All the Essentials You Need for a Relaxing Spa Vacation
On a trip to Toronto last winter, we dedicated a full day to relaxing at the Spa My Blend by Clarins at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto to escape the brutally freezing winds. After a revitalizing facial and some quality time spent in the steam room, spa time has become a new vacation priority for me.
A spa getaway is a really good answer to many of life’s woes. But if you’re not sure what to expect, it's easy to stress yourself out about what to pack. You've got all of your treatments scheduled, the hotel and flights are booked, and packing is the final step before you can slip away from the stresses of life for some self-care.
To start, keep in mind that this trip is all about relaxation, so you'll want to pack items that feel light, are easy to wear, and aren't fussy. Avoid restricting fabrics and find comfort in breathable items, especially when putting together your outfits to wear to and from your trip.
Most spas are likely to provide temporary-use items like slippers, robes, and towels, but be sure to double check with the spa before your arrival. Depending on the type of spa and what sorts of activities are on your itinerary, you may need to consider a few more items for a worry-free time. If there are hiking trails nearby, bring a pair of hiking shoes, for example.
And if you find yourself not wanting to leave the spa's plush robes behind, plenty of brands sell them, and it would make for the perfect souvenir.
Below, we've rounded up the spa packing essentials that will bring you as much joy as a massage and glass of champagne and will take you seamlessly from the treatment table to a yoga session to the pool and back out into the world.
Madewell tee bodysuit
To buy: madewell.com, $40
Topshop belted stripe roll-cuff trousers
To buy: topshop.com, $68
Vince Verrell 2 suede slip-on sneakers
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $195
Hunza G seersucker swimsuit
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $160
Skin Selby reversible triangle bikini
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $170
Eileen Fisher crop jersey jumpsuit
To buy: nordstrom.com, $198
Dr. Scholl's Pisces slides
To buy: zappos.com, $50
Nike Indy Breathe sports bra
To buy: nordstrom.com, $45
Live The Process micro tencel T-shirt
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $90
We/Me The Retreat moto stretch-jersey leggings
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $105
Mara Hoffman Ingrid textured-organic cotton wrap dress
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $425
Clergerie Idalie sandals
To buy: zappos.com, $350