Packing Essentials for Your End of Summer Getaway

School is soon to start, or sadly (or happily… depending on your outlook) has already started. Whether the binders are already full with homework or back to school shopping is on the calendar for next week, there isn’t a reason why you shouldn’t pack up the family and take one last soire before you officially close the door on summer. If your brain is fried from the heat, and you need a bit of packing inspiration for your end of summer getaway, we’ve got you covered, literally.

End of Summer Swimwear Essentials


Lourdes is a children’s fashion label created in 1990 by designer Lourdes Paterna. Her designs stand out and are easily recognizable for their use of color, hand painted fabrics, and drawings that are beautiful and childlike in their simplicity. We love that Lourdes uses natural fabrics like cotton, wool, and linen. Designed in Spain, Lourdes can be found in boutiques all over the world.

This year Lourdes has a gorgeous swim line for girls, and we think their options are perfect for your final beach getaway before fall. The mint green swimsuits feature playful painted designs of fruit in bright colors that kids love. We love that their options for girls are feminine but cover enough and stay in place so they won’t slow your daughter down when she is playing at her hardest.

A little girl should be able to swim, splash, run, and jump around in her swimwear, and with Lourdes she can do just that. These swimsuits are comfy and high quality. Lourdes swimwear is unique. No tacky licensed characters! Just beautiful yet childish designs that are timeless.

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The folks at Appaman bring your children the best in stylish, trendy fashion with a side of edginess and unique coolness that you won’t find anywhere else. Pick up some awesome swimwear for your son and daughter before setting out on your end of summer vacay. You know the suits they’ve been living in all summer are worse for the wear, so why not treat them to some vividly bright and fun pieces that will make their last carefree days in the sun amazingly awesome. 

Boys will be boys, so let them run free through the sand and surf, all while staying protected from the harsh summer elements. With UPF 50 protection built into Appaman’s Rash Guards, you don’t have to worry about stocking up on yet more sunscreen as the summer months fade away (we mean, really, it’s painful to add up the amount spent on sunblock this year, eh?). With cool prints featuring the amazing Appaman monkey doing his summer thang, your boys won’t mind staying covered and cool on their last summer fling.

Rash guards are pointless without coordinating swim trunks. Choose from the variety (and yes, there are still plenty of options left!) of Appaman’s super soft and quality made swim trunks for boys, featuring stripes, geometric patterns, and overall modern designs. They are lightweight, making cannonballs and underwater exploring easier than ever, and feature an inner mesh underwear, for support in all the right places.

Be sure to check the two rear pockets for stray seashells and sea stones before tossing them in the wash, and enjoy the comfortable and custom fit elastic waistband contained in the rear panel. The faux drawcord in the front gives these swim trunks a classic look, and the best part is, they are all on sale right now, just in time for your end of summer getaway! Run your fingers over right now to their website to score a pair, and be sure to pick up an extra pair a size larger for next summer’s adventures.

Match your stylin’ sons with your fashionista daughters in Appaman’s swimsuit options for the little ladies. Featuring two piece sets, which are beyond easy for quick potty breaks and dreaded diaper changes, we love the Maui Rashguard Set and Santorini Tankini Set, giving matching lover moms a swimwear dream come true. 

The Maui Rashguard Set gives your girl stylish protection up top with a short sleeve rash guard, and coordinates perfectly with the bikini bottoms that have shirring on the hips for an extra fun detail.

Whether you buy the Santorini Tankini Set for your other daughter or in the same size to allow for even more mix and match options, we love the bright colors and modern designs; and c’mon, there’s plenty of pink, so you won’t have to fight your daughter to climb into this suit on those last precious end of summer vacation days. The Tankini Set features racerback straps and a scoop neck, and comes with matching bikini bottoms that are simply feminine with the skirt overlay.

End of Summer Footwear Essentials


As moms we put ourselves last. Even when packing for vacation, we get everything perfect for the kids and then throw whatever we’ve been wearing for the last three summers into our suitcase and go. Any mom who has been on a family vacation will tell you that you need comfortable shoes that will hold up while playing with your kids, walking around theme parks, shopping, going out to dinner, and more. You don’t want to pack ten pairs of shoes so you have something for every possibility. Packing light is the way to go, and if you get yourself high quality, gorgeous sandals, you can wear them from the beach to a nice dinner easily.

Did you know that Pediped has an outlet online and they sell amazing shoes for women? If you are getting ready for an end of summer vacation, treat yourself to some new sandals or shoes that will keep you comfortable on the go and allow you to pack light!

