Nikki recently traveled on a two-part vacation to the South of France and Ischia, Italy, to kick off the summer season. We always look to Nikki for packing tips because she often visits more than one place when she travels and needs to be smart about how she packs. She also has excellent advice on where to eat, shop, and stay. Read below for a peek into Nikki’s early summer getaway and her travel tips.
Packing for a vacation any longer than five or so days is difficult because everything must be multifunctional. Nikki says she wound up wearing almost everything she brought on her recent trip, a success that comes from a sort of formula, which she shared with YOLO Journal earlier this year. “When it’s a beach vacation, I pack fun patterns, prints (stripes), and some basics.” She also mentions packing fewer shoes/ones that only take up a little space and keeping enough room for workout wear, as she likes to run. Wearing an outfit for the plane that you can also incorporate into your vacation wardrobe is an important part of packing, too.
The Finn Sweater
The Suki Pant
The Row Bag
High Sport Pants
Nikki and her husband started the trip in the South of France, with three nights in Saint Tropez, where Nikki hadn’t been in over 20 years.
A packing tip from Nikki is to have small bags that are versatile. Pouches with long straps in neutral colors are best for traveling around because they easily go from day to night.
The Row Bag
Inès Bressand Bag
Chanel Micro Bag
They then went to Villa La Coste, a historic town of Aix-en-Provence, where they stayed for two nights. The hotel is 500 acres of vineyards mixed with art by great modern artists, including Louis Bourgeois and Richard Serra.
They then drove to Lourmarin and Saint-Paul de Vence, which, Nikki says, are postcard perfect and exactly how one would imagine the South of France to look.
As for part two of the trip, they headed to the Italian island of Ischia for four days, where there was no shortage of beautiful architecture, bright blue waters, quaint little sea towns, and some great food and vacation cocktails to round out the trip.
The Silk Ponza
The Silk Elba Pareo
The Silk Lido
The Silk Capri
They then met up with friends and visited the surrounding Italian Riviera by boat stopping at Nerano and Positano.