Your complete guide to getaway vacation essentials

March is upon us, which means one very important thing: vacation season!

Yes, we know, not everyone is lucky enough to still be in college with a pre-approved, blissful week off in late March or April — but that doesn’t mean we can’t still take some time to soak up the sun, too.

Although the whole point of taking a break in the spring is to enjoy some time away from the pressures of daily life, sometimes planning for your trip isn’t all that stress-free. That’s why this year, we’ve curated a complete guide to taking the stress and guesswork out of packing.

So, laptop off and sunglasses on, ladies. Let’s see what spring break and resort style has in store this year!

Poolside chic

Bring on that Vitamin D! Whether you’re a one-piece or two-piece person, there’s no greater feeling than lounging by the pool – especially when you know you’ve scored the perfect suit.

Bungalow Palm Top, $99 Bottoms $79

J.Crew Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Top, $64 Bottoms, $56

One piece suits are also a great getaway option, as they work for the water and beyond. Wear these pieces on the beach, or let them double as a bodysuit paired with flowy skirts, shorts or pants come evening.


Super Scoop One Piece, $30

MILLY Cabana Banana Leaf Print Wrap One Piece, $215

Scalloped Bandeau One Piece, $84

The Ingrid One Piece, $138

Stylish shade

While spring break is all about spending time in the sun, a little shade never hurt, either. Which is why you’ll definitely want to bring a hat along. Whether it’s a casual baseball cap for a more laid-back look, or a sunhat for the classic beach look, they’re the perfect accessory to keep you sun-protected and stylish at the same time.

Clean Up NY Yankees Baseball Cap, $25

Originals Relaxed Strap-Back Cap, $24

Brixton Joanna Hat, $49

Sunny Days Panama Hat, $64

Instagram-worthy towels

While this may not be an essential as most hotels, resorts or Airbnb’s will provide their own, beach towels are another great way to bring your personality along on your trip. Besides, as long as you’re taking those envy-inducing beach shots, you might as well have a towel that’s just as picture-ready as the scenery itself. Anthropology has some great towels right now, too! Aloha Beach Towel, $38
Stripe-Dyed Beach Towel, $48

John Robshaw Alabat Beach Towel, $88 See You At The Pool Beach Towel, $38

Beach (bag) ready

Suit, check. Hat, check. Towel, check. Now it’s time to make some room for your absolute best friend on the beach. A bag that holds all your necessities is a must, so it only makes sense to bring along a bag that also shows some style. From bold and colorful versions to shades that match the sand, here are some of our favorite beach bags.

H&M Weekend Bag, $34

Madewell Canvas Transport Tote, $58

The Way U Mochilas Bucket Bag, $81

Market Tote, $139

Lightweight styles

If you truly want to make packing a breeze, a flowy dress that can double as a cover-up or an outfit for a night out on the town is key. From maxis and wrap sets to natural colors and standout prints, lightweight and versatile dresses should always be a spring break staple.

Noveau Cover-Up, $110

Convertible Iris Beach Dress, $358

X Revolve Justina Dress, $178

Lost in You Midi Dress, $128

As long as we’re talking about breezy, breathable outfits – rompers and two-piece sets are also a great option if you want to take some weight out of your suitcase and the stress out of putting together an outfit. During the day or night, rompers are easy to slip on and style for any occasion.  

Stripe Bell Jumper, $145

Everything But Water Long Sleeve Dress, $170


If you’re in the mood to ditch your flip-flops completely, slip-ons can strike just the right note of casual and beach-ready, while also being versatile enough to hit the town for dinner or date night.

Dolce Vita Kaira Block Heel Sandals, $110

Sunrise Stripe Burkina Slide, $285

Tennis shoes

From walking tours to outdoor excursions and shopping-filled afternoons during your week in paradise, your feet will surely thank you for ditching the sandals and opting for comfort and support (and you can still continue to rock some style, too).

Carter Glitter Sneaker, $248

Adidas Consortium x Slam Jam 

Beach beauty

While you take some time for yourself on spring break, that means the rest of you deserves a little TLC, too. From easy-to-pack sun-protection to hydration for your hair and skin, here are some essentials you’ll want to pack in your carry-on.


Supergoop! x MILLY Defense Refresh Setting Mist, $28

Coconut Kiss Kit, $30

Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Hairspray, $20

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45

Bon voyage, beauties!