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We made it! After months of chilly days, puffy coats and 4 p.m. sunsets, spring is finally here. That can only mean one thing (and we don't mean spring cleaning ...) — it's time for a getaway. We're ready to pack our bags with our sunnies and favorite warm-weather attire, and get the heck out of [insert your current cold, boring location here]. And we know you are, too — according to Google Trends, "spring break 2023" and "when is spring break" have been top search terms for the past week.
Whatever your spring break looks like, whether it be a low-key weekend with friends or family or buying a plane ticket to any destination with a beach, you need to be prepared. And if you've forgotten what that looks like after a long, dreary winter, we recommend turning to Target as your one-stop shop for all your vacay needs.
From a flattering one-piece bathing suit (that's under $35!) to a moisturizing SPF lip balm (yes, even your pout needs sun protection), the retailer has just what you need to make travel a breeze and help you have more fun in the sun. We even found a $1 packing solution that makes it easy to take your favorite beauty products on the go (and prevents them from spilling inside your luggage). Keep scrolling to add all nine finds to your packing list ASAP.
Shop the individual items below (starting as low as $1!) or add all of them to your cart at once and check out directly at target.com. You can also get free shipping on orders $35 and up, or with a Target RedCard.
Up & Up Travel Cosmetic Jar
Up & Up Travel Cosmetic Jar $ at Target
Raise your hand if you've spent too much on travel-sized beauty products — or worse, forgotten to unpack your large bottle of expensive lotion, forcing you to throw it away (and cry) at the airport.
One way to avoid these travel snafus is to grab a few of these cosmetic jars, small enough to pass through TSA and large enough to carry 1.25 ounces of your must-have skin care items. The reusable containers are made with clear materials for easy access and a secure twist cap to avoid spills. And the best part is they're just 75 cents each!
Lip Balm SPF 30
Lip Balm SPF 30 $ at Target
Do we even have to say it? Not only is sunscreen recommended for daily use, thorough application on a spring break trip isn't up for debate. But, according to dermatologists, protecting your lips from harmful UV rays is just as important.
These Sun Bum lip balms are designed to ensure your pout stays hydrated, nourished and soft all day long. The formula includes skin-enriching ingredients like vitamin E and aloe vera to keep lips feeling smooth and moisturized, the brand says. Plus, this multi-pack comes in three spring break-inspired flavors — coconut, banana and watermelon.
Packable Paper Straw Floppy Hat
Packable Paper Straw Floppy Hat $ at Target
Complete your vacation outfits with the ultimate accessory: a floppy sun hat. Not only will it protect your scalp from painful UV rays (the brand says it has a 50+ UPF rating!), but it also has a packable design, so it won't get ruined in your luggage. For $10, we're ready to grab one in every color for all our outfits.
Women's Lucia Slide Sandals
Women's Lucia Slide Sandals $ at Target
Time to book that pedicure, because it's officially sandal season — or at least while you're on spring break it is. The best part about these slide-on options — other than the cute knotted design and three chic colorways — is that they're designed with your comfort in mind. The heel, footbed and insole are all cushioned, so you can look and feel good no matter where you're stepping.
Midi Tote Handbag
Midi Tote Handbag $ at Target
Now that you have all of the essentials, make sure you have the proper bag to store everything in. The midi tote features a spacious main compartment as well as several interior and exterior pockets. We're obsessed with the fruit-inspired stitching. But if you prefer a simpler pattern, it also comes in a bright summer-ready yellow shade as well as black with subtle floral detailing.
Packing Cube Set (Pack of 4)
Packing Cube Set (Pack of 4) $ at Target
If you're guilty of overpacking, but refuse to change your ways, we support you. In fact, we'd recommend these packing cubes to help you stuff as many items into your luggage as possible — after all, you can never have too many outfit options.
The four-pack set includes three rectangular cubes (in sizes S, M and L) and a shoe tote, all designed with a soft material and mesh detailing so you know what's inside each one. Each one also includes an attached handle or drawstring to make transporting a breeze, and you have your choice of two shades: taupe or lilac.
Metal Temple Round Polarized Sunglasses
Metal Temple Round Polarized Sunglasses $ at Target
Out of nearly 400 reviews, 85 percent gave these cool shades a perfect five-star rating. Between this and the $30 price tag, that's all the convincing we need to grab a pair (or three). If you need a few more reasons to shop them, they have polarized lenses, come in five different frame patterns and lens colors and offer 100 percent UV protection, according to the brand.
Bright Day Shirring One Piece Swimsuit
Bright Day Shirring One Piece Swimsuit $ at Target
Target shoppers can't stop talking about this stunning one-piece swimsuit. Satisfied customers rave about the flattering fit and the ruched detailing. One five-star reviewer who says they're in their 50s even called it the "best suit I've ever worn," adding that the suit hasn't pilled, snagged or faded, despite many wears."This looks like a really high-end suit!" they said. "It's super comfortable, flattering and just the right amount of va-voom."
Sleeveless Ruched Ponte Dress
Sleeveless Ruched Ponte Dress $ at Target
If there's one thing to remember while on spring break, it's that comfort is key. That's why a soft and stretchy one-and-done dress, like this chic sleeveless style, is a must-have clothing item. For a quick and effortless look, this midi style from A New Day is a great option, especially if you like the fit and feel of spandex and a lightweight polyester. Some stand-out details include a boat neckline, a ruched side and a tasteful slit to show off a little (hopefully sun-kissed) leg.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com2023-03-22T21:00:43Z dg43tfdfdgfd