Preparing for Spring Break?
4 Items You Can't Afford to Leave Home.
As winter drags on through its final short, gray days, there's a sliver of light at the end of the cold tunnel: spring break. Whether it's the shores of Panama City, the beaches of Mexico or a trip to the slopes for a little spring skiing, spring break offers a chance to get some much-needed vitamin D, get outside after months by the heater and, of course, have a little fun.
But before pouring yourself into an economy seat to Cancun or hopping in the station wagon for a road trip, take a close look at your overstuffed carry-on and make sure all the spring break essentials are on board.
Sure, polarized lenses should block harmful UVA and UVB rays from damaging your eyes during all-day sand volleyball tournaments. And yeah, if you head out on a fishing expedition the glare-cutting properties will make it easier to land the big one. But let's be honest, a good pair of shades are imperative for checking out your fellow beach bums a few beach chairs away and providing a little relief the morning after a night filled with a bit too much revelry.
Regular ol' Glasses (and extra contacts)
Spend all day body surfing in salt water and then dancing the night away? Long, endless nights-and-sun-soaked days are tough on the eyes, especially if you're a contact lens wearer. Take some mercy on your peepers with extra contacts and a pair of glasses to give your eyes a break.
What's that you say? Skipping the beach this year in favor of searching out some late-season powder? If so, the beach towels can stay in the closet, but don't leave the sunscreen behind with the board shorts. Even on cloudy days at the ski resort, high altitude means extra exposure. Plus, on a sunny day in the mountains the snow is reflecting light back up at you, so while you may never have had the pleasure of a sunburn underneath your nose, it's a real possibility without sun protection. Ditto for some kind of lip balm with SPF to protect your lips.
A spare what? Pretty much everything. Spring break packing lists are usually pretty simple affairs: bathing suit, ID, some cash and your favorite shades. But while you could probably board an airplane on Saturday and return home the following weekend having never changed clothes, it's always good to have a backup in case of disaster. So pack an extra pair of trunks, a few backup t-shirts and maybe even two bottles of aspirin. Oh, and plenty of magazines for some poolside reading material.