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Everything You Need in Your Summer Weekend Bag

11 warm-weather essentials for a relaxing getaway. In collaboration with Beautycounter.

By: Hannah Baxter
Photography: Alec Kugler

After months of wishing, waiting, and boldly wearing short sleeves on blustery afternoons, summer has finally graced us with its presence. At last, our Fridays in the office are shortened, and weekends are planned around the nearest body of water—beach, pool, Italian riviera if we’re feeling ambitious. But just because we’re running off to enjoy the sunshine doesn’t mean we don’t thoroughly prep beforehand. As beauty and fashion aficionados, we understand the power of an expertly packed beach tote. God forbid you find yourself without your favorite sunnies or—gasp—not enough sunscreen for you and all your closest friends. In case you’re wondering what to pack in your weekender bag, here are the 11 essentials we never vacation without.


Mizele Sunbath Crocheted Cotton-Blend Tote, $322

First and foremost, you’ll need a stylish tote to hold all your summer must-haves. You can’t go wrong with classic crochet.

Beautycounter Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30, $36

SPF is non-negotiable, and this handy mist version is perfect for applying sun protection on the go. It applies white so you’ll never miss a spot, but dries down clear without any sticky residue.

Borsalino Wide-Brim Hat, $369

Is there anything more chic than lounging by the pool in a broad-brimmed hat? Invest in a style you’ll wear season after season.

Snowe Beach Towel, $48

Don’t overlook the power of a luxe beach towel.

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $39

In order to protect your body from harmful UVA and UVB rays (not to mention prevent premature skin aging), you need a gentle sunscreen that’s equally safe for the environment.

Emme Parsons Chris Slide, $360

Obviously, cute summer sandals are a must. We’re fans of a super-minimalist slide in summery orange.

Beautycounter Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30, $21

Why not treat yourself to a luxurious cocoa-butter-infused sunscreen that is as effective as it is moisturizing? This stick formula is also ideal for reapplying after swimming or sweating in the sun. (Again, sunscreen is a must—pack multiples.)

Féroce Eyewear Emerald Sunglasses, $110

Protect your eyes and look impossibly stylish with vintage-inspired pink sunnies.

Beautycounter No. 1 Brightening Facial Mist, $36

When your skin needs a refresh from the heat, a face mist is your best friend. This one works double duty with added vitamin C and lime pearl extract to fade dark spots and brighten your complexion.

Mason Pearson Detangling Comb, $34

We know your hair takes a beating in the pool or the waves, so don’t forget a detangling comb to smooth away those knots.

Beautycounter Luminous Powder Highlighter, $39

If there’s one makeup product we go crazy for in the summer, it’s a dewy highlighter. Throw this powder formula in your bag and tap it onto the tops of your cheekbones and underneath your brows for an instant megawatt glow.