With winter finally on the way out, it’s time to welcome spring.

But what if your hometown still has more frost than flowers? Not a problem! Just start packing for spring break.

Even if you haven’t made spring break plans, it’s not too late to plan a road trip with friends or even a staycation with family (you’d be amazed at what a night away at a hotel with a pool can do for your spirits).

But let’s just say you have a flight to a tropical destination in your future. The key is to bring only the essentials because the less you pack, the quicker you can get to the beach once you land.

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Plus, what more do you need on spring break besides a great swimsuit, chic sandals & a colorful maxi that takes you from day to night?

Well, perhaps you might need a few more essentials. That’s why I’m breaking it down for you here:

* Rolling Carry-On Bag

You’re going to have to pack all your spring break essentials in something, so why not make it bright, fun and something that will never get lost on a conveyor belt? Our go-to luggage is from my favorite artist, Romero Britto.

* Swimsuit

Choose a flattering one piece in black with pops of color in the center to minimize the midriff. A halter top also gives you the most options to avoid those undesirable tan lines.

* Maxi Dress

A great choice is a flowy maxi dress that you can slip on over your swimsuit for lunch by the pool, but can also pair with heels for a night out on the town.

* Sunscreen

True beauty begins with great skin, which means protecting it when you’re in the sun. Try Clarins sunscreen lotion spray.

* Strappy Sandals

Anytime you can find a sandal that looks cute with your swimsuit, but can also give you the height needed for dinner in your maxi dress, you’ve found a winner. I’m particularly a fan of these cork wedges.

Sure, you’re going to want to bring a few other extras (like toothpaste and underwear), but if we’re really going to be honest, you know you’ll be spending 90% of your time in my picks above.

Don’t forget to send me a postcard…