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What to pack in your spring break survival kit

It’s March and that means one thing for college students: Spring Break! The hotspot for students has got to be Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But of course, there are many other fun options. Wherever you’re heading, it's a good idea to pack a “survival kit” to ensure that you have everything you need to have a safe and enjoyable time. Here are some items you might consider including in your survival kit:


This is crucial if you don’t want to look like a lobster after spending an hour at the beach. Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays by packing a high SPF sunscreen. And don’t forget one for your face!

First aid kit

You never know what’s going to happen on spring break. Pack a small first aid kit that includes items such as band-aids, pain relievers and any prescription medications you may need.

Reusable water bottle

Stay hydrated on the go by packing a refillable water bottle. This is especially important to help save money on your trip as well. Avoid buying those expensive plastic water bottles and help out the environment by doing so!

Portable charger

Spring break calls for long days at the beach, but that hot sun just drains your phone battery. Make sure your phone and other devices are always charged and ready to go with a portable charger.

Cash and credit cards

Vacation is fun, but it is important to keep track of your budget and spending methods. Bring a mix of cash and credit cards to cover expenses and have a backup in case your cards are lost or stolen.

Hat or sunglasses

Break out those sunnies or a floppy hat to help get you in the vacation mood and protect your eyes/face from the sun. Get creative by bringing different hats and glasses to match all your beach fits!

Insect repellent

This may not be the cutest item on this list, but it is very important if bugs like you. Keep bugs at bay with a bottle of insect repellent. They tend to get bad during the night in warm areas like Florida.

Aloe Vera

Even when we do put on sunscreen, it's not hard to get a sunburn. By keeping some aloe vera on hand, you can help cool down and heal the sunburn faster.

Lightweight jacket or sweater

Even if it's warm during the day, temperatures can drop in the evening, so it's a good idea to pack a light jacket or sweater. Even when going somewhere like South Florida, it can get cool during the night in March.


Sometimes you need a break from the scorching sun and big blue ocean. Bring books, music, a journal or other forms of entertainment to keep you occupied during downtime. This is also super helpful for a long car ride or plane ride back to school.

By packing a survival kit, you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way during your trip. But the most important thing is to relax, have fun and enjoy your time off from school. It's called spring "break" for a reason!


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