Going Away for Memorial Day Weekend? Pack These 12 Essentials

Don't delay your three-day weekend by struggling with what to pack in your suitcase. These 12 must-haves are designed to make your vacation plans easier - and more Instagram-worthy

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If you’re heading out of town for Memorial Day Weekend, don’t waste any time stressing about what to pack! We did all the hard work for you, picking out some of the most stylish warm-weather essentials you’ll need. (Psst: No plans? This packing list works just as well for laying out in your backyard.) Scroll down to shop the most essential essentials.

memorial day packing list


Start the holiday weekend with a subtle touch of red, white and blue. A blue-and-white striped tie-front dress doubles as a cute coverup or party dress. A swimsuit is a necessity, obviously, so opt for this seersucker off-the-shoulder bikini from celebrity-favorite brand Solid & Striped. Pack a few separates, too, like this red floral crop top and pair it with some distressed cut-offs.

memorial day packing list

Clockwise from left to right: Buy It! Band Of Gypsies Floral Off the Shoulder Crop Top, $35; nordstrom.com; Solid & Striped The Mackenzie Striped Seersucker Bikini Top and Bottoms, $90 each; net-a-porter.com; H&M V-neck Tie-front Dress, $19.99; hm.com and BlankNYC The Barrow Distressed Denim Shorts, $78; nordstrom.com


When looking for add-ons, find ones that will work for any and all of your summer looks. Because slides are the new flip-flops, we’re into these Sam Edelman slip-ons right now (plus, we’re loving the pop of yellow!). No getaway is complete without a fun pair of sunglasses, and this round brow-bar-style pair from Ray-Ban is trendy and classic all at once. Pair them with a cute Panama hat, like this one from J.Crew (which also happens to be a favorite of Meghan Markle!). Don’t forget your go-to bags — a versatile straw market style tote that’s perfect for the beach or pool and a hands-free belt bag that looks cute with everything.

memorial day packing list

Clockwise from top left: Buy It! J.Crew Panama Hat, $47.70 (orig. $79.50); jcrew.com; Ray-Ban Round Double Bridge Sunglasses, $188; revolve.com; Rebecca Minkoff Blythe Leather Belt Bag, $97.49 (orig. $195); nordstrom.com; Glenda Fringe Slide Sandal, $89.95; nordstrom.com; Mar Y Sol Pompei Pom Pom Tote Bag, $98 (orig. $140); shopbop.com


Don’t forget these fun must-haves! A palm print float is totally Instagram-worthy, sunscreen is an absolute necessity (Clinique’s is SPF 50 and smells amazing) and a tassel beach towel will round out your chic look when you lay out (this one is actually from Target and comes in a variety of fun colors!).


Clockwise from top left: Buy It! Float Naked The BHH Float, $24 (orig $30); floatnaked.com; Target Fun in the Sun Pestemal Beach Towel, $32.49; target.com and Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream, $27.50; sephora.com

What are your packing essentials for #MDW? Sound off below!

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