Prepper must-haves: 17 Items a college student needs for spring break
03/23/2023 // Zoey Sky // Views

Throngs of college students from all over America gather every year on beaches to celebrate spring break. While vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, preppers know that danger may lurk around every corner.

If you have college kids or grandkids going on spring break, make sure they know how to stay calm when SHTF. You should also check if they have useful items like a bandana, pepper spray and a small solar charger before going on vacation. (h/t to

Different schools have different spring breaks dates, but many occur in March. Spring break often lasts for one week at most U.S. colleges, but some schools schedule a two-week break.

Before your college kid or grandkid leaves for spring break, make sure they bring these useful survival items with them:

Anti-diarrhea medicine

You will need anti-diarrhea to deal with stomach issues due to food poisoning, stomach flu, or too much alcohol.


A bandana is a versatile item. You can use it as a head or neck covering from the sun, an emergency bandage, a makeshift washcloth or towel, or a waist pouch to hold small belongings.

Basic first aid kit

You will need a first aid kit to deal with any minor medical emergencies like a cut or burn.

A bodyguard

If you are worried about your son or daughter being on their own, send a bodyguard with them.

If you can't afford to hire a bodyguard, make sure they travel with a friend who will watch out for them. Tell your kids to use the buddy system.

A book

Sometimes, flights can be delayed and canceled. If you hate waiting and you get bored easily, a book can help you pass the time.


If you want to keep your bags light, download an e-book reader app on your phone.

Bug spray

You will need a travel-sized bug spray to protect yourself from pesky bugs.

Cargo pants or shorts

Cargo pants or shorts are great if you want to carry extra emergency supplies while also keeping both hands free.

Common sense

This is not an item, but preppers and college kids alike need common sense to stay safe when SHTF. Don't go drinking with a bunch of strangers, and don't go anywhere without your travel buddy.

A flashlight or other light source

If you have a flashlight or another portable light source, you can safely navigate dark or unfamiliar areas.

Foam earplugs

If you are on spring break with other friends, you may need foam earplugs if someone or several people in your group snore.

Necessary medications

If you need necessary medications like an inhaler or prescription meds, clearly label all items to ensure a safe trip while going through customs.

Pepper spray

Bring pepper spray for self-defense. If you are flying, pack your pepper spray in checked luggage since it is not allowed in carry-on luggage.

Small solar charger

Bring a small solar charger so you can charge your phone before it runs out of battery. Don't forget to bring a charging cord. (Related: 10 Must-have camping tools that can teach your kids survival skills.)


If you have sensitive skin, you will need sunscreen to prevent painful sunburns.

Travel-sized sanitation products

Proper hygiene is important, even when you're on vacation. Before your kid leaves for spring break, make sure they bring travel-sized sanitation products like hand sanitizer, a small packet of tissues (for bathroom emergencies) and a packet of disinfecting wipes.

These items will help protect you from bacteria and viruses on a plane, at a hotel, or on the beach. If your kid is going on a cruise ship, tell them to always wipe down all surfaces of the stateroom, including the TV remote control and phone with a few disinfecting wipes.

A water bottle with a good filter

Severe dehydration can cause health problems if left untreated. You will also need a good water filter if you are traveling in locations like Mexico, where you can get sick if you drink contaminated water.

A whistle

A whistle is a crucial survival item. You can use a whistle to signal for help, especially if you are in an area where your screaming could be drowned by noise from other spring breakers.

Visit to read more articles about other useful prepping tools and supplies.

Watch the video below for tips on how to defend yourself against an aggressive person.

This video is from the Code Red Defense channel on

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