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Ten Things You Need to Survive Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale

As they have said around these parts since the dawn of spring break time: Fort Ladi-dadi, we likes to pah-tee. Tis a tried and true statement. Fort Lauderdale loves to get all hot and red and sweaty and drunk, especially when school's out.

This week, thousands of people looking to score and chug are gathering on the shores in front of Beach Place, like baby turtles running toward the moonlit ocean. Spending a week wasted while still doing things walking and applying sunscreen is not an easy task. Thus, we have compiled ten things you'll need to get through this strange and stupid week of "fun, fun, fun." Enjoy.