Spring Break virgin? We bet you’re dying with jealousy while looking at your friends’ Instagrams of their exploits in Cancun, Panama City and beyond.

…Or perhaps you have been before, but you just didn’t get any good photos to remember it by. We’ve been there – a phone full of memories far too embarrassing to share on social media. Best friend face-down on Senor Frogs floor? Accidental 95-shot selfie burst? Posing with that random middle-aged dude in the glittery cowboy hat who wouldn’t leave you alone for an hour? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Fear not! Not only do we already have some of the best value Spring Break packages available for you to book for next year (all-inclusive and creep-free), we also know just how to make your Spring Break experience – and the photos you take of it – as cool as an ice cold Pina Colada.

Here’s some ideas and tips on how to make your Spring Break 2018 snaps not only Instagram worthy, but mom’s-mantelpiece worthy. …Maybe.

Scroll down, follow these 2017 travel trends from some of our favorite travel Instagrammers, and start that Spring Break packing list now…

 

Polaroids

 


Want a wall full of memories as cool as this so you can spend the other 348 days of the year staring longingly at your Spring Break shrine, remembering the good times? It’s not hard. You only get around ten photos per pack of Polaroid film, so although it’s super easy to load, you won’t be as snaphappy as you would be with your iPhone… meaning you’ll tailor extra special snaps you’ll want to get right. Shop for them here!

 

Waterproof camera

 

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Cancun and the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most amazing snorkeling and diving opportunities. Further north, there’s the chance to swim with whale sharks whereas south of the Mexican border in Belize, there’s shark alley. And the Caribbean? When it comes to underwater worlds, you’re pretty spoiled.

We can’t recommend enough treating yourself to a waterproof camera for your Spring Break, so you can film pool parties, cliff jumping, waterfall hopping… and sailing. Shop here!

 

Pineapple fever

 

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So last year at your hot and sweaty Spring Break, the only pineapple for miles was the messy bun on top of your head. Thank the travel Gods then, that inflatable edibles large enough to sleep on are now a thing. You can find an inflatable one fit for even the most tropical of Bahaman beaches here. Hell, you’ll even find plenty more to drink from and open bottles with from our friends at I Want One of Those – just click here to see.

Still can’t get enough of these awesome inflatables? Neither can we…

 

Watermelons

 

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Pineapples may just have overtaken watermelons in the fruity style stakes this year, but we still think watermelons are the tastiest. Buy your inflatable one for the pool here.

 

Donuts

 

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Simpsons and paradise beaches? We donut believe it.

 

Unicorns

 

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School’s a distant memory. You’re on the vacation of a lifetime with your best friends. You’re covered in rainbow paint and/or glitter, you’ve stayed up until sunrise for four days straight and you’ve still got the energy for more… Proof that you are a unicorn. Another one of our favorite inflatables for those who demand attention (and an awesome new profile picture from Spring Break): the rainbow!

 

Icecream

 

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We get it. You’re understated. Nowhere near as ostentatious as a giant blow up mythical beast. You’re cooler. You’re more of an ice cream. Shop this giant floating dessert here.

 

Swans

 

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These babies seem to crop up in everyone’s Instagrams – from Taylor Swift’s to Gypsea_lust’s. Probably because they’re guaranteed to make even the most boring looking hotel pools, lakes or reservoirs look, well, as glamorous as the photo above. You can nab yourself one of these feathered friends here.

 

Pizza (…and a miniature chihuahua, obviously)

 

It seems our favorite food is good for more than just mopping up those excess shots at 3am, and curing the hangover the next day. They’ll single-handedly act as a flotation device in any pool or tanning related emergency.

 

Flamingos

 

Huge blow-up buddies too big to fit in your carry on? Perhaps your suitcase will be too full of sun screen, cute outfits, Mexico Lonely Planet books and duty-free goodies. Here in the STA office, we’ve been loving Sunnylife’s inflatable drinks holders all summer, regardless of the fact there isn’t a pool in sight. Think of the balcony snaps you’ll get with one of these babies yielding your cocktail!

 

What are your Spring Break essentials? Comment below, get ready to pack your bags, and we’ll see you on the other side…

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