For our Packing List series, designers and more women we love open their suitcases to show us how they prepare (and what they bring) for their far-flung adventures.
L.A.-based jewelry designer Rebecca de Ravenel was raised in the Bahamas and considers the islands home, so it’s no surprise that her jewelry has a bright, sunny look to it—sure to enhance the mood of any wearers. (And earn you a ton of compliments.) Her Les Bonbons earrings have become a fashion must, and have been seen on the ears of everyone from your chicest friend to Selena Gomez. Let de Ravenel transport you to a Bahamian escape with her summery packing list detailing what she brings on a trip home—no shoes required. Scroll down for her picks and packing tips.
The Bahamas is home...sun and sanity!
How many bags?
I have been using the same luggage forever, although I just got a Globe-Trotter suitcase that I am looking forward to breaking in with stickers from travels.
Over-packer or under-packer?
It depends on where I am going, if I am going home (to the Bahamas) I will essentially bring myself, I live in a bathing suit and have a closet full of caftans. When I am “en route” to a city, I have never been known to travel light.
What’s in the bag?
I am always in a long dress, it is sort of my uniform. Recently I have been wearing a lot of Lisa Marie Fernandez, her linen rick rack dresses are some of my favorites. I also love Natalie Martin dresses—they travel so well, they are pretty and light and very often do not need ironing which is key. No matter where I am going I always pack a Racil Tuxedo suit, her cut is a perfect fit and beyond chic for a night out. That and a For Restless Sleepers number and you have all your bases covered. I usually go barefoot, although if I am forced to go for dinner then I will throw on some Tabitha Simmons espadrilles or a Rene Caovilla flat sandal. I’ll bring my natural raffia Lolli Basket, a Marysia one piece, a Panama Hat, and an earring a day, plus tons of sunscreen and my new pale pink L.G.R glasses that have my initials.
Shop it: 1. Globe-Trotter Safari Trolley Case, £1,510 ($1,946); globe-trotter.com. 2. Lisa Marie Fernandez Rickrack Dress. $995; net-a-porter.com. 3. Racil Tuxedo Jacket, $542; matchesfashion.com. 4. Racil Tuxedo Pants, $287; matchesfashion.com. 5. F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers, $1,272; farfetch.com. 6. Tabitha Simmons Kaya Espadrilles, $255; theline.com. 7. Rene Caovilla Flat Sandal, $523; farfetch.com. 8. Natural Raffia Lolli Bag, $1195; modaoperandi.com. 9. Marysia One-Piece Swimsuit, $345; net-a-porter.com. 10. Rebecca de Ravenel Pink Earrings, $295; modaoperandi.com. 11. Rebecca de Ravenel Blue Earrings, $345; modaoperandi.com. 12. Pale Pink L.G.R Sunglasses, 158 € ($178); lunigal.com.
I have an unbelievably large straw Amanda Lindroth market basket that I had monogrammed R de R, I take this everywhere with me and it fits everything under the sun. I am usually traveling with my dogs, so my bag is packed to the brim with bowls and treats (for the dogs), a stack of magazines, my laptop and a big cashmere Indian embroidered coat that doubles as a blanket.
Shop it: 1. Amanda Lindroth Market Basket, $240; lindrothdesign.com. 2. Anderson Dog Bowl, $34; houzz.com. 3. Natural Balance Dog Treats, $4; amazon.com. 4. Apple 13-Inch MacBook Pro, from $1,799; apple.com.
I just bought a gingham Prada pouch on my trip to Japan, I am slightly obsessed with gingham at the moment. Inside you will always find a bottle of Huile de Magnolia from Leonor Greyl, a Mason Pearson hairbrush, Fresh Sugar tinted lip balm and a Nars Blush.
BEST PACKING ADVICE?
I am just about the worst person to ask as I usually am the girl checking 3 bags…but I am going to say DON’T OVERPACK because you never end up wearing half of the things you think you will—lay it out and try it on, don’t just throw it in!
WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL AIRPLANE OUTFIT?
Stella McCartney pajamas and a vintage Yves Saint Laurent jacket.
Shop it: 1. Prada Gingham Cosmetic Pouch, $308; buyma.us. 2. Huile de Magnolia from Leonor Greyl, $59; nordstrom.com. 3. Mason Pearson Hairbrush, $68; net-a-porter.com. 4. Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Balm, $24; nordstrom.com. 5. Nars Blush, $30; sephora.com.