How To: Pack For Spring Break Like A Pro (and without checking a bag!)

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The winter season can be long and cold; luckily, there’s a beacon of light that promises sunshine and warmth to get you through: spring break. Whether your idea of a hot getaway involves undisturbed hours lounging seaside or spicy salsa dancing into the wee hours of the morning, there are a few essentials every spring breaker should bring along. Here, we’ve rounded up the must-haves for your next trip, and cover everything you’ll need both in the air and on the shore.

Take-Off

After picking a destination, perhaps the most important decision you’ll have to make when planning a vacation (assuming you’re flying) is whether or not to check a bag. Word to the wise: don’t! Airlines lose luggage all the time. Do yourself a favor and avoid a potential headache by opting for a carry-on that can hold all the essentials. A cosmetic case will also come in handy not only while traveling, but also once you arrive. Keep things organized in your home away from home with a hanging bag or store small toiletries and accessories like sunblock and sunglasses in a waterproof case while you’re down at the pool or beach. If you do choose to carry-on though, just be sure to remember the 3-1-1 Liquids Rule!

High Tide

Another reason you should skip the big suitcase? Everything you really need for a tropical vacation is compact. You’ll practically be living in your bathing suit anyway, and small accessories like sunglasses and hats can either be worn while traveling or packed in a large tote that can double as both your personal item and beach bag!

Tiki Time

Of course some real clothing will be worn occasionally while on vacation, so opt for pieces that can transition from day to night. A romper is the perfect choice for her – breathable and easy to wear, it’s easy to throw on over a bikini or dress up with your favorite jewelry for an evening out. Guys should look for lightweight materials as well and have some fun with island prints and colors!

A lot of prep goes into going away, and the last thing you want to be thinking about at 35,000 feet is if your luggage is going to make it. Whether you choose to carry-on instead or not, don’t procrastinate: make a list of the items you’ll really need – chances are, they’ll all be able to fit in the overhead compartment!

Are you packing for an entire family? Be sure to check out our tips in Resort Wear Must-Haves!

Warm Weather Essentials

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For those of us stuck in freezing temps, daydreaming of warmer weather gets us through to spring. For those of you who were smart enough to book travel somewhere warm this winter, we have your guide to the essentials you’ll need to relax seaside in style.

We’ve rounded up our top must-haves in sandals and beach accessories for your trip. And if you’re among the lucky who reside in a warm climate, these make great go-tos for any of your sunny adventures.

The Sandaljackrogers
When packing for any type of getaway, it’s always important to select versatile pieces to minimize over-packing. Jack Rogers are always a favorite and are great to take you from day to night. (We know, we wince at narrowing down which shoes to pack too!)

hadakiThe Bag
Again, versatility is key. This great beach bag doubles as a carry on, with great storage pockets to help keep electronics safe from the sand. It’s perfect for a day in the sun, and with a cross-body option, it’s also perfect for a day of sightseeing.

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The Sunglasses
Sometimes packing in the dead of winter makes locating our favorite warm weather accessories hard to find or just makes us want to buy something new! These tortoise sunglasses will pair well with your glowing tan.

petergrimmThe Hat
Nothing says vacation like a fun floppy hat! It’s perfectly packable and will compliment any cover-up or suit. So, channel your inner diva and help protect your head and face from the sun in style while you’re at it.