For many of you, spring break is the highlight of the season. It’s the first time in forever that you’re able to thaw out and take a break from the norm. With so many places to choose from, there’s no doubt that packing lists vary depending on the destination. But, if there’s one thing we think deserves a spot on everybody’s spring break packing list, it’s denim. Nothing says “relaxed and unplugged” quite like a good pair of denim, so we’ve rounded up the perfect pieces no matter where you’re headed along with our go-to spots on where to grub and explore. Warning: travel bug highly contagious.
Ah, we can smell a hint of coconut now. If you’re looking for a good balance of relaxation and adventure, Sarasota is a no-brainer. Whether you’re looking to sip umbrella drinks on the sand (keep ’em comin’ ?) or explore your surroundings, there’s a little bit of something for everybody.
- white denim
- your favorite swimsuit
- slip-on sandals to take you to and from the beach
- beach towel
wear this: Denim shorts are essential for your spring break packing list if you’re heading to Florida, but we especially love a crisp white pair. They’re the perfect piece to throw over your swimsuit or pair with a flowy blouse for a beachside dinner. Don’t forget your sunscreen and beach towel!
do that: Located on the Golf Coast, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches to choose from in Sarasota. Gather a group for some sand volleyball, pack your favorite books, or simply get some shut-eye in the sun. If you’re looking to explore the water, a kayak tour will allow you to experience things that you can’t by foot–you may even see some sea creatures!
Death Valley, CA
This location was chosen with the adventurer in mind. With some locations in the valley accessible only by Jeep (or something equivalent), you’ve gotta love the journey as much as the destination. Abandoned towns and scenic drives will provide plenty of Insta-worthy moments.
- boyfriend jeans
- a Polaroid camera
- wide-brimmed hat
- casual tee
- open-front cardigan
wear this: Boyfriend jeans are key when you’re roaming around the desert. Their loose fit will allow you to move around easily, and a distressed pair will especially come in handy to allow for more breathability. We’re loving the look finished with a wide-brimmed hat. It fits right in with the boho vibe and also offers protection from the sun.
do that: In addition to checking out highly recommended spots like Badwater Basin, we suggest exploring the various ghost towns or driving through Titus Canyon. The average time to hit all the highlights in Death Valley is 2 days, so when you’re finished touring the national park (or just need a break from a remote setting), you can head to Las Vegas which is only two hours away.
Southern charm combined with excellent shopping, floppy hats, and outdoor brunch spots makes Charleston the perfect destination for a girls trip. Darling local business and beautiful ocean views will make you question whether you’ll actually head back home.
- denim jacket
- light and breezy sundress
- open-toed sandals
- oversized tote
- a book or magazine
- simple accessories
wear this: A denim jacket is the perfect layer to accommodate fluctuating temperatures. Drape it over your sundress or layer over a tee and chinos. Be sure to pack some comfortable shoes. A thick heel will keep you steady on those old-timey streets while providing plenty of support for your feet. Finish your look with some freshly picked flowers from the farmers market–you’ll look like a local!
do that: We highly recommend checking out the local farmers markets. You’ll find plenty of cool vendors and maybe even get some free samples (score). If you’ve never been, renting a bike is a great way to see the city. It’ll get you from point A-to-B faster and you’ll be able to fit more into your day.
New Orleans, LA
If you’re looking for something a little quirky, our top pick is New Orleans. The best part about NOLA is that there’s an activity for any kind of traveler. You can do anything from alligator-spotting on a swamp tour to indulging in the food to immersing yourself in the curiosities of the city.
- black denim
- peasant blouse
- convertible bag to take you from day to night
- bold shades
- heels for a night out
wear this: Try out some distressed dark denim for your trip to New Orleans. A pair with a raw hemline and straight silhouette will exude a care-free attitude perfect for all of the exploring you’ll be doing. You’ll see plenty of sun on the gulf coast, so wear a peasant blouse and open-toed shoes to keep you cool.
do that: Start your day with a Bellini and beignet and head off to the Garden District or take a stroll down Magazine Street. At night, you can check out a historic cemetery or sign up for a walking ghost tour. ? If spooky things aren’t up your alley, you can always hit up a legendary live music venue or explore the local art scene.