Tripping: Quickie Getaway Essentials

Tripping: Quickie Getaway Essentials

Summer is just about here and with it comes spontaneous weekend getaways and quickie vacations. While the basics of what to pack for a weekend getaway are obvious (clothes, makeup, toiletries), there are a few additional tired and true things that I always stow away for last minute weekend jaunts… Whether you’re planning a local staycation or quick visit out to the desert, these are my must-have items for an eleventh hour escape:

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (paired with a chic strap, of course)
  • A really good book
  • Flip flops
  • Big floppy hat
  • Swimsuit
  • Swimwear cover-up
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Tote bag
  • iPhone + phone charger
  • Clear nail polish
  • Aloe Vera (in case of sunburn)
  • Oversize towel
  • iPod + iPod speakers

Are you planning any weekend getaways this summer? If so, where are you headed?

XO Lauren

P.S. Need some getaway style inspiration? Check out my Guest Blogger, Anna’s post about what to wear (and pack) for a quicke trip.

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  • soupforthegirlysoul

    This is perfect for a weekend getaway! I’m actually planning one this weekend 😉

  • Melissa Panici

    Great tips! I’m not planning a getaway this summer. I have a wedding to attend to and we are finally moving so I will be pretty busy!

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I’ll be visiting my roommate in Milwaukee this summer. Then we’ll be headed down to Chicago for some shopping and sight seeing being as I’ve haven’t been to either Milwaukee or Chicago. I’m pretty excited!!

  • Petra Zeller

    Great Post. I’m not planning a weekend getaway this summer but I going in my summerholidays 1 week to spain Grand Canaria with my Boyfriend and at the 1th of september I go 1,5 weeks to Los Angeles. I’m so excited. That will be my 6 time I visiting L.A. this time I am going with my 2 best friends :)) cant wait its july and september
    xo, Petra <-- take a look

  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    I have learned to make a floppy hat one of my essentials! Great list! I am headed to Atlanta this weekend!

    XO Kelley

  • Chelsea Bengal

    Literally just got done making my list for the camping trip I’m going on next weekend. This post couldn’t have come at a better time :)

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Love this post! I’m actually planning a trip soon- so this would be amazing to just print off & check off, while I’m packing!

  • Melissa LaRose

    Love this! I am actually planning a small trip coming up later this summer, I will for sure be using this as a check list!!!

    My Summer Essentials

    My Summer Tunes

    <3 Melissa

  • Karen Silva

    Nice ideas! I never forget my iphone and a vougue <3

  • Jessa Kaiser

    I’m going on a short trip to San Francisco this summer, so this was super helpful!

  • Babette van Blijenburgh

    You’ve got iPod twice on your list, I gues the first one needs to be iPhone (or just mobile…) hahaha

    anyway, somehow if I do not put underwear, towel or toothbrush on my packing list I always am going to forget one of these…..

  • Keri Pryde

    All of this will be in my suitcase when I head to Laguna for a late summer getaway!

  • Liz

    Love all these vaca posts! wish i had time for a vaca!

  • Martin M

    Its always hard to pack everything that is important for a spontanous trip. I always forget half of what I should needed :) XOXO

  • Amanda Kennedy

    my boyfriend lives 6 hours away in the opposite corner of the state. i’m actually driving out there tomorrow for memorial day. this is perfect b/c the few times ive gone out there, i overpack and/or dont pack everything i need! thanks so much!

  • Jessica Ferreira

    Great post! I’m going to the hamptons for 3 weeks! so excited!! Will def bring a floppy hat! :)

  • Christina Graci

    Palm springs this weekend :)

  • Closet Fix

    My travel ritual always include a trip to Hudson News in the airport terminal where I stack up on my favorite fashion magazines. That’s so essential. My trip just wouldn’t be complete without it.


    Simmy P.

  • Ana Castilho
  • Melissa mould

    this is a fab post :) I always end up packing so much, i go to my boyfriend most weekends and end up packing up my whole room ahh.

    I recerntly got a travel pamper kit which I featured on my blog too – so handy :)

    Mel x

  • LilZilla

    Lauren, could you share how you pack your floppy hat with out it getting smooshed? I just got my first one this weekend and don’t want to ruin it if i take it anywhere. Thanks!

  • Kelby Peachey

    I also pack a small brush/mirror. You never know when you need to spruce up and look your best. :)

  • Elizabeth McAnally

    Austin, Texas to visit my family! Can’t wait – miss that city.

  • Isabel Cloutier

    great post!

    I’m actually leaving for Barcelona tonight! i’m beyond excited! I’ll be sporting my big floppy hat and my cat-eye sunglasses! can’t wait! :)

  • Tatjana Kisler

    great post!

    I HAVE TO. Here in Germany we have (in 3 days) vacation and I’ll go to Siberia/Russia for more than 10 days.

    xoxo Tatjana

  • Tanya Werger

    Headed to the beaches in Deleware next weeknd with some friends. Can’t wait to pack and buy all the things I have been reading about in these posts!

  • madison niemann

    I am heading to LA tomorrow for a last minute trip home! It might be home…but sometimes heading back to your parent’s house for a few nights is a great escape:)

  • slyh

    What’s the best weekender tote/bag you’d recommend?

  • Nichole Handshy

    leaving for a weekend at the lake tomorrow!! this helps me out..thanks Lauren!

  • Amber Welles

    Great tips, Lauren. I tend to forget so many things, so this is very helpful.

  • Michelle LaPorte

    I always go to Rhode Island in the summer! It is my favorite place to get away.

  • Susie Leckie

    these are some great ideas!! i am going to yosemite this weekend with the boyf, for some hiking, horseback riding & photography!! then i am going to chicago / indiana for a wedding end of july. i am not hoever, very good at the whole “”spontaenous, leave for a trip in a couple hours”” so i am working on it… if you have any advice for that i would greatly appreciate it! :)

    susie x X

  • Charlie Ravens

    Looks like a good list! I always make sure I have some stuff ready to grab in case I have an unexpected getaway!

  • yelka x

    I have no time for getaway.. So busy with school and everything:(

  • Kelly Burt

    I might be taking a weekend getaway with a couple friends to Cape Cod. My family and I have a summer place there so it should be lots of fun. Can’t wait to kickoff summer 2012!!

  • Umbrella Drink

    Headed camping in the Rocky Mountains this weekend!

  • conrado sese

    Thanks alot, this page is awesome, you can get quality informations. I recommend to everyone.

  • Emily Diamond

    I am going down to Seaside Beach, in Florida with all my best friends! Great tips though! They’re always my essentials

  • Janey Moore

    Unfortunately I don’t have any quick getaway plans but this post may have just inspired a trip to Santa Barbara.

  • Samantha Szczender

    headed to Asheville, NC this summer for a family reunion and a few extra days for some personal sigh-seeing!

  • Cassidy Short

    Headed to the Promised Land – Cleveland! :)

  • Casey Lynn

    Sunglasses and sunblock are a MUST.


    I would love your support, vote for me!:

  • Liesl

    THe Boyfriend and I will be going on a cruise this summer in the Mediterranean, and then we’ll spend about two weeks in Dubai.

    Obviously, this will not be a quickie getaway! But I like your list of things to pack, this will help me to get organized when I start planning my packing! :-)

    Liesl xxx

  • Evelyn butuk

    I’m going to San Diego in August for about two weeks! I love it there! Thanks for the packing advise this will help me :)

    XOX Evelyn

  • Olivia

    Im in Savannah Georgia with my amazing family.I wish I would have had this before I left! Thank you so much for this! You have no idea how much this means to us LC!

  • jill s

    this really comes in handy when scrambling last minute for a get away,, I think your list covered just about everything..

    check out our blog page for some inspiration when putting together your memorial day weekend looks

  • Emilie

    My ipad is essential too! Couldn’t live without it :)

    xo Emilie

    PS please check out my latest blog post @

  • Leanne

    I’m getting so excited for the summer holidays!!!

    Love from South Africa

  • Eliza Zamora

    I need to get some speakers so i can listen to music at the beach!


  • Lilly A-B

    These tips are helpfully!

    Next month I’m going to UK for a weekend.. It’s with a minicruise, so I need to have some good music and a good book before I get bored hehe..

    I’m gonna check the getaway style because I dont know what to wear on that day.

    The site is great Lauren!! &nd I love your style to!


  • Karina Zajac

    I’m going to fly to Manchester the 8th of June for a week. I’m so excited!

  • Lilly A-B

    Did you ever go to Manchester or is this the first time?

    I’m going to Newcastle. People told me that it’s a good city to shop… I can’t wait!!!

  • jill s

    Get Summer Ready with GREEN LEMONADE!! the perfect boost to start your morning right,

  • Camila Camila Vivar

    i can’t live without my iphones, my sun glasses, my lipstick and my spf protector… this thing are essencial for me

  • Karmele Garcia

    you have no idea how usseful this is for me thank you!

  • Stephanie DiMaggio

    yes, I am going to the Jersey Shore!

  • Ashley Rene

    going to New York on tuesday for a week!

  • V

    To all that list I would add the pareo and take away the big towel. This is a pareo:


    *it dries very quickly.

    *you can fold it very small or use it as a swimwear cover up.

    *the sand doesn’t stick on it.

    *it doesn’t weigh

    *it dries you better than the towell

  • Patty Vazquez

    I live in Miami… Fortunately for me, almost every weekend is a weekend getaway.. :)

  • Maria Ayala

    I’m headed to Maryland to see my guy best friend Luis. Hes lonely up there by himself.

    Hopefully, me and my best friend Rachel we will take a train and go somewhere for fun. :)

  • Amelie Arrer

    Croatia! :) I live in Austria, so it’s just 4 hrs away.. can’t wait!

  • Jade Wright

    Gosh I wish I’d read this before my trip to The French Riviera the other day!!

  • Kelsey Elliott

    Going to Italy and France this summer for 10 days and am having a hard time finding what type of purse to bring!! Also, where to find a cute floppy hat that is easy to pack! Help!

  • Tayla-Lauren

    Does anyone know of a good tinted moisturizer preferably something waterproof but something that won’t make my skin break out when I go on holidays?

  • Jenna Yarbrough

    I don’t know any moisturizers that are waterproof and this might be late to tell you but some places I recommend to find some are..: TJmaxx, Target, Walmart, and Trader Joes. I defenitley recommend Trader Joe’s Face wash and moisturizer because it is all natural. :) xx- Jenna

  • Nikki.C

    I’m going to New Orleans!



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