If you're anything like me, you jump up as soon as the clock hits 5pm on Friday afternoon and are out the door running towards the beach. I cannot stand being in the city during summer weekends knowing that I could be relaxing by the water instead.
Back before I started my own business and still worked a nine-to-fiver I would head directly from work for the buses leaving for the Cape. This means I would drag my weekend duffle with me to work in the morning. And, confession time, I used to be a serial over-packer. After a few weeks of torturous treks to work I learned the art of weekend packing.
Above gives you an illustration of what I typically pack for weekend beach trips. It boils down to two daytime outfits (I always pack an extra Tee or Tank just in case, you never know when your niece will come after you with some form of juice), a bathing suit and cover-up, a fancy dress, and jacket and lightweight scarf for cooler evenings. I bring one pair or flips flops and one dressy sandal, my wallet doubles as a clutch and I keep my jewelry choices simple. It may still seam like a lot but I assure you it all fits comfortably in my medium weekender bag with enough room for my toiletries and my big-ass camera.
I also recommend investing in a Kindle. Books are ridiculously heavy by comparison.