Don't Leave Home Without It
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Don't Leave Home Without It

The perfect checklist for those headed to the beach this spring break.

Don't Leave Home Without It

For those of you heading down south over spring break for some fun in the sun, there are a few things you’ll want to make sure that you bring with you. Being a seasoned veteran like myself, you can rest assured that this list has everything you will need. Take it seriously because it could mean the difference between you and your crew having a mediocre time and one that you’ll wish you could remember.


Money is no object unless you just happen to be a college student, unemployed, or under the age of 23. But lucky for you, some genius came up with the idea of extreme couponing and decided to call it a hobby. If you can manage to collect enough of these “meal tickets” you can bet you’ll be living large (as large as you can at McDonald’s). But the real benefit is all the money you now have for liquid fuel. And no, I’m not talking about booze. Bunch of alcoholics! I’m talking about gas. You know … the stuff you need to get back to school when it's all over.

Water Wings

No beach trip can be complete without bringing one’s own personal set of flotation devices. Mom thought she had buried these in the deepest and darkest corner of the basement never to be seen again, but much to her surprise you rediscovered these gems while digging through boxes of your most treasured childhood possessions during the winter break. And while you might attract some unwanted attention, you won’t have to let your crippling fear of the ocean stop you from having a blast.

Cooler & Ice

If you’re doing Spring Break right, cold drinks will be the least of your concerns. The cooler will come in handy when some Hangover type s#!@ goes down and you need to keep your toe on ice. Believe me, this is a lot more probable than you would think. Something about sand, broken glass, and an altered mind state just doesn’t bode well for spring breakers.


Nothing, and I mean nothing, is manlier than planting your flag. This time old tradition is tried and true. It’s the perfect display of masculinity that is sure to draw attention and will help you to assert your dominance over the tiny plot of sand that will be your home in the coming week. And if you’re worried about coming across as a d-bag … don’t be. Chances are other guys will be doing the same. Make sure that when picking a flag you go for one that really speaks to who you are. Why go with your houses letters when you could just as easily use the ones in your name?

Mexican Sombrero

If you’ve never been south of Nashville, then you will quickly learn that the southern sun is as oppressive as the regime of a North Korean dictator. You’ll want to make sure that you’re protected if you want to have any hope of leaving the beach the same color as when you arrived. A sombrero is your best bet when it comes to sun protection. It’s the perfect combination of both practicality and style. I’ve always heard chicks dig foreign guys and since you can’t change where you were born (not like I’d want to) this is the next best thing. Plus I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at myself and thought "you know what, this outfit could really use is a sombrero."

Your Sister

I know, it sounds bad. Her age is questionable, her decision making skills even more so, and her morals are looser than the drawstrings on sweatpants. But at the end of the day, she’s still your kid sister, and you've got her back. Right? Bring her along on this trip of a lifetime and you’ll definitely score some brownie points with the bros. She’ll get to experience more than her fair share of everything the beautiful state of Florida has to offer. Rest assured you can trust this close-knit group of friends to respect her boundaries and the fact that she is your sister. Don’t let the fact that over the course of the coming week she’ll be surrounded by fraternity guys on spring break get to you.


Nothing says good morning quite like waking up from a long night of debauchery, heading out to the balcony, and enjoying a cup of coffee and a smoke while taking in the Florida sunrise. It’s the only peace and quiet you’ll manage to get before your friends wake up and the shenanigans begin anew. But if that’s not your scene, make sure to bring a pack for those "I only smoke when I'm drunk’ moments."  Go ahead, your body won’t mind. What’s one cigarette on top of the case of beer you already consumed? Remember, you’re not on spring break to make good decisions for your body.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments