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Packing Essentials For A Staycation

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I can always tell about mid way through the summer because I am exhausted, and any holiday weekend is long gone or still six weeks away at least. Andrew and I decided that was just too long for a relaxing weekend, so we decided to have a little staycation weekend this weekend. Andrew is taking a half day from work on Friday and we are heading to Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas about 40 minutes from our house. The best part about this is that we are still relatively close to home. No long drive or dealing with an airport. The even better part is that once you arrive at the Four Seasons you feel like you are a long ways away from city life. I wanted to share a few packing essentials for a staycation with you because, if you are anything like me, you have a tendency to over pack.


Packing Essentials For A Staycation


First of all, you need the basics like undies, bras, socks, PJs, etc. I hate to have to tell people that, but we’ve all been there when you forget something like a strapless bra.

Then you need to think about what you are going to be doing. Are you making fancy dinner reservations? Are you going to the spa? A fitness class? Will you be lounging by the pool? Will you play golf? So many questions, right? That’s because there is SO MUCH TO DO at the Four Seasons. What’s on our agenda? I plan to take a barre class, head to the spa with my husband, and enjoy a fancy dinner at least one night for starters. So I wanted to make sure I had some workout clothes that would work for a barre class and a set to hit the gym the next day. Then of course I needed a swimsuit and cover up for lots of pool time. Plus, a cute hat and sunnies to protect my face. I always throw in a pair of cut off shorts and an easy tee for lounging around. This Wildfox sweater is perfect to throw on to go walk around in the morning or go sit by the pool late at night while soaking your feet and chatting about life.

This dress that I have above is a current favorite for summer! It’s so comfy and easy to wear with sandals. It’s perfect for a dinner date or even a bridal or baby shower!

Then of course things like my iPad (loaded with books and magazines), and my trusty Vera Bradley cosmetics bag full of the essentials (basic makeup, toiletries, and skincare).

To top it off I plan to take the two pairs of sandals above and a pair of running shoes.

Something very cool that all Four Seasons hotels offer is their free app. You can download the app in the Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, you can create an account and while you are on your way you can actually check in. Another thing you can do is have things waiting for you in your room. Say you want extra pillows or perhaps a bottle of Rosé or even warm chocolate chip cookies. Boom, just request it on the app! While you are staying there you can order room service, book a spa service, make dinner reservations, and request ANYTHING you need from toiletries to towels and more. The app is AMAZING. Clearly one of the perfect packing essentials for a staycation that isn’t difficult to pack 😉


I will be back next week with a full recap of everything we did and TONS of pictures. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it! But now I need to finish packing!

What are your packing essentials for a staycation?

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  • 48 thoughts on “Packing Essentials For A Staycation

    1. Kristin Cook

      For me, the most important thing for a staycation is comfort. Yes, I still want to look cute, but just like you I would pack shorts and a few comfy staples.

    2. Kiara Catanzaro

      Staycations are SO underrated! Josh and I recently did this for our birthday weekend (His is in March and mine is in April). So we went about 30 minutes away to a gorgeous hotel that’s located in the mountains of Pa. where there’s skiing/snowboarding, golfing, and an amazing spa. We essentially had a weekend away in the mountains and splurged at the spa. I made sure to pack for all different types of weather since April in the north can be tricky. It could rain, snow, hail–you name it! Haha! Great post, Neely!

    3. [email protected]

      I’ve never done a staycation but now i’m dying to. I need time away and my hubby & I are building a house instead of a vacation this year so this sounds like the perfect idea! I’m going to try to talk him into this tonight!

    4. Carmen Baguio

      I’m going to vacationing in Memphis (where I live) for the next three day. I’ve lived her 15 years and still haven’t seen Graceland! Thanks for all of the tips. Since I’ll be doing a lot of walking, comfortable shoes are a must.

    5. Kaycie Vanden Top

      Love this! Staycations are awesome. Your swimsuit is so cute! I need to do a staycation sometime soon. There aren’t many nice places near me to go, but I could go an extra hour or so to the coast 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    6. Rebekah

      A staycation sounds so good right now! I feel like I’ve been going for a month now and I just want to chill for a bit! I love your packing list!

    7. Jill

      We absolutely LOVE staycations… There is a fabulous hotel close to our home that we try to get to a couple times a year. We have found that using HotelTonight gives us some super discounts!! Because we are fairly open as to when we can go (we do a night or 2)… we can wait until it is a smokin’ deal. If you haven’t checked it out, you should… if you use this code you can get $25 toward your first night! 🙂 JWILEY46 — also another tip is if you download it and are in the general area you can get an even lower rate… a geo-rate… PERFECT for staycations!!!

    8. Liz

      Perfect timing for me to read this. I have two staycations coming up and well I tend to over pack and yet always seem to miss something important. Great tips!

    9. Jessica Bradshaw

      Those tees are perfection. They look so comfortable. I have heard great things about the Four Seasons. It sounds like will have an incredible time. Love the idea of a staycation and getting away for a night.

    10. Charlotte

      <3 that sweater! Super cute (and looks good and cozy too). I haven't heard of the app but I'm all for ordering warm chocolate chip cookies to the room just because 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    11. Jordyn

      I’ve never really taken a staycation but seriously I want to! I love hotels and room service without the hassle of airport security!

    12. Laura

      I love this! What a great idea, getting away without getting away (but still not being at home!) I need to do something like this

      For me, Staycation is all about comfort and delicious food. I want to eat like a queen and feel like I`m wrapped up in silk or cashmere all weekend long.

      That and sleeping in. sleeping in is a MUST.

      Enjoy your weekend!
      Laura @

    13. Amer

      Staycation is one of the most memorable vacations I’ve gone to. I don’t have to worry about excess luggage.

    14. Annemarie LeBlanc

      I dream of going on a trip somewhere and just renting out a house or booking a weekend at a hotel and do nothing but sleep. I will totally disconnect from my phone and gadgets and just get the rest I need so much. The only thing I would probably do other than sleep is to get a full body massage at a spa. 🙂

    15. Mimi

      I adore staycations – particularly if you add an extra element of adventure (be it a spa day or another activity that neither of you have done before).

    16. Elizabeth O

      Staycations are a great way to get away and spend some rejuvenation time without spending a ton or even leaving town. I’m all for it.

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