Spring break beauty and fashion packing essentials


Holly Swasko

Target has many styles from stylish aviators to sportier frames.

With spring break approaching, many students are planning on traveling to warmer destinations and with that, comes the chore of packing. If you’re in need of some ideas, here are some vacation essentials that you won’t want to leave behind.

The first step to ensuring a successfully packed bag is by staying organized and aware of how much you need to bring along.

“I make an organized list of everything I need before packing,” said Chloe Lannert, freshman who will be traveling to Mexico over break.

One essential that is both useful and stylish on vacation is a good pair of sunglasses.

The “Raglan” style is a best-seller and is also a staff pick.

You can find many affordable pairs in places such as Target, but if you’re looking to invest in a more expensive option, Warby Parker is known for having the latest styles in eyewear. You can browse online or you could visit their recently opened location in Oak Brook Center.

Another item to consider taking along is a stylish beach towel if you’re planning a trip to the beach or pool. Instead of a plain white solid, many brands are expanding to other, more eye-catching prints.

One brand in particular, Sand Cloud, is known for their vivid, boho-style designs. Their designs range anywhere from tie-dyes to more minimal stripes, so you’re sure to find one to match your style. Another plus is that each purchase benefits their cause to preserve marine life through charity.

Sand cloud towels are the perfect size for lounging on the beach or at the pool.

“I bring my towel with me wherever I go. Whether it be at the beach, in the forest, or in the city. I always find a good use for it. As a traveler, it’s one of my travel musts,” said Winsie Pierre, brand ambassador for Sand Cloud.

If you’re concerned with storage or space in your luggage, you may want to consider leaving additional items behind such as your usual heat tools for hairstyling which can take up room. To compensate, try bringing along a sea-salt spray to create beachy waves.

Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray can be found at Sephora.

Sea salt sprays are great for when you don’t have a lot of time to spend getting ready and they make for a quick, heatless way to add some texture to your hair.

For clothing, versatility that allows you to mix and match is ideal for vacations. Sometimes the simplest of t-shirts, blouses and tailored shorts can be comfortable enough for whatever the day has in store while remaining nice enough to wear out to a casual restaurant.

Patterned shorts can stand out amongst your basic essential tees.
White denim brightens up any look.

“If I’m packing t-shirts, I always roll them up instead of folding them,” said Jenny Nash, senior. “It saves so much room and they stay wrinkle-free that way.”

So wherever you’re heading this spring break, be sure to make room for these essentials that are guaranteed to showcase your best vacation style.