Spring Break 2015

After years and years of spring break vacations and getaways, I believe I have become extremely well-versed, some people may even call me an “expert.” Unfortunately, real jobs don’t have spring breaks, so I figured it was time to pass on my knowledge to the next round of spring breakers. Over the years I have figured out a few of the must-have items, in no particular order, needed for a stress-free and super fun spring break experience.

1. Wide-brimmed hat

A hat, especially a wide-brimmed hat is great for concealing your face and shoulders from the sun. Too many long days out in the sun without a hat can really damage your skin. Just be careful on windy days and maybe opt for a ball-cap or a smaller fedora style so it doesn’t blow away.

Credit: Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa bay

2. Sunnies

Going to on spring break without sunglasses is like going to the mall without any money, it’s torture! Make sure you are prepared, also bring an extra pair, crazy things happen on spring break and someone always loses a pair of sunnies.


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3. Printed canvas bag or large tote

A fun bag is used to carry all your junk necessary essentials! Make sure to get ones with pockets on the inside for your little things and the fun pattern helps to distinguish your bag from the others in the crowd.

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4. Sunscreen

DUH!!! Unless you want to look like a leather bag when you’re 35 I recommend lots and lots of sunscreen! Even if you’re not the type that burns easily, protecting your precious skin from the sun is very important (I promise your older-self will thank you!!).

Also, as a born and raised Floridan, I feel very confident recommending a sunscreen and my favorite is a 30 SPF sport sunscreen. I put it on in the morning before I put my bathing suit on. It is not nearly as easy as the spray sunscreen but it keeps your skin protected all day without having to reapply every 20 minutes.

Credit: Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay

Credit: Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay

5. Chapstick with sunscreen

Your lips are just as sensitive as your skin, if not even more so. Make sure to protect them from the harsh sunlight and salty breeze that will dry them out. Believe me, your spring fling will be a lot more fun if you’re not worried about your chapped lips. 😉

6. Face wipes

These are so easy to throw in your bag and will come in handy for wiping off makeup stains or just a quick refresher during the day.

7. Snacks – (almonds & jerky)

Nourishment is needed during long days out in the sun. A few healthy snacks to throw in your beach bag, such as almonds or jerky will definitely come in handy!

8. Water

This may seem like a no-brainer, but I swear with all the packing and planning, people forgot to bring water. I understand beer has water in it too, but it’s good to stay hydrated with real water too!

9. BB cream

I hate applying sunscreen on my face, it makes me look greasy and I feel as though it instantly clogs my pores. I prefer to apply a BB cream on my face before heading to the beach because it provides coverage, hides imperfections, plus it also has a 30 SPF.

Credit: Revlon

Credit: Revlon

10. Anti-Humidity spray

All of my curly/frizzy haired friends understand this one. Beach days are fabulous for everything except my frizzy hair. Usually I’m wearing a hat, but I always spray my hair with an anti-humidity spray before I leave the house.

Credit: Loreal

Credit: Loreal

11. Flash tattoos

These jewelry inspired tattoos are definitely trending this spring break. You can buy an entire sheet of them at Walmart for $1. They look like jewelry, but you can wear them with your bathing suit to add some style and bling to any look. Plus you don’t have to worry about losing your real jewelry.

Any essentials that I missed?! Comment below and let us know.

Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay