The Packing List: Roadtrip Essentials

The Packing List: Roadtrip Essentials

Sometimes you just need to get out town. Whether it’s with a bunch of your friends, a partner or just on your lonesome, roadtrip getaways are a great way to relax and recharge—whether it’s with a whole lot of nothing or up-at-dawn hiking. Of course, in order to hit the road with a modicum of style, you’ve got to pack like a pro. Short trips require clothes that are easy, cool and can pull double-duty. Here’s our list of essentials to guarantee a stress-free quickie break.

The Layering Game
Even in the middle of summer, temperatures can fluctuate so even quick getaway requires a couple of warmer pieces (our July mornings and nights in Southern California can be downright nippy). The easiest is to stash a light jacket in your weekender bag (or just throw it on the back seat if your are road tripping). Our pick is the ever fabulous Ruby Army Jacket because it goes with everything.

Downtime Chic
The name of the game is relaxation so you should dress accordingly but still look put-together. Chic basics in solid hues are perfect for downtime but can also stand up to any lunch reservation and transition to evening with a couple of tweaks. So remember the golden rules. a) you can’t go wrong with the perfect white tee, and b) black leggings rule the weekend.  Don't your understated jewelry as the final touch.

A Dress to Impress
While you don’t want to lug around a mountain of clothes “just in case” you do want to pack one gorgeous dress. If you’re a bit boho try something with some hippie chic statement elements like embroidery or tassels (such as the Ilene Embroidered Cotton Caftan Dress). For something with a little more skin in the game, opt for a stretch cotton jersey like our Bardot Cotton Slub Blouson Dress. Either way, both work with a classic leather slide shoe.

In the Swim
You’ll most likely need a swimsuit at some point (we are guessing the Air bnb has a hot tub because that is a must-have). A cute suit takes up virtually no space and a one-piece swimsuit can always double as tank when paired with pair of denim or cotton poplin pants, while a colorful bikini top looks fab poking out from underneath a button down for day trips.

Cool Coverup
Any time spent by water in a bathing suit (regardless of whether it’s the ocean, a lake or a the pool) you’ll want a great cover-up. Pick the right one and it can easily do double duty as a dress for casual lunches. Look for one in a traditional kaftan style and with hot-weather ethnic embellishments like tassels and embroidery. You can’t go wrong with the Aubree Embroidered Cotton Cover-Up.

One Hit Wonders
A huge trend this summer has been the re-invention (and update) of the one-piece or romper. Not only is it a whole outfit that you’ll put on in ten seconds, but it’s the perfect morning till eve outfit for everything from museum visits, shopping trips or day trips.

Statement Pieces
No weekend bag is complete without a notice-me top that can instantly elevate a pair of denim, cut-offs or a casual pull-on pencil skirt. For summer we love anything that’s packed with lace, cold shoulder cut-outs, ruffles or tassels.

Shoe Game
Even if you're a diehard heels girl, depending on your destination, you’re going to want something comfortable to get you from point A to point B—even if that’s just from the pool to a nearby restaurant. Why not skip the heels and go from some day-to-night leather slides that will work with cut-offs or a cute dress, as well a pair or cool, retro sneaks if you plan on doing some walking.

All About Accessories
Since the name of the game is packing light, the easiest way to customize any outfit is with a couple of 24/7 accessories. We love layering necklaces of different lengths, a couple of rings, and as it’s the middle of summer, a classic Panama hat is must have. Since your feet will be on full display, book that pedicure appointment a couple of days before you go and make a bold choice!

Carry On
No weekend trip is complete without the perfect weekend bag. Since you’re a packing pro and we’ve streamlined your choices down to smart, double-duty options, an oversized tote bag should be all you need. If you’re going somewhere beachy, pick one that is woven from a natural straw but otherwise a classic leather in black or brown is the way to go. Now, hit the road.

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