Who else has Spring Break on their mind? With chilly temps lingering along most of the East Coast if you’re dreaming about an escape to somewhere warm I do not blame you! Although here in South Carolina we’ve been enjoying mild temperatures for a couple weeks, it’s the biggest mood booster to know you’re going someplace tropical – even for a few days. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

But before we hit the open road and then the open ocean, I need to get my clothing situation in order – meaning I need to pack. I always find packing for warm weather so much easier than, for instance, packing for New York in February. I wanted to share my top 5 pieces I’m packing for my version of Spring Break.

  1. Dresses – warm weather equals cool clothing and in my opinion there’s no more refreshing piece of clothing than a dress. They’re easy to transport, easy to wear, and easy to style with simple accessories and sandals. Cruise wear is upscale casual so styling day dresses for evening wear is a snap.

Day Dresses Under $100 

2.  Camera film – On every trip Lee and I take our goal is to get one photo of ourselves and go through one pack of Polaroid film. Taking photos together: challenging. Taking Polaroids: a different kind of challenging. I love film camera because of their limitations. We purposefully buy only one pack of Polaroid film (8 exposures) and vow to use those 8 photos as tangible reminders of the trip. Our own type of souvenir.

3. Flats & Comfy Sandals – although I’m never one to pass up heels, versatile flats are so much more realistic when on vacation. Our particular cruise is Bahamas bound and our ports of call include Nassau and Disney’s private island so closed-toe flats like these Soludos are the pick for days of island wandering.

 

Sandals Under $50 

4. Sunscreen – this goes without saying! Even though my poor skin hasn’t seen the sun since October I’m not going to sacrifice health for color. (Here’s hoping I come back with a little tan though!)

5. Straw Tote/Hat – it’s no surprise that the raffia/straw/wicker basket and hat trend is here to stay. Last year we saw it in the form of the now legendary Cult Gaia bag and this year it’s spotted in every form imaginable. I’m here to tell you to think outside the box when you’re looking for your straw accessory. I’m fairly certain my favorite bag was a children’s Easter bag that I got on sale for $3.50. Don’t go out and buy a $150 bag if you can’t afford it. Just go snooping in your mom’s closet – I guarantee she’ll have something that fits the trends.

Accessories Under $25