What To Pack for a Palm Springs Getaway + 5 Things to See & Do

What to Pack for a Palm Springs Getaway #kellygolightly

With spring break and weekend getaways on the horizon, Simply StylistDove invited me to #TryDry and share what to pack for a Palm Springs getaway, plus 5 fun things to see and do in Palm Springs. Hope you enjoy!


How to Pack for Palm Springs #kellygolightly

The best thing about a Palm Springs getaway, other than the abundant sunshine and sparkling pools, is that you needn’t pack much.

Packing for Palm Springs.... #kellygolightly

When it’s toasty outside, packing becomes SO much easier (swimsuits take up very little space!).  Here’s what to bring…


5 Things to Pack for a Palm Springs Getaway

Oversized Sunhat – I always bring an oversized sunhat when I travel to hot climes. Not only does a chic topper shield your skin from the sun, it also looks so old Palm Springs glamour.

Sunglasses – See above!

Comfy-Chic Sandals – Leave your heels at home, ladies, Palm Springs is all about poolside lounging, vintage shopping, and being effortlessly chic, so slip-on sandals or flip flops are your friend.

Cute Swimsuit & Coverup – You’ll practically live in your swimsuit during the day, so make it a cute one. A colorful coverup, caftan or tunic is a must too.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant – Even though it’s a dry heat, Palm Springs gets hot, hot, hot, so I was totally game when Dove invited me to #TryDry. I’m always skeptical when trying new beauty products, but this one lives up to the hype of drying instantly, lasting all day, and leaving no visible residue (important when you’re frolicking in sleeveless tops!). I’m totally hooked. It also includes Dove’s nourishing moisturizer so your underarms stay smooth, soft, and dry.


hat (love this onethis one & this one too) | sandals c/o | dove dry spray antiperspirant c/o | bag c/o | top c/o | skirt c/o | sunnies (similar) | swimsuit (similar)

Now, let’s talk what to do in Palm Springs! Here are a few of my favorite things…

Where to See Flamingos in Palm Springs #kellygolightly

5 Things to See & Do in Palm Springs 

Windmills – Make sure you check out the windmills, an icon of Palm Springs, for a fun photo op — and amazing wind-blown hair. The best ones are on Indian Canyon Road in North Palm Springs (take a peek here).

Architecture & Colorful Doors – Palm Springs is a jewel box of midcentury architecture and colorful doors. Cruise around the neighborhoods of Vista Las Palmas, Twin Palms and Indian Canyons for pure eye candy. See The Real Houses of Palm Springs for proof!

The Parker – Whether you’re staying the night or simply heading over for brunch at Norma’s, a cocktail around the fire pit, a sip of their famous lemonade, or a day at the spa PSYC (Palm Springs Yacht Club), The Parker Palm Springs, designed by the genius Jonathan Adler, does not disappoint. Hammocks, bunnies, croquet, oh my!

Flamingos – If you die for leggy mingos like I do, a quick jaunt over to the neighboring town of Palm Desert to see the flamingos at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is a must. Be sure to scope out the swans and take a complimentary boat ride too (boat rides only after 4pm).

Vintage Shopping – Palm Springs is home to some of the best vintage shopping and home to my favorite vintage shop in the world, The Fine Art of Design. A few more faves include Bon Vivant, Dazzles, and Deja Vu.


Thank you to Simply StylistDove for partnering on this post. All words and opinions are my own.

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