Spring Break Planning Checklist | How to Plan Budgets, Destinations & More

February 6, 2023

Each spring, thousands of people leave their homes or college campuses to seek out the ultimate spring break adventure. Whether you are traveling solo or with a group of friends, keep reading to learn some tips for planning a great spring break trip.

Spring Break Planning Checklist

Determine Your Budget
Pick a Destination
Be Prepared
Make KOA Your Spring Break Destination


If you want your spring break trip to be successful, there are a few things to keep in mind, including your budget, destination and itinerary. You can set yourself up for a fun and memorable experience by doing a little bit of pre-planning about how to plan a spring break trip.

1. Determine Your Budget

The first step is to determine your budget. If you are traveling with a group of friends, you want to ensure costs are split fairly and expenses are kept to a reasonable amount. As you create your budget, you need to consider:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Recreation
  • Emergency cash

To plan a spring break trip on a budget, choose a destination close to home. Seek out package deals or rewards programs that can make your stay even more afoordable. During spring break, many companies run promotional events you can take advantage of.

Once your budget is set, and each member of your group knows how much money they need, make sure you stick to it. This eliminates any worry about money and allows you to focus on having a good time.

2. Pick a Destination

Now that you know your budget, it is time to choose your spring break destination. The beach is a popular spot for a good reason, but do not be afraid to consider less traditional destinations — such as the mountains or a historic city — if they are better suited to your group’s interests.

Once you know where you want to go, you need to figure out where to stay. Choose lodging that suits your budget and tastes. Look for an affordable place that offers amenities and unique experiences, such as staying at a KOA Campground. At KOA, you can have a spring break filled with outdoor adventures, without sacrificing comfort or luxury.

 3. Be Prepared

Make sure you can take minor inconveniences into stride. The most important part of your spring break trip is to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Keep these tips in mind for the best spring break experience:

  • Be ready for the sun: Wear sunscreen any time you are outside and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Always carry emergency cash: Bank cards might be more convenient, but make sure someone in your group has emergency cash in case your card gets misplaced.
  • Have a backup plan: Eliminate stress over mishaps — such as lost luggage or inclement weather, for example — by having a backup plan in place.

Make KOA Your Spring Break Destination

Have the spring break experience of a lifetime when you stay at KOA. With clean campsites, helpful staff, convenient amenities and a variety of lodging options. Whether you’re looking to travel cross country or find camping near you, KOA is here to help you mark off everything on your spring break checklist.

Visit us online or download the KOA App to start planning today.

About the Author: Kampgrounds of America

Kampgrounds of America is the largest system of open-to-the-public campgrounds in the world, with over 500 locations across the United States and Canada. Founded in Billings, MT in 1962, KOA’s family of campground brands – KOA Journey, KOA Holiday and KOA Resort – today serve more than a million camping families each year. KOA is dedicated to “connecting people to the outdoors and each other” by providing people with a variety of camping experiences and the information they need to make the most of their camping trip. Read more of their camping and travel resources by visiting

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