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Packing Tips for Quick Summer Trips

Summer getaways should be everything that’s wonderful about summer…right? (Right.)

I am all about them once the weather turns steamy: especially when you live in the city, there’s just nothing like a day trip to somewhere with sand, grass, or intensely caloric deep-fried snacks. But as with many things in life, a little planning goes a long way with a summer escape – it only takes one forgotten swimsuit to turn a relaxing day into a total hassle.

Pack up these must-haves the night before you leave (let’s skip those morning-of, bleary-eyed attempts at locating a pair of sunglasses that the dog hasn’t chewed to bits), and all you have to do when you wake up is get yourself to wherever the fun is.

What to Bring…


To The Beach

A large blanket (ideally, one that’s big enough for the whole family and then some) and/or beach chairs
Snacks and plenty of bottled water
At least one beach towel per person
Flip-flops (hot sand = ouch)
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher and waterproof)
Swimsuit cover-up for runs to the concession stand
A sweatshirt in case it gets chilly
An umbrella, or at the very least hats for those who might need a break from the sun (or have a delicate bald spot)
Ziploc for souvenirs (seashells!)
Beach toys for the kids
Reading material and/or a small radio or iPod
First aid kit (you never know)
Dry clothes and underwear (it’s no fun going home in a wet suit)

To The Park

A large blanket and/or lawn chairs
Picnic food (cut fruit and sandwiches are great) and plenty of bottled water
Paper plates and plastic utensils, if necessary
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
Something to toss around (Frisbee, football, etc)
Reading material and/or a small radio or iPod
Trash bags (in case you can’t find one nearby)


To the Theme Park

Comfortable shoes and loose-fitting, light clothes
Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher, and waterproof if you plan to go on water rides)
A hat
Portable snacks (amusement park food can be super expensive)
Plenty of bottled water
Enough money for rides, games, and souvenirs (make sure you have some cash as well as a credit card)
Hand sanitizer
Rain poncho
Plastic bag (to protect valuables on water rides)

And of course, you’ll need something convenient to pack everything in! Look for a tote that’s light, roomy, and easy-to-clean: you’re sure to bring a little of your trip home with you, and you want fabric that’s easy to rid of grass, sand and crumbs.

Now get packing and enjoy some summertime fun with the fam'!


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