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Travel in style! 7 must-have items to pack right now

by Bobbie Thomas / / Source: TODAY

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With the spring break season in full swing and summer getaways just around the corner, I'm proud to share some savvy finds for your next warm-weather escape.

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Day-to-night necklines

A cozy cowl neck is ideal for travel while a chic, off-the-shoulder style is perfect for a dinner date — but what if you could get both all in one garment? Oh, yes. Double-duty, convertible tunics can take you from the airport to drinks by the beach without having to fully change your outfit. Simply adjust the neckline to your liking and voila! You’re ready for a Mai Tai.

1. Gibson Convertible Neckline Cozy Fleece Tunic, $54, Nordstrom


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Shopping for swimwear that fits — especially two-pieces — can be nearly impossible. Most of us are different sizes on top and bottom and need coverage in different places, which makes traditional matched sets a tough sell. Target to the rescue! Their mix-and-match swimwear options let you choose from nine top styles and five bottom styles, each in a rainbow of colors, so you can design your dream suit. From triangle to tankini, hipster to high waist, there's something for every body type.

2. Mix & Match Swimwear, $20 and up, Target


The perfectly packable hat

A great hat is essential for any sunny destination, but packing it can be a pain. SunLily's stylish design is just like your favorite straw hat only better because it folds up and snaps into a small, compact size. In case you were wondering, the Roll-n-Go Sun Hat won't lose its shape either (thanks to flexible wooden fibers), so you can throw in your purse or luggage without fear of crushing it.

3. SunLily Roll-n-Go Sun Hat, $16, The Grommet

  The Grommet

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Travel must-haves

I'm always on the hunt for finds that make trips (and packing!) a little easier. One of my most recent discoveries is Miists, which is a wide-ranging set of sprays in slim, flat packages that can easily slide in your pocket. Varieties include everything from hairspray and insect repellent to wrinkle releaser, stain remover and other on-the-go essentials.

4. MiiSTS Ultra Slim Hand Sanitizer Spray (6-Pack), $21,


5. MiiSTS Ultra Slim Wrinkle Release Spray (6-Pack), $21, Amazon


6. MiiSTS Ultra Slim Stain Remover Spray (6-Pack), $21, Amazon


And this is a genius solution for beach-going families who don’t want to drag sand back to the hotel or car. Powder Pouch — a small, refillable cotton sachet containing corn starch — magically wipes away sand from dry skin in one swipe, making sunscreen re-application or getting dressed a breeze.

7. Summer Stripe, $10, Powder Pouches


TODAY Style Squad member and author of "The Power of Style," Bobbie Thomas shares the buzz about beauty, fashion, and more on TODAY and at Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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