This article was co-written by staff writers Sara Eichelman and Tegan Morcott.
The month of March is upon us. Along with some warm weather–though February was unseasonably warm–the month of March brings us a week off of school for our annual Spring Break. Whether your plans are to travel somewhere warm, cold, or to be in the comfort of your own home, Spring Break is definitely something to look forward to.
If you are like us, packing for Spring Break can be a stressful task. You never want to have too much in your suitcase (or too little) and you definitely want to feel prepared for any change in plans. Whether you are heading to the mountains to ski or going to the beach to tan, we’ve got the list for you. From your carry-on to your suitcase and all of its stuffing, we’ve got you covered.
Before you lug that empty brown suitcase to your bedroom and begin your packing, we suggest you take time to get familiar with your destination and vacation plans. No matter where you are going–near or far–it’s important to get a grasp on your destination’s culture and attractions. You can easily find interesting things to do by typing in your vacation spot next to the word activities into a Google search. If you are curious or think you might want to do any physical activities like skiing or snorkeling, it’s important to purchase passes or set up times to do those activities in advance.
Personally, we love to make playlists for our vacations. Whether it may be chill music for relaxing on the beach or upbeat songs as you ski down the slopes, a solid playlist is essential. If you are looking for a playlist, check out both warm and cold spring break playlists on The Forest Scout Spotify.
Once you are familiar with your destination and have a killer playlist to accompany you on your travels, packing is next on the list. We have created checklists to smooth your packing experience.
For both warm and cold vacations, we suggest you bring sunglasses and sunscreen. No matter where you are, the sun is strong and it’s important to take the necessary precaution to protect your young skin. Another easy, yet fun and memorable item we love to have on us during trips are disposable cameras. Not only are they cheap, but they take clear and colorful photos that encompass the memories you will make during Spring Break. You can even find waterproof disposable cameras that you can use while you’re out in the snow or underwater with the fish.
- One piece
- Bikini/s (off the shoulder, high waisted)
- Cover up
- Dress/es (both for dinner and to throw on after a beach day)
- White jeans
- Flowy top to wear with your white pants
- Pair of distressed jean shorts
- Walking shoes
- A pair of wedges
- Workout clothes
- Aloe vera
- Tote bag or purse
- Disposable Camera (disposable underwater)
A few unique items to the warm list that we think are important for your sun-filled vacation are a one-piece swimsuit and a romper. Both items have been huge this season. One-pieces have been making appearances all over celebrities’ and models’ instagrams, like Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss. These one-pieces come in all different styles, from cut-outs to low backs, and you can always find a one-piece that fits your personal style. Rompers are also a good go-to item. In our experience, they are the easiest clothing item to plan for due to it being both shorts and a top. Better yet, it can be easily dressed down with a pair of sandals or tennis shoes. Or it could be dressed up with a pair of wedges and a statement necklace.
- Dark colored or wash jeans
- Warm leggings
- Winter boots or hiking boots
- Heavy sweater/s
- Fuzzy socks
- Winter coat
- ski/snowboard attire if necessary
- Disposable Camera
- Stylish short or long boots for a nice dinner
- Long sleeve dress
Traveling somewhere cold is quite the opposite compared to if you are traveling somewhere warm. So, when traveling somewhere warm a few items we find most necessary would be ski/snowboard attire, gloves/mittens and heavy sweaters. Whenever you are traveling anywhere cold, staying warm is most likely a priority. With each one of those items, not being prepared could potentially make or break your vacation whether you are skiing or snowboarding, hiking, or snow mobiling.
Now that you are all packed and ready to head to the airport or stuff the car, you can’t forget to fill your carry-on with anything you may need on your flight or drive to your destination. Of the checklist below, headphones and a good book are vital. Headphones allow you to drown out that crying baby two rows down or ignore your nagging younger siblings and escape into some music filled peace. They are also important to listen to that killer playlist you just followed or made. If you get bored of music, a good book also provides a way of separating yourself from your surroundings. We like to read a classic “chick” book filled with love and romance, a mystery that will keep you interested, or a biography from our favorite actresses like Amy Schumer or Tina Fey.
Carry-on- tote or backpack
- Good book
- Sketch pad and sharpies
- Mini sunscreen
- Hand sanitizer
Packing and preparing is just one step in your eventful Spring Break. The best thing you can do over this school free week is relax. Spend time with your family and friends and take a moment to slow down. Don’t forget to be grateful for the vacation you are on. Try not to check your Instagram and Snapchat every few minutes, but instead look at what is in front of you and embrace and appreciate it. It’s not everyday that you get to experience a new place and its culture.