What to Pack for a Long Weekend in the City

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Summer for us involves many days on the lakeshore and up north. I can almost pack that weekender bag with my eyes closed (and the hubs never really ever fully even unpacks his suitcase anyway). However, weekend city packing is a bit more challenging. (Fortunately, there are usually stores for everything I forget within a 2-block radius. I promise that I don’t forget on purpose ;-).

When in cities, we are often on foot for the majority of the time, which can be hot. But then we end up in over air-conditioned museums or restaurants, and I despise being cold, especially in the summertime. Herein comes the layers. Layers also work if you are staying with extended family and aren’t certain how everyone likes their house temperatures (yes, I am actually 85 years old… Alexa! Alejandra! Any SNL fans out there?) or if you are on a road with someone who likes to wear long sleeves in the heat of summer but then blast the air (hypothetically speaking, of course).

We are headed out on a 4-day family long weekend in the city this month and here is what is in my bag for all of our time out sightseeing and trying new restaurants (or at least something very similar if I couldn’t find it online… Better yet, at the time of this publishing, many of the items were on sale.)

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Versatile Travel Accessories


Mackinaw Road- Dawson bag

There are a few things that are ALWAYS with me on my trips. Well… a lot of things are with me on trips but this is the fun stuff… Who doesn’t love some fun accessories? And, the fact that these can serve several purposes makes them that much better.

#1 Travel Accessory: I just purchased the Dawson oversize shopper from Sole Society, and it is already my favorite. It has been with me on two trips in three weeks. It can be used to hold a laptop and work-related items or even more important things like a Captain Barnacles figure, Smarties, and kids’ fleeces and hats.


#2 Travel Accessory: Inside the Sole Society bag, I always bring my Stella and Dot versatile purse, which holds my wallet, passport, phone, etc. I like this purse because it is so interchangeable. I can use it as a cross body bag if I don’t need to bring my big bag for the day or I can use it as a clutch if I have a fancier dinner.


#3 Travel Accessory: Another Stella and Dot winner in my book is the Pave Triangle Ear Jacket that can be worn 6 ways. Not that you really save all that much packing room with this, but you are almost guaranteed an earring for whatever occasion may present itself on your travels.


#4 Travel Accessory: My last Stella and Dot plug~ I promise I am not a Stylist. Again, I like this necklace for its versatility. I also love that it eliminates the need to pack several necklaces that will inevitably get tangled.


#5 Travel Accessory: I also am loving some Matisse taupe booties that I purchased from Nordstrom Rack last year. I don’t have a link to them, but found these that will be next on my list of footwear to purchase. If you have a favorite bootie that is also comfortable, you really can’t go wrong bringing them along. I’m a huge fan of one boot that can be worn with both dresses and jeans.

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