I grew up in Virginia, but my mom is from Maine, so we spent a week or two up there every summer as I was growing up visiting family and vacationing. After I moved out and got married and started having kids, we continued the tradition.
Paul actually vacationed in Maine with his family several times when he was growing up, so we both have ties to the area and enjoy going back every summer with our own kids. My parents have a place on a lake near where my mom grew up, so it’s a great place to vacation as well as spend time with family.
Since Maine is a big tourist destination these days, I often get asked about what to pack and what to wear on a Maine vacation, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to that topic.
What I Packed & Wore For A Week In Maine
The key to packing for a Maine vacation is to bring a little bit of everything… but keep it casual. There is rarely a need to dress up, so at most I bring a pair of white jeans and flat sandals for dinners out.
On the other hand, the weather is quite variable, and you should be prepared for anything in that regard. I’ve been in Maine in July when it’s 50 degrees and pouring rain (last year, in fact!) and other times when it is 90 degrees and sunny and humid (just last week!) I never go without packing clothes for both weather extremes and anything in between.
You also need to think through your activities. We stay on a lake-front property, so water shoes and swimsuits are a must. We often go hiking, and I like to walk or run for exercise, so I always bring a good sneaker/hiking shoe along with some activewear.
We spend a lot of time lounging and reading, so I like to bring some comfy clothes that don’t button and zip; and we rarely go anywhere fancy, so I don’t bring heels or extra jewelry.
One all-purpose handbag is all I need in that category, and it almost always rains when we’re in Maine, so I usually throw a rain jacket into my suitcase.
Okay, so here’s what I packed and wore for our week-long Maine vacation…
What I Packed for A Week In Maine
When it came time to pack my suitcase on the morning we were supposed to leave — I know, I like to live dangerously! — I first decided on my travel outfit. I chose my comfiest blue jeans that I like to wear with casual summer looks, and I topped them off with a white t-shirt and coral denim jacket, knowing they both could easily be mixed and matched with other versatile wardrobe pieces.
I wore neutral sandals with a molded footbed that are comfortable for walking in airports, and I picked out jewelry that goes with pretty much everything. I didn’t pack any extra jewelry beyond that.
Then I opened my suitcase and threw in a pair of white jeans for times when I might want a more elevated look (namely going out to eat; we like to take advantage of the plentiful fresh seafood while we’re up there!) I had just prepared yesterday’s White Denim Review, so I immediately picked the MOTHER Dazzler Mid-Rise Ankle, since I had named them the most versatile pair I own.
Next, I grabbed my favorite blue jean shorts and my favorite white jean shorts. Since my bottoms were all easy neutrals, I could pretty much throw in any of my tops and know that I had multiple outfit options.
I already had a white t-shirt in my travel outfit, so I grabbed a plain grey t-shirt. (I don’t know why, but I always travel with one of each. I think because the grey can go with white jeans as well as blue, and the same coral jean jacket, to give me a different outfit. And it can also go with either of the shorts for a simple look.) And later in the process, I added a plain black tee as well.
Then I threw in a couple casual graphic tees, the tie dye muscle tank, and that pretty Maeve ruffle sleeved tee for a dressier dinner look. I also added my cable v-neck sweater for cool nights by the lake. Did I need all these? Probably not, but I wore them all except the grey tank.
I only packed one swimsuit, as I don’t spend a lot of time in the water. I did wear it to lay out in the sun a couple times. And I always pack some comfy clothes when I travel, for lounging on lazy days or going down to the lobby for coffee when I’m at a hotel. My Vuori joggers always come with me, if I don’t wear them for traveling, and so does my Athleta Pranayama Wrap.
I also always pack workout clothes. Knowing I wasn’t really up for running, I figured my Vuori Energy Top and Boyfriend Shorts would work for both power walking and lounging, and even hiking, if we decided to hit up a trail. We didn’t get around to it this trip, but we often do.
Of course, that would require sneakers, and my On Cloud running shoes are versatile enough to handle any of those situations, plus they’re fairly small and lightweight — at least, compared to my Brooks.
In addition to those and the neutral sandals that I wore traveling, I also packed a pair of Birks, and at the last minute, I threw in these rubber slides. It’s always good to have a pair of sandals or flip-flops that can get wet. I packed two pairs of pajamas, as well.
And here’s what I actually wore!
What I Wore On Our Maine Vacation
I already shared my travel outfit, but here it is again.
When we arrived, it was hot and humid — especially for Maine — and my mom had lobster rolls for lunch.
I immediately changed into a comfy tank top and shorts. This picture was taken later in the week, but I love this grey Vuori Energy Top with the blue Boyfriend Shorts. It’s so comfy, but I can also exercise in it if I want.
Our first full day at camp (everyone in Maine calls their lake home a camp) was a lazy day, although the kids and I did go into the nearby town of Ellsworth and wander through some of the shops for a few hours that afternoon. I changed into shorts and a graphic tee.
We hung around camp on Tuesday, and I didn’t do much to make myself look presentable until we made a spontaneous decision to go out to dinner that night. I pulled on white jeans and my trusty tie dye muscle tank — a favorite from last summer.
Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth is one of our favorite places to go for lobster dinner, and they have lots of other really good seafood dishes as well. We often go more than once during a Maine vacation. I highly recommend it, if you’re ever in the area.
For hanging out by the lake, I often wore pajamas or my Vuori activewear/loungewear. I brought two pairs of pajamas, but I really only needed one. If it was chilly, I’d wear my Athleta Pranayama Wrap on top of my pajamas.
And I wore my Vuori Energy Top and Boyfriend Joggers a lot when we were just sitting around.
We went to Bar Harbor on Wednesday. The kids like the shops, and we had a late lunch at a lovely spot on the waterfront.
I snapped this picture of Paul and the girls.
And here’s what I wore… just a simple black tee and white denim shorts. I got this tee on a really good sale at Saks OFF 5TH but it sold out, and it’s only available now at full price.
I spent Thursday mostly in my swimsuit, reading a book.
Here’s a picture of Paul and Becca in the water.
At one point, I pulled on my cable knit sweater and jean shorts. I can’t remember exactly when I wore this, but I took a few pictures on our last day of outfits I wore that I forgot to capture at the time.
I think this is my favorite outfit of this whole spring/summer season. I’ve worn it so much, I’ve lost count.
We decided to go out for dinner that night in Bangor, so I changed into white jeans and this ruffle sleeve top. As you can see, white denim was my go-to for dinner outfits. Timber Kitchen & Bar is one of our favorite restaurants up that way.
I bought this Lazy Lake Daze tank with our Maine vacation in mind, so it’s ironic that I didn’t wear it while we were hanging out at camp by the lake.
Caroline loves to thrift, so on Friday morning, I took her into town to do some shopping while I hung out by the river with a book and a cup of coffee. (We had a rental car, so I couldn’t let her drive herself.) Of course, that’s the day I ended up wearing this tank top!
And that was also the day we traveled home. We stopped into Jones Lobster Company in Holden on our way to the airport, for one last lobster roll.
I wore the same outfit I wore on our way up.
And that, as they say, is a wrap! Ironically, I never wore the Vuori joggers. It was so warm, anytime I wanted to be comfy, I just wore my pajamas or the Vuori Boyfriend Shorts. I also never wore the grey Splendid tee, but it would have been really cute with those pink joggers… just sayin’!
Otherwise, everything I brought came in useful. I could have gotten away with less, but it all fit easily into my medium sized suitcase, along with all of my toiletries and hair tools. #highmaintenance
I also stuffed the Louis Vuitton purse with underwear and packed it in my suitcase. I just put all my purse stuff in the tote, in a zipper bag. I use this tote organizer to keep everything in its place.
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