For most weekends away during summer, all you need is a half-filled duffle bag—which is all the better if you need to face rush hour on public transport. Forget the seven different outfits and all your tech gadgets. We’ve rounded up a few summer getaway essentials that you shouldn’t forget to pack—from swim trunks to a subscription to the newly revamped Gillette Shave Club—so you can relax and get dirty on the weekend but roll up to work looking fresh-faced and conference room-ready come Monday morning.
Whether you’re sunbathing or surfing, hot-tubbing or kayaking, Saturdays Surf NYC’s Ennis boardshorts ($75) are comfortable and durable enough to go just about anywhere. Our pick is the two-tone short in olive green and white, made from 100% nylon—so they dry quickly.
Badlands Beach Towel
Since their National Park blanket pattern was so popular, Pendleton made a 100% cotton beach towel version. The Badlands National Park jacquard towel ($50) is perfect for the beach, pool or late nights hanging out in the hot tub—and is conveniently oversized at 40″ x 70″.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying, on a weekend at a beach house, as turning off your mobile device and diving full focus into a book or print publication. The current edition of Huck (celebrating its 50th issue) is bumper-sized and features articles on artists and activists, musicians and writers—including Martin Parr, Neko Case, Amy Goodman and more.
Assembled in the USA, Costalots sunglasses blend classic ’50s styling with current technology. While the Diego shades ($238) aren’t a new design for the brand, they’ve remade them with stronger and even higher quality materials—for instance, their hinges are now made from an alloy that has extra nickel for increased strength. A tough pair of sunnies—available in 10 colorways—for hiking, kayaking and whatever other activities you get up to on your weekend away.
Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen
While many sunscreens feel like heavy barriers, Suntegrity’s non-toxic sunscreen is super-smooth and nourishing—and certainly doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a mask. Not just protection against the sun, this cream is also a primer and boasts ingredients such as grapefruit, sunflower and camellia oils, and cucumber extract.
Come Monday morning, you’re going to need to look fresh and office-ready. That means a clean shave, combed hair and all the remnants of sand and sea hidden. Kent’s A FOT pocket comb ($9) is boasts smooth, tapered teeth (with rounded tips for comfort) make for an easy step in getting prepped for a week at work.
Gillette Fusion ProGlide
Even if you’re still basking in the glow of a relaxing weekend away, it’s still important to look professional when you arrive on Monday morning—and the most foolproof way to look crisp (or at least fake it) is a clean shave. Boasting five ultra-thin blades, Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide razor ($9-$13) offers an extremely close shave and even features a precision trimmer on the back. Because of the razor’s fine blades and FlexBall technology, your Monday AM shave will have you looking ultra-fresh and office-ready. To never be stuck without the ability to freshen up, why not consider joining Gillette’s Shave Club and have your favorite razors delivered directly to your doorstep. With Gillette Shave Club, you can subscribe to their best blades for less than $5 a month, but they also offer deals, coupons and exclusive access to sporting events.
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