Tips For Spring Break Light Packing
At last, it’s spring break and the chance for some fun but what to pack and what to leave is a real issue for some. So many set off with almost all they own but getting all het up and sweaty dragging around suitcases just isn’t cool. Those on spring break that know what they are doing keep it all simple and travel light. Here’s how to do it.
1. Consider the Duration
When deciding what to pack, it is a good idea to start by considering the duration of your trip. It’s natural to want to pack everything just in case but resist the temptation to bring everything you have in your closet with you. It’s not that important to have a different outfit for every party or for every time you hit the beach. Condense your stuff down to just the essentials so you take just enough.
Hauling an extra-large suitcase isn’t practical. Less is more when packing for spring break. Stick with a smaller and more portable upright or a large rolling duffel bag. Each comes with multiple compartments so you can fit a lot of stuff for your trip into a small space. Shoes could go in the lower compartment, and so could your souvenirs and fragile items you decide to bring back whereas the spacious main compartment will easily hold a full week’s worth of clothing.
3. Order Clothing Properly
It is better to create a list to make sure you don’t end up missing something essential. You could even consider creating categories. The first category should include the clothing you know you want to wear and can be worn again such as T-shirts and tank tops, yoga pants, swimming trunks and so on. The second category will be those items you may not need but might prove useful.
4. Possible Items To Pack
Consider attaching some sort of smart tracking device to your most important belongings so you don’t have to deal with losing them. There are many available but look for one that is attached to your phone or keys.
Here’s a useful list of items for spring break fun that are handy to have with you.
- Aloe vera gel may not seem important but you will appreciate the soothing gel once you start spending time out in the sunshine and start to burn.
- A blow-up lightweight ball will provide hours of additional beach fun and a quick game of beach volleyball or football is a fast way to meet new friends. Pack it deflated to save space.
- Include a high-quality travel camera to document your spring break adventure. A GoPro is perfect because they are so robust and versatile and easy to use to capture great action shots.
- Pack a hanging toiletry bag with travel-sized bathroom necessities. It is simple to hang it up on a wall or shelf for easy out of the way storage.
- Never forget to include a good quality bug repellent. If you are heading off to find the sun you are bound to come across mosquitoes and other biting bugs.
- Savvy travelers know the importance of mini hand sanitizers. It’s okay to get your hands dirty, but leaving them dirty is not. Not keeping your hands clean is a sure way to pick up local germs and stomach bugs you have no resistance to.
- These days everyone needs technology even on a trip, and along with your camera and headphones, you should consider packing a waterproof Bluetooth speaker for use around the pool or on the beach.
- Good quality sunglasses are essential to protect your eyes. You get what you pay for, so beware of the cheaper fashion glasses. They are not suitable for everyday use and don’t have UV ray protection.
- Pack a small notebook to record your day-to-day experiences. Write down everything and anything you enjoyed or found interesting. It could be the cocktails you enjoyed, the moped you rented or the water sports you took part in. You will love it once you’re back home and it will help jog your memory if you plan to share your experiences on social media.
- Along with keeping the right clothing, tech and documents pack a basic travel first aid kit and any regular medications you take such as Advil. It is also a good idea to take a pack of condoms, rehydration sachets to manage headaches triggered by dehydration and antihistamines for stings, bites, dust, and pollen. They don’t take much space and it’s better to use products you are familiar with.
The trick to packing for spring break is to have everything you know you are going to need. It’s just not sensible to pack everything you own just so you can decide what you want to wear on the day. Traveling light takes some forethought and planning but the effort pays off in the end. With just a small amount of luggage, you will get to wherever you are going to much more easily and there’s not one minute of your precious spring break is wasted on deciding what to wear.