This Spring Break Packing List Is As Useful As It Is Stylish

Ray Lowe

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.

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KONO! x NINM Lab Tinted Film Disposable Camera


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 Urban Outfitters

Universal Standard Nailah Button Down Tunic


An oversized tunic is the ultimate layering piece, and this chic iteration from Universal Standard is endlessly adjustable and extremely versatile.


Universal Standard Nailah Button Down Tunic, $, available at Universal Standard

Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen


Beauty lovers everywhere are obsessed with this water-resistant, ultra-moisturizing sunscreen formula featuring citrus and basil extracts.

Supergoop! Everyday SPF 50 Sunscreen, $, available at Amazon
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TORRID Black Floral Bikini

With straps that stay put and easy wireless cups, this bikini isn't just a looker. 



Torrid Black Floral Wireless Flounce Bikini Top, $, available at Torrid

Torrid Black Floral Ruched High Waist Swim Bottom, $, available at Torrid





Poolside Mini Tote Bag


It's a bonus if your Insta-worthy straw bag comes with a lining and a zippered top for extra safety.

Poolside Oualidia Mini Tote, $, available at Poolside

Summersalt High Dive Bikini Top


This best-selling bikini top from Summersalt is built like a bralette for a flattering and secure fit.


Summersalt The High Dive Bikini Top, $, available at Summersalt

Cariuma OCA Low Canvas Sneaker


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. 

Cariuma OCA Low Sneaker, $, available at Cariuma

Lacausa Alma Slip Dress


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.

Lacausa Alma Slip Dress, $, available at LACAUSA

BaubleBar Palawan Bracelet (Set Of 3)


Give your packing list an upgrade with some appropriately themed accessories, like this stack of colorful bracelets featuring dainty shell details.

BaubleBar Palawan Bracelet Set Of 3, $, available at BaubleBar

Everlane The Easy Chino Short


These lightweight shorts with an elastic waistband are easy to pack, and even easier to wear.

Everlane The Easy Chino Short, $, available at Everlane

Schutz Ruth Ann Slide Sandal


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.

Schutz Ruth Ann Slide Sandal, $, available at Schutz

ASOS Curve Basic Legging Shorts


These trendy bike shorts won't take up any space in your carry-on and can be styled lots of different ways.

ASOS CURVE Curve Basic Legging Shorts, $, available at ASOS

Gucci Tortoiseshell Tinted Sunglasses


“Oh these old things? They’re vintage!” (you, in response to the endless compliments on these designer sunnies).

Gucci Tortoiseshell Tinted Sunglasses, $, available at The RealReal

ACTINPUT Compression Socks


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.

ACTINPUT Compression Socks, $, available at Amazon

Desmond & Dempsey Fruit Shorty Pakama Set


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 Neiman Marcus

Ban.do Getaway Jewelry Organizer


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.

ban.do Getaway Jewelry Organizer, $, available at ban.do

Stars Above Cami and Shorts Pajama Set


Even your pajamas can suit the spring break theme, like this cute set featuring a tropical floral print.

Stars Above Floral Print Cami And Shorts Pajama Set, $, available at Target

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack


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.

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack, $, available at Dagne Dover

RuaVintageGoods 1980s Woven Straw Sun Hat


Channel major retro diva vibes with this vintage woven straw hat.

RuaVintageGoods 1980s Vintage Woven Straw Sun Hat, $, available at Etsy

Reformation Canyon Top


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.

Reformation Canyon Top Es, $, available at Reformation

Onia Kelly Tropical Print Scoop Back Swimsuit


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.

Onia Kelly Tropical Beach Print Scoop Back One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Madewell Perfect Vintage Jean In Fitzgerald Wash


Give your denim the vacation treatment with a lighter wash that suits warmer climates.

Madewell The Perfect Vintage Jean, $, available at Madewell

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert


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.

Riverhead Books City of Girls: A Novel, $, available at Amazon

Amadi Meghan Seersucker Romper


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.

Amadi Anthropologie Meghan Seersucker Romper, $, available at Anthropologie

Aurelia Skincare Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil


After being out in the sun all day, you'll love this vegan body oil that absorbs quickly while moisturizing the skin.

Aurelia Skincare Firm & Revitalise Dry Body Oil, $, available at Aurelia Skincare

Bumkins Reusable Waterproof Wet Bag


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.

Bumkins Waterproof Wet Bag, $, available at Amazon

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