Even when you make a complete
packing list, it's inevitable that there will be last-minute add-ons that will keep your suitcase from actually zipping shut. And even though spring break clothing tends to be small (shorts and bathing suits take up a lot less space than sweaters and boots), the need for options ends up undoing any mental editing and outfit-planning that happened while daydreaming in that last pre-vacation board meeting. So, whether you're planning ahead for an upcoming trip or scrambling to get things together before you jet off tomorrow, we've broken down the spring traveling must-haves you simply cannot leave home without. The (major) key to packing smart and packing light is focusing on versatility; it's what makes packing a breeze. Click through to see exactly what we mean. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Preserve your best spring break memories somewhere other than in the depths of your iPhone camera roll with this fun disposable camera.
KONO! X NINM Lab
Tinted Film Disposable Camera, $, available at
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An oversized tunic is the ultimate layering piece, and this chic iteration from Universal Standard is endlessly adjustable and extremely versatile.
Nailah Button Down Tunic, $, available at
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Beauty lovers everywhere are obsessed with this water-resistant, ultra-moisturizing sunscreen formula featuring citrus and basil extracts.
Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen, $, available at
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With straps that stay put and easy wireless cups, this bikini isn't just a looker.
Black Floral Wireless Flounce Bikini Top, $, available at
Black Floral Ruched High Waist Swim Bottom, $, available at
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It's a bonus if your Insta-worthy straw bag comes with a lining and a zippered top for extra safety.
Oualidia Mini Tote, $, available at
This best-selling bikini top from Summersalt is built like a bralette for a flattering and secure fit.
The High Dive Bikini Top, $, available at
This eco-friendly Brazilian sneaker brand infuses its fashionable yet functional shoes with the spirit of Rio’s street and beach culture, making these kicks a cool addition to your suitcase.
OCA Low Sneaker, $, available at
Is there any vacation staple better than the spaghetti-strapped goodness of a lightweight slip dress? Extra points for the on-trend tie-dye motif.
Alma Slip Dress, $, available at
Give your packing list an upgrade with some appropriately themed accessories, like this stack of colorful bracelets featuring dainty shell details.
Palawan Bracelet Set Of 3, $, available at
These lightweight shorts with an elastic waistband are easy to pack, and even easier to wear.
The Easy Chino Short, $, available at
For sandals with a little sparkle that don't feel OTT, consider this crisscross pair from Schutz that can carry you straight from the beach to the bar.
Ruth Ann Slide Sandal, $, available at
These trendy bike shorts won't take up any space in your carry-on and can be styled lots of different ways.
Curve Basic Legging Shorts, $, available at
“Oh these old things? They’re vintage!” (you, in response to the endless compliments on these designer sunnies).
Tortoiseshell Tinted Sunglasses, $, available at
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These compression socks will keep you comfortable on the plane by enhancing blood circulation in your legs. Plus, the tropical motif will get you in total vacation mode.
Compression Socks, $, available at
Even your pajamas can suit the spring break theme, like this cotton set featuring a hand-painted fruit motif.
Desmond & Dempsey
Fruit Shorty Pajama Set, $, available at
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You can hit the road without having to leave your favorite jewelry pieces at home thanks to this compact organizer. It’ll keep your rings, earrings, and bracelets safe while you’re on the go.
Getaway Jewelry Organizer, $, available at
Even your pajamas can suit the spring break theme, like this cute set featuring a tropical floral print.
Floral Print Cami And Shorts Pajama Set, $, available at
The suitable-for-dads fanny pack fashion trend is still going strong, and we’re definitely not mad about it. This hassle-free, adjustable pouch makes it easy to carry all the essentials for a day of adventure.
Ace Fanny Pack, $, available at
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Channel major retro diva vibes with this vintage woven straw hat.
1980s Vintage Woven Straw Sun Hat, $, available at
The straight neckline and wide straps of this tank make it more interesting than your basic tank top. It will look great with a pair of high-waisted shorts or jeans.
Canyon Top Es, $, available at
If you recognize the name Onia, you probably know it from Instagram. Their swimsuits are a favorite among celebs and influencers because of the pretty prints and sleek silhouettes.
Kelly Tropical Beach Print Scoop Back One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at
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Give your denim the vacation treatment with a lighter wash that suits warmer climates.
The Perfect Vintage Jean, $, available at
For a great beach read, we'd recommend this novel about glamour, sex, and adventure written by the best-selling author of
Eat Pray Love
City of Girls: A Novel, $, available at
Let's have a moment of appreciation for the good old romper, an effortless garment made for the seasoned traveler who doesn't want to sacrifice style for comfort.
Meghan Seersucker Romper, $, available at
After being out in the sun all day, you'll love this vegan body oil that absorbs quickly while moisturizing the skin.
Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil, $, available at
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These reusable wet bags are great for keeping your essentials dry on the beach and can even double as toiletry or accessories organizers when you travel.
Waterproof Wet Bag, $, available at
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