How to pack for spring break

Some tips and tricks for packing – spring break edition

March 7, 2019


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If you’re planning on taking a spring break vacation, whether it’s a beach getaway or a road trip to a nearby city, chances are you’ll have to pack a bag (or two). For many of us, packing and figuring out what to bring and what to toss can be annoying, even challenging. However, learning how to pack is a great skill to have for any globe-trotter and learning the do’s and dont’s can save you time and precious space in your suitcase. Here are some tips and tricks on how to pack: spring break edition.

  1. Plan your outfits

Overpacking is the plague of the traveler. In order to avoid a stuffed suitcase that you have to sit on to zip shut, try to lay out all of your outfits before you just throw everything into your suitcase. Plan an outfit for each day you’ll be away, and don’t bring everything you like to wear. This way, not only will you save space, but time on getting ready in the morning, which when you’re traveling can be hectic. It’s always nice to have a planned outfit before the day begins.

  1. Stick to the staples

Speaking of planning outfits, bringing staple pieces is a necessity whatever the climate may be where you’re jetting off to. If you’re going somewhere cooler, sticking to one or two jackets that can be reworn and restyled throughout your vacation is definitely worth considering. If you’re hitting the beach, bringing shorts you can wear with multiple outfits will save room for the swimsuits and beachwear you have to bring. When you pick out your outfits, finding pieces that can be worn in multiple ways is a great way to pack.

  1. Make a list of all the toiletries you use

Nothing’s worse than finally arriving at your destination and realizing you don’t have your toothbrush…or your medication, or your deodorant – you get the point. Don’t waste time shopping for the things you forgot at home. Before you pack, make a list of all the toiletries you regularly use throughout the day. Then when you’re finally getting everything into your suitcase, check off all the items as you put them in. That way you can be sure you don’t forget anything, which is especially useful if the place you are going to does not have easy access to the products you use.

  1. Pack your electronics carefully

If you do bring your laptop or something that could be damaged if left loose in your suitcase, try to put those items into a separate compartment in your suitcase or in a separate bag altogether. These items can include speakers, headphones, chargers or anything that could be damaged if your suitcase gets thrown around a little. Also, to avoid tangled chargers and headphones, try using garbage bag twist ties. This way your chargers are kept separate and won’t get jumbled into that inevitable giant heap of knots we all know and love!

  1. A few essentials go a long way

Here is a short list of essentials that every traveler needs in their bag:

  • Stick to one pair of sunglasses that go with everything. Sunnies are an added accessory to an outfit and protect your eyes, even if it’s colder than the Arctic Tundra outside.
  • Make sure to bring your headphones for the actual traveling part of the vacation. Although it’s great to unplug once you’ve reached your destination, listening to your favorite music or podcast (or ASMR anyone?) while you’re in the car or on the plane is a great way to pass the time.
  • Chapstick and hand sanitizer. Keeping your lips moisturized and your hands clean…need I say more?
  • Everyone needs a pair of comfy walking shoes in their suitcase. What those look like for you depends on your style, but having at least one pair of closed toed shoes that can put up with the miles are a staple. Your feet will thank you!
  • A reusable water bottle is an essential no matter where you go. Make sure you stay hydrated on your trip so you can better overcome jet lag or headaches. Also, bringing a bottle you can use over and over again will save you from having to buy plastic water bottles whenever you’re thirsty, and save the planet!

So if you are jetting off somewhere this spring break, safe travels and happy packing!

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