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What’s your Spring Break vibe this year? Maybe you’re hopping on a plane and heading somewhere tropical to enjoy a little sand, sun, and surf. Or, maybe you and your besties are all piling into your car and hitting the road for a wintery getaway, complete with snow angels and fireside hangs. Even if you’re simply planning a relaxing staycation at home (which can sometimes be the *best* way to spend the week, IMO), it’s all about preparation and packing the right things.

From vacay-ready fits to binge-worthy books, we’re breaking down everything you need to bring — including our new fave lip plumping gloss from Maybelline to complete your Spring Break beauty looks — with the ultimate college Spring Break packing list. That way, you can worry less about what’s in your suitcase and spend more time having fun!



  • An intense lip plumping gloss with chili pepper and Maxi-Lip™ that delivers an intense heated sensation & lasting plump effect
  • A travel-friendly eyeshadow palette
  • Liquid blush for that sunkissed glow (without the sun)
  • A hydrating concealer that gives you up to 12 hours of moisturizing wear crease-resistant coverage
  • 4-in-1 makeup for a perfected glow look that primes, conceals, highlights, and evens skin tone with light coverage (so you can get out the door faster in the morning)
  • A shimmery bronzer to warm up your complexion
  • An ultra-fine eyebrow pencil to give you filled, natural-looking brows
  • A setting spray to lock in your look
  • A full-volume and limitless-length mascara for impact from every angle
  • An ink pen eyeliner that withstands it all — waterproof, smudge-, fade-, and flake-resistant
  • Brushes and a beauty blender (and any other tools you use to apply your makeup!)


  • A lightweight moisturizer to combat that post-plane dryness
  • Sunscreen (aim for SPF 30 or higher!)
  • A gentle cleanser to wash away sweat, dirt, and more
  • Pimple patches to stop blemishes in their tracks
  • Face masks for those relaxation days
  • A lip mask to keep your pout hydrated
  • A gentle micellar cleansing water that can remove even the most stubborn waterproof mascara
  • Reusable cotton pads to make your skincare routine more sustainable


  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Dry shampoo to keep your vacay hair looking flawless in between washes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razor and shaving cream
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairstyling tools (i.e. hairdryer and curling iron for those beach waves)
  • Hair ties
  • Tweezers to tame your brows or deal with boardwalk splinters
  • A mini first-aid kit
  • Feminine hygiene products (even if it’s not your time of the month, it can’t hurt to have supplies on hand for your besties)



  • Casual and going-out dresses
  • A breezy matching set
  • Crop tops and graphic tees
  • A lightweight sweater or hoodie (for chillier nights)
  • Mini and midi skirts
  • Denim shorts
  • Bathing suits
  • Beach coverups
  • Loungewear
  • Comfy slides (for chilling by the pool or on the sand)
  • Platform heels (so you can look good without hurting your feet on nights out)
  • Neutral sneakers
  • A beach-ready tote bag
  • A chic clutch (to hold your going-out essentials)
  • A wide-brim hat
  • A baseball cap


  • A warm coat or jacket
  • Snow gear for skiing, sledding, or snowboarding
  • Fleece-lined leggings (trust me. these are a game changer)
  • Cozy slippers
  • Jeans or trousers
  • Knee-high boots (that you can dress up or down)
  • Basic long-sleeve tees
  • Chunky knit sweaters or cardigans
  • A sweaterdress (for fancier occasions)
  • Flannel PJs
  • A matching knit set
  • Extra-warm socks (bonus points if they’re fuzzy)
  • Beanies or earmuffs
  • Texting gloves (because cold hands can wait, but spilling tea in the group chat can’t)


  • Ticket(s) (for traveling and any events you’re attending)
  • Cell phone
  • ID (if you’re staying within the U.S., use your driver’s license, or if you’re traveling abroad, your passport!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Medications
  • Gum
  • Wallet (keep some cash on you in case you run into any issues with your cards)
  • Snacks
  • Reusable water bottle (make sure it’s empty if you’re going through airport security!)
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Headphones


  • Beach towel
  • Disposable camera (so you don’t have to worry about your phone or nice camera getting sandy or wet!)
  • Chargers (get a cheap portable phone charger for long days at the beach or while you’re en route)
  • A good beach or fireside read
  • Koozies (may you always have a cool—and cute!—drink in your hand)
  • Plastic bag or waterproof pouch for your wet swimsuit
  • Corkscrew
Katy Gioeli

U Conn '18

Katy is a Branded Content Editor at Her Campus Media. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018, where she studied communication and was a College Fashionista Community Member. When she’s not dreaming up new branded content ideas, you can find her trying new restaurants, taking hundreds of pictures of her cat, Willow, or enjoying her latest romantasy book obsession and an iced matcha latte.
Emily has also authored political articles for Restless Magazine and numerous inspirational and empowering pieces for Project Wednesday. When she isn't writing, she can be found flying off to her next adventure, attempting new recipes, listening to one of her infinite playlists on Spotify, or cuddling with her dogs. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @emilycveith.