Hope August is treating everyone well so far! This summer, I haven’t been traveling as much as I want to but am hoping to take a quick getaway soon before it cools down. One of my most favorite things about staycations and short getaways is packing for them. For longer trips, it can get overwhelming having to consider so many different factors like weather and just needing to pack so much more in large suitcases. I recently got a new aztec print weekender bag from ElleJay. As soon as I saw this bag, I knew that it would be perfect for all my summer adventures. Not only is it super roomy for all my essentials to cover a couple days, it’s also lightweight and super stylish.
Are you headed somewhere fun this summer and thinking about what to pack? Don’t forget these essentials! 🙂
Let’s start with the obvious: Sunscreen is a must in the summer. With the rays being extra harsh during these months, you’ll definitely want to protect your skin while you’re out exploring. Remember, you can still get tan with sunscreen on. Sans the burn. 🙂
Who could forget their bikini? Heck, I’d bring several depending on how long my trip is. I even pack a bikini to the desert! It might sound weird to bring a bikini to a desert with no water around, but there was one time I went to the Salvation Mountain and it got SO hot that I literally could not wear anything but a bikini. I literally walked around in a bikini and so did a few other people around me. When it’s over a hundred degrees, cute swimwear definitely beats regular clothing.
I haven’t really used my Instax mini much this year and plan to change that very soon. This camera is not only Instagram-worthy as a prop by itself, it also captures super cute memories in a fun way! I personally love to hang my polaroid photos along my string lights in my bedroom.
EYEDROPS & SUNGLASSES
Summer adventures also call for a pair of sunglasses to protect the eyes. Lately, my eyes have been unusually dry and it gets to the point where it hurts for me to blink. Sunglasses help a great deal and keep me from getting tired too early (yes, the sun puts me to sleep after a while!). I don’t know about you, but my eyes have been extremely dry lately. I’ve been wearing eyedrops everyday in LA, so I imagine that wherever I’m headed that may be drier, I’ll need triple eyedrop action.
A LIGHTWEIGHT, BUT WARM PONCHO
At night, it can cools down significantly, especially in the desert. With that said, it’s smart to bring along a lightweight, but warm poncho for breezy nights. If ponchos aren’t your thing, then don’t forget a jacket! If your legs get cold easily, you might want to even bring a pair of sweats. Personally, I love ponchos because they’re so versatile. The one I have is actually large enough to be a mini blanket for snuggling!
FACE & BODY MIST
When the weather gets over 90 degrees, you’ll need a way to cool down. This summer, I’m loving my face & body mist from Anese.co. It helps me stay refreshed and cool throughout the day! My skin also tends to get cranky on me in dry weather, so the mist does a great job hydrating, too.
For lounging, sleeping, eating breakfast… you know. I lost the bottoms to my favorite PJ set so I’ll be on the hunt for them before my next adventure. Fingers crossed I can find them because it’s the perfect set! Can’t go wrong with a lightweight tank and shorts in the summer.
I am all for not wearing a bra whenever I can. Bralettes are lightweight and easy on the chest, especially when it’s hot out. Easy breezy tank tops, comfortable shorts, flowy dresses, and minimalistic jewelry is the way to go in the summer time, especially when traveling to desert areas. The lighter and simpler, the better.
It’s true that a girl can never have too many shoes. In fact, the bulk of my luggage tends to be shoes, wherever I go. For a quick summer getaway though, a classic pair of flip flops will probably be my go-to… For photos’ sake, I’ll bring along a pair of booties and a versatile pair of heels. These lace-up ones from Public Desire have been my faves recently!
EVERYDAY HYGIENE PRODUCTS & ESSENTIALS
Can’t forget the boring but essential stuff — toothbrush, toothpaste, shaver, moisturizer, make-up remover, lotion, and my make-up! My hair has been growing out like crazy and I haven’t had the chance to touch up the roots, so I pretty much can’t leave the house without my hair curled. Curls make the balayage/ombre look a lot more natural! With that said, my hair curler always comes with me.
What are your must-haves when packing for a summer trip?