The Best Accessories for Summer Travel

Daisy Rosales is a Noonday Ambassador living in Pasadena, California. In addition to gushing about Noonday, she is a marketer, blogger, wanderluster, and gatherer of amazing women in her community. She lives with her husband and a houseful of plants, and tries to perfect the art of latte drinking in her spare time. Head over to her blog, Simplicity Relished, for style and adventure.

As a frequent traveler and absolute Noonday fanatic, my favorite part of the packing process is figuring out which accessories to bring with me. During my time as a Noonday Ambassador, I’ve traveled in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa—and I loved being able to take our Artisan Partners’ handmade beauties with me.

So the question is, what are the BEST accessories for us to bring on vacation?

I think it all starts with your destination and travel style. It matters whether you’re strolling through the streets of a vibrant European city, or schlepping it through the jungles of Southeast Asia. It matters the level of activity you anticipate, as well as the safety of your surroundings. And finally, it matters just how much you can bring with you—whether you need one necklace-earring set to carry you through, or you’re considering an entire trunk of jewels.

Here’s my process of determining what to bring—and what to avoid—when it comes to travel.

Start with Climate

If you haven’t checked the local weather at your destination yet, be sure to do so before you pack. Some accessories are sensitive to moisture, sweat, precipitation, and dirt. I tend to leave these at home if I’m going somewhere hot and humid. Avoid bringing your Ethiopian artillery pieces and anything made of mixed metals. Instead, choose light, airy pieces with minimal metal: paper beads, wood, glass, leather, and tagua seed are great materials to wear. When I was in Cambodia, I loved the Fawn Necklace from India!

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Determine Your Activity Level

If you anticipate being pretty active throughout your vacation, you might want to avoid pieces that will easily snare or weigh you down. If I anticipate being quite active, I only bring pieces that can handle a little roughness. Choose light, easy necklaces (like the adjustable True North Necklace), or go for a simple pair of earrings and a bright beaded cuff instead.

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Increase Your Options with Layering Pieces

When it comes to urban travel, sometimes you just don’t know whether you’ll feel like getting glamorous or keeping it simple. If this challenge arises, look no further than rope necklaces and short pendants, which layer beautifully together. While we were traveling through the desert, I loved having the Bethe Rope Necklace from Ethiopia with me as both my down-to-earth single piece and my enhancer for statement layering.

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Choose Your Statements Carefully

As much as I love being well accessorized wherever I go, I keep my destination in mind. What types of outfits draw negative attention? Do I need to think about how to avoid becoming a target?

If you want to avoid standing out like a sore thumb, lean into your intuitions. Leave your fanciest Noonday pieces at home, and opt for a more understated look. My favorite understated pieces are the cow horn hoops and leather leaf earrings. They add interest to an outfit without being boastful.

On the contrary, if you’re going to a city where everyone is dressed to the nines (Paris, anyone?), then bring on the bling! The bold, unusual silhouette of the Tamia Bib Necklace is one of my favorites for standing out in the crowd.

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Bring a Sturdy Bag

All of Noonday’s bags are fabulous, but my favorite for travel is definitely the Rustic Leather Tote. It can withstand the rough-and-tumble nature of air travel, it zips closed, and it has lots of great pockets. Furthermore, it’s made of leather, a sturdy and reliable material that can hold all your market purchases with ease. The Rustic Leather Tote is the perfect size for my small camera, wallet, passport, and cardigan.

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