1. a small crossbody bag - vintage 1970s Coach
2. denim shorts - Levis
3. comfortable sandals - Worishofer
dressing for travel has its unique challenges.
space limitations and pragmatic concerns make it more like a game of resource maximization. i generally only bring low-key, under-the-radar accessories so as not to stand out or be a target for pickpocketers. i hate to pack heavy bags when i'm traveling, and over the years, i've realized that there are just a few key items that are indispensable. these are also all very inexpensive yet excellent quality - each item above is under $50 (with the slight exception of the watch, but you can find it on sale online quite easily). the Worishofer sandals in particular are like walking on pillows - there is a fantastic padded insole with a cushion for arch support, and the mini wedge is perfectly walkable. i think it's important to go back to the old-school source whenever possible; you could find a much more expensive version of the denim shorts or bag or sandals at an APC, but other than the heftier price difference, the originals are by far the best.
what are your staples for summer travel?