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What to Pack for a Summer Weekend Trip

packing-getawayWe’ve got your go-to clothes packing lists for weekends away, in the city or country.

Summer means weekend getaways, as cottage invitations and attractions at nearby towns offer a chance to get away from the everyday. We make it easy for you to travel lightly on your weekend trips this summer with these packing lists designed for a variety of summer weekend destinations.

Packing a bag for a summer weekend getaway? You’ll want to look fashionable, but not have to lug a huge suitcase with you. Here are packing lists for 3 different types of summer weekend vacations that will help you travel lightly while looking right for every occasion on your weekends away.

for a City Adventure

If your summer getaway involves a long weekend trip to a city destination, you’ll want to pack multi-purpose clothing items that mix and match well, while helping you blend in with the stylish urbanites (and not stand out as a tourist). Here’s for a summer weekend city trip:

  •     One chic maxi dress in a pretty pattern or bold solid color, that can easily be dressed up or down
  •     One patterned A-line skirt that can be styled for day or night
  •     A solid-colored tee-shirt to wear with the patterned skirt
  •     A fancy black tank top in silk or satin, which can be paired with the skirt and dressed up with accessories for evenings out
  •     One summer-weight cardigan to keep you cool if the temperature dips, in a shade that matches with all your separates (when in doubt, choose black or off-white)
  •     One comfy-chic pair of shoes that can walk the city streets by day, such as jewel-tone ballet flats with a rubber sole, or pretty espadrilles
  •     High-heeled sandals in a metallic finish that you can match with your maxi dress or skirt outfit for nighttime
  •     Designer (or designer-look) sunglasses with good UV protection
  •     A summer-weight scarf for layering over outfits
  •     A structured summer tote bag for day
  •     A pretty clutch bag for night
  •     A bold cuff bracelet that can dress up your outfits

Packing List for a

A cottage weekend trip means you’ll mostly be living in your bathing suit, so don’t overcomplicate your packing list. Start with your two favorite swimsuits then add on pieces you can layer over top whenever you need to leave the dock. Here’s an easy packing list for clothes to bring for a weekend stint at the cottage:

  •     Two bathing suits
  •     One pair of shorts in black, navy or tan
  •     Two tee-shirts (make one a black-and-white striped tee, if you want to be on-trend this season) – these can double as swim-suit cover ups as needed
  •     One cute outfit for trips into town, or drinks out on the deck (trendsters can take inspiration from Leah Dunham and rely on a romper; otherwise, default to an easy sundress in any color that floats your boat)
  •     A pair of jeans or comfy overalls
  •     Sweatshirt
  •     A waist-length jacket in fleece or another warm material, to ward away the chill on cooler summer evenings
  •     Flip flops
  •     Canvas sneakers that can handle walks through the woods, and will look cute with everything in your bag, from the shorts to the sundress
  •     Sunglasses

Packing List for a Seaside Town Trip

If you’ve been invited to someone’s guest house in a very seaside resort town, you might want to pack a bag that also includes stylish clothing options for both beach and jaunts directly into town. Here’s what to pack for the fashionable weekend at (or near) this seaside:

  •     One pair of white jeans
  •     One pair of shorts (anything from denim cut-offs to navy city shorts, depending on your personal style)
  •     Two colorful tops, in solid colors or patterns
  •     One simple dress (I like a neutral colored maxi dress) that you can wear alone for day, or accessorize at night
  •     One pair of flat sandals (black gladiators are versatile and add edge to outfits, or choose a metallic thong-style)
  •     One pair of high heels to dress up all your outfits
  •     A pretty scarf for holding back your hair, tying around your neck, or looping through the belt loops of your shorts
  •     Two bathing suits
  •     One pretty cover-up to throw on over your swim-suit – I like a flowy, sheer tunic in a summery color or pattern
  •     Large tote made of straw, wicker or other summer material
  •     Clutch purse for nighttime
  •     Gold hoop earrings


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