Summer is–gasp–one-third gone already, so if you haven't escaped for your first weekend beach getaway, now's definitely the time. But remember: airlines are charging up to $20 for checked bags, so if the threat of lost luggage wasn't enough, now you have even more reason to fit all your goods into a carry-on. Your best bet for maximum overhead bin usage? A rolling duffle. They're squishy and compact, but have wheels like a suitcase. We like Samsonite's Hommage II ($300).
You can carry it by hand when you don't want to wheel, or stop, drop, and roll when you do. And the 29.9"x12.6"x14.2" dimensions are airline approved.
Now that we've outsmarted the aviation industry, the question is how to fit in everything you need for a weekend beach getway into this relatively compact space. Here are the essentials:
2. Sandals: If anyone knows beaches, it's the Brazilians–which is why their preferred brand, Havaianas ($13.99-$20), is popular both there and around the world. Plus, flip-flops are so flat and malleable, you can shove them into whatever free space you've got left after packing.
3. Saress: Don't you dare show up on the beach this summer in that tired old sarong. This season's craze is the saress ($35). You don't have to worry about it getting wrinkled during travel–but unlike its outdated cousin, you can walk to the bar (or even dinner) in it later on and not feel foolish.
4. Travel Toiletry Kit: Carry bath and body products in this clear plastic travel kit ($10.49). It comes with four reusable bottles, which you can fill (and refill) with the products you use at home.
5. Sunscreen: A new product from L'Occitaine en Provence is their "do Brasil" ($30) line. It's organic and highly protective, and entirely manufactured and developed in Brazil – the only country where my mediterranean skin has ever gotten burnt to the point of peeling (i.e., I trust their sunscreen more than ours).
And be sure to enter this week's travel-themed Freebie Friday – Tell us what the TSA took, and you could win a box of beauty booty from the SheFinds closet!