What to Pack for a Beach Getaway

With summer under a month away the one thing I’ve got on my mind: the beach. We’ve had a long winter here in Maine, luckily I was able to escape most of it! I hope wherever you are you were able to run away and catch some rays.

Simple ModernWhether you are planning a sunny getaway or just a weekend at the beach I’ve rounded up my beach essentials. Check out my favorites below!


Beach Essentials

1. Ascent Simple Modern Water Bottle || 2. JBL Portable Splashproof Speaker || 3. Maaji Hotel California Swimsuit  || 4. Silver Bow Sandals || 5. Floral Embroidered Sun Hat || 6. Beach Towel || 7. Cover Up || 8. Beach Tote || 9. Beach Cooler Bag || 10. Float || 11. Foster Grant Mirror Sunglasses (Steal) || 12. The 5th Mirror Sunglasses (Splurge) || 13. Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

These are my go-to’s, my can’t live withouts. They are in my suitcase for every trip and in my beach bag for every beach day. Ascent by Simple Modern (water bottle) is new to the party and it quickly made its way into my bag. Who am I kidding, I carry it with me everywhere. Ascent keeps cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for up to 8 hours! It’s also leak proof which is a must, especially when traveling with so much equipment. The last thing I need is for my water bottle to spill on a plane, all over my camera gear or in my beach bag! Use discount code SML15ASC for 15% off of your very own Ascent or other Simple Modern water bottle!

There you have it! What are your beach go-to’s and can’t live withouts? I am always looking for more stuff to add to my overweight suitcase 😉

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This post was sponsored by Simple Modern , as always my opinions are my own.

A Quick Guide to Venice Beach

I was in need of an escape from the craziness that is LA. A quick drive away is Venice Beach. It reminds me a bit of Byron Bay in Australia. Eek, I still need to share my Aussie posts with you guys. I guess all of California kind of reminded me of Australia in a way. The beach, the coastline, the healthy lifestyle, and the beautiful scenery.

It was a nice change in pace to escape to this seaside spot.


The Kinney is just a short walk away from the iconic street, Abbot Kinney. As if The Kinney wasn’t already one of the most colorful hotels I’ve visited, you open the door to the Crash Pad Suite and it is a colorful feast for the eyes! Decorated with popular pop art, jewel tones and unique patterns I wasn’t sure where to look first. See for yourself

The Kinney Venice Beach

Crash Pad Suite Bonus: it is right off the quad, meaning you open your door to the pool area!

The location is perfect. Just a short walk from Abbot Kinney, the main shopping street, Venice Beach Boardwalk, the Venice Canals and the Santa Monica Pier!

Every inch of this place screams wanderlust, literally. There is a huge neon sign that says Wanderlust! Continental breakfast is included in your stay and an added bonus is that you can rent bicycles for just $5! This is less expensive than an Uber so I highly recommend. Plus, you’ll get to feel like a local! There are bikes everywhere.


The Kinney Venice Beach


Mural Hop

Exact location not needed. You can walk up and down Abbot Kinney and spot them. If you’re like me an always looking around, these won’t be hard to miss. Here are a few of my favorites:

Venice Beach Murals

Venice Beach Murals

Venice Beach Murals

Bike/Walk the Boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier

I’m not much of a boardwalk fan and you will see some interesting stuff. It is pretty commercialized and a tourist trap nonetheless, but I had to throw this in. If you’re hungry, eat at the Venice Ale House. There are a ton of healthy options and there is a gluten free menu!

Venice Beach

I recommend making this walk in the late afternoon. Be sure to be on the left side of the pier for sunset. It makes for beautiful photos!

Santa Monica Pier

Shop on Abbot Kinney

DUH! This is a must. Even if you don’t feel like shopping it’s fun just to walk down the street sipping coffee or a fresh squeezed juice with a good girlfriend by your side.

Abbot Kinney

Eat at…

The Butcher’s Daughter

This is a ‘grammers DREAM! And when I mentioned earlier that Venice Beach reminded me of Byron Bay, this place was one of the reasons why. It is completely plant based restaurant, café and juice bar. It is mostly vegan and gluten free- can I get an AMEN! These spots are so hard to find on the East Coast. Order the avocado toast and matcha latte- you won’t be disappointed. I mean, you could probably order just about anything on the menu and not be disappointed.

The Butcher's Daughter

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

The eat well, live well slogan has never been more fitting for a restaurant. You’ll find seasonal dishes, gluten free and dairy free options, and fresh ingredients. Eat in or take out, but I suggest eating in and trying some of their delicious cocktails!

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

Drinks at Hotel Erwin

No worries, you don’t need to be a guest at Hotel Erwin to get rooftop access. Head over at sunset and enjoy an icy cold libation accompanied by the warm rays from the sun. Golden hour never looked so good.

Walk the Venice Canals

Obviously you have to do this! I had no idea how quirky some of the homes were. Some were painted neon yellow and others had their yards decorated with fake flamingos. There was a balance though, some beautiful Mexicali inspired homes were sprinkled throughout.

Venice Canals

There you have it! We spent three short days here but I think we covered a lot of ground. Have you been to Venice Beach before? What are your must sees?

This post is written in partnership with Pacifica Hotels and The Kinney, as always, my opinions are my own.