I’m getting ready to visit one of my oldest and dearest friends at her house in a sleepy town in the Catskills. The vibe is way different than in the city or at the beach, and here’s what I’m thinking I’ll bring, starting with a practical-yet cute swimsuit like this. I can throw on one of my old Indian wrap skirts and the top becomes a top.
I love my perfectly ’90s Chaco sandals that work for hikes or rocky-bottomed waters.
Our handy roll-up picnic blanket is the best thing ever. We keep it in the car and pull it out at the beach, park, wherever we need something to sit on. It’s completely waterproof and folds into an easy to carry roll with a handle on top. We have a plaid one but I think this serape style is even cuter.I will definitely need a good hat to protect my face and scalp, and this one has built-in ventilation and a handy chin strap.
I refuse to get eaten alive (yet again) so I will make sure I have some Patio Oil, which not only keeps bugs away, but also leaves skin dewy and smelling good.
I found this chic tote made in Spain from grain sacs on Etsy (natch) and of course it would make a great carryall at the beach too.
How about a cool poncho to throw over that swimsuit or to wear around the fire pit making s’mores after dark?
My other, more fashionable shoe of choice is my Magnafied sandals in this fabulously fun purple. p.s. they’re even more comfy than Birks (I gave my friend a pair and he said at the end of the day he forgot he was even wearing shoes!)Long morning walks require a little caffeine, so I will bring this easy-to-manage sized Yeti.