Summer Weekend Getaway Essentials

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Midsummer is such a magical time. There is such a relaxing vibe this time of year that is perfect for taking with you on some summer getaways. To make your next getaway even better I have some summer weekend getaway essentials for you via this sponsored post partnership with Evite and Sally Hansen.

My favorite part about vacationing during the summer is how easy it is to pack and get on the road.

Winter means big suitcases and lots of jackets, pants and boots. Summer means a bag packed easily with some warm weather clothes that you can just grab and go! I love the ease of packing and that one layer of clothes is all it takes!

Here are my favorite summer weekend getaway essentials:

Get some cute luggage.

We are doing a lot of traveling this summer and a bunch of them are quick getaways . Summer getaways call for some bright and fun luggage. This is an awesome choice that Evite picked out. I love this pattern.

Summer clothes.

Think flowing dresses, cute rompers and sandals. There are so many awesome sandals available this year! Grab some clothes that are mix and match and some sandals that go with it all to keep it simple. These are my favorites. I have them in multiple colors and I normally take one pair with me anytime I’m away from home.


Can’t you just feel the warm, tropical air just looking at this dress?

Now we are getting to my favorites. Hats, glasses and bathing suits! 

I can’t get enough of the wide-brimmed hats. Not only do they go with so many outfit types, but they also provide really good sun protection… and they keep you cool! I never travel without mine. I love this bathing suit and sunglasses that Evite picked out too!

Often forgotten is a “rockin” beach towel.

Don’t forget yours! Make sure you get a long one in a bright color for summer. I love inspirational and funny sayings, so this towel is perfect for me!

This is my summer style in the shade. 

Light sweater, summery nautical dress and big glasses…. relaxing on a lounge chair.

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You are going to need something to carry everything in too!

I love this bag with stripes and sturdy straps… and I also love to listen to music and audiobooks on vacation so I’m never without headphones. 

These last two are my summer travel must-haves. 

One I use before I go, and one I carry with me! Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun gives you an instant sun-kissed glow with Sally Hansen’s first 2-in-1 bronzer and gradual self-tanning lotion. I have the palest skin on the planet and this gives me a great tanned look! Lip gloss is the final touch for me. I love having a refreshing pop of color on my lips.

Where are you going on your next summer getaway? 

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


    • Same here! Once I forgot phone chargers, and of course it was when we needed our phones for an emergency. Oh well!

    • My husband packed my shoes for our last vacation. He ended up grabbing 2 different shoes, and worse they were both right feet. I had to stop and buy new ones on the road!

  • There’s nothing like hanging out on the beach listening to music. I like your ideas. Now I really want to drive to the beach.

    • I’m jealous if you can drive to the beach! Lake Michigan sure isn’t the same as an ocean!

  • I really need to try that Sally Hansen lotion. I use one right now, but this sounds better! Thank you for all of your great ideas.

  • I am over pack all too often so I need some help when it comes to getting ready for a short weekend trip. We leave on a five day trip in just a few days and I am going to do my best to bring just the essentials.

  • I like to think I am a good planner. I will have to keep in mind all of your suggestions though! We don’t have anything major planned right now for the rest of summer.

  • I am plus size so it has taken me a while to get in to wearing leggings. I just purchased my first pair of jeggings over the winter. I’m a little self conscious about the leggings because in the winter, sweaters and such are longer and cover more. But I am getting better about stepping outside my comfort zone.

  • I could definitely use a getaway! These travel essentials would make for a lovely weekend. Whenever I’m away, I pick up gossip magazines. I love them (guilty pleasure), but only buy them when I’m on vacation.

  • I am staying home this summer–no plans at all to travel even a short distance. I agree with what you are packing and if I was to go somewhere I would be taking much the same.

  • I am loving those sandals. So pretty. This is a great list. I need to have a getaway so I can go buy some of these cute items!

  • These are great things to pack for a weekend getaway. I just got back from a trip to NY. I am hoping to get away to Toronto soon.

  • Cute luggage and a cute bag are definitely a must in summer. I also love to have a great pedicure.

  • I’m a list maker and as I pack I follow a list and make sure I pack in extra time so I can make sure I double check I have everything. My issue is sometimes I pack too much stuff that I don’t need.

  • I am definitely in the market for some cute new luggage. Our old battered suitcase just broke down for good on our last getaway!

  • I need to get some more colorful luggage. I love all of the new designs and colors and I think it would make traveling more fun. I am going back to the Midwest soon and will have to start packing.

  • Nowhere. I’m staying home this summer, but I can’t wait until fall. I have some vacation time coming and boy I can’t wait.

  • So little summer left, I wish we had time for a summer weekend getaway. I would love to take a trip down to the lake – then several of those items would come in handy.

  • I really love the luggage color with the beautiful pink & purple combo. Those sandals looks so pretty. And the bag with sturdy straps and the pink sunglasses looks cute as well and I would need all of these items in a go!

  • I always see cute luggage around but I haven’t been able to convince myself to buy some yet. It would save me so much time at the airport if I had a brightly patterned and recognizable piece.

  • I love the chevron luggage. My luggage is very plain and simple but I would really love something like this. Pretty luggage makes it even more fun to travel!

  • We have a few weekend trips to the beach coming up. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend family time together in the summer months. I like several short trips instead of one long one.

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