The Packing List: Spring Break / Beach Vacation

Hiii! I got quite a few requests for a post on what to pack for Spring Break. Now is also the prime time for a warm weather getaway for those of you experience a pretty brutal Winter so I figured this post would help quite a few people, no matter your age!

I started having some technical difficulties as I was making the style boards I usually make so, I do apologize that the presentation isn’t up to my usual standard, hah! But, this covers the jist of what I’d recommend bringing:

I wish I had a beach getaway in my near future. I know I live in Florida but the beach here just isn’t as dreamy as most of what you see in the islands! I have to patiently await the end of April, which isn’t so bad, but I’m getting started on making sure I have just what I need to enjoy and beat the heat!

Here’s what you need:

[1] SUN PROTECTION: Let’s be real! A huge part of wanting to get away to a beautiful island destination is to get some sun! But we have all heard about the affects of sun damage to our skin and eyes so be sure to do all that you can to protect yourself! Packing sunglasses, a large brim or floppy hatlip balm with SPF and sunscreen are absolute musts! Don’t worry … you’ll still get some sun, even with SPF, because the sun is so strong in some places, but you can always use this faux tan mousse that I love if you’re really passionate about protecting yourself!

When I am out and about, and I know my face will potentially experience sun exposure, I am sure to reapply SPF throughout the day with THIS product.

[2] BATHING SUITS: This is a given, am I right? Here are some that have caught my eye recently:

[3] COVERUP’S: Another given … 🙂

[4] LOOSE-FITTING, LIGHTWEIGHT EVENING OUTFITS: After your date with the sun, it’s time to clean yourself up and treat yourself to a yummy meal! Whether you’re heading to a nice restaurant or down to a casual lunch spot, you’ll want either shorts, a lightweight cami, a fun romper or a lightweight dress. Here are some options:

[5] PRACTICAL FOOTWEAR: To accompany the cute outfit, you’ll need some practical footwear. I would normally recommend sandals but, if you’re just heading to a nice dinner, wedges are appropriate. I also think sneakers are appropriate for places that have fun hiking opportunities or historic cities and sites to explore, like Chichen Itza in Mexico. So, obviously just pack based on what you have on your itinerary but here are some options for ya!

I personally think these gladiator sandals are adorable!

The images you see within this post are all from my trip that I took to Bermuda last year. I hope this list helps you find some cute things to bring along with you on your Spring Break or beach getaway!

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Be sure to come back here tomorrow for February’s Instagram Roundup! Thanks for stopping by today, friends!


Editor's Notes



  1. Felicity wrote:

    I love this post! Although I’m not going on a vacation this year, I always struggle trying to decide what to pack and what not to pack. I always end up with three times too much and weird stuff that I usually never end up touching. This post is great and has so many essential items but won’t let you over pack!

    Felicity |

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  2. Michael @ Mile in My Glasses wrote:

    I love this packing list! Thank-you for the great recommendations Alyson!

    I hope you’re having a great Thursday!

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  3. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Beautiful list of Summer outfits and accessories! ????????????????

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  4. Kim wrote:

    These pictures and your picks make me SO EXCITED for my anniversary beach vacay — less than two months! Gorgeous photos!

    Kim .. Riding boots in NYC!

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  5. Jennifer wrote:

    Super cute picks! I love the pink gingham dress! I really wish I was going someplace warm. I’m sick of winter!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  6. Mary Andrews wrote:

    Love this post!! I have a similar question for you and would love to see a post on this: My next upcoming vacation is at an odd time of the year when none of my other friends have off (end of March/beginning of April, I’m a young professional in mid-20s), so I’m looking for places to travel to that I can do solo…and preferably somewhere warm! I love exploring new places on foot but I wouldn’t mind spending a few days on a picturesque beach!

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