The end of August and first half of September bring with them the absolute best time to vacation in Europe. The weather is perfect; mild with little or no rain (hey London, we see you) and significantly smaller crowds of tourists. If you’re planning a getaway for this end-of-summer period or the upcoming Eid holidays, it’s advisable to start thinking immediately of the necessities you’ll need to buy and pack.
Read on as Savoir Flair lists the seven essentials that deserve a spot on your packing list for the European trip of your dreams.
Natural materials, such as raffia or wood, are not only on trend but will also prove really useful during daylong exposure to the sun as they won’t heat up. Have a great straw bag or woven flats in your closet? Make sure you pack them for your trip.
Sans Arcidet ‘Phoenix’ Bag
AED353 / SAR360
It’s time to invest in that “perfect” pair of sandals. Flats that are luxe and durable will give your look a high-end update and take you through a long day of sightseeing. Similarly, a versatile pair will work for both day and night, helping you to pack less footwear. A win-win all the way.
Gianvito Rossi Sandals
AED2,056 / SAR2,099
A Nostalgic Hat
Sunglasses are great, but trying not to lose them and carrying around their case all day is just an added hassle while on holiday. Give your look a dolce vita twist with a nostalgic hat instead – it will protect your eyes from the glare of the sun and have you exuding an air of mystery in no time.
Sensi Studio ‘Calado’ Hat
AED340 / SAR347
A Pop of Color
European summers are all about a fun and joyful spirit, so update your look with a pop of color to match your mood and accentuate the gorgeous tan you’ve just acquired.
Luana Italy ‘Anais’ Bag
AED692 / SAR707
A Goes-With-Everything Crossbody Bag
Make a chic crossbody bag your ultimate travel companion when heading out for a busy day of sightseeing – it will keep your hands free for photography and impromptu snacking on street food. A muted color will pair well with all your outfits.
A.P.C. ‘Demi-Lune’ Shoulder Bag
AED1,316 / SAR1,344
A Multifunctional Scarf
A great scarf can serve endless functions. Ideal for a summer getaway, it can work as a chic necktie, a cover-up in case it gets chilly at night, or even just an accent tied around your bag or wrist to make your look more interesting.
Red Valentino Scarf
AED499 / SAR510
A Pair of Big Earrings
Feeling the urge to pack your entire jewelry box “just in case”? We’ve all been there. Resist the temptation and pack a chic pair of statement earrings instead – they’ll act as a finishing touch for all your outfits, and you’ll have more luggage space (and sanity) on the way back.
Chan Luu Earrings
AED266 / SAR272