It’s almost that time of year! The time where you throw everything but your kitchen sink into a carry on bag and head to the airport. Spring break is just around the corner, and with it comes a lot of planning and preparation. You may be tempted to pack a lot of unnecessary items so you have them justtt in case. Try to pack only the essentials and leave out items you know you don’t need. You’ll feel much more organized and your suitcase will be lighter when you’re running to catch your flight!

To help you narrow down your packing list, here’s our list of things not to pack for spring break!

All of the shoes in your closet
spring break

We’re not saying you can’t bring a few pairs, but a good rule of thumb is to wear one pair and pack an extra pair in your suitcase. Depending on where you’re going for spring break, you probably won’t actually wear more than two pairs. If you’re headed to the beach for spring break, wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes on the plane, then pack a pair of flip flops so you’ll have them when you get to the beach.

Heavy sweatshirts and coats
what not to pack for spring break

This depends on where you’re going, obviously, but there’s usually no need to over-pack on winter gear. If you’re headed to Colorado to hit the slopes over break, you’ll definitely want to pack these items. If you’re going to a warmer destination, though, a light sweater or sweatshirt will do! Wear it on the plane in case the person sitting next to you likes to blast the A/C. A light sweater is also a good thing to have if you’re taking a walk on the beach or around town at night when the temperature drops.

Curling iron and straightner
beach spring break

If you’re someone who makes straightening or curling your hair part of your daily routine, you might find it hard to go without. However, if you’re someone who rarely does—or want to give your hair a break!—try letting your hair be au natural and leave these two items at home. Many times you’ll be so busy throughout the day on spring break that you won’t even have time to use these. Not to mention, spring break only lasts for so long, so why waste it when you could be out having fun?

spring break destinations

You can save space in your luggage and your airport clear plastic bag if you leave your shampoo, body wash, and lotion out. Depending on where you’re traveling to and where you’re staying, you can pick up these items when you get to your destination. Not only will you save space, you’ll also save some money if your hotel already has toiletries for you to use.

Too many swimsuits

It may be tempting to bring multiple bathing suits, especially the three new ones you just bought at the mall. While swimsuits are definitely a must-have on spring break, you might want to re-think how many you will actually wear. A good rule of thumb is to bring two so you can alternate between them. This allows one swimsuit to dry while you’re out soaking up the sun in the other!

Pool Towels
spring break beaches

You might think you need one of these, but chances are the place where you’ll be staying will have them to give out at the pool. Not to mention, towels take up a lot of space in your suitcase. No matter how you fold it or where you place it, it’s going to waste so much space. It’s better to leave it behind. If worst comes to worst, you can always use the towels from the bathroom!

packing for spring break

We all do it. We may bring homework on vacation or a long weekend, but how much actually gets done is another story. Leave the homework (and the guilt) at home and take time during spring break to catch up on some R & R. Try and leave all of the stress of classes and clubs back at college behind and spend the week focusing on yourself!

Now that you know what not to pack for spring break, you’re all set to get going on your next adventure. Don’t forget to book your flight for spring break now if you haven’t already!