Beach hat on a chair at the beach in "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit

Spring Break is just around the corner and our family is heading to Florida for the week. Our seventeen-year-old daughter will be bringing along a friend and since this is likely our last Spring Break as a family, I wanted to make it a special time. We will be spending 8+ hours in the car, so I know we will need a survival kit.

I was inspired to do this project in part by the monthly product subscription services (like Birchbox) that I have been seeing lately. I love the idea of receiving a box of gifts and samples each month in the mail. How fun is that?

I wanted to do something for the girls that would be fun, practical and special. Here is what I did.

First I decided on the color combinations with which to work. It made sense to me to find out what everyone’s favorites were. Below is an example of one of the combinations: navy and green.

Navy and green Scout bag monogrammed, navy bath sheet with white monogram and coordinating cup. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

Navy and green Scout bag monogrammed, navy bath sheet with white monogram and coordinating cup. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

I found a Scout bag locally and it has lots of pockets on the outside perfect for suntan lotion and all sorts of items. I bought a navy bath sheet (bigger and softer than a regular beach towel) at Target for about $10 and had the bag and the towel monogrammed.

I found an inexpensive navy, green and white beach cover up and coordinating double-walled plastic mug with a top and straw–perfect for taking a cool beverage to the beach.

Turquoise and fushia monogrammed bath sheet and survival kit. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

The next step was to put together the “survival kit” portion of the gift (in the white box above). I cruised through the Target travel aisle and found a variety of things that teen girls might need for a vacation at the beach: razors, lotion, hand sanitizer, SPF lip balm, sunscreen, nail files, snacks, etc.

Navy and hot pink Lilly insulated bag and monogrammed bath sheet and coordinating cup. Also includes items from the Spring Break Survival Kit.  "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

Finally I purchased color-coordinated plastic sand buckets and added some survival items for the long car trip to Florida.

Snacks and games for the car portion of the Spring Break Survival Kit. "How to Make a Spring Break Survival Kit" on www.amywatsonsmith.com

M&Ms had to be included as well as Twizzlers, but I also added a deck of cards, Silly Putty and a Disney Princess coloring book with crayons. You never really get too old to color, do you?

The only things missing? Sun, sand and ocean!

What would you include in your Spring Break survival kit?

  • Dave Jackson

    I’d thought M&Ms before I saw them! Excellent blog, thoughts, and ideas. Keep that photographer around! Nice pics!

    • http://amywatsonsmith.com amywatsonsmith

      We’ll, Dave, I actually got two big bags of M&Ms: one plain, one peanut!

      Thanks so much for reading my blog and for the encouraging words!

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