory Burch Espadrille Sandal, $135

A Pair Of Short Shorts

Cut-off denim shorts are still high on my favorites list, but these scallop-hem shorts from my LC Lauren Conrad collection are so cute and comfy! The tropical print is perfect for your next getaway (but they also come in four different colors!).

LC Lauren Conrad Scallop-Hem Soft Shorts.

Shop: LC Lauren Conrad Scallop-Hem Soft Shorts, $44

What’s on your summer vacation packing list?

Let me know in the comments!

XO Lauren