For A Memorable And Stress-Free Travel: Spring Break Must Haves
Spring break is the time for you to take a break, get some rest, and release all that tension and unwanted stress.
You know the feeling when you’ve been waiting for this: You’re counting the days until you can take a break from school or work and spend time with the kids and explore beach waves while sipping on a margarita or strawberry daiquiri with your family members and friends.
But before you hit the beach, you need to do be prepared!
Packing for an adventure can be a daunting task especially making sure you packed all your beach vacation essentials. Even if you think you have it all down, it is inevitable that you’ll forget something and have to go the whole trip without the forgotten items.
Most warm weather vacation clothes are small and don’t take up too much space, but, there are still a lot of option to consider, especially if you are planning your OOTDs which can easily lead to over-packing!
Whether you’re planning ahead for your trip or you’re trying to get things together before you hit the plane, we prepared a spring break must-have list (that you can also use for your ultimate beach vacation packing list) for you so you don’t have to be worried that you forgot something and have to pay an exorbitant extra cost to purchase it at the hotel.
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A bathing suit is one of the top must-haves for a beach getaway. Take a sleek, one-piece swimsuit that works not only in water, but, also a good look as part of an outfit.
You can wear it solo while on the beach or you can pair it with shorts, skirts or baggy jeans as a bodysuit during the evening or when going on day trips.
Shirts are necessary for any spring break destinations. If you are traveling with your family or friends, make sure you get matching tanks!
You can use these tops as an easy way to keep track of everyone in your group. They are also a cute excuse to spice up your photos.
Spending the whole day on the beach, going out at night, or exploring different places will drain your battery. Imagine you are about to take a photo and your phone says nope, low battery – no pictures for you!
So don’t forget to bring your chargers for your smartphone, camera, and other mobile devices!
Don’t forget to bring your portable charger, too! Your phone might need to be charged when there’s no outlets available.
A portable charger is a lifesaver! It’s one of the most important must-haves on this list. Bring a light and portable power bank with at least 10,000mAh power to fully charge your device. Who knows, your friend might need to use it too!
Listening to music while lying on the beach is relaxing. However, blasting the music from your phone can easily drain its battery.
Bring a portable speaker with you. Since most portable speakers are Bluetooth-enabled, it gives you and your friends the capability to switch from one playlist to another.
Before you go on a trip, make a spring break playlist. Ask your group members what music they want to add some variety.
Something that can easily be brought — but, often forgotten — are ponytail holders.
Whether you prefer scrunchies or the basic thin ones, you must have them on hand – literally – I wear one on my wrist at all times! You can use it to tie your hair up while swimming and also use it to tie your tank top if it’s too loose!
Most hotels have toiletries that you can use in your room. But, if you’re traveling in groups, before you know it, there’s no more shampoo or conditioner after one night!
But, you don’t need to spend unnecessary amounts of money because most stores around the vacation spot will sell it to you for top dollar!
Save yourself money and bring your own travel-size toiletries from home. You can either buy them or you can buy travel-size containers and fill them with your favorite essentials.
Whenever you go to the beach, you should always make sure to bring a waterproof pouch. This way, you can carry your personal items such as your phone, your room key, credit cards, and cash with you even when you hit the beach.
A waterproof pouch is one of my favorite beach accessories because the last thing you want on your beach holiday is getting your cell phone wet.
Whenever you’re spending time outdoors you should cover yourself in sunscreen. Not only are you protecting your skin, you’re also limiting the chances of getting cancer.
SPF15 helps block out 93% of UVB rays, but, if you are more sensitive, you can opt to use something higher.
Don’t forget to reapply sun protection every two hours!
While hitting the beach, you’re most likely to get sunburned. Even if you are applying sunscreen, you must come prepared for the aftermath by bringing a bottle of Aloe Vera Gel, just in case – if not for you, then someone you’re traveling with may end up needing it!
Keeping your skin hydrated is a must. After taking a dip, make sure to apply a layer of After Sun Gel to save your skin.
If snorkeling is one of your favorite water activities, bring a snorkel mask with you.
Although some places offer snorkel masks for a fee, they can be quite expensive. Bringing your own can save you some money!
Don’t forget the beach towel, whether it’s to dry off after a dip, lay on to catch some rays, or sit on for a picnic, you’ll need this for sure as it will be needed many times.
For people who love snorkeling, diving, or taking photos, an underwater camera is a must.
Many people use a GoPro camera that takes 4K photos even underwater. If you’re on a budget, you can also buy cheaper ones. You’ll be surprised at how great your photos turn out! Imagine taking selfies underwater while swimming!
How many times have you tried sleeping on the plane or in the car and you wake up with a stiff neck? It’s the worst!
Bring a travel pillow with you. This will support your head from the back and the side. Using a travel pillow can also prevent your head from constantly falling forward.
You may not want to bring a massive beach bag. Bringing a huge one can also cause you to over-pack!
Get a crossbody bag that’s hands-free, but, it’s also big enough to fit all the essential items.
There’s a golden rule while on the beach: Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Instead of buying a ton of bottles of water, which can be expensive, its a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle with you. Before you leave your hotel, don’t forget to refill it for free!
Hats do not only complete your OOTDs — they’re multipurpose!
A sun hat can protect your face from the sun, and solve any beach hair sightings, too.
Using water shoes will totally change your life!
Can you remember, as a kid, slipping while diving or snorkeling? Although you can use ordinary shoes when swimming, using water shoes make it easier, they have a great grip and they aren’t 10 lbs blocks on your feet once they get wet making them a great option.
You can use the hotel slippers, but, they may not go well once you walk in the sand.
Solve this problem by bringing your sandals with you. If you’re afraid that your favorite pair might get lost, you can purchase fashionable ones just for the trip.
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The last thing you need is to be caught in the beach bathroom or in a bar without tissue paper!
They’re handy for anything: To wipe a dirty chair or table, to clean your hands, to wipe your sandy phone and more!
Other Beach Essentials
- Makeup wipes
- Small First Aid Kit
- Dry Shampoo
- Gadget Tracking Device
- Bug Spray
- Hand Sanitizer
- Keychain Bottle Opener
- Coolers and Drinks
- Tank tops
- Beach blanket
- Spf lip balm
- Beach umbrella
- Beach chairs
- Digital camera
- Light jacket
To make packing easier and stress-free, we prepared a free printable for you! Print it out a few days before you go on your beach days trip and check it again before you step out the door.
Taking this time off shouldn’t be stressful. Make sure you pack all of your essentials so you can have a stress-free, fun, and memorable trip.
What’s your favorite Spring Break travel destination?