On the open road

Travel must-haves for a stylish getaway.

Summer is synonymous with barbecue dinners on the patio, lounging poolside and, best of all, impromptu weekend getaways. Whether you are taking the scenic route to the cottage or flying to a sunny destination for a little R&R, packing certain travel essentials will ensure you have a fun-filled trip without a care in the world. So leave your laptop and tablet at home and hit the road sporting these stylish and practical offerings as you make your sweet escape. Bon voyage!

Easy toting

Designed to roll up for easy packing, with two roomy compartments for transporting your daily essentials, this is one convenient tote. WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Golden Sun/Sahara Yellow Orly Roll Tote (also available in beige/cognac, Baltic blue and black), $175-$180, at wantessentiels.com and select retailers.

Sitting pretty

A road trip can be long and exhausting if your attire doesn’t allow for breathing room. Remain comfortable throughout in this draped Tencel jersey dress and glam it up with heels when dining out come evening. Nicole Bridger Embrace Dress (in indigo), $158, at nicolebridger.com and select retailers.

blue dress 

All aboard!

A breathable shoe will go the distance during the scorching hot days of summer. You’ll be ready for anything Mother Nature throws your way when you set sail in these water-resistant and anti-slip boat shoes. Swims Sport Loafer, navy, $169, at Hudson’s Bay, Harry Rosen and other retailers.

boat shoes 

Fancy footwork

Heels may be your go-to shoes from 9 to 5, but no downtime look — save for a night on the town — is complete without stylish flats. Spice up your travel attire with these chic loafers. Faye Flowery Print Pretty Loafers, $245, at Pretty Ballerinas in Montreal and at prettyballerinas.ca.