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Q: What should I pack for a 12-day cruise? I always seem to take more than I need on vacations.
A: A few ground rules for any trip: Start packing a few days ahead. Stick to double-duty pieces. Keep colors neutral. Bring knits—they save space and don't wrinkle. A friend and I just got back from a resort, and we came up with any woman's ideal summer travel checklist:
Going in style: Take a sporty minidress that can double as a top or cover-up (American Apparel, $32); a cashmere cardigan (J.Crew, $158) for chilly mornings or nights; a tote for pool or port (J.Crew, $68); and metallic flip-flops (Coach, $88).
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From the August 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine