Spring Break Survival Guide: Remembering What Might Seem Like the Obvious

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Spring break is just around the corner and many of us will embark on plenty of traveling to get to our destinations. If you are one of those people, then you know the excitement that comes when you’re just about to leave. With that excitement comes forgetfulness, especially on what to pack and how you’re going to keep yourself occupied when flying or road-tripping. Don’t worry however; this survival guide will give you just what you need for your spring-break travels. 

When packing: 

  1. Pack light. If you’re planning on flying, you don’t want to lug around a heavy suitcase and end up having to pay extra if your luggage is over 50 pounds. If you’re road-tripping, try to bring two smaller bags or a larger one that can fit everything you need. You don’t want to be the person that takes up the most space in the car. Spring break is just one week so …

  2. Research your destination to know exactly what type of clothing and shoes you should bring. This might be obvious, but this will keep you from overpacking or bringing any unnecessary items. Think about what you’ll actually wear rather than what you think you’ll wear.

  3. Make a list. Your cellphone, ID, passport, medications, headphones, neck pillow, etc. Make a list of everything you must have before you go on your trip. Check off each item as you pack it and triple-check on the day you leave.

  4. You never know what you might need on your trip. Plenty of times we’ll forget those items that make life easier but weren’t at the top of the list. Items such as a first-aid kit, razors, mini-sized toiletries, extra chargers, etc. Better to have those ready so you don’t have to take time out of your trip to get those. 

What to do while traveling:

  1. Have all of your favorite songs and playlists ready to go. If you’re flying or on a road trip and use Spotify or Apple Music, make sure you can access it while on your flight by downloading them to your phone to play offline. You’ll definitely want music to pass the time.

  2. Find some games to play. For those of you flying, the App Store has a variety of games to download. Some games you might want to check out are “Candy Crush,” “Wordscapes,” “8 Ball Pool” and “Helix Jump.” If you aren’t into apps, card games are another option. You can play alone or with a friend. For you road-trippers, think about those throwback car games you played as a kid: “I Spy,” the “Alphabet Game,” “21 Questions,” “Sweet or Sour,” etc. It’s a great way to laugh and bond with your friends.

  3. Bring a book or several magazines. This doesn’t require a charger and it’s a great way to keep yourself occupied on those long flights and car rides. You might even finish the book!

  4. For those of you who love to draw, bring a sketchbook or notebook and some colored pencils or pens. If drawing isn’t your thing, you can always buy some coloring books. You can get your creative side going while passing the time. 

When it comes to packing and keeping yourself occupied while traveling, sometimes it’s easy to forget the essentials. The excitement of spring break will take over, but by following this survival guide you’ll be in good hands. Safe travels, my friends.