The Do-It-All Wardrobe for Travelers

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Traveling light is the way to go when you’re not sure where a trip or adventure might take you. Time spent packing, repacking, or lugging around a massive suitcase is time that could have been spent in the water or on the trail. That’s why the new Shelter Supply line from Reef makes so much sense. A collection of versatile beach clothes and accessories built on the idea that one bag is always enough, Shelter Supply is all about being prepared without being weighed down. The best part is that the indivdual pieces – comfortable sandals, a handsome black windbreaker, boardshorts, a simple pair of beach sneakers, even a wallet – are simplified and slimmed down to the point that an entire adventurer’s wardrobe fits into a single soft-sided, water-resistant duffle bag small enough to carry onto a plane.

Stylish and multifunctional, every piece in the new collection is designed to be worn independently and stand on its own, but works as part of a layering system capable of keeping travelers warm whether they’re in SoCal or Norcal. The windbreaker is lightweight, 100 percent waterproof, and capable of handling a Costa-Rican thunderstorm (we checked). The Quilt jacket, lined with comfortable cotton and a nylon outer layer, can be layered with the rain shell when you head from the beach to the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. Though everything here is sold separately, Reef did a great job of making everything in this collection part of a comprehensive, cohesive kit, so we suggest that anyone looking to update their vacation wardrobe buy more than one item (the Cannon flannel and Warm Water II boardshorts are musts). And the bag itself – with its backpack straps, a large wet-dry compartment on the bottom, and enough interior and exterior pockets to keep everything organized – is the perfect container for all this travel-ready awesomeness.

A note for surfers: Reef’s new shoes, which come in a number of different styles, have washable insoles, which makes socks optional (and the odor bearable), and elastic tongues that don’t require laces. The line’s designers really thought of everything, which is why this gear gives travelers peace of mind about the road ahead – even when they’re not sure where that road leads. [From $48 for the shoes, $110 for the jacket, and $85 for the duffel;]

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