You guys…friggin’ SUMMER is here. And let me tell you something my body is not ready (I mean it is…it’s fine. I’m just panicking. You see, I’m very pale.). Mostly because in my little corner of the world spring just straight up cancelled itself and we went from a scarf and a coat moment to using terms like “stifling” and “heat of the day”.
And although we all thought we had more time to get our shit together, this also means that summer trips are just around the corner.
I love mini vacations and long weekends. They’re not as stressful as being cooped up with the same people for a full 7 days in unfamiliar surroundings, but also provide a respite from the dragging day to day and horrifying reminder that summer break is not a thing for you anymore.
I take my packing lists and outfit planning very seriously. I can’t stand the idea of not feeling like myself for 3-4 days because I didn’t think to pack my paddle brush or something equally as dumb. Also, my intestinal organs are completely stationary and immobile when I travel so I anticipate looking 3 months pregnant and have a flowy option at the ready that will in no way touch my body or reveal that I’m miserable.
There is a permanent, set in stone accoutrements of mine. If they weren’t with me I wouldn’t feel like my self and be a monster until I sorted it out.
1. Wet/ Dry brush
If you haven’t heard of this, get a new hair dresser. This $5 drug store purchase is a life save and is 1000x harder to misplace than a comb. They come is every color on earth and in travel size. Mine’s just a Goody brand from Walgreens but they are in literally every store.
2. Mario Badescu “Collagen Moisturizer”
Boujie item numero uno. This has SPF, collagen, magic…it’s basically a drink of water for your skin. I like to put it on about 5 min prior to foundation if I’m wearing any, but I wear it alone and of course on clean skin before bed. It’s not “cheap” but it’s last a good long while
3. Clinique Pore Perfector
I generally this anything that says “pore minimizing” is a straight up scam. Pores stretch when clogged and uh…if you don’t care of it, you’re kind of fucked. And pores come in all sizes. However, this stuff is straight up magic. I use it in daily routine and under make up. It works well enough that I no longer pass up a waist up group pic because I have the skin of a 60 year old truck driver!
4. 4000 pairs of seamless nude undies/ tee shirt bras.
Sun light + sheer fabrics + general sweating. A no brainer, really.
5. 5000 pairs of socks
When I spent a month in Europe I was a dumb kid and didn’t pack enough socks. It was so traumatic I now always bring like 10 pairs of socks, even for a long weekend. I’m a crazy person. It’s a crazy easy to hide though.
6. Black GAP Curve skinny jeans
Everyone has that one pair of jeans. These are mine. They look amazing. They go with everything. I actually couldn’t find them on my last trip and I thought I was just going to walk into the lake and never come back. Luckily…crop black leggings exist.
7. 1.5 million bobby pins
If you don’t already do this…you’re either crazy or a liar.
8. 2 coil hair ties
Okay, so these don’t prevent a crease in your hair like those thick tie ones, but your hair WILL NOT BUDGE! I have that horrible kind of hair where two twists is too loose and three twists all but cut off my circulation. With the coils, it’s a nonissue. I’m currently on a high pony kick because of them.
9. 1 pack of Neutragena make up remover wipes.
No one wants to wash their face after a long day of doing nothing. But after a bottle of wine and bonfire smoke, you’re already headed for trouble in the morning, do yourself a favor and prevent flecks of mascara from crusting in your eye balls while your sleep.
This is my BARE MINIMUM! I would absolutely not call myself a light packer. But I can prune off a third flouncy off the shoulder top, I cannot prune anything on this list. The best part is most of these are available at your friendly neighborhood drug store that you can rush into frantically on your way skipping town.
Happy summer travels, Weirdos!
Stay Fab, Stay Weird!