In a Scramble for Spring Break?

A Last Minute Packing Guide for Spring Break


Lexi Fields

An example of what your suitcase could look like while following this list.

Spring break is just around the corner, and now is just the right time to start checking off that vacation to-do list. 

When planning a trip to a tropical place, it’s imperative to have sunscreen to protect your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology Association says, “Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays.” 

If you’re planning on bringing your phone to the beach, you should consider buying a waterproof phone lanyard. Rather than using a Ziploc bag or risking it all and holding your phone above water, a waterproof lanyard makes it easy to have your phone on you. Keeping your phone safe and making memories on vacation is a win-win.

Bringing a variety of bathing suits may be looked past, but if you plan on going in the water every day, it’s going to be a good idea to overpack in this department. Wearing the same wet bathing suit every day can be stressful, so being able to switch in between drying is a great option.

If you’re a fan of taking pictures, bring a waterproof film camera. Film cameras are a fun way to spice up your pictures, and it is a fun surprise to see what they look like after they have been developed. To reduce waste, you could buy a reusable film camera rather than a throw away one if you’re looking into long term usage.

Whenever the sun is out, your sunglasses should be too. Packing sunglasses in your suitcase should be at the top of the list because protecting your eyes is extremely important.

If you’re looking to the gateway to a subtle golden glow, make sure to bring a tanning lotion. Be sure to limit the amount of sun exposure when tanning and always apply sunscreen after recommended sun exposure or opt for an oil with a 30+ SPF.

Always bring a pair of baggy clothes, like a sweatshirt and sweatpants, because some days the weather might surprise you. Getting sunburnt and wearing tight clothes can be uncomfortable, so it is nice to throw on a loose fitting set to ease any common occurring pain.

Aloe can be your best friend in any warm climate. Sunburns can be extremely painful, some nice cooling aloe can help ease some mild pain. According to Healthline, “Call a doctor right away if you get a fever along with your sunburn. You’ll need to watch out for signs of shock, dehydration, or heat exhaustion.”

Bring a portable charger wherever you go. A portable charger can be shared among friends and family, and it can help save a run to the car or having a dead phone when you need it the most. There are several price ranges portable chargers can range from.

Having a pair of tennis shoes is an easy addition to any outfit. Solid colored tennis shoes provide a lot of comfort when you’re walking around a lot and match almost anything. When it comes to shoes, the less the better because shoes can take up quite a bit of needed space.

Whether it’s the car, airplane, or hotel room, it can become noisy and having a pair of headphones can help erase any outside noises.

If you’re relaxing on the beach, try a book. Reading on the beach can be really relaxing with the scenery, and it’s a great way to pass the time. According to Mental Floss, reading can reduce stress, boost creativity, and may even add years to your life.

If you’re planning on vacationing this year or any year in general, the list above can help you have a fun and enjoyable spring break.