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Summer Travel Items Guide For The Local Fashionista

By Raquel Parks, CBS Detroit Blogger

Memorial Day is only a week away and that means travel season isn't too far behind. Between scheduling a flight and booking the hotel, there are a dozen things to do before making a trip. Among that list of important things to do is packing. Packing smart isn't always easy, but it's necessary for traveling anywhere. Here's a checklist of some major items to consider when preparing for that summer getaway.

Summer Travel Essentials

1) Tote

Totes make the best travel bags. Totes are fashionable and functional for everyday necessities. They are also spacious enough to slip in a few souvenirs and other travel items while on the go.

Kate Spade in Somerset Collection Mall offers very unique, girly colorful and basic totes to choose from.

2) Maxi Dress

A maxi dress is THE summer item to have in your closet and perfect for any vacation. Maxi dresses are stylish, feminine, and most of all, very comfortable. Pair a maxi dress with some wedges or flats to achieve a fashionable look for any occasion on a trip.

Cache in Fairlane Mall is a great place to find a flowy, print or colorful maxi dress.

3) Sun Glasses

A pair of shades is a definite must-have for traveling in sunny, warm weather. From the long plane ride to  sightseeing in beautiful landscapes, it's always a good idea to have a stylish pair of shades.

SEE Eyewear in Somerset Collection Mall is a great place to shop for sun glasses by various designers to suit your style preference.

4) Flats & Flip Flops

There's plenty to see on vacation so comfortable shoes are very necessary for easy walking. Flats and flip flops come in unique styles and colors, making it effortless to look good without putting stress on your feet.

Dots in Livonia Marketplace have a wide selection of flip flops and flat sandals to go with any outfit.

5) Sun Hat

Keep cool and look glam while tanning on a sandy beach with a fabulous sun hat. Sun hats are available as big and as floppy as you wish. They also tuck away easily in your bag and make the best accessory for any sundress or bathing suit.

Marshalls in Farmington Hills has large choice of sun hats to satisfy any fashionista's style.

6) Bathing Suit

What would a vacation be without a sassy new swim suit? Swimwear is one the most fun travel items to take on a trip. Whether it is a one piece or a monokini you desire, there's a style for everyone to love while splashing around at the pool or beach.

Everything But Water Somerset Collection Mall has plenty of swimsuits and even additional accessories to purchase for vacation.

7) Wrap or Shrug

No matter where the destination is, it's always a great idea to take along a light shrug or wrap. Wraps and shrugs come in handy for cool nights and chilly air conditioning. Drape it over your shoulders or slip it on to stay warm and fashionable.

At Macy's in Dearborn, you're certain to find a fashionable shrug or wrap to compliment any attire.

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