12 Things You Need For a Festival-Free Vacation In Cannes

Tomorrow, the 66th Cannes Film Festival begins with the international premiere of The Great Gatsby. After its kick-off screening, the annual event will continue on through May 26, complete with all the trappings its known for: exclusive previews of upcoming movies, celebrities of alphabet-topping caliber and some of the most head-spinning fashion of the season.

It's because of this yearly pilgrimage Hollywood makes to the French Riviera, so well documented by the paparazzi, that most people associate the region with glitz, glamor and film-making in general. But in reality, most of the South of France is filled with sleepy fishing villages. Vacationing in one—unless you're good friends with Sofia Coppola or Baz Luhrmann—means your accommodation options will be more bed and breakfasts than lavish hotels, your itinerary filled with more wilderness wandering than formal dinners and your outfits all casual-wear, not couture. That said, you'll have a blast if you pack right. Here's what I suggest for a visit right now:

Staying for less than a week? Try to fit everything inside one oversized duffel. It will save you the agony of schlepping and locals will think you're a Parisian taking a long weekend holiday! (That is, of course, until you speak.)