Spring break is right around the corner and I can’t believe it! This year has already gone by so fast, but at the same time, I can’t say I’m complaining, because it just means we are that much closer to summer! I always struggle to know what I really need when I’m heading out on a spring break trip with the family, because while no one likes to under-pack, no one wants to be dragging around a heavy bag all week either! These are the things I think are essential when you’re headed out on a sunny spring break trip, and I also included a packing list for you to print out so you don’t forget anything!
Of course, swimming suits are a necessity for any beach vacation! I usually try to take at least two with me so I can switch it up on different days or for different activities. My favorites right now are this cute one shoulder one-piece and our new cropped peplum tankini!
I long ago gave up trying to get tan on vacation and started trying to protect my skin! I used to hate wearing sunscreen but since I discovered Sun Bum, I’m obsessed! It smells so good and isn’t greasy when you put it on. We even sell it at our Lime Ricki stores!
• Cover up
Whether you’ll be at the beach or the pool, you’ll need a cover up! There are so many cute ones out there, from dresses to rompers, it’s impossible to pick just one. Check out this post I wrote last year with some of my favorite styles. A few of my new favorites are this Kenneth Cole tunic and this Seafolly romper.
I prefer to take cheap but cute shades on vacation, because you never know if something could happen to them and you don’t want to lose your expensive ones. Urban Outfitters sunglasses perfectly fit my needs and they have so many that I love!
A maxi is the perfect clothing item on spring break because you can dress it up for a night out at dinner or dress it down for some daytime shopping at the nearest mall. It’s light, airy, and ideal for almost every beachy occasion! I love almost every one I see over on ASOS.
If you’ve been reading blog posts for a while, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with my Saltwater sandals and you’ll never see me wearing anything else when it’s warm outside. Pick some up on our website and then head over to this blog post for some styling ideas!
• Good book
This is another one you should know if you’ve been following along – a good book is never far from me, but especially on spring break! I have so many books on my reading list, and you can check out some of my recent favorites on my top 10 books to read in 2016 post.
• Lip balm
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that lip balm is a must. I can’t even leave my house without having a tube in my pocket, let alone go on a week long trip! At Lime Ricki we’re becoming obsessed with the Bloke Body lip balms that we just started stocking in our stores, but I’m also a fan of EOS and Burt’s Bees!
Last but not least on my essentials list: a camera! Whether it’s your phone equipped with Snapchat or a full fledged DSLR, you need it with you to capture all your adventures! Personally, I usually have my phone with me along with all my favorite editing apps: VSCO Cam, PicTapGo, and of course, Instagram!
Head over to our downloads page to get a PDF download of your spring break packing list (these essentials along with a few other important items) or, if you want even more, click here to download our full vacation guide complete with free printables, an itinerary, and complete packing list!