Fellas, it’s that time of year once again. Days at the beach, drinks by the pool, and refreshing drinks at the rooftop bar are just some of the plans you have coming up over the next few months. That’s right… summertime is on our mind and we couldn’t be more excited.
There’s no better way to celebrate and bask in the beauty that is summer than planning a few weekend getaways. Whether you’re enjoying the weekend at a beach house, lake house, or planning to attend a festival or two, we’ve compiled a list of 10 essentials you’re going to want to bring with you no matter where your weekend escapes will take you. Style, lifestyle, and personal care… we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite picks.
1.) A versatile weekend bag
In order to pack everything you’ll need for your trips, you’re going to want to invest in the best quality travel bag you can find. The Abingdon duffel from J. Crew has plenty of room for your stuff, but also boasts a sturdy waxed canvas body, leather straps, and even includes a drawstring bag for all your dirty laundry. It’s all you could want in a great travel bag and more!
2.) A dopp kit
In addition to your perfect weekend travel bag, you’re going to need to organize all of your toiletries. That’s why we recommend picking up a great dopp kit. Herschel Supply has so many awesome color options for their Chapter Travel Kit, but we’re loving the tropical vibes of their Pelican Palm version.
3.) A classic pair of sunnies
It goes without saying that sunglasses are an absolute must for summer, so go with a classic. Ray-Ban Clubmasters are timeless and look great with just about everything, guaranteed.
4.) The best way to stay fresh on-the-go
One thing that is always less desired about summer is the extreme heat… and the intense humidity that can come up and make it hard to feel fresh while going about your day. Our friends at Ursa Major have come up with one of the best solutions to this problem this summer. Their Essential Face Wipes, infused with aloe and witch hazel, will cleanse, soothe, and hydrate you even on the most steaming of hot summer days. We recommend carrying a few in your travel bag, because they will really come in handy. Trust us 😉
5.) Some sick swim trunks
Another absolute must-have for traveling this summer is a pair of swim trunks. Odds are you already have a pair, but now is the perfect time to grab a fresh pair with a bright and bold pattern and awesome colors. We’re loving the tropical vibes of this style from Original Penguin.
6.) The perfect pair of white sneakers
Nothing says summer quite like a pair of clean white sneakers, because they will go with everything in your wardrobe. You can always dress them up and dress them down. Adidas’ classic Stan Smith sneakers are minimalist, yet timeless in design with a small pop of green that brightens things up just a bit. Since they are so versatile, you can wear these all weekend. They will surely become your go-to summer sneaker.
7.) Boat shoes
Another footwear essential to pack with you this summer adds a bit of a prep to your step. Sperry’s classic boat shoe, available in a bunch of colors and styles, tops off any outfit with a nautical look. Regardless of whether you are rocking a pair with jeans, shorts, or chinos, you can really tailor these reliable, durable shoes to your own personal style. Ahoy!
8.) A fun short sleeve shirt
As for the types of clothing items you’ll want to bring with you on a weekend away, of course there are the usual shorts, t-shirts, and polos to get you through the hot weather. Short-sleeve shirts are always a great option as well. We’re loving bright, fun patterns right now, like this number from Bonobos, part of the large variety of other bold styles they have released this season. Fill your travel bag with a few of these and you can make a statement by being the life of the party. All that’s missing is a tropical drink. Cheers!
9.) A light weight hair styling product
With all of the activities you’ll be partaking in this summer, make sure to pack a great quality hair styling product with you to make sure your ‘do is not a complete mess. Hanz de Fuko makes some of the best hair styling products on the market, with unique formulas that will give your hair the style and shape you’ve been looking for. For the summer season, their Sponge Wax brings together the best of both a pomade and a gel. With its matte finish and medium hold, this wax will definitely be your go-to product for an easy to manage everyday hairstyle while you’re on the go.
10.) A great tie + pocket square combo (for those special, important occasions…)
Last on our list is an essential duo that any dapper gentleman should have on hand, and that is an amazing tie and pocket square combo. Even if you’re hitting the beach for a causal weekend, you’ll never know when you’ll need to dress up in some fun, summer style. In our store, we have tons of options, like this nautical Weekend Casual tie and our own admiral blue lined classic pocket square. PSA: our new summer collection coming your way soon, so get excited!
We hope this post has you ready to hit the road and enjoy all of what summer has to offer. There’s only a handful of weeks to enjoy it! That’s all for now. Safe travels, fellas… and don’t forget the sunscreen.
As always, stay dapper.
Joe V. // The Guide