Top 10 Spring Vacation Essentials

Our Staff Shares Their Spring and Summer Travel Essentials

Our Staff Shares Their Spring and Summer Travel Essentials

Ladies, prepare your passports! We partnered up with our friends over at Dollar Flight Club to highlight the top picks for your spring and summer travels. When you've picked up your cheap flight to Thailand with Dollar Flight Club you'll want to make sure you have all of your travel essentials in hand. Allow this vetted list to be your new cheat sheet for achieving major beach babe vibes all vacation long. We've asked our trusted team members and searched the web using our data-driven algorithm to find the best spring vacation essentials for truly taking advantage of your time in paradise. Scroll to shop staff-approved items including glow-enhancing beauty products, haute hair accessories, and sun-repelling skincare products that fit any travel budget. Whether you're a college coed or a working woman in need of some sea and salt, these 10 spring break vacation essentials from team Rank & Style are must-haves. 

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May 2, 2019

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DOKOT Natural Chic Hand-Woven Round Handle Ring Toto
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DOKOT Natural Chic Hand-Woven Round Handle Ring Toto

STAFF SAYS: "This bag is perfect for carrying all my beach essentials to and from the beach. I love the straw detail, it gives me a total island vibe!" -Pilar Pitalue, Digital Marketing Intern

LOVED FOR: The bundled liner can be cinched into a pouch so nothing accidentally falls out. 

R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray

STAFF SAYS: "Whether I'm headed to the beach or not during spring break, I want my hair to look like I've spent the day by the ocean. This salt spray from R+Co is by far my favorite for accomplishing that goal." -Meredith Rimmer, Associate Editor

BEST FOR: Achieving beach waves without having to reach the shore

J.Crew Ruffle Bikini Top and Surf Hipster Bikini Bottom

STAFF SAYS: "This bikini is my favorite! The top has thin removable padding which helps provide great bust shape, the ruffles are a wonderful addition for small chests and the bikini bottoms are cute while providing good seat coverage. I always get tons of compliments when I wear it!" -Dalton Young, COO

LOVED FOR: Removable padding, adjustable shoulder straps, and comfortable Tactel® fabric 

Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette

STAFF SAYS: "This all-in-one palette is so convenient when traveling and gives you the perfect sun-kissed glow. You can practically do your whole face with this. Pro tip: sweep the bronzer in your crease for an effortless eye look." -Ashley Arreola, Site Merchandising + Marketing Intern

WHY YOU NEED IT: This palette works overtime with a versatile array of uses on the cheekbones, as bronzer, or for an overall glow. Suitable for all skin tones, this Dior product is a must-have for beginners and makeup experts alike. 

Frye Headwear Straw Fedora Weston

STAFF SAYS: "I am absolutely in love with this hat! It's great for the beach and looks adorable with a casual dress for daytime events." -Beth Zerdecki, CPO

LOVED FOR: This hat dons a chic leather band for an earthy, textured look. 

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse

STAFF SAYS: "I love this self tanner because I can apply it last minute and it'll be dry and ready by the time I go out. I also love the foam because it doesn't streak as easily as lotions." -Sarah Thrash, Site Merchandising Intern

BEST FOR: A natural-looking bronze, even when summer is months away

Lele Sadoughi Velvet Headband

STAFF SAYS: "I have a hair accessories addiction and these headbands are a favorite, plus they make dirty hair look fabulous!" -Jamie Chandlee, CEO 

BEST FOR: Add this headband to any swim-inspired look for a controlled updo at the beach. 

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+Illumination Cream

STAFF SAYS: "Total game changer for me when traveling! It acts like a moisturizer, foundation, and highlighter all in one! It keeps my skin looking extra dewey and radiant all while giving me enough coverage." -Emma Manning, Marketing Associate

WHAT IT DOES: This full-coverage, anti-aging cream is infused with Drops of Light Technology for a subtle touch of radiance. SPF 50+ broad-spectrum physical sunscreen adds another level to maintaining radiant, healthy skin. 

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

STAFF SAYS: "I just bought a second pair of Birkenstocks in a fun metallic silver. They are my go-to casual shoe because they are so comfortable and they match everything!" -Taylor Ohlenburger, Site Merchandising Assistant

FUN FACT: This iconic sandal features contoured footbed with arch support for maximum comfort. 

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

STAFF SAYS: "I hate face sunscreen, but this one is amazing! You can use it at the beach or underneath your makeup as a primer. It goes on clear, and stays on clear, and has an incredibly silky texture. It's my favorite face sunscreen ever!" -Emily Carter, Digital Marketing Manager

WHY YOU NEED IT: This sunscreen is weightless, transparent, and absorbs quickly—you won’t even feel like you’re wearing anything!

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