Between shuttling the kids to sports practice and preparing school lunches, it can be hard to plan spring break travel, let alone worry about what to pack when the day of departure arrives! To help you keep all your ducks in a row, we compiled spring break packing lists for a few popular destinations.

Beach Vacation Packing List

family spring break at the beach

If your family is bound for the sand and sun, here are essentials you’ll want to tuck in your luggage:

  • Swimsuits and towels for ocean-side afternoons
  • Sunhats and sunscreen to keep everyone safe from UV rays
  • Sand toys for keeping the kids entertained
  • Sandals or water shoes to protect sensitive feet
  • Beach coverups, like sundresses for girls and a tee or tank for boys
  • Water bottles and snacks to keep everyone happy and healthy
  • A reusable bag for collecting shells

Big-City-Bound Packing List

spring break vacation in the city

Heading off to an urban adventure? Here’s what to bring:

  • Good walking shoes for a day of pounding the pavement
  • A comfortable outfit for afternoons of exploring; shorts and a t-shirt are a fantastic choice for everyone
  • A nice outfit for going to the theater or special evenings out; we recommend a dress for girls and a button-down for boys
  • A backpack or large purse for carrying your camera, snacks, water bottles and subway tickets
  • A journal for each kid so they can record what they saw and learned each day

Camping Adventure Packing List

family spring break camping

For a foray into the woods, packing smart will get you far. Make sure you remember:

  • Outdoor-ready clothes from brands like REI, Patagonia, The North Face or Columbia
  • A hoodie or flannel to fend off any evening chill
  • Travel games or cards to play around the lantern light
  • A first aid kit to care for any unexpected bumps and bruises
  • Bug spray and sunscreen to thwart mosquitoes and protect skin
  • Camp kitchen equipment like a stove, pots, dishes, a utility knife, utensils, and biodegradable soap
  • Sleeping essentials like a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mats, plus earplugs for sensitive sleepers
  • A flashlight and s’mores ingredients to make every evening bright

Mountain Jaunt Packing List

spring break vacation in the mountains

If you’re getting in one last winter hurrah with a trip to the mountains, you’ll need to pack your bags for bundling up! Be sure to bring:

  • A warm coat to fend off cold weather
  • Slippers for keeping toes toasty in the cabin
  • A turtleneck and woolly socks for staying warm
  • Snow gear like snow pants, a scarf, gloves or mittens, and a knit hat
  • Lotion and lip balm to prevent dry skin and lips
  • Hot cocoa for warming up after a day of playing in the snow

Have any family vacation packing tips? Share them below!

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