- March 22, 2018
Spring break is here. Yes, a fun in the sun destination.
Whether you are flying somewhere or driving (and, most likely being cramped in a car with not much leg room), a carry on or small tote bag is the way to go.
So, how do you pack light and balance personal appearance? Here are some packing suggestions to balance key essentials while still looking your best.
Swim Shorts: Pick a comfortable pair to wear all day that’s also quick drying
Sunglasses: The wear now or later staple
Sun Screen: Protect against harmful sun rays
Hat: Get more sun protection with style
Shorts: Take neutral colors to coordinate well with everything and ready to re-wear
Travel Pants: Pack a stylish cozy fit that’s nice enough to wear by day or more formal by night. Consider specific features like stain resistant, durability, integrated phone pocket and built in hidden zippered pockets to keep your ID, credit cards and money safe.
T-shirts: Comfort on the road with a stylish look is best. Sink wash and hang dry to wear more than once.
Long Sleeve Shirt: Choose something snug that fits in all the right places with breathable fabric that doesn’t show the wet spots and that’s wrinkle free to wear straight from your backpack.
Travel Hoodie/Sweatshirt: Temperatures drop so be prepared for those less than perfect days.
Flip Flops: A must have travel item
Sneakers/Comfortable Shoes: A definite for active excursions
Undies and Socks
Pick fabrics that breathe, are moisture wicking to help keep your skin dry, and are odor blocking. When in doubt, sink wash them.
Stay fresh on the road with a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, and your favorite brand of face wash and toiletries. Flyers, make sure all liquids fit into your one-quart bag. If you’re vacationing in the US and need space, you can always buy shampoos, soaps, shaving needs and other necessity items. On a budget? There are plenty of dollar stores to get your essentials.
If you are one of the 30 million who wears contacts in the US, then pack daily disposables, enough for 2 additional days just in case. Pack in contact solution – and don’t worry about the under 3 oz rule, this falls under the definition of medical liquids. You just need to remember to declare this item at checkpoint when flying. And of course, bring a pair of glasses.
Before and After
Having fun is part of spring break so be prepared with a bottle opener, condoms, Advil/Tylenol, and Pepto-Bismol tablets.
Smartphone, earbuds, credit and/or debit card, local ID or Passport. Grab a charging cable, it’s compact and easily powers up any device. Stash a few extra bucks that might come in handy.
Skip the gas station junk or don’t wing the dreaded horror story of getting stuck on plane. Pack a bar, nuts or dried fruit for a healthy snack.