Everything You Need To Pack For Your Spring Break Trip

Headed on a tropical vacay to celebrate the arrival of spring?

By Alyssa Vandermeulen3 min read
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With plenty of outdoor activities planned for your vacation, packing can be a difficult task – especially if your spring wardrobe isn’t exactly up to date. Put away those sweaters and grab a pad of paper to jot down some notes! 

But first, pro-packers have one key trick up their sleeve to help themselves ease into their travel plans instead of stressing the night before their flight. First and foremost, buy a set of packing cubes! This inexpensive organizer hack is something you only need to purchase once, and each cube will help you stuff as many outfits and extra pairs of undies in your suitcase as possible. Check it off the list!

We’ve compiled a comprehensive packing list for your spring break trip, as well as feminine outfit inspo that will make packing a breeze. Here are a few must-have items!

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A Colorful Bathing Suit 

This spring, neutrals are out, and color is in! A bright bathing suit is a cute way to reintroduce color back into your wardrobe (and your suitcase!) without feeling overwhelmed. Bright colors also look great against your brand new vacation tan (from the sun or from the bottle) and will pop on your Insta page. 

Let’s do a little shopping before your trip!

Beach Riot Eva Bikini Top, $98 | Beach Riot Emmy High Waisted Bikini Bottoms, $98

Abercrombie High Apex Underwire Bikini Top, $55 | Abercrombie Mid Rise High Leg Moderate Bottom, $40

Kulani Kinis Underwire Cheeky One Piece in Watermelon Ribbed, $78

Linen Pants 

In the California sun or the Florida heat, a pair of linen pants will keep you cool and stylish as you roam around town. You can wear them as part of your spring outfit or as a swimsuit coverup on your way to the beach. 

Add a pair (or two!) to your suitcase now! 

Athleta Retreat Wide Leg Linen Pants, $79

Abercrombie Linen Blend Pull On Wide Leg Pant, $80

Anthropologie Printed Linen Wide Leg Pants, $88

Shoulder Bag 

Belt bags are so 2023. Shoulder bags are this year's "it girl" essential! You should only bring the essentials when on vacation, like a lipgloss, your sunnies, and your wallet. A small shoulder bag in a solid color will hold all of your daily necessities without weighing down your vacation mood. 

Grab one of these bags before you leave! 

Melie Bianco Willow Shoulder Bag, $98

8 Other Reasons Knotted Shoulder Bag, $119

Denim Shorts

Stay away from “micro-shorts” (yikes!) and opt for classic, light-wash denim shorts instead. Denim shorts are one of the most versatile items you can pack for a trip, as you can wear them at the beach, as a coverup, at lunch, out shopping, and even traveling to your spring break destination. 

 Need a few pairs to kickstart your warm weather closet? Add these to your cart!

Abercrombie High Rise 4 Inch Mom Short, $65

AGOLDE Parker Long Shorts, $148

Levi’s 501 Original Short, $70

Patterned Boxer Shorts

Another trend worthy of your spring break plans is patterned boxer shorts. From your morning coffee chats with your besties to your post-sun relaxation plans, these shorts will be one of your most worn items in your suitcase. Style with a simple tank or tee, and add a few accessories to show off your travel personality. 

Update your spring season loungewear with a pair of these boxer shorts!

Seafolly Beach Short, $68

Old Navy High Waisted Pajama Boxer, $17


Is there anything better than a post-beach shower, wavy hair, and a pretty sundress for dinner? We don’t think so. Add a few tropical floral prints to your sundress rotation (it is a vacation, after all!), but don’t forget to add at least one neutral sundress for any surprise plans on your trip. 

Click checkout on these gorgeous dresses!

Free People Printed Agnes Dress, $168

Abercrombie Cutout Poplin Mini Dress, $80

Activewear Set

If you’re active every day, you may want to pack a few activewear sets for morning beach runs and outdoor pilates. But even if you don’t imagine that you will be working out while on your spring break trip, you should still pack one cute set for a spontaneous beach yoga session or hot girl walk with your girlfriends. 

Don’t have one? Check out these vacation-proof picks! 

FP Movement Never Better Bike Shorts, $48 | FP Movement Never Better Square Neck Bra, $48

Cuts Coreflex Bike Short, $68 | Cuts Coreflex Tank, $68

Simple Everyday Jewelry

Packing jewelry is a hassle and remembering to change your jewelry can pull you out of vacation mode. Instead, pack the bare essentials for your jewelry that will work with every outfit. Keeping your jewelry to a minimum also leaves room (err… weight) in your suitcase for souvenirs and extra hats. You can also buy a pretty piece of jewelry while on your trip to remember it by! 

Let’s add a few easy layering necklaces and a colorful bracelet stack to your carry-on!

Gorjana Birthstone Coin Necklace, $70

Anthropologie Mini Pearl Chain Necklace, $48

Gorjana Poppy Gem Bracelet Set, $65

Flower Hair Claw Clips 8PCS, $14 

Beauty Must-Haves

One of the best parts about being on vacation is a minimal beauty routine. Leave your heavy foundation at home and let your glowy skin do the talking instead! Keep your makeup as simple as possible – a tinted SPF moisturizer for protected skin, a cream blush for a natural flush, a lightweight mascara for added lash length, and a yummy lip balm with a subtle wash of color. 

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm, $24

Freck Beauty Lashrocket Mascara, $26

Saie Glowy Super Skin Lightweight Hydro Bounce Serum, $40

Patrick Ta Major Headlines Cream Powder Blush Duo, $38

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