15 Spring Break Essentials

15 Spring Break Essentials

Keep Calm it's Spring Break
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With Spring Break season upon us, here are 15 essentials you will be needing this spring break whether you’re flying, roadtripping, or just beaching it.

Roadtrip

1. Starbucks

Regardless if you are driving through the night to the final destination or stopping half way to sleep, Starbucks is a must

2. Camera

You never know what’s going to happen or what you are going to see on the road that you would say “oh I wish I got that on video!”

4. Aux Cord

Whether you have to buy a radio plug in or a tape or anything, as long as you have a way to connect a phone for music. But be sure to have the friend with the best taste in music make the playlist.

5. Snacks

There is nothing worse than being hangry on the road, it will not be a fun trip for you or for anyone in that case.

This is a MUST on a roadtrip. Nothing sucks more than wearing shoes in a car, and nothing sucks more than getting to a stop and having to take time to put your shoes on.

Flying:

1.A comfy, but cute, outfit.

Airport pictures can always be the cutest, but skinny jeans on a plane ride are not the comfiest.

2. Earbuds

No one wants to listen to the couple arguing, the kid crying, or the old man snoring. Safe to say, earbuds will save your life.

3. Laptop

Not all of us are always sitting first class so you will need something to watch a movie on! Or just download a season of your favorite Netflix show.

4. Something warm

You don’t have to wear it in the airport, but just throw a hoodie, sweater, or blanket in your carry on because the AC on an airplane is always out of control

5. A book

Whether or not you are listening to music, what’s a better time to read compared to when you are thousands of feet in the air?

Beach:

1. sunscreen

Yes, all of us on the beach are probably laying out or doing something in the sun with the end goal of going home tanner than when you left. But don’t ruin it and fry yourself the first day and then not want to go into the sun for the rest of the trip. Wear sunscreen!

2. Yeti

Whether it be a Yeti or just an insulated cup, nothing will keep your drink cold for the whole day in the scorching sun.

3. Flip Flops

Are there really any other forms of shoe to wear on the beach?

4. Bluetooth Speaker

This is everything on vacation to be able to set up on the beach and blast music from. They tend to be small and portable but can be very loud as well so it’s the perfect accessory. But once again, make sure the friend with good taste in music is the one who makes the playlist.

5. Camera (…again)

We all know everyone’s Instagram feed is going to be blowing up with pictures of everyone on the beach, so why not join the trend.

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If You Give A Girl A Little Brother

You've given her the world.
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I remember back to my childhood, standing at the top of the steps yelling down to my parents "Why did you decide to have another child?" I remember riding in the backseat yelling "Mom, was I not good enough for you?" as my brother threw snow at me .

I remember crying when my mom made us share our first cell phone. I remember playing in a pool at a waterpark, and my dad couldn't play with me because my brother couldn't swim and needed my dad to be with him. I played by myself, thinking "They must have not wanted a girl when they only pay attention to him."

But now, at almost 22, I realized that the best gift God has ever given me was my little brother.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a pain in her ass.

Oh, he'll be annoying. He'll get in the shower just because you said you were going to. He'll start talking every time you do. He'll pull stupid pranks, he'll make you listen to bogus music, he'll make you watch stupid tv shows, he'll smell up the bathroom (and probably smell himself.) and boy, I promise there will be day's you will resent him. But he's just training for living with your husband one day.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a role.

As a big sister, I had somebody copying all my moves. If I did something, so did he. If I didn't eat something, neither did he. If I didn't like somebody neither did he. He was like a little shadow that did everything I did, so I was always motivated to make good choices and make him proud of me.

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her a rough side.

I wouldn't have done half the things I did if it wasn't for him. Play basketball in the drive way, spend hours on our bikes, spend the summer days in the pool, or down at the park. I wouldn't have learned that it's okay to get in the dirt and have some fun. I wouldn't have played half the made up, imaginary games we played every day. I wouldn't have played with Hot Wheels, or Lincoln Logs, or Leggo's. I would have played with Barbies by myself all day long, and what's the fun in that?

Give a girl a little brother, and you give her the best friend she'll ever have.

In the end, when our parent's both pass away, I won't be alone, because I will have my little brother. When the world gets tough, and everyone turns away from me, he will always be there. No matter where he end's up in life, I know he will drop everything and come running when I'm in need.

For Christmas this year, I bought my brother his first tattoo. We got matching tattoo's on our sides. Our lives our different now, because we're grown up and live on opposite sides of the state. But no matter where we go in life, if we look up, we will be looking at the same sun and moon. We are made up of the same matter, 'made' by the same people, and love each other more than I think we'd like to admit.

Alex is my true other-half.

Give a girl a little brother, and you made her whole.

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15 Must-Have Road Trip Songs That Will Get You Hyped For The Long Drive Ahead

You can guarantee these songs will be a total hit on the next road trip!

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With any long road trip, it is hard to pick a playlist that has songs everyone will enjoy. These fifteen songs are guaranteed to keep everyone satisfied and hyped up for the drive.

1. "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson will be happy you're enjoying the song with your friends as he enjoys making music with his friends.

2. "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts

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Although it's a little cliche, this song will surely get your friends singing.

3. "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling Stones

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Jimmy Fallon knows it too, Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones is a jam.

4. "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac

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Go your own way on a road trip and sing this song with Stevie.

5. "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles 

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You and your friends will surely bond over this tune from the Beatles.

6. "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N" by Noah and the Whale

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Noah and the Whale will brighten up any situation with this song, even if your tire pops or you run out of gas.

7. "Welcome To Your Life" by Grouplove

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This inspirational jam will have everyone in a positive mood for the rest of the trip. Thanks Grouplove!

8. "A Real Hero" by College and Electric Youth

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"From A Place Beyond the Pines" to your car speakers, this song is great for when people start feeling a tad emotional as those long car rides become longer than expected...

9. "Live and Let Die" by Guns N' Roses

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When your friends start getting sleepy, wake them up with a little Guns N' Roses.

10. "Spirit in the Sky" Norman Greenbaum

"Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum is a classic that your road trip playlist would be incomplete without.

11. "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie

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It's one of the best collaborations in history, Queen and David Bowie would be disappointed if it wasn't in your playlist.

12. "Sister Golden Hair" by America

Sister Golden Hair by America is a great song to cruise on a long road to. Only looking forward and no looking back.

13. "Walking In Memphis" by Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn couldn't have made a better song to hype up you and your friends for a road trip! This song will get everyone in the car excited to get to your destination.

14. "Drive" by Alan Jackson

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For all country lovers, this song is perfect for a road trip and to get a little sentimental on the drive. Alan Jackson, you really did us a favor!

15. "All Night Long" by Lionel Riche 

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No matter how long the drive will be, Lionel Riche will keep you singing all night long!

I hope you guys have found some songs out of this list that you like!

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