12 Vacation Essentials for an Easy Luxurious Summer Weekend Getaway
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Even if you can’t manage an epic journey this summer, you can still have a marvelous weekend away. And to make it even simpler, we’re sharing what to pack for a summer weekend trip – so all you’ll have to do it sit back and relax. If you’re wondering what to pack, our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 12 vacation essentials for an easy luxurious summer weekend getaway this year, including cute dresses, overnight bags and more.
who’s up for a luxurious summer weekend vacation getaway?
Crafting itineraries and booking trips months in advance is a relic of pre-pandemic times. Which is why we’re all about the last-minute getaway this summer.
For some personalities that thrive on spontaneity and surprise, packing for these trips is a no-brainer. Throw some stuff in a bag and go. For the type A planners, the thought of packing for an unplanned vacation can ruin the mood before the fun even begins.
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If this rings true, there is an easy solution so you don’t miss out on that romantic getaway to the shore or the girls trip to an upstate spa. Here is our check list of essentials to pack so you can get your vacation mode on. Go ahead and submit those PTOs dear reader!
12 vacation essentials for an easy luxurious summer weekend getaway this year
1. the elevated weekend bag
We start our list of the vacation essentials you need for an easy luxurious summer getaway this year with a chic overnight bag. Eleventy’s leather bag with a contrasting houndstooth pattern conjures vintage scenes of travelers waving from steam locomotives. It’s perfect for channeling the romance of travel.
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2. the modern carry-on
With a sturdy hard shell, multi-compartments and built-in charger, Arlo Skye’s suitcase is the perfect luxurious essential for any weekend getaway you dream up this summer. And if you’ve got a real outdoor adventure planned, you’ll be grateful for the anti-microbial lining that neutralizes odor-causing bacteria.
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3. the cover-up/going-out dress
Speaking of essentials for a luxurious weekend getaway this summer, dresses are a must and Jonathan Simkhai’s breezy dress is perfect. Fit for throwing over your swimwear and for a night-out on the town, the on-trend cut-outs show just a hint of skin.
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4. the cozy but polished cardigan
For chilly mornings or watching the sun set, check out this crocheted Vince cardigan made from super-soft Italian cotton. The slightly cropped body keeps it sharp and clean.
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5. the bathing suit that doubles as a top
This one-shouldered black swimsuit is the height of sophistication. It’s fully lined with darts at the bust and could easily be mistaken for a luxe top. Just throw on a skirt or jeans and you have your dining al fresco outfit.
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6. the skirt that goes anywhere
If you only have room for one skirt, make it this one from holiday-inspired brand Cara Cara. With its exuberant print and colors, you’ll look luminous living your best vacation life. Its gathered seams and tiered ruffles means no one will notice if it got a bit wrinkled.
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7. the smart suit
Sometimes you need to look extra sharp even on vacation. The beloved brand Calypso St. Barth’s just re-launched this summer, and we’re in love with this jacket and short set. Made from tailored, organic linen and embellished with floral chord beading, it’s elegant without being too stuffy.
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8. the everyday tee
Alex Mill has perfected the off-duty cool uniform. This top is a t-shirt/muscle tank hybrid made from super soft, washed vintage jersey fabric. Perfect for your adventures or for just lounging on a hammock.
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9. the hands-free crossbody
A small, close-to-the-body bag is a must for exploring the sights and for nights out. Chloé has partnered with Mifuko to create a range of raffia accessories crafted by skilled Kenyan artisans. This elevated woven bucket bag has a drawstring-fastening interior pouch to store your valuables.
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10. the comfy sandal
It doesn’t get more comfortable than a pair of Birkenstocks. For the sand, cobblestone streets, or woodsy paths, these anatomically shaped cork-latex foot beds give you the support you need. And they go with everything!
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11. the versatile layered necklace
Leave the heirloom jewelry at home. This gold-plated necklace combines a dainty chain link with a more masculine herringbone to complete any outfit.
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12. the clean beauty set
Our final suggestion on our list of essential items to pack for an easy luxurious summer weekend getaway is all about skincare. We don’t know about you, but we still get tripped up trying to bring our favorite products while being mindful of TSA limits. Pro tip? Keep a travel set on hand — like this one from Tatcha, the clean and luxurious Japanese skincare brand, to keep you looking gorgeous in person and in all the photos.
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12 luxury packing essentials for a weekend getaway this Summer 2021
There you have it — a dozen vacation essentials to pack for an easy luxurious summer weekend getaway this year, including cute dresses and overnight bags. Oh the places you’ll go, dear reader! Bon Voyage!
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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.