The Secret to Packing for a Weekend Getaway


Last month we took a surprise Father’s Day trip to Catalina and it has easily become one of my favorite spots in the US. It almost reminds me of Europe with all the boats anchored in the beautiful bay, and the colorful historic homes against the cliffs. 

Every time we go on a weekend getaway my husband asks – “Think you can get it all in a carry on?” I would think by now he knows there’s just no way. 😉 I like to change outfits and I like to have options, but I’ve also found the secret to not overpacking. The key is pack essentials, not outfits. Instead of packing specific outfits, stick to those key items (dress, shorts, blazer, etc.) that could be worn multiple times in multiple ways. Pack pieces in a unified color scheme so you can mix and match to get the most out of your valuable luggage space. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with an outfit you aren’t really feeling that day, but if you plan in terms of pieces and color schemes you have more options if one piece feels “off” that day.  Here are some of my essentials for a beach getaway.

  1.  – You can wear it with anything. I wore it to the beach, to lunch, and you can even dress it up with heels for dinner or a night exploring the island. It works with a sundress, cut-offs, and of course with your swimsuit and cover-up – there aren’t many outfits that a straw sun hat doesn’t work with. 
  2.  – You don’t have to stick to tank tops for your summer getaway. I love – the sleeves are such a stunner and it’s a light, breathable flowy fabric so it’s a great option for summer. It is the perfect top to add with your cut-offs and gladiators for a more put-together look.
  3.  – I always bring a long sleeved lightweight layer, even on beach getaways. It seems like restaurants always have their AC blasting so an extra layer is a must for dining indoors or for those occasions that call for something a little more covered-up. from the is perfect for a light layer at dinner but also doubles as a cute cover-up over your swimsuit – it’s breathable and over-sized so it has good movement which is exactly what you want on vacation. 
  4.  – Think a cute pair of shorts that you can take from the sand to the street. I always opt for distressed denim because that’s my style but any sleek pair of shorts you feel good in must be packed.
  5.  – You’ll want to live in sandals, but that doesn’t mean flip-flops are the only shoe that should make it into your suitcase. A  is another piece that can be worn dressed up or down so you can get plenty of wear out of it.
  6. Two bags –  I always bring an oversized tote for traveling. I take my Celine  everywhere- it’s the perfect size to fit everything in I’ll need for the flight, from magazines and my laptop to things for the kids. I also always pack a smaller, lightweight crossbody so when I get to my destination I don’t have to lug a lot around.



What are your favorite packing tips?



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  1. Emma

    Those are killer sandals!!

  2. Azu

    Those sandals are gorgeous! Love the two tone hat too. And thanks for sharing these tips <3

    xo Azu

  3. Dana Mannarino

    I’m OBSESSED with this look on you! Need everything!

  4. Colleen Welsch

    I definitely would have thought that was Europe! I need to make a trip to Catalina!

  5. La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Very nice and essential tips for the travelers! Superb! 🙂

  6. Briana

    Love the tip about packing essentials, not just outfits! I always overpack for that reason.


  7. Adeola Naomi

    Stunning images!!!

  8. Comme Coline

    I love this outfit !

  9. Lee

    What a great idea to pack essential pieces! I usually go for outfits and find I way overpack. Then I have nothing to wear and wish I had packed X! Great outfit. Looks like a great place, wherever you were.
    xo, Lee

  10. Tasha Juli

    I love to pack a day to night romper! It’s a great alternative to a dress for a night out, but can be worn beachside as well.
    Tasha Juli

  11. Joules

    Beautiful photos! So jealous of your travels. Those sandals are gorgeous.

  12. sasa

    Cute look!:P

  13. pia

    those sandals are so chic and perfect for summer!

  14. Natali

    Always looking great! I like your blouse so much!

  15. Jill

    You look absolutely beautiful! And what a great list, thanks!


  16. diana

    Beautiful photos!
    ||D I A N A||

  17. Martyna

    pretty xxx

  18. Heidi

    The bell sleeve top is adorable! Such a great find. I’ve been loving so many things from the WWW line!

    Heidi ||

  19. Shannon

    Absolutely obsessed with this top and the blazer. Looks totally stunning on you 🙂

  20. Kate

    This is so helpful and that backdrop is unreal!
    -Kate //

  21. Paula

    I love the flared sleeves’ they are so adorable!


  22. Polly

    Thanks for these tips! I always feel like I pack too much when I travel and need to focus more on the essentials!


  23. Simi

    Very nice outfit, I love hove you added that blazer to the simple outfit 🙂

  24. Sonia

    Great post. Make so much sense. As I tend to overpack too going on trips and end up stressing not knowing what I want to wear. Great post will stick to essentials

  25. Rachel

    So chic and stylish! Gorgeous!

  26. brett

    Love that top! Can’t believe it’s from Target!

  27. monika

    Thank you! Such a great post.


  28. Fashion Fills Your Heart

    These shorts are amazing!

  29. Linoya

    So Amazing look.

  30. lifestyle lodestar

    great article I like the idea of packing essentials not for events, a refreshing change. I look forward to trying it out.

  31. Krisztina Williams

    Oh I love, love, love that outfit!! And excellent packing tips…thanks!


  32. Namrata Sehgal

    I am going to buy all of them, you have described each and everything so well. I personally loved the hat.


    1. The hat is my favorite!! You will love 🙂

  33. Holly

    Great tips! Especially #5, bringing two bags. I couldn’t agree more!

  34. Holly

    Great tips! Especially #5, bringing two bags. I couldn’t agree more. I love being able to throw everything into my bag when I’m catching a flight but I also like to keep it simple when I’m touring around.

  35. burkerabe

    So Beautiful look,Fashionable dress,sunglasses,heats,purse.

  36. Hayley Larue

    Love these looks! <3

  37. Kathryn

    Such great tips!!

    xx Kathryn

  38. Jess

    Oh wow, I never knew Catalina existed, and now I need to book a flight immediately!

    Jess |

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  40. Misty Russell

    What brand of distressed denim shorts are in the picture?

  41. Natalia


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