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Are you more Governors Ball or Guadeloupe? Would your ideal summer break involve warm cider and loud music or warm weather and calm beaches? Whatever type of getaway

gets you going, check out our definitive list of what you need to pack, read and listen to this vacation season.

Known for its golden beaches, around-the-clock party scene and picturesque rainforests, Rio de Janeiro pretty much has the lot. Add to that the glorious weather, the street-side barbecues and the small matter of a World Cup, and it becomes an obvious decision to place Rio at the head of your must-visit list.

It’s finally happened - this summer we’re going to see more prints on men than on women. Our tip for nailing the trend is to stock up on short sleeved tropical print shirts.

As long as you don’t wear them with a pair of socks and a fanny pack, flip flops and ‘mandals’ are the key shoe to free your feet this summer. So get those toes out!

It’s a well-known fact that festivals mostly have two weather settings: ‘monsoon’ and ‘unbearably hot’. If you happen to experience the latter, rejoice. But also get yourself some rock ’n’ roll-ready denim shorts.

‘So Now You Know’, The Horrors. Set to appear at various festivals around the world this summer, The Horrors’ latest track is a hazy, atmospheric wall-of-sound that instantly puts us in mind of late afternoons in sunny/muddy fields.

‘On the Road’, Jack Kerouac. This iconic novel, penned by the leader of the Beat Generation, was published in ‘57 but its appeal remains fresh as ever. Perfect for those of us that dream about renting a Cadillac and cruising east coast to west.

Whatever type of vacation you’re on, there’s no excuse not to invest in a new pair of shades this summer. We recommend some 90s-inspired round lenses.

If you’re going to be moonlight partying on an exotic beach, you need the threads to do the occasion justice. A bold design tank top is just the trick.

INmusic, Croatia, 23rd-25th June. With The Black Keys, Foals and Jagwa Ma already on the bill, you don’t really need much else. INmusic’s location, however, is just as impressive as its line up – it’s set on the shores of Lake Jarun, just outside Zagreb.

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