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Top 5 Spring Break Essentials

Spring Break is approaching for some, and for others, you're in the midst of it. But are you prepared?

The sunny skies have opened up, a beachy locale (avoid Mexico!) is the destination and you've vowed to experience the activities that are not to be shared once you head back to campus. However, in-between the bar trips and pool dips, there are a handful of things you should not be without. VIBE Vixen is equipping you with the knowledge to go forth and party, move forward to fun times and enjoy every ounce of time off.

Here's our list of SB must-haves, and if you're already knee-deep in the blue seas, peek into your bag of unmentionables to make sure you're covered!

Ready, set, go!
This is a no-brainer. Even if you missed the fitness wave all winter, but hold back from showing some skin! Cut-out 'kinis and skimpy two-pieces are trendy, and, if you must, cover up with a cute sarong. Also, keep a variety of sandals and beach bags in tow.

This is the all-encompassing (and basic) Spring Break package. Fly footwear and a big, beach bag go hand-in-hand like stories that stay in Vegas.

Our suggestions? Go with a crotchet or bright neon! And a retro piece is always great for beach time fun!
Beauty Products

Protect your skin and keep it cute while enjoying some sunny rays. Sunscreen is a must, as well as moisturizers for your face. If you can help it, keep the concealer light! No Vixen wants to strut with a cakey, melting mug. Focus on your lip color, nail polish and eyeshadow colors for a much-needed pop!

Our suggestions? Motives by Loren or Motives by La La. You can't lose with either collection!

What's a Spring Break without friends? Seriously, if you this particular vacay dolo you need new people! Grab your inner circle or a boo thing and get away. A solo mission is great, but for these times and these moments, make sure you're experiencing it all with someone else.

Our suggestions? Don't take sand to the beach. If your boo is going, make sure he's equipped with his own circle of friends to keep him occupied!

Tylenol and Condoms
Yeah, birth control and headache meds, anyone?

Come on, don't be prude with us. Sometimes long sunny days and drunken nights result in longer hangovers and sexual rendezvous. Try to pack these items in your bag discretely and don't hesitate to whip them out when it's necessary.

Our suggestions? Whatever works!

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