Most of us try to keep the party going with travel – Instagram feeds flooded with gorgeous weekends away to Martha’s Vineyard, Hampton’s or Montauk, Catskills, or Jersey Shore or luxurious weeks at a time in the south of France, Positano, Greece, or Ibiza.

Packing perfectly is the holy grail of any trip, though I like to remember the words of Salvatore Dali, “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Though one can argue that packing imperfectly can often lead to the best stories, most often it can lead to being uncomfortable and not being able to be in the moment because you are too cold, too warm, or have the wrong undergarments for a dress. Last minute shopping trips can also be inspirations and it can be fun to purchase something special for an event while away – just make sure you/ve packed a back up!
See below for tips I use when I am packing a client – or myself – for fun summer getaways and enjoy!
It is better to be overpacked than under packed. Choose a weekender with just enough room – for a week it can be your carryon.


Monterey Weekender Bag



Eddie Harrop

Voyager Appliquéd Leather Weekend Bag

fromNet – A – Porter



Small Pullman

Otter Green



Hook & Albert

Garment Weekender Bag


fromSaks Fifth Ave. 


Start with a signature accessory and from there choose a color scheme. This informs and limits choices.

Sophie Anderson

Corozon Pompom – Embellished Straw Hat

from Net – A – Porter


Cult Gaia

Acrylic Ark

Small Pink

from Cult Gaia


Ranjana Khan

Multi Large Floral Drop Earrings

from Moda Operandi



Panama Straw Boater Hat

from Nordstrom


Barneys New York

Braided Elastic Belt

from Barneys New York


Do make lists. I still prefer the pad and paper, though for clients I use email and picstitch.
Do not forget a jacket or sweater for unexpected cold or wet. Nothing is a surer bet to dampen your experience, no pun intended.
Being carefree means being handsfree. Choose belt or cross body options for day and night so you can explore without worrying about your belongings.