Summer Travel: What’s in my suitcase

Summer Travel 5Summer is here, and so many of us are planning sunny getaways. This weekend, we’re heading to the Tofino and Ucluelet for Canada Day weekend. I’ve lived in British Columbia for 13 years, and I can’t believe I’ve never visited this part of Vancouver Island.

We will be attending my friend’s wedding, which will take place on one of beautiful beaches, and we’ll be staying at a resort which boasts epic ocean views. I can’t wait! Below are a few of the things I’ve packed in my bag for a sun filled summer getaway. Summer Travel 1Summer Travel 3Jergen’s Tanning Lotion
It’s always great to arrive at your destination with a bit of a tan. Applying self tanner before your depart is the perfect way to arrived skin kissed and ready to hit the beach. My favourite tanning lotion is Jergen’s Natural Glow Foaming Lotion. The product comes out in a mouse consistency. Within 90 seconds of applying the foam to your skin, it dries to the touch. The reason I like this particular product is because you can massage it evenly before it dries. This ensures a smooth application and a natural looking tan. Unfortunately, the mousse is no longer available in stores (SO glad I stocked up!) You can still get the same gradual tan from Jergens Natural Glow moisturizers – you can read more about my favourite tanning products in my Sun Kissed feature.

What’s a summer getaway without a few magazines? Perfect to read by the beach, or in my case on the ferry ride over to the Island. I don’t often buy magazines, but its a nice treat on vacation. Style At Home has a fantastic Canadian issue this month. Perfect for this weekend!

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A cute bathing suit is essential on a summer getaway. My go to bikini brand is La Vie En Rose. They have a variety of suits, and sell their tops and bottoms separately so you can mix and match. La Vie En Rose specializes in lingerie, so many of the bikini tops fit like a bra. This ensures you feel comfortable in your swimsuit, and can just enjoy the time in the sun. How cute is the palm print on this top?!

Clean Perfume – Ultimate Beach Day
There is nothing better than the scents of summer time. Sea salt, sunscreen and citrus. Ultimate Beach Day smells like summer in a bottle. It has hints of orange, mandarin, lemon, Italian bergamot, lime, orange blossom, lavender and amber. If you see this scent in Sephora, you have to smell it! It will instantly transport you to the beach.

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Boater Hat
I went on a hunt for a straw boater hat for this trip, and checked so many stores. They really vary in price, and for a beach hat, you don’t want to spend a lot of money. I found this super cute boater hat at Winners for $20! It’s made in Italy, and has a navy ribbon biding. It instantly elevates your beach look to something a bit more chic.

Hooray for open toe shoe season! Since we’re attending a wedding, I’m packing these pretty pearl summer sandals. The invitation did say to pack your dancing shoes! I’ll also bring my favourite flip flops, but these will be perfect to pair with my lightweight dress and boater hat.
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Happy July Long Weekend Friends!
Are you traveling this summer? Let me know in the comments below!




  • I’m dying to get a boater’s hat…downside: my head is too small for nearly all sun hats lol

    • Ah it’s all about finding the right fit. This one was a bit on the smaller side too, which is why I love it so much 🙂
      Happy almost weekend xo

  • LOVE the picks!

    Have a lovely day,

    xx Kris

    • Thank you Kris! The hat was such a great find. Happy almost weekend 🙂

  • Nice post! So great photos!

  • adorable is in your suitcase! love all of it especially the green sunnies!

    Courtney Bentley ||

    • Oh thank you Courtney! It’s by Herschel and is super useful

  • Amy Eade

    I love the palm print of that bikini and those sandals are gorge! Have the most amazing time!
    Amy xx

    • Thank you so much Amy! I’m so obsessed with palm print anything right now 🙂

  • You’re going to have such a great time celebrating your friend’s wedding, congrats to them btw! I adore your bathing suit; I’ve never heard of this brand until now, I just checked out their site and love their designs and like you’ve said, their tops fit like a bra, so they have a nice flattering effect. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and enjoy your weekend!



    • Thank you Jalisa! Yes, La Vie En Rose is a Canadian brand, but they are SO good!! Super well priced too.
      Hope you’re having a lovely long weekend, and all is well while you wait for baby xo

  • This green tropical printed bikini is SO dreamy and perfect for looking glam on the beach! Great tip about magazines by the way, they’re ideal for long journeys 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thanks Gabrielle! I agree, I rarely buy magazines unless I’m going on a trip. Then it’s a nice treat 🙂

  • The sandals are so pretty! Have a lovely time. Gemma x

  • you have all of the vacay essentials here! I love those green sunnies!

    • Thank you Yuka! The sunglasses are cheap and cheerful, from H&M. They’ve been such a good find, and perfect for the beach so if they get all sandy, I don’t mind

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    Oh I really couldn’t live without my magazines during those summer holidays! Such a cool post dear 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

    • Thank you Carmen! Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

  • Great essentials! I need to find a hat for my vacation soon!!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

    • Check out Club Monaco – they had some super cute hats this season.
      For a cheap and cheerful one, look at Forever 21. Happy Summer 🙂

  • Melina Dulce de Leche

    really nice stuff! i love the bikini, just 2 weeks left and I’m leaving again for vacy 😀 cant wait! enjoy yours <3

    • Hooray for summer holidays! Where are you off to?
      Safe travels 🙂

  • Nikki

    Sounds like a fun getaway! We went to the beach a few weeks ago, and I wish we had another trip planned!


    • Beach trips are the best. I’m already planning our next escape 🙂

  • I’ve heard such amazing things about Vancouver Island. I hope to get to visit it one day. I absolutely love the hat! that’s going to look so cute with any outfit

    • Ah Dora is is STUNNING!! Tofino and Ucluelet were especially beautiful. I will be sharing photos soon. It was really hard to come back home. Where in Canada are you based?
      Hope you had a great long weekend! xo

  • I am in love with your sandals! These photos are so beautiful. I’ve been to a wedding in Tofino before and it was just absolutely stunning. I hope you have an amazing time!


    • Thank you Ciara! I got them on sale at Nine West 🙂
      Isn’t Tofino gorgeous?! I could of easily stayed another week. Hope you’re having a great start to summer 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, could have sworn I commented on this post. Where has my poor brain gone. Lol! This is such a pretty post Lyndi… your curation skills are the best + love your sandals, hat, and bikini… basically love everything! So glad you had a fabulous long weekend, loved your insta peeks and can’t wait to get away soon too!! xo

    • All good Veronika! You’re on summer vacation 🙂
      So happy to hear you enjoyed the insta stories – that resort is SO gorgeous! Wine date soon xo

  • Lydia

    Love all of your tips. Sounds like you packed all of the necessities =) I really love those sandals, super cute.

    Lydia |

    • Thank you so much Lydia! Happy summer time to you 🙂

  • I’m glad I’m not the only one who always finds room for magazines in my carry-on! I always treat myself to a couple of issues when I go on vacation. Also, I’m in LOVE with this boater hat!

    Xo, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

    • Ah isn’t that the best? Always feels like such a nice treat to get magazines now.
      Hope you have a lovely sunny weekend!

  • Kim

    Oh my goodness, hope you had an amazing time! I think it’s funny how Canada Day and America’s Independence Day are on the same weekend! We can all celebrate 😉 Love your bathing suit btw! SO CUTE.

    Simply Lovebirds

    • Thank you Kim!! We did, it was such a wonderful time, I wish I could of stayed longer! Lots of photos coming up on the blog soon 🙂 Happy Weekend to you!

  • Love everything but I need that hat! I’m on a serious hunt for the perfect boater! Have a fun trip.

  • Romana Huber

    Gosh, this hat is super! I love everything in “straw”! Everything looks super summery!
    Have a lovely sunday! xx, Romana (