Our Guide to Labor Day Packing, No Matter What You Have Planned
Though Labor Day weekend sadly signals the end of summer, it is the perfect opportunity to go out with a bang. The long weekend also means many people take advantage of the time off to go on vacation. It's a popular time to retreat to the beach for a weekend of lobster rolls, fireworks, and ice-cold drinks. Or maybe your vacation style is more rugged and consists of a camping trip; perhaps you're using your precious days off to road trip to visit family. Regardless of what you choose to do, Labor Day should be a fun celebration of summer.
Have your LDW plans locked, but not sure what to pack? We've got you covered. We put together a comprehensive Labor Day packing guide that, with a few additions, should prepare you for any and all activities you may have on the schedule. Ahead, we break down the few essentials you definitely don't want to forget to put in your suitcase according to type of vacation.
A flowy maxi dress is a tried-and-true beach necessity — you can dress it up with sandals for dinner or throw it over your swimsuit during the day. You'll be the envy of your Insta followers with a seaside snap in the Banana Republic Poplin Backless Maxi Dress ($149) in hot pink. We also recommend packing a classic little white swimsuit, like the crochet-style Triangl Vinca Syrup Bikini ($99). A relaxed-fit sweatshirt, like the incredibly soft Wildfox Wanderlust Baggy Beach Jumper ($88), will keep you cozy when the ocean breeze kicks in at night. Lastly, invest in a pair of rubber-like waterproof sandals. The Freedom Moses Unicorn Slides ($50) feature a pretty pastel tie-dye design.
A camping trip requires a lot of diligent planning, and this guide is by no means meant to cover everything you need. But we do have a few stylish and functional picks if your LDW plans include hiking or other outdoorsy activities. The colorblocking of the Outdoor Voices Venus Crop Top ($48) adds a trendy touch to this spandex compression shirt. Wear it with the matching Dipped 7/8 Leggings ($34, originally $78). You should also definitely remember to grab a light jacket in case of chilly mornings or unexpected rain. We suggest the Banana Republic Popover Rain Jacket ($139). When doing strenuous activity, hydration is of the utmost importance, so do yourself a favor and pack an insulated water bottle, like the S'well Teakwood Bottle ($35).
If your plans involve spending hours sitting in the car, you'll want to prioritize comfort. That's why we advise packing a cute, coordinated sweat set. We're loving the Mayfair Group Empathy Always Crewneck ($98) and matching shorts ($68). Keep the sun out of your eyes when it's your turn to drive with the Illesteva Lisbon Sunglasses ($240). And you won't be sorry for bringing along a small backpack, like the Fjallraven Kanken Mini ($70), to stash your keys, wallet, and camera.
What to bring when you're visiting a new city obviously depends on the local weather. But, assuming that your destination will be fairly warm, there are a few staples you should pack. Basic jeans that you can wear during the day with a casual look or to dinner with some dressier accessories are a must. Try the Banana Republic Ultra High-Rise Slim Jeans ($109). A pair of sneakers, such as the Allbirds Wool Runners ($95), is also a smart call, since you will likely be spending a lot of time on your feet exploring. For tops, pack a combination of laid-back tees and chic blouses. The Marine Layer Lexi Rib Twist Front Top ($48) is a good example because the ruched front elevates it beyond a plain T-shirt.