A quick weekend getaway is all you'll need to recoup, rejuvenate, and tackle the warmer months with a new attitude. Before packing up the car and heading out on your next adventure, browse through our list of must-pack weekend essentials.
A Good Book
Who doesn’t catch up on some reading while off work? For a heartfelt read, we recommend The Good Luck of Right Now, by bestselling author Matthew Quick, of The Silver Linings Playbook fame. Written as a series of letters to actor Richard Gere, the novel tells the story of middle-aged Bartholomew Neil as he searches for his biological father.
A Light Sweater
Still waiting for true summer heat to hit, we suggest bringing a light sweater along for the ride. The heartloom ‘Greta’ strappy back sweater ($124) will keep you warm while looking cool. South Moon Under, 1731 Chestnut St., 215-563-2298
A Protective Facial Moisturizer
With an SPF of 50, Porification Plus ($36.50 for 4 oz.) is a vital carry on your next sunny escape. Infused with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, and green tea, the tinted moisturizer protects you from damaging rays and makes your skin look better without clogging pores or creating a greasy appearance. The cream is also great for hands, neck, and shoulders. About Face Skin Care, 1015 Chestnut St., 215-923-5001
A Fashion-Forward Bag
With all your necessary travel items in tow, you will need a bag to carry all of them around. Your camera, headphones, and iPad all fit in this grey suede backpack from Suit Supply ($269). The hybrid product also transitions into a briefcase. 1601 Locust St., 215-383-1500
A New Pair of Sunglasses West Coast Optical carries some of the season’s best sunglasses for both men and women, including one of our favorite brands, Moscot. Boasting gradient lenses, the old-fashioned style ($290) will embolden any look. 1726 Chestnut St., 215-351-9111
A Pair of Comfortable Shoes
For a chic option that won’t have you running for the nearest rest stop, check out Stuart Weitzman’s Tulipbow flats ($149-$298), a timeless style made with tarturuga patent leather. 1711 Walnut St., 215-640-0400
Headphones (and music) are a must whenever leaving the home… let alone on a weekend getaway. Beats Studio brings you noise-canceling headphones ($299.95) that are lightweight and easy to carry. With a 20-hour rechargeable battery, you’ll be dancing to your own beat all day long. World Wide Stereo, 38 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore, 610-649-7002
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MATTHEWQUICKWRITER.COM (BOOK); SOUTH MOON UNDER (SWEATER); ABOUT FACE (MOISTURIZER); SUIT SUPPLY (BAG); WEST COAST OPTICAL (SUNGLASSES); STUARTWEITZMAN.COM (SHOES); WORLD WIDE STEREO (HEADPHONES)