Tropical Solution: Vacation Essentials for Your Next Trip

Words by Chris Zimmerman
Photos by Roark/Dylan Gordon (Main)

The excitement is palpable in the beginning of winter. Everyone has just enjoyed a picturesque fall, full of pumpkin patches, leaf peeping and apple cider. The thought of a fresh blanket of snow and that clean, crisp air seems quite appealing. Fast forward through five months of snow, rain, darkness, more snow, more rain, plenty of cold temps, and winter seems kind of rough and never ending. The thought of sunshine and warm weather is enough to make even the most frugal person start looking at flights to tropical climates.

At the end of winter, when everyone’s losing—or lost—their minds, a tropical vacation packed with sandy beaches, sunshine and drinks with little umbrellas can finally de-thaw the soul and rejuvenate the mind. Whether heading to Mexico, the Caribbean or Hawaii, it’s easy to forget jackets, long pants and beanies are no longer necessary. Here are some of our favorite items to take along on your next warm weather vacation.


Patagonia Headway Wheeled Duffel 35L

When you’re not packing a bulky jacket, heavy boots and tons of layers, you realize how little clothing is needed somewhere like Hawaii. Toss in a couple shirts, some swimmers, a pair of sandals, plenty of sunscreen, and you’re pretty much good to go. Bringing a bag like the Patagonia Headway Wheeled Duffel makes travelling easy. Forget checking a bag and carry this bad boy right on the plane. It’s sized for the overhead compartment and features a large, easy to load/unload clamshell design leaves plenty of opportunity to bring back souvenirs and is durable enough to withstand all those connecting flights.  




Poler Stuffable Rambler

Whether heading to the beach, venturing out on a day hike or strolling through the open-air market, the Poler Stuffable Rambler is a good choice. This lightweight, packable backpack stuffs into its own pouch, making it easy to bring along in your main luggage, and even easier to deploy when needed. Made with durable ripstop fabric, this bag can handle grocery-getting and beach essentials with ease, but packs away for the trip home.  






Lomography Simple Use Camera

Whether as a supplement to Instagram or switching over for a more analogue experience, the Lomography Simple Use Camera makes it easy to capture memories. A step beyond a disposable camera, but cheap enough to not be super worried about breaking or losing it, this simple point and shoot is sized for a pocket or a purse and is still powerful enough to take great photos.





(Photo: Patagonia/J Macdonald)

Raen Wiley Burlwood Sunglasses

After living in near darkness and overcast for five months straight, your eyes will be ultra sensitive. Protect them while looking stylish at the same time with a pair of Raen Wiley sunglasses. Lightweight and featuring polarized lenses, these sunglasses show off a timeless look that easily transitions from tropical destinations back to domestic life.






Roark Men’s Tourister SS Button-Up

While the print may be a little on the nose, the Roark men’s Tourister short sleeve button up can be rocked confidently due to its comfortable fit and fabric. Its retro inspired-print is a cheerful wink at vintage tropical vacations while its lightweight viscose fabric keeps things airy in even the most balmy climates.







Tavik Women’s Caden Romper

Lightweight and airy, but packing enough style to go from day at the beach to margaritas on the town, the Tavik women’s Caden Romper is the essential part of any tropical outfit. Made with a breathable cotton, the over-sized silhouette of this romper adds a relaxed style while two welt pockets offer some practical performance points.






Coal The Wayfarer

That super bright light in the sky? That’s the sun. Shade your face with the help of the Coal The Wayfarer hat. This lightweight cotton canvas brimmed hat has been made with a UPF 50+ rated fabric to protect pale-ass faces, has a leather chin cord to keep it on when the breeze picks up and is the perfect hot weather accessory.  






Iron & Resin Del Sol Blanket

Whether spending all day at the beach or all night because you came up short on your Airbnb reservation, the Iron & Resin Del Sol Blanket is a good choice. This Mexican blanket is lightweight enough to roll up and bring in your luggage, but warm and cozy enough for nights at the beach. With a classic style that looks right at home in many tropical locales, this blanket is ready to travel.





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