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Your Essential Spring Break Packing List


Spring break packing list

I can’t believe my semester is almost halfway over and Spring Break is just a week away. (It definitely feels like winter break just happened.) My favorite part of Spring Break is being able to put my life on hold and run away to somewhere warm, beautiful, and relaxing, where things like homework and exams don’t exist and all I have to worry about is where we’re going out to that night.

Tragically, I am not going to such a tropical paradise this year (I’ll be in Shanghai instead, which is equally exciting but definitely not as warm). Nevertheless, in an effort to live vicariously through all you girls who will be going on tropical Spring Break vacations, I’ve made the following essential packing list.

1. Swimsuit

Spring break swimsuits

1. DKNY, 2. VS Beach Sexy, 3. VS Very Sexy, 4. VS Very Sexy

5. VS Beach Sexy, 6. American Eagle, 7. VS Beach Sexy, 8. VS Very Sexy

What’s Spring Break without a swimsuit? When I went to Jamaica last year, I brought three sets because I knew I’d be wearing them every day and I didn’t want to get bored with just one. If you’re packing more than one swim suit, try to bring different styles — flirty, classic, or all-eyes-on-you.

This year, popular swimwear trends include neon colors, animal prints, and monokinis. Experiment with mixing and matching, and you can even try the mixed prints trend like the adorable pink polka-dotted/floral look above.

2. Cover-Up

spring break cover ups

T-Shirt – American Apparel, Romper – Forever 21, Boyfriend Shirt – Old Navy, Terry Shorts – aerie, Tank Top – American Apparel, Skirt – aerie

If you’re wearing your swimsuit all day, you’ll also need something to wear over it when you’re not near the water.

The easiest cover-up is just shorts and a tank top, which can be super cute and sexy, but don’t be afraid to experiment. A pretty white skirt goes a long way (especially with one of those colorful bikini tops); or try a sheer, oversized tee (shorts optional) for an effortless resort look. My personal favorite is a casual boyfriend shirt in linen, chambray (very popular this season), or sheer white — unbuttoned, and again, shorts optional.

3. Day Outfits

Spring break day outfits

Dress – American Eagle, Crochet Top –  Forever 21, Woven Shirt – Forever 21, Striped Shirt – Topshop, Dress – aerie, Cropped Shirt – Topshop, Gray Shorts – American Eagle, Denim Shorts – American Eagle

If I could pick two words to describe the ideal Spring Break wardrobe, they would be casual and bright.

For your day look, you can’t go wrong with simple denim and colorful cotton. I personally like to pack mix-and-match pieces so I don’t have to lug a million pounds of clothes around. You’ll want to keep it simple and easy — Spring Break is all about relaxing, which you can’t do if you’re decked out in jewelry and too many layers.

4. Night Outfits

Spring break night outfits

Pink Top – Forever 21, Floral Tunic – Forever 21, Embellished Tank – American Eagle, Yellow Tunic – Forever 21, Roses Tank – Forever 21, Embellished Dress – American Eagle, Denim Shorts – Abercrombie & Fitch, Satin Shorts – Forever 21

At most popular Spring Break destinations, you can probably wear your “day” looks at night without a problem, but you also have the flexibility to dress up a little, especially if you’re going to a nicer club.

The main difference is the texture and fabric — embellishments, satin, ruching, etc. will make your look more nighttime-appropriate. Darker colors are fine, but florals and simple brights also look great with black satin shorts or liquid leggings. Again, having mix-and-match pieces will give you the most options.

5. Other Stuff

Spring Break accessories

Black Sunglasses – Monsoon, Flip Flops – Hollister, Navy Tote – Debenhams, Sandals – American Eagle, Lilac Tote – Old Navy, Heels – Forever 21, Pink Sunglasses – Miso

Aside from clothing, you’ll need some fab accessories for Spring Break as well. I recommend a day tote — anything colorful and inexpensive, because you don’t want sand getting all over your nice leather bag. You might want to bring a clutch for going out at night, but be careful with it because stuff gets lost pretty easily when you’re having fun.

For shoes, just stick to one pair for each occasion — beach flip flops, day sandals, and all-purpose black heels (comfort is a must!) for night.

Also, don’t forget to bring your favorite pair of classic sunglasses, and maybe a pair in a bright color just for fun. Finally, don’t forget your sunscreen! Sunburns are never cute.

More Spring Break Fashion

For even more tips and ideas for what to wear on spring break, plus plenty of affordable and cute clothes and accessories, make sure to check out our article on Spring Break Outfit Ideas!

What do you think?

What are your Spring Break plans? Do you have any packing essentials for beachy vacations? Do you pack light or heavy? Have you done any swim suit shopping this year or are you still waiting?

Personally, I had way too much fun looking through the hundreds of styles on Victoria’s Secret; the ones I posted were my favorite but they have tons more that are also super cute. I also randomly really love the Hollister flip flops — if you look on the product web page, it has a giant fabric bow on it. Way too cute. Which item from this post was your favorite?

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22 Responses to “Your Essential Spring Break Packing List”

  1. 1
    March 5th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I love everything about this post!! I’m not going on spring break until May but I’m going down to Punta Cana and I’ll be sure to be using these tips! Wonderful!

  2. 2
    March 5th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    do a post on the best sunscreens! its the most important thing!

  3. 3
    March 5th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    For the next time, PLEASE, the swimsuits WITHOUT these perfect girls with perfect bodies!! :-D I have depression now :-D

  4. 4
    March 5th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    For us in central europe the spring break means snow and skiing :D

  5. 5
    March 5th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Okay, so this post made me excited about spring break, but right now, it’s definitely not beach weather in South Florida :(

    As for my favorites, I loved the black DKNY one-piece. My roomie said it was slutty, but I think it’s classic. Loved the post- and thanks for the reminder to keep jewelry minimal during vacations.

  6. 6
    March 5th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Aww, I wish I was going somewhere for spring break. Tiffany, have fun in Shanghai, that’s sounds amazing!

    If any of you are heading down to Florida (where I’m from) for spring break, I suggest bringing a light cardigan and a pair of jeans because it’s about 50 degrees out right now!

  7. 7
    March 5th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I want the navy tote and the heels :-D

  8. 8
    March 5th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I wish I was going somewhere warm for spring break!!
    I’m going to boston and nyc, so not that warm….more like 40’s-50’s

    Do a spring break post for coloder places for spring break!

  9. 9
    March 5th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Love the suits you picked! I’m going to California for spring break and I definitely bought two new bikinis for the occasion! One more week of classes!!!

  10. 10
    March 5th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Great post!
    That’s awesome you’re going to Shanghai by the way. I actually live there, and while it will probably be cold and rainy when you come, the nightlife is absolutely fantastic :)

  11. 11
    March 5th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Great post!! I will def. use this when packing for my trip to Hawaii! :)

  12. 12
    March 6th, 2010 at 2:43 am

    gee, i need to hit the gym a lot lately…

  13. 13
    March 6th, 2010 at 3:17 am

    OMG! I want that bow bag!!! Dammit, but it’s an international site and I’m not gonna pay $20 for shipping. ahhh it’s so cute though.

  14. 14
    March 6th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Great post! I love all the outfits you chose.

    I’m not doing anything thing for spring break, since I’ve been dealing with a broken foot and haven’t been able to work so I can’t afford to take off for spring break.

    However, this summer I am taking a cruise to Mexico, and I’ll definitely use some of these tips for that trip!

  15. 15
    March 6th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    These r all warm-weather clothes. I’m going to SF, don’t think it’ll be that warm

  16. 16
    March 7th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    hey love the stuff u picked out for it
    really nice tops, shorts, bages, bikinis, etc
    nicce work

  17. 17
    March 9th, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Shorts, flipflops, sunglasses, more shorts… and lots of tank tops

  18. 18
    March 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Yaaaaaay swim suits!! I haven’t bought a new swimsuit yet, simply because there are so many cute ones out there that I just can’t choose! :D

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