One of my favorite places to go in the summertime is Cape Cod, so today I’m sharing what I typically pack for a week at the Cape. When I was younger we would head to the Cape for 2 weeks or more, but these days it’s a weekend here and there or a week if we’re lucky (we’re really lucky to be just a couple hours’ drive from my favorite summer spot)!
You need to understand one thing about Cape Cod: It is Relaxed with a capital R. Leave your heels at home, because you definitely do not need them here (unless you’re on the Cape for a wedding, in which case, bring them because that’s a little different). Here’s what is normally in my bag when I’m Cape-bound:
For swimwear, whether you go with a one piece or two piece (like this gingham bikini), you’ll be fine – just leave the itty bitty suits at home 😉 Pack a floppy hat for the beach (or a baseball hat), a beach bag, sunglasses, and a really good book! Depending on what your vacation is for (family vaca, wedding, just getting away), you may spend the majority of your time on the beach. But don’t forget that this is New England, and the weather can change just like *that* so don’t only bring swimsuits!
It gets really cool at night, so make sure you pack a sweatshirt (I love Wildfox sweatshirts – and this is my favorite place to buy them 50% off!) and a pair of jeans. Depending on what you’re doing, too, you may want to pack bug spray- the mosquitoes can be vicious in the summertime. If you’re going out to a fancier dinner, a cute dress with a pair of Jack Rogers is a perfect combo.
For 1 week at the Cape, I pack:
– 4 t-shirts/tank tops
– 1 pair of jeans
– 1 pair of jean shorts
– 1 pair of printed shorts
– 2 short dresses for daytime
– 1 sweatshirt
– 1 fancier dress (like a Sail to Sable tunic dress)
– 1 pair of fancier sandals (like my Jack Rogers)
– 1 pair of flip flops
– 1 pair of sneakers
– 3 swimsuits (1 one-piece and 2 mix-and-match two piece suits)
– 2 beach cover ups
– beach bag
– floppy beach hat
– workout clothes for taking a long walk or going for a run
Plus all the necessary underthings, pajamas, and toiletries!