The Katherine is a beautiful leather sandal that can be worn casually or dressed up. Available in cognac (shown here) and noir, this sandal pretty much matches everything. We love the criss-cross style of the elasticized ankle strap that feels as good to wear as it looks. The insole is cushioned. So leave your worn out flip flops at home and trade them for the Katherine.

If you are traveling somewhere and need a dressier shoe than a sandal, check out the Angie. This suede ballet flat should be in the wardrobe of every woman. It looks great with shorts, pants, or a dress, making it an ideal shoe to pack for a trip. The memory foam insole is so soft and supportive. The elasticized topping ensures a nice fit. These flats won’t be slipping off even if you walk around in them all day long. Available in smoke (shown here) and noir.

The Liza is a flat sandal that can be worn pretty much anywhere. Once you try on the Liza, you will wonder what took you so long to start wearing this sandal. Toss your old sandals away and pack this one. The cushioned footbed is a dream. The ankle strap is velcro, and the suede that makes up this sandal is as smooth as butter. The Liza comes in taupe, noir, and french blue. All three colors are pretty neutral, but fair warning, you are going to want them all. The stone embellishments across the toe give them a little hint of sparkle. You just feel more put together in this sandal than a pair of flip flops.

If you want a really strappy sandal for extra style, the Chantal is the way to go. Shown here in noir, it is also available in cognac. This soft suede sandal has a leather lining, and the cushioned insole is very supportive. Pair these with pretty much anything. We love how playful they look with a short summer dress. They zip up in the back for a nice fit. This sandal is sleek and sexy making them a great addition to your packing list for your end of summer getaway.

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Katherine | Angie | Liza | Chantal

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Mom has new shoes for her end of summer getaway, so now it’s time for the kids to grab a pair. Pick up some See Kai Run sneaks and sandals that will easily transition your kids from end of summer to the fall and school season. In bright, fun colors, and featuring the epitome of comfort and top design, See Kai Run shoes are always at the top of our must-have footwear list.

The Stevie II are your classic canvas sneakers that not only look great on kids, but on adults alike. These easy on and off sneaks are ideal for tackling amusement park lines, strolling the boardwalk, and climbing new playgrounds. Featuring faux elastic laces and a velcro closure, you can get your son out the door in record time, which is always a plus when squeezing in a last minute end of summer vacation.

In two color options, and a slew of toddler and big kid sizes (they are especially good for kiddos with wider feet), these sneakers are fully lined with natural, breathable materials, and feature great traction on the soles, making running and jumping safer than ever. These are the ideal shoes for year round wear. 

Although the summer season is coming to an end, and many of the sandal options that See Kai Run offered are now all gone, still hop on over to their site and pick up some shoes for the upcoming cool season. And take a look at a great sandal option they offered for boys, as a sneak peek for what’s in store for you next summer!

Just like the Stevie II featured above for the boys, See Kai Run has a girl version, the Kristin. In the same classic sneaker style, featuring a variety of different prints, these shoes also offer faux laces and a velcro closure, making for a custom fit and ease of use – give that girl some independence when getting dressed! These shoes contain all the great features of the Stevie II, just with girly flowers, dots, pinkaliciousness, and a hint of sparkle.

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Kristin | Stevie II

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End of Summer Snack Essentials


You know your kids are still going to act like your kids even while on an amazing beach vacation. There will still be arguing with siblings, you will still spend five minutes every morning looking for their shoes, and they will still be begging for snacks all day long. Avoid whining from a “hangry” kid on vacation by packing super delicious snacks that are easy to take on the go. No prep, no mess, and no cooler needed. You need something to toss in a purse or backpack and eat on the go. Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks are exactly what you need.

Kids are obsessed with fruit snacks. They are chewy, colorful, and sweet. However, most fruit snacks are packed full of yucky stuff like artificial flavors and food colorings. Don’t pack that junk for your end of summer vacation. Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks are made with wholesome ingredients like real fruit and real juice with plenty of Vitamins A, C, and E. You will never find any preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, GMOs, or trans fats in Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks.

They simply use organic juices and organic fruit purees to create these sweet treats, and your kids will happily gobble them down while on vacation. The little 4oz pouches are the perfect size for a snack in between meals. Take them hiking, to the beach, or on an airplane, and when your kid complains of hunger, you will have something to stop the whining right on the spot, making your vacation days better for everyone in your family.


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Photo Credits: Dani Nicole Photography, everyavenuegirl

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