Kayla's Tips for Packing for Spring Break

Kayla's Tips for Packing for Spring Break
Packing for Paradise: Your Ultimate Tropical Spring Break Guide

Spring break is around the corner, and I hear a lot of you have decided on a tropical paradise destination. Whether you're headed to the Caribbean, Hawaii, or another sun-soaked destination, packing right can make or break your trip from my experience. Here's my ultimate guide to packing for a tropical spring break adventure!

Lightweight Clothing

The key to dressing for the tropics is light, breathable fabrics. Pack a mix of shorts, tank tops, sundresses, and swimwear. Opt for fabrics like cotton, linen, or moisture-wicking materials to stay cool and comfortable in the heat. Having a variety of layers makes mixing and matching so much easier. I also like the lighter layers in case of sunburn, etc! Which leads me to....

Sun Protection

Don't forget to pack sun protection essentials. A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen are a must. Consider packing a lightweight cover-up or a sarong for extra sun protection when you're not in the water. Sunscreen is so important for our health, especially when headed south!


You'll likely spend a lot of time in the water, so pack at least two swimsuits. Look for styles that you feel confident and comfortable in, whether it's a bikini, a one-piece, or a swim trunk. My favorite local swim wear spot it is Swimwear Solutions in Town Center Plaza. Every time I am in need of a new suit, its the first and only place I go. 


For beach days, flip-flops or sandals are perfect. If you plan on exploring, pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes or sneakers. Water shoes can also be handy for rocky beaches or water activities! I like to snorkel when I am near an ocean so nice water shoes are a must for me.

Evening Wear

While the days are hot, evenings can be cooler, especially near the water. Pack a light sweater or jacket for cooler nights. For dinners or nights out, pack a few nicer outfits, like a sundress or a blouse with shorts or lightweight pants. This really depends on where you're headed and what your plans are. Its always better to overdress, than to under dress in my opinion!


In addition to your usual toiletries, pack insect repellent and after-sun lotion. The tropics can be buggy, and sun exposure can be intense, so these items are essential for staying comfortable. If you need a good checklist, leave me a comment and I'll send you the list I use each time I pack!

Beach Bag

A sturdy beach bag is essential for carrying your essentials to and from the beach. Look for a bag that's big enough to hold your towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and other beach-day must-haves. This is something I've forgotten a few times and it's always a pain, or I end up spending money on a souvenir version that I never use again. 

Travel Accessories

Don't forget your travel essentials, like your passport, travel insurance information, and any necessary medications. Consider packing a travel-sized first aid kit for minor emergencies. I also like to make sure I have all of my plane essentials like my charging cords, my airpods are charged, a book, a sweet snack, tylenol, etc! 


Bring along your phone, camera, and any other electronics you'll need. Don't forget chargers and adapters, as outlets may be different in your destination. These are always the most expensive things to buy last minute! 

Packing for a tropical spring break is all about being prepared for sun, sand, and relaxation. With the right clothing, accessories, and essentials, you can make the most of your trip and create lasting memories in paradise.

Bon voyage! XO, Kayla
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