Summer is almost here, and for some lucky Hoosiers, that means taking a vacation. If you’re planning on hitting the beach this season, here are six items from local Indianapolis-area businesses that are perfect to pack for your getaway.
Printed with cheerful graphics of sunny dream vacation spots like the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and St. Barts, these vegan-friendly faux leather tote bags from 14 Districts in Carmel City Center are roomy enough to hold all of your beach essentials in style.
Modern Vegan Tote Bags, $68 each at 14-districts.com.
Ideal for stowing in your suitcase or carry-on, this lightweight, quick-dry beach towel from Kelli McLaughlin’s Clothes With a Cause boutique comes with its own drawstring bag. Another bonus: 100% of the profits from the sale of this item are donated to local charities like Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Veterans Support Council of Marion County.
Quick Dry Beach Towel With Drawstring Bag, $27, Clotheswithacause.net.
A good hat is a vacation must-have, and this packable roll-up visor from Josephine’s in Irvington fits the bill perfectly. It’s adjustable and has a 4-inch brim to give added protection on those sunny beach days.
Packable hat, $24, Josephinesinirvington.com for location and hours.
If you’re looking for an exciting summer beach read, consider “The Summer of Second Chances” from Indianapolis-area author Nan Reinhardt. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, this romantic yet suspenseful tale follows the fictitious character Sophie Russo as she inherits two lakeside cottages and unearths a mystery related to her grandfather’s past.
“The Summer of Second Chances,” $8.23, Amazon.com.
You might need a book stand to prop up your beach read while you’re catching some rays on vacation, so here’s a lightweight, portable version from Lisa Bennett’s Black Sheep Gifts. It folds down flat and takes up minimal room in your travel bag — and is also great for tablets and cookbooks.
Book rest, $12, Blacksheepgiftshop.com for location and hours.
Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven and she is so ready for a vacation.
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