We get such a short summer here in Saskatchewan that every year I promise myself I’m going to get more of it. If I could bottle up the sunshine, the amazing prairie storms, and the summer nights to save all year round I would. I try to spend more hours of my day outside, even if it’s just on our deck in the backyard, and plan more travel adventures with the family.

I’m trying to pack lighter, while still bringing the essentials along, and having enough ‘stuff’ to enjoy our adventures. I’m committed to getting in shape, and have realized that when I look good, I feel good, so vacay is still about combining the two.

Essentials for a summer weekend with friends and family include:

Beach Please shirt

A sassy tank or tee! I love this trend of saying what you really think on everything from workout gear to tees and even your carry-on bag. You’ll find these tees in the mall, or online at your favorite pop-up shop or Etsy store.

AV_Coconut_ Body Wash_354ml_62600963987

Body wash is essential after beach days or campfire chats. Don’t pack a bar of soap, or you’ll be left with dry itchy skin since you’re unlikely to encounter soft-water at your destination. Battle that with a product like AVEENO Skin Relief Gentle Scent Coconut Body Wash – it’s a creamy, light scent perfect for summer. Bonus, it’s soap-free, dye-free and allergy-tested so the whole family can enjoy it.


This is an excerpt from the article Beach, Please which originally appeared on http://feistyfrugalandfabulous.com/.