Today I’m partnering up with one of my favorite brands – Lark Hotels – to bring you 5 of my favorite easy summer travel tips for all your upcoming weekends away, road trips, beach days, and more. To put all of my travel tips to the test, we ventured up to Whitehall in Camden, ME for a night. If you haven’t been, it’s the most magical little town!
We basically had to pry ourselves away from Whitehall and the amazing team who keeps it running on a daily basis. Our room was cozy and big all at the same time; Pig + Poet (the Inn’s restaurant and bar) boasted some of the most delicious cocktails and brunch I’ve ever had; and the common areas were expertly decorated with colorful and inviting furniture.
The Inn itself is a stunner, but we were even more pleasantly surprised when we made our way to our room and found lavender meringues. Yup. LAVENDER. They were amazing. We savored them for as long as possible and then I highly considered asking for more, but didn’t want to be greedy. They were just too darn good!
And it didn’t stop there, we enjoyed the typical small plates breakfast as a pre-brunch meal, then made a reservation for Pig + Poet’s brunch. Oh. My. It was divine. Even though we had to get on the road, I ate as slowly as possible to make it last. Can brunch seconds be a thing? Let’s make it happen, y’all.
Now, are you heading anywhere this summer? If so, here are 5 of my absolute favorite easy summer travel tips to make your trip that much easier. Enjoy!
5 Easy Summer Travel Tips
- Skip the beach. Hear me out, okay. I’m not saying skip the beach ALL the time. That would be ridiculous. Also, you would more likely than not stop reading right here. But, a quick getaway outside of a packed beach is pretty magical. We visited the adorable Camden, ME and loved it. It was a small town with kind people and darn good food and cocktails. It was the getaway we needed – we relaxed, recharged, and actually enjoyed (quiet) nature. Basically a magical weekend away.
- When you think you’re done packing, you are. Sure, this might sound completely obvious, but think about it. As soon as I think I’m done packing, I realize I have a little room so I add more. Things I don’t necessarily need, but that I know I can fit so I bring them. It’s silly – stop adding more weight to your bag, it’s just going to be heavier to carry!
- Stay at an Inn. For real. I stayed at an inn for the first time earlier this year and now I’m obsessed. We ventured up to the Captain Fairfield Inn in Kennebunkport and fell in love. This time around we visited Whitehall in Camden, ME and didn’t want to leave. Staying at an inn has some major perks – think free (delicious) breakfast, a kind team who is entirely attentive, and the comfort of home. Inns also generally have a common area where you can relax and meet other guests, such a fun way to make new friends!
- Create your packing list 3 days in advance. I suppose I could say at least 3 days, but this is a nifty trick I’ve found that really helps me narrow down what I need to bring. I also have a packing list that’s generally ready to go after traveling between Boston and Atlanta so much. I pull it up a few days in advance and take a peek at what I should be bringing. The other benefit to this is that you have time to think about what laundry you need to do, which items you need from the store, so on and so forth.
- Keep a ready-to-go bag. Now, I’m not talking about an entire bag that’s ready to go, I mean toiletries. I have a small bag in my bathroom that’s always packed with make-up remover, moisturizer, cleanser, a travel razor and toothbrush, you know – the works. That way I don’t have to gather everything when I’m packing, I just grab my already packed bag!
What are easy summer travel tips that you’ve picked up along the years? Any favorites?
ps. If you want to experience Whitehall for yourself, Lark Hotels is offering a pretty sweet deal!