In all the excitement of getting ready for Spring Break, you might have forgotten to pack some very important items. While it’s easy to remember things like your bathing suit, passport, and wallet, you should make sure that you have packed important items that will keep you safe and happy while you are on vacation. Before you leave for Spring Break, make sure you haven’t forgotten these travel essentials.
1. Suntan Lotion
There may be a couple of reasons you forgot to pack suntan lotion in your Spring Break luggage. For one thing, if you are flying, it’s hard to get a regular size bottle of SPF through the TSA line in a carry-on. Companies like Banana Boat offer TSA-friendly bottles of sunscreen that hold 3 ounces of SPF 30 suntan lotion.
Alternatively, you may have decided not to pack any suntan lotion on purpose, so you can really build a tan. If you need a low SPF sunscreen for tanning, one option we like is Hawaiian Tropic’s Dry Oil. Either way, using sun protection is important for the health of your skin.
Price: $6.89 for three ounces, $9.94 for 12 ounces
2. Anker 2nd Gen Astro E5 16000mAh Portable Charger With PowerIQ Technology
You remembered your smartphone, but did you remember to pack your charger? This clever charger can help you charge your device fast, even when you can’t get near an outlet.
The charger works for multiple types of phones, including Samsung and iPhone models. This dual charger is great for people who want to charge multiple devices at once. The battery is huge, with enough juice to charge an iPhone 5s over seven times. That should be more than enough for a week of fun in the sun. And because it charges both tablets and phones, it’s great for students who want to get a little homework done while they are on vacation. Overall, this charger is a great buy for students who don’t want to deal with the hassle of power cords or power conversions when traveling abroad.
Price: $39.99 (60 percent off)
3. A Beach Tote
A small beach tote makes it easy to haul all your sunbathing essentials down to the shoreline. You can stash some cash, your sunscreen, a book, your towel, a coverup, and a hat in this bag. You can also use it as a makeshift pillow for lounging on the sand. The ideal Spring Break beach tote should be lightweight enough to fit into your luggage, but big enough to be useful once you get to the beach.
One option we like is the Beyond a Tablet Tote from Beyond a Bag, which is pictured above. It is made from polyester, so it is somewhat water-resistant. This bag can be used for the beach, or as an overnight bag or carry-on. It’s available in four colors.
Price: $14.93 (60 percent off MSRP)
4. A Sun Hat
Even if you don’t usually wear a hat, you may find yourself wanting one for Spring Break. It’s a good way to minimize sun damage, and it keeps the sun out of your face while you are reading or having a siesta. For the ladies, we like the cute sun hat pictured above from the San Diego Hat Company. It’s available in black/natural, as well as ivory/cream. The hat can be rolled up for easy storage in your beach tote or suitcase.
For men, we like the option above from Columbia. This “Bora Bora Booney II” hat is available in several different colors, so you can match it to your favorite trunks or shorts. This is a great hat for keeping the sun out of your eyes while you lounge on the beach. It may also appeal to paddle board enthusiasts, kayakers, or guys who love to go sailing. The hat itself includes built-in sun protection, as well as a band to wick away sweat.
Price: $30 for either option
5. Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Safe Travels First Aid Kit
Nobody wants to think about getting hurt on vacation, but Spring Break trips have some potential for injury. Whether you scraped your knee playing beach volleyball or took a tumble after one too many drinks, you’ll be happy you packed a small first aid kit in your luggage. This first aid kit includes painkillers, cleansing wipes, antibiotic ointments, and bandages.
Price: $13.98 for a pack of two kits