This weekend, Brian and I are headed to my parents’ house just outside of Palm Springs. Though the weather has been very spring-like here in San Diego, it’s very much summer already in the California desert—it’s supposed to get up to 90 while we’re there! With hot, hot temperatures like that, I’m channeling my summer mindset and packing light, breezy things to keep myself cool while soaking up the sun.
Just in case you have a warm weather getaway coming up (I sure hope you do!), I thought I’d put together a list of my essentials to make your life a little simpler when it comes time to pack…
I always like to pack a bandeau top for trips like this, where I’ll be lounging by the pool and working on my tan. This will be my first chance to wear my brand new navy monogrammed RahRah Designs Bikini, which I adore because it’s so personalized and classic, but Target also has some seriously cute (and inexpensive) mix and match bandeau bikinis, too.
Light + Breezy Dresses
Though I sometimes pack a pair of shorts, more often than not if I’m just away for an especially toasty weekend, I opt for dresses, which are both easy to pack and comfy to wear. I love the way they easily transition from day to night, too.
What’s a warm weather getaway without sandals? I love, love, love simple t-strap sandals (mine are all from my favorite place—Target!), though I also adore a basic flip flop. Since sandals are so small, I usually pack two pairs for the weekend for variety.
Just because it’s hot doesn’t mean I skip my workout. In fact, Brian and I usually love the chance to workout together on the weekends whether we’re away or not, so I always make sure to pack something fitnessy. For a weekend like this, when the sun is going to be scorching by 9am, I pack my favorite lululemon running shorts, a racerback tank, sports bra and my Nike Free running shoes. And of course, I make sure we’re out the door before it gets too hot!
Why tortoise? It’s a classic and timeless pattern that goes with everything. I tend to prefer inexpensive frames so I don’t feel bad if I lose them or leave them somewhere, but if I were to spend a bit more on frames, I’d go for Warby Parker.
Toiletries + Makeup
SUNBLOCK: After trying nearly every kind out there, I’ve become loyal to Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. It has a really nice finish that doesn’t feel like sunblock at all.
DRY SHAMPOO: When I’m on vacation I usually like to put off washing my hair for as long as possible. My current favorite is Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo because it’s paraben-free, smells amazing and gets the job done. Another favorite of mine is Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo.
CONDITIONER: Time in the sun makes my already dry hair feel like straw, so I always like to pack a travel size bottle of good quality conditioner for the point in the weekend when I finally wash my hair. I am constantly trying new ones, so I don’t have an all-time favorite, but this weekend I’m thinking about bringing my Bumble & Bumble Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner.
MAKEUP: I really like to keep it simple for trips like this, often just brushing on some bronzer/blush after applying sunscreen and giving my eyelashes a quick curl. For nighttime, I might add mascara but that’s about it.
LIP BALM: Lips can get burns, too! I really love the Kiss My Face brand—they have so many fun flavors (like coconut pineapple and sliced peach) that come with SPF 15 and don’t look sunscreeny on your lips.
What about you—what are your warm weather packing essentials?