Packing for summer vacation can be stressful: You want to look chic, you want to be comfortable and you don't want to over pack. For every vacation destination, there's one must-have fashion item that's sure to cover all three criteria. ABC News asked Katie Hobbs, co-founder of Les Nouvelles (ShopLN.com), former Elle staffer, contributor to the TBS show "Trends with Benefits," and six-continent traveler what she would take along to 10 of the summer's most popular vacation destinations.
Click through the next few pages to find out what Hobbs would pack in her bag when visiting places from Vegas to Capri.
This caftan does double duty, said Hobbs: By day, it's a beach cover up; by night, a dress. "Whether you're cruising this exclusive Italian island on a mega yacht or just day tripping, this caftan taps into the luxe bohemian beauty of Capri," she said.
Llewellyn Turquoise Jeweled Caftan, $345, Calyspo St. Barth.
Hobbs points out that since so much time during a trip to the Caribbean is spent in your bathing suit, you better make it a stand out. "This frilly and floral We Are Handsome bikini is super glamorous and functional," she said.
We Are Handsome Lilium Frill Bikini, $203, ShopLN.com.
You'll want to be tres chic in France's luxe seaside resorts. Hobbs said these colorful espadrille wedges are perfect for strolling charming Mediterranean villages. She suggests pairing them with a white dress for a perfectly put together effortless look.
Paloma Barcelo Espadrilles, $240, available at Net-A-Porter.com.
If you plan to be up all night in Vegas, you'll need a dress that can keep up. Cocktails, dinner and all-night club-hopping calls for a certain kind of sexiness in Sin City. "Let loose in a flashy dress to dance until dawn like this sexy fringe Top Shop number," said Hobbs.
Ultimate Fringe Bodycon Dress, $150, available at TopShop.com.
London is the host of the 2012 Summer Olympics, but even this summer's hottest destination isn't always warm. Hobbs suggests this silk-and-cashmere blend scarf as the perfect layering piece. "Be ready for rain with a scarf to keep you looking stylish in the elements," she said.
We Are Owls Scarf, $180, available at ShopLn.com.
"The Vineyard," as it's known, is an all-American vacation destination, not to mention the preferred summer getaway of several U.S. presidents. Hobbs suggested that for clambakes on the beach, this striped sweater is the must-have item. "Channel the nautical chic style of the Kennedy clan with classic Americana-style stripes."
Altuzarra for J.Crew Serge sweater, $295, available at JCrew.com.
It's a hot honeymoon destination, and you'll want to look your best. Hobbs said this updated version of the classic baja will plug you right into the island's surf culture. To make it even cuter, "pair with cutoffs or slip it over your bikini."
Ace & Jig Boxy Baja, $$228, ShopLN.com.
For a cruise around the Med, "versatility is key," said Hobbs. "As you hop from port to port, pack all your travel essentials in a chic tote." This tote can serve as beach bag, hold your camera on sightseeing port days and be your go-to bag for the ship's decks on days at sea.
Cleobella Sirena Raffia Tote, $106, available at shopbob.com.
Miami is hot all year round, but in summer the city really steps it up. Sun protection is a must in South Florida, and Hobbs recommends this Eugenia Kim hat. "Protect your face while looking glam in this wide brim straw hat with a colorful sash," she said.
Eugenia Kim Hat, $98, available at Nordstrom.com.
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A peplum skirt, said Hobbs, is "the season's hottest trend." She suggests this LBD (little black dress) for rooftop cocktails in New York City. You'll look hot but will manage to stay cool despite the steamy temperatures of summer in the Big Apple.
Hybrid Plunge Neck Peplum Midi Pencil Dress, $141, available at ASOS.