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The Ultimate Spring Break Packing List

It’s almost March and that means… SPRING BREAK! Ok, so we’re not college students anymore but I’m still a girl (and a cool mom, too…obvs), so of course that means I’ll be living my best life on a Disney cruise in a few short weeks. 😉 Get ready for me, spring break.

Whether you’re going on a week-long spring break trip with your family, a girls weekend, or taking a solo adventure (on my bucket list!), it’s important to think through what you’ll be packing.

You’ll never see here on The Modern Savvy how to pack for eight days in a carry-on. Holy cow ladies… I’m the worst when it comes to condensing! BUT: as a Florida girl, I do know the essentials you’ll need for fun in the sun. Keep it simple and remember: accessories make the outfit, and can easily make your look more casual or dressed up. Most importantly, have fun!

What to pack for spring break 2018 // the modern savvy, a life and style blog for the contemporary girl - The Ultimate Spring Break Checklist by popular Florida fashion blogger The Modern Savvy

Spring Break Checklist – Put these items in your suitcase:

Striped dress: because it goes with everything (and it’s under $30!)

Denim jacket: the perfect layering tool all spring & summer

Blush wedges: ob-sessed with these. Wear with dresses, jeans, shorts!

Canvas tote: the perfect, travel/beach/pool/sightseeing/chic carry-all. Trust.

Sunglasses: super cool shades for $65. You don’t want to lose a pricey pair.

Bralette: I have this in two colors & love. Looks beautiful, is comfortable and is perfect for off-the-shoulder and lower back/sided tops.

Tie-front dress: the cutest cotton dress you can dress up or down (with a fun back detail, too!)

Fresh Sugar lip with SPF 15: Two of these are always in my purse. Always.

Airplane mode tee: because, obviously.

Polka dot blouse: I just ordered this; super cute with shorts & denim.

My favorite tee: my go-to Madewell tee now comes in the prettiest pale blue stripes.

Lemon blouse: how fun for spring, and the one shoulder is super on-trend.

Midi dress: I also ordered this adorable dress, perfect with sandals, and a quick change for date night.

Denim shorts: I recently got these and love the longer inseam & cool distressed vibe. I plan to live in these this year.

Pop socket: to make carrying your phone and snapping photos easier.

Off-the-shoulder bikini: I have & love; plus, you can wear the top with a high-waisted skirt for a fun look! Check out all the amazing reviews.

Kendra Scott earrings: so insanely gorgeous to add style to any outfit.

White denim: a spring essential. You must pack a pair & Citizens of Humanity “rocket sculpt” denim are the best… the fit is just so good.

Maxi cover-up: so in love with this maxi cover-up that’s perfect for breakfast to beach; it’s on my spring wish list for sure!

Hoodie: c’mon, who doesn’t love a super cozy hoodie for travel and laying around the hotel? I always love having something soft with me.

Sun bum: the best sunscreen!

Athleta bikini: I swear by their bikinis, and this one comes in bra size fitting (so no dealing with that frustrating S, M, L sizing)

Lilly Pulitzer one-piece: you guys saw me in this last week… it’s so, so gorgeous and the back has a fun detail. Just be sure to size up for a perfect look. PS: I find a fun print actually way more concealing/forgiving than a basic black… trust me on this one!

Havianas flip flops: rubber flip flops make beach and pool time way easier.

Wood purse: a more affordable version of this season’s coveted Cult Gaia; I can’t bring myself to spend $300 but love this $40ish one.

Pool float: seriously, back a pool float and ensure instant fun… and good Instagram pics!


FIRST: Shopbop — a favorite online store — has one of its big sales going on right now, with up to 25% off nearly the entire side with code GOBIG18. Many of the items above are part of the sale, like my white denim, polka dot blouse & canvas tote. Be sure to scout out the bathing suits, the “fashion finds under $200“, Sam Edelman and my favorite brands for delicate/beautiful jewels: Madewell, Shashi and Gorjana.  Here are some of my favorites & closet essentials that are worth stocking up on:

SECOND: I know shopping for swim can feel like water torture. I get it. And, what’s with bathing suits these days where there’s barely any butt cheek coverage? Personally I find it so much easier and more relaxing to bring suits home to test. Two years ago I discovered Athleta swim suits and must tell you that they are SO good. They’re supportive, well made, really pretty and a favorite among many friends (that’s how I found them). Order a few, grab a glass of wine or tea and test out your suit… and don’t be tough on yourself. Simply return whatever doesn’t work. I find this route so much less stressful.

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    February 27, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Your cruise sound like so much fun! I agree with all of these and that maxi dress is gorgeous and so versatile, LOVE!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    Shira Rosenbluth
    February 27, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Those bow espadrilles are so cute! Love!


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    Kimberly Smith
    February 27, 2018 at 7:04 AM

    So jealous of your cruise – and can’t wait to live vicariously through you! Also crushing on those Kendra Scott earrings!

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