Each year when summer rolls around, the pull of carefree summer getaways rises. Why sit at your computer in an air-conditioned office when you could be sipping on an Apérol spritz by a beach somewhere? Few people understand these travel cravings quite like New Yorkers, who find themselves in what feels like a garbage-scented sweat lodge each July.
One Manhattanite who has understood this better than most is Dria Murphy, founder of Alise Collective—a creative brand building company. In colder months, Murphy is a girl about town, bouncing from event to workout class for her multiple clients. But when the Mercury rises, you can find her jetting off to the Hamptons each weekend; a robust local client list—from Sunday Forever to The Surf Lodge—allows her to foster this nomad lifestyle.
As someone who lives in an out of a suitcase from May to September, Murphy knows which summer travel essentials to pack better than most. So much so that she has taken over the curation of The Surf Lodge's complimentary weekend essentials mini bar—filled with all-natural suncare products, hydrating face mists, yummy snacks, and more.
Ahead, she shares the 12 summer travel essentials she never leaves without—pack these in your suitcase next time you get away for the weekend.
"Jean shorts are probably the hardest thing to find, and I finally found the perfect pair. These are from Grlfrnd Denim, and I've been wearing them almost every day this summer."
"In the summer, I'm always wearing a hat to protect my skin. This is my favorite beach hat right now from Golden Edit."
"Arlo Skye's luggage is chic and made from the highest quality materials, and they will last through a lifetime of travel."
"SPF is paramount in my skincare routine year-round, but especially in the summer. This Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion turns invisible on any skin color and has 50+ SPF."
"The Snowe beach towel is simple and easy, perfect for anyone. The navy and yellow are my favorites."
"Well Told Health’s Energy Booster, a particular favorite of mine, is made of matcha, rhodiola rosea, maca, and beets. Nothing else. It’s a 100% natural way to get an extra boost while traveling."
"An accessory or dress, borrowed from the rental platform Villageluxe, is a great way to wear something new and fun every weekend. You can have a new look each time you travel."
"I discovered this brand in Montauk, my summer home away from home, years ago and have been wearing their swimsuits ever since."
"The Elixir Spray is always within arm's reach when I’m traveling. It's the perfect skin hydrator on the go."
"I don't wear much makeup during this summer, but this tinted moisturizer provides a lightweight coverage."
"Every night, I do five minutes of meditation and put on my Sunday Forever Eye Mask to create a restful night's sleep."
"The perfect bite-sized pick-me-up snack, these Energy Bites from The Ranch Malibu are also in the mini bar I curated at The Surf Lodge."
"I am obsessed with this foundation because it has SPF 25 and is the best fluid compact foundation around."
Murphy's Top 3 Summer Traveling Tips
1. In the summer, my number one tip is to pack light. I hate checking a bag and always travel with a small carry-on—all you need to get through a long weekend.
2. When assembling my outfits for a trip, I try to think about easy tops and dresses that are wrinkle-resistant and can easily go from day to night.
3. A light, multifunctional accessory, like a silk scarf, is the perfect item to serve many functions: It can be a beach cover-up, an accessory to tie in your hair, or a wrap to warm you up over your shoulders after the sun goes down.