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Hello, Beach Season! Every year I look forward to sneaking off for a long weekend on the shore (I’m coming for you, Cape Cod). I’m a habitual over-packer, and each year I dread the night before when I haphazardly pack too many t-shirts and somehow always forget beach sandals.
Not this year, though…
A Pretty Packing List For A Weekend Beach Trip
From the beach to date night on the boardwalk, Kohl’s has everything you need for a chic and relaxing long weekend on the shore, with free shipping on orders $50+. I’m leaning in on serotonin colors this summer, and the pretty pastels in green, pink and blue hues are dreamy.
If you’re planning a warm-weather retreat this upcoming season, this striped towel is a steal for under $20, an insulated water bottle is my holy grail, and SPF protection is a must! If nothing else, this one-piece swimsuit checks off all my boxes (classic, stylish, and modest coverage).
Let’s get into it, shall we?
One-piece swimsuits have been making a comeback, especially suits with these stylish cutouts. I’m loving the flattering twist front detail and hint of skin. It’s on-trend while still feeling modest and wearable (good cheek coverage in the back, too).
These floppy beach hats are a wild hit for me. There’s something about a wide brim straw hat that perfectly tops a fabulous summer look. Stylish and functional, this one boasts a 5in. wide brim–plenty to keep the sun off your face.
“Keys, phone, wallet…sunglasses“. Walking out the door only to realize, after it’s too late to go back, that I’ve forgotten my sunnies? Pretty devastating. For a long weekend out in the sun, this is an accessory that practically lives in my bag. I’m a big fan of the transparent frame in a neutral hue, with darker gradient lenses; they give a bold, yet playful vibe. So chic.
SPF protection is no joke, friends! This Supergoop! daily SPF 40 multitasks as an awesome primer, too, and leaves a natural velvety finish. I love a product that can give a little love to my complexion without needing to layer any other makeup products during summer heat. Oil-free, lightweight…and the best part? It dries down clear, making it ideal for all skin types.
For under $15, it’s worth stocking up on a couple of these pretty striped towels. These woven cotton towels are ultra-large (better for lounging on the beach, napping, picnicking, or covering up to dry off) and an essential beach accessory for soaking up the sun.
I recently swapped my cooler-on-wheels for an insulated tote bag like this, and it’s one of the best moves I’ve made. No more attempting to drag wheels through hot sand, these cooler tote bags are comfortable and convenient enough to carry along for a full day out. And the 24-can storage capacity is plenty of space enough for the fruits and snacks I pack, water, and a few more accessories.
This style of top is my go-to for short weekend summer getaways. A breezy white tank pairs so classically with shorts for strolling the boardwalk or walking into town for a quick bite. The smocking and ruffles along the wide straps is a pretty detail and makes this top slightly more elevated and special from my usual grab-n-go tank.
A few of us on the team have and love Levi’s denim cut-offs. They’re a summer wardrobe staple. I love the light distressing and frayed edge of these high-rise shorts. This pair has a sleek fit with a waist-defining high rise, and reviewers say they are plenty comfortable since the denim have a nice stretch to them.
If I’ve taken anything away from the VSCO girlie era, it’s to always hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Especially during weekends away, on-the-go or laying under the hot sun, an insulated water bottle will be your best friend and keep drinks chilled up to 24 hours.
Seriously, this power boost power bank can be a life-saver. If you’ve ever made the mistake of leaving your phone out on your beach towel while laying under the sun, you know that battery is a goner. Now, I don’t go anywhere without one of these sleek external backup chargers — just in case I need directions from the shore to the nearest sundae.
These slides get pretty rave reviews. They’re the same style and shape as the classic Nike slides we’ve probably all seen, but the Victori One sandals have a cloud-like element to them. Talk about comfort…that lightweight, beach-friendly, foam cushiony-ness looks downright soft. They come in the familiar black/white color combos, plus a few metallics accents, and a Barely Rose pink I’m currently obsessed with.
Because at the end of a long day in the sun, nothing is more comfortable than an oversized hoodie. You know the feeling. A supersoft hoodie is my go-to beach layer, perfect for bonfires and evening walks during cool summer nights. I love the open split neck, too. It’s that kind of detail that makes this style feel more breezy and beach-worthy. Under $20, and comes in eight more pastel and summer hues!
Can’t forget the lips! This lip balm is a hydrating and smoothing favorite, with just a tint of buildable color and SPF protection. With 8,000+ 5-star reviews, this one is worth bringing, well…everywhere.
I always plan for one fancy-ish night out during a beach weekend away. Rather than taking up precious packing space with an extra outfit to go out, I like to elevate my basics with chic, dainty accessories. Bonus points if they hint at the trip’s theme like this multistrand mother-of-pearl necklace!
A pretty straw tote for totin’ around the boardwalk, amirite? So versatile and easy to style with a white tank and denim shorts, or a breezy summer jumpsuit. It has a few interior pockets, a magnetic snap closure for easy access, and it’s lined! Lined bags are a dream come true when it comes to cleaning out beach sand that inevitably finds its way to the bottom…
Flat, walkable and just a hint of sophistication. These $20 open-toe slide sandals by Lauren Conrad are adorable and check all my boxes when it comes to packing extra shoes for a weekend away. They won’t take up much space, and can be worn casually just as easily as they’ll dress up for a fun night out.
I’m always reaching for a breezy jumpsuit when it’s time to pack for a warm, beach-y destination. They’re just so darn comfortable, easy to wear, and lightweight. The crisscross neck is just a touch dramatic (what I like to call a “quiet statement”), perfect for a special dinner out right on the water.
Well, there you have it! Cheers to many sunny days on the sand, yummy food + desserts on the boardwalk, and just getting away from it all for a few days. What are your must-haves for a long weekend away?
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