Can you believe its nearly the end of August? We’re devastated that summer is drawing to a close.
As for the Bitches’ Labor Day plans, Becca is off to Asheville, North Carolina, and Co-Bitch-in-the-City Emily, is heading to Estes Park, Colorado. Her counterpart, Ally, is in New York enjoying an empty city and prepping for a trip to Europe in two short weeks.
I’m thrilled to be taking a road trip with a friend and blogger, Brittney Ann of Hosting & Toasting, to Newport, Rhode Island. We’ll be road-tripping thanks to a loan from General Motors’ District Drive and spending the weekend brunching, sailing, and sightseeing. I can’t wait to eat oysters by the water and enjoy a sip-and-sail on an America’s Cup sailboat.
The only tough thing about a weekend trip is what to pack—and there’s nothing better for a busy Bitch than organization and efficiency. Here’s a rundown of our favorite tips, tricks, and products for your end-of-summer travels.
Travel, Lingerie & Jewelry Bags
I’m absolutely in love with my monogrammed weekender bag, which is extremely roomy and light for a shoulder bag. I invested in really lovely leather Brics luggage for longer travels, but a weekender is perfect for—you know, the weekend. Navy and canvas is classic and pairs with everything. I’m not going anywhere without my Canon DSLR, which I sling over my shoulder with a pink Fotostrap. I’ve been using tervis tumblers my whole life, and I’ll need an extra large one filled with coffee for a long drive.
When packing, I swear by cloth travel bags for lingerie, shoes, laundry, and a wet swimsuit. Aside from being pretty, the bags make things more hygienic, ensuring my running shoes aren’t rubbing dirt on my dress and dirty clothes aren’t mixed in with new ones. Moreover, they help me with packing. The one time I packed without these bags, I forgot underwear. Who does that? I had to run to the nearest Victoria’s Secret for a five-for-twenty-five and it cut down on my brunch time.
Previously, I threw all of my jewelry into a makeup travel bag. Then came Kendra Scott, a jewelry designer who makes adorable, affordable baubles, with a remarkable jewelry sleeve.
The thin, foldable jewelry binder features removable compartments, storing up to sixteen pairs of earrings and an assortment of necklaces, bracelets and rings. It stores everything tangle-free and snaps together into a narrow rectangle that you can slip into the side of your luggage. The nifty contraption comes in black, white, teal, or an exciting neon zebra pattern.
PJs & Reading Recommendations
I love traveling with my girlfriends because I actually pack pajamas. Living alone, I’ll confess I’m sleeping in a ratty old t-shirt or lingerie just for kicks—but with your gal pals you can rock your cute PJs. Because we’re never too old for a pajama party. I’m loving traditional button-down pajama sets from Sleepy Jones.
I love to read, so I’ve spent the summer digesting books big and small, non-fiction and fiction, fluffy and serious. For an easy summer read, I recommend The Vacationers, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Beautiful Ruins, or The Interestings. Honestly, I spent most of the summer reading The Fountainhead, and it changed my life. That said, right now I’m reading #GIRLBOSS, because, duh.
Beach Attire & Weather Essentials
As a Florida girl, I was raised on the beach, so I know exactly what to pack. Swimsuits, a beach towel, sunglasses, snacks, koozies, a baseball cap or sunhat, and Bumble & Bumble surf spray for after a dip in the ocean. An American girl, I love my Smathers & Branson needlepoint flag hat and koozies from DC bars and restaurants. For snacks, I love KIND bars and Skinny Girl chocolate pretzel bars, which will survive if they get wet in your beach bag.
I also always pack an umbrella as there’s nothing worse than getting caught in a storm and having to pay the guy on the corner $30 for a flimsy umbrella.
My travel beauty essentials: dry shampoo, face lotion with SPF, a cleanser that won’t spill, nail polish, polish remover, a vaporizer of perfume, and eye cream.
If it’s a three-day trip or less, I don’t bother to pack shampoo and conditioner—dry shampoo is a life saver. I recently switched to Drybar’s detox and regularly find myself smelling my hair because the scent is so nice.
I always struggle to find a good cleanser in a travel size that won’t spill everywhere. Thus, I was ecstatic when M-61 sent a travel size of its cleanser as well as a travel size power peel, which is great if you need a deeper cleanse on a three-day trip. I never leave the house without sunscreen and swear by Kiehl’s so that’s definitely going in the tote.
I’m also a fanatic about a fresh manicure—and nail polish remover pads from CVS saved my life. You toss one into your cosmetic bag, rather than a jar of polish remover, with some Essie polish in case you knick your nails while traveling.