Hack The Pack: 10 Essentials To Put On Your Memorial Day Packing List
Whatever your plans are for the long weekend ahead, it’s always a good idea to have a weekend packing list on hand! With that in mind, scroll through for our list of top essential items to throw in your bag to ensure great weekend outfits and lasting memories (pun intended) for Memorial Day and beyond.
Hold on for a hot minute — before you even form your packing list, it’s absolutely essential that you have a weekender bag to carry everything! A little more than a tote but a little less than a full on duffel, the ideal weekender bag has room for a few different outfit changes without taking up too much space in a car/train/plane/boat.
Sandals come in a wide variety of styles that are suited for any manner of Memorial Day activities. If you plan to spend your weekend poolside or on the beach, slip a pair of easy flip flops into your bag—even better if they’re leather and can go from sand to sidewalk in a flash. Other sandal styles to consider are trendy lace-ups and mid-height espadrille wedges that can be worn in the evening with a dressier outfit.
You’ve heard of the little black dress, but have you met her alter ego? Memorial Day weekend is the ultimate debut for a little white dress that you’ll be sure to wear all summer long. Look for a light, bright, mid-length dress that can be dressed up or down for brunch, candlelit dinners by the water, or casual garden parties. Fun details like eyelet lace, off-the-shoulder necklines, or fit-and-flare silhouettes can differentiate your little white dress from the rest.
The best memorial day outfits are waterproof. Whether you’re on the beach, by a pool, or just embracing backyard sunlight, stay slaying and primed to soak up the sun with a swimsuit on hand. One-pieces are all the rage lately—look for this flattering style in bold solid colors like magenta and turquoise and in stylish cuts that go high in the hips and low in the back.
Late spring and early summer are characterized by warm days and chilly nights. A scarf or shawl can go a long way to provide a little extra warmth. Try scarves in drapey fabrics with tassels or classic patterns like a red and white bandana print to turn your neckwear into the centerpiece of your ensemble.
We all have that one pair of just-right jeans. You know the ones we’re talking about: relaxed and fitted in all the right places, just the right color for daytime and nighttime, comfy and flattering all at the same time. If you’re still looking for a pair of just-right jeans to pack, check out our diverse selection. It’s pretty extensive, so start by scoping out straight-leg jeans in a medium wash that can be worn anytime, any place.
Sneakers are a must-have for any weekend getaway, especially if you’ll be bopping around with your family and friends! Grab a pair of low-top slip-ons in white, black, or even red for hassle-free yet stylish footwear that can power you through city walks, country strolls, or anything in between.
A tank top can be anything from a cropped, sheer coverup top to an embroidered, sleeveless blouse. Toss a few different tanks into your bag: a white strapless shirt to pair with light-wash denim, a fun halter top to match with long skirts, and pretty detailed blouse in a silky fabric to wear with jeans.
Atteeention! Did we grab yours? A light jacket can go a long way as the final touch on an outfit and a source of protection from cool night breezes. Army jackets are having a real moment in fashion these days, and everyone knows the best military jackets are thrifted! If you want to be a little daring, we recommend layering an army jacket over a little white dress for a look that’s the perfect balance of sweet and badass.
Dressy shorts are ideal for traveling. They’re loose, comfortable, and in-style—what more can a woman ask for? Not only are they great travel companions, they’re also a little chicer and a lot easier to pull on and off than denim shorts are. Try dressy shorts in a range of patterns from stripes to tropical prints and with funky accents like pompoms and lace attached at the hem.
What’s your dream Memorial Day Weekend getaway and outfits? Spill in the comments.