I often get this question from incoming renters of Summer Pines Cottage so I thought this would be a great first post on our new blog.
One of the best things about getting away on vacation is the chance to live more simply that you do at home and renting a cottage with just about everything you need and a washer and dryer allows you to pack lightly and re-evaluate our very American fixation with "stuff".
I have found that after a week or two of living with just a couple of outfits, I don't miss all the stuff from home and feel lighter, happier, more mobile and open to experiences. This positive feeling of living with less is helping fuel the "tiny house" phenomenon that is sweeping the country these days and it is no wonder as it is a very freeing feeling to know that we all can very happily live with less.
Summer is the perfect time to live with less when all you need to walk out the door is shorts and t-shirt or shift dress and flip flops and luckily, the Cape is a pretty casual place where you can get away with wearing a sundress and flip flops in most restaurants for dinner. Of course, everyone may want to add some "can't live without" items, but I thought I'd share my packing list of what I bring for a stay at Summer Pines Cottage to get you started:
wedge high heels
dressier dress for dinners out
two pairs of shorts
sneakers and two pairs of sport socks
bathing suits (2)
bathing suit coverup
bathrobe for going to outdoor shower
pair of jeans
laptop and charger
camera and charger
phone and charger
two good books
toiletries and makeup
rucksack or backpack
PS: if you find after living with less for a week or so, you want to implement this at home - check out this cool project on how to live with 33 items in your wardrobe: http://theproject333.com/about
I am a designer and Cape native who loves cottage style, simple, small house living and guiding people to the hidden treasures