Spring has sprung and it’s time for a trip! With the chaos of the kids’ school year still looming around you, it’s hard to wrap your mind around what you’ll need on your trip when you still have to get ready for tonight’s PTA meeting. That’s why we’re here to help! Here are your spring break essentials.

Before you go… make sure you’ve arranged pet care, stopped your mail, turned off all the lights, unplugged your electronics and turned down the heat/AC. It’s always a relief to come home to a clean house, so finish up that laundry! You may also want to arrange for the neighbors to stop by and water the plants while you’re away. Finally, be sure that all the doors are locked, the stove is off and you’re ready for fun.

Sun protectants: Sunscreen is a must, whether you’re going to the beach or not. The sun is always out (even in the winter) and it is important to protect yourself from the damaging rays. You should also be sure that you have your sunglasses and hats packed! You may want to bring along an umbrella, too, for those rainy days!


Camera: If you haven’t switched over solely to your smartphone camera, you’ll still want to capture your memories! Be sure to pack a camera, a charger or extra batteries and any cords you may need to save the photos.

The right pair of shoes: Going to the beach? Head over to Old Navy and pick up some flip flops! If you’re heading to a hiking spot, be sure everyone has the proper footwear and socks to match!

Medicine: Nothing is worse than forgetting an EpiPen or inhaler! If you or the kids rely on medicines, be sure that these make it into your carry-on bag! It’s also smart to bring a bottle of aspirin, Benadryl and motion-sickness pills just in case.

Night-time must-haves: If your kids need their favorite stuffed animal in order to fall asleep, you won’t want to leave that behind! Avoid the tantrums and remember to bring any toys, night lights and bedtime stories you may need.

Toiletries: Not all resorts have soaps for you, and even when they do, there may not be enough for the whole family! Make sure to put shampoos, soaps and lotions into baggies to avoid spills. It’s also important to remember your razor, glasses or contacts, hair care products, toothbrush, toothpaste and any retainers you might need.

First-Aid kit: Keep it in the car or get one small enough for a carry-on bag. Being prepared with bandages, ointments and more is important, especially if your destination will include outside activities.

first aid kit

Car snacks: If you’re roadtripping it, you’ll want to be prepared. Fruit snacks, baggies of grapes or other fruit and pretzels make for great snacks to hold kids over until the next rest stop. And remember, if you’re going to hit a drive-thru, make a smart choice!

Clothing: Obviously, you won’t forget to pack clothes, but it’s smart to double check what you’ve selected. Do you really need that last sweater? Get rid of too many extra or unnecessary items and make sure you have extra undies for the kids, pajamas for everyone and a few T-shirts in case something spills on you! It’s also a good idea to double check that you’ve packed socks and belts!

Wallet: Not only remembering your wallet, but everything that should be in it! Health and car insurance cards, cash and credit cards are important for trips. It may be smart, however, to separate your most important documentation and credit cards, that way if something is lost or stolen, you have a backup.

Cell phone: If you’re halfway to the airport, you don’t want to have to turn around because you left your phone on the counter! Be sure that you’ve got it handy when you walk out the door and your charger packed where you can get to it.

Gear: If you’ll be swimming, you’ll need swimsuits, cover-ups, towels, floaties, goggles and beach toys. If you’re camping or hiking, don’t forget cookware, boots, tents, sleeping bags, bug spray and other equipment.

Where are you headed for spring break? Share with us in the comments below!