Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and across the country people will be fleeing to somewhere saltier and sandier in order to commemorate the official start of the summer. Whether you plan to spend your first long weekend playing on the beach or relaxing all day by the pool, don’t forget to pack the essentials for your weekend to avoid being caught totally unprepared. Don’t worry, we have done the hard work for you and hand-picked five essentials you can’t leave for your long weekend without. With these five items, you will be sure to celebrate Memorial Day in style and be the envy of all your friends!
Don’t get caught looking like a lobster while trying to get that perfect golden glow! To make sure you don’t end up looking like one of your mom’s well-loved leather handbags after your prime days by the pool have passed, be sure to slather on some sunscreen every time you go out into the sun. This oil-free sunscreen by Supergoop! sinks into your skin and doesn’t feel thick and gooey or leave a white residue like some sunscreens. It is formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates and is cruelty-free so you can feel good about taking care of your skin!
The floppy hat is a great accessory to any outfit- making a fashion statement that will also keep you shaded from the sun. Celebrities like Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and the Kardashians have all been spotted hiding from the sun (and the paparazzi) with stylish floppy hats. This hat from American Apparel is available in an array of colors, so you can buy one to match every outfit and occasion. Get it in red and pair it with a blue dress to really get into the Memorial Day spirit.
This giant swan float is perfect for hanging around by the pool all day and capturing that perfect Instagram photo! This pool float from Urban Outfitters glows in the dark, so your fun won’t end when the sun goes down. You will be sure to be the life- or light of the party! It has four light modes to choose from, so you will never get bored of glowing around the pool and it is perfect for when you want to enjoy the water, but don’t really feel like getting soaking wet.
American Flag Sneakers
Show off your Memorial Day spirit with these versatile Converse Americana sneakers. They are comfortable so you can wear them around all day without making your feet hurt, even if you plan on walking practically everywhere all weekend. They will look perfect with jean shorts and a simple white t-shirt or paired with a cute flowy dress. Pair it with your new floppy hat for the completely perfect weekend outfit.
This “Carried Away” linen tote by Seafolly is the perfect bag to store all your beach essentials. This neutral colored bag with a bold black stripe looks great with any outfit- or any bathing suit! It is big and sturdy enough to carry everything you’d ever want to bring to the beach or pool. The bag has faux-leather straps for durability and a snap top closure to ensure none of your belongings are accidentally lost on your vacation.
Trade in your plain old white beach towel for a bold and bright one. This beach towel is plastered with trendy banana leaves that have been all over Instagram and Pinterest feeds. The banana leaves velour towel by Kavka Designs will look great while laying out in the sun, drape it around your shoulders to create a whole new look, or of course use it when your sunny summer weekend suddenly turns dark and rainy- the options are endless!