Admittedly, my suitcase for my past few trips out of town has been packed within moments of dashing out the door to catch a cab to the airport. Like, packing for a wedding weekend in approximately 10 minutes. I wouldn’t necessarily advise doing that (#MajorAnxiety), but what can I say, I’ve always been one to cut it close with deadlines!
I’m heading back to Chicago for the 4th of July weekend in a few weeks (I know, right? Apparently I can’t get enough of that place this summer.) and I could not be more excited to go back and spend time with my closest friends. My mom is even going to try to come up for a day, which will be much welcomed as I haven’t seen her since Christmas!
Sun, sand, friends, family, the lake, and my favorite holiday… I cannot wait! I don’t know if it’s because summer travel is just so fun to pack for, but I’ve already started the packing list for my trip to Chicago.
I’m packing a few of my most patriotic pieces, as well as some must-have beach essentials. Oh, how I miss the beach in Chicago! Have I mentioned how much I can’t wait to be back?
My friends and I are even chartering a sailboat for the afternoon on the 4th. I’m beyond excited to dress is my boating best. You know I love any excuse to dress a little bit nautical! (Examples here and here.)
In order to fit everything into a carry-on suitcase, I try to pack items with the most versatility. A striped sweater (great for cool nights and on the plane), jean shorts (can wear to the beach, pool, or casual day-time activities), a take-everywhere tote, and a printed scarf are summer travel must-haves.
This tote will most certainly be accompanying me on the boat! I chose the cute kelly green color because I feel like it’s the perfect complement to all of my navy & white stripes. Beach bag, boat bag, weekend errands tote, and even a great bag for a picnic in the park!
How have I not had this adorable bikini bag my whole life? It’s water-resistant so it will keep the rest of your belongings dry until you’re able to hang your suit and let it dry. Genius, right?!
I first introduced you guys to Charming Charlie back with this post in February, remember? I knew that CC was killing it in the jewelry department, but I never realized that they had so many other great accessories! Clothing, too! In fact, the dress I was wearing earlier this week was Charming Charlie. Check it out here!
And for a few more travel-inspired pieces I’m loving… This head wrap (so perfect for a boating adventure!), this infinity scarf (goes with everything, plus keeps you warm on the plane!), these flamingo earrings (you know my flamingo obsession!), this striped sweater (4th of July in a top!), this hat (adore the colors!), this flamingo ring (the cutest!), and this striped dress (can never have too many lightweight dresses!).
Charming Charlie Striped Tote | Trina Turk Beach Towel | Charming Charlie Wet Bikini Bag | American Eagle Bikini | Charming Charlie Striped Flip Flops | Charming Charlie Sun Hat | Essie ‘Marshmallow’ | Charming Charlie Nautical Charm Bracelet | Charming Charlie Anchor Necklace
Charming Charlie Stars & Stripes Scarf | Old Navy Sweater (similar here & here) | Charming Charlie Anchor Necklace | Gap Shorts | Charming Charlie Striped Flip Flops | Gap Sunglasses (similar) | Charming Charlie Star Ring | MZ Wallace Metro Tote | Michael Kors Chain Link Watch
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