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The Summer Go Bag: Five Essentials for Getting Out of Dodge in a Hurry

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Road Trip

June is in full bloom, and it’s got us pining to get out of town for a long weekend. Which got us thinking: probably smart to have a little something on hand, just in case the opportunity for a quick jaunt presents itself.

Herewith: the five necessary items for an ultimate summer go bag.

Go BagThe Bag: Size is key here. You want something large enough to bring along all your essentials, but also compact enough to prevent overpacking (kryptonite for a quick getaway). The No. 166 large carryall from Billykirk strikes the perfect balance.

ShirtsThe Shirt: Be mindful of the fabric. If you’re only packing one shirt, it should fit a range of conditions. The French linen button-down from Gitman Vintage is a great option. The linen keeps you cool in the heat while the oxford silhouette offers a bit more coverage for a cool evening.

SwimsuitThe Suit: It’s always best to consider utility. The ideal go bag swimsuit should function outside of the pool or beach. The Crayon Paisley suit by Glass out of NYC fits the bill nicely. The tailored mid-thigh fit lets it double as shorts for an easy transition to the street.

ChukkasThe Shoes: Always be thinking style. You’ll want a classic style that can accompany a variety of occasions and activities. SeaVees’ Bayside moc chukka pairs a brushed twill upper with a bamboo canvas sole, offering a summery spin on the traditional staple.

GroomingThe Product: Portability is the rule when considering grooming. The 1oz Essential Kit from Malin + Goetz takes up minimal space without compromising the spectrum of your product arsenal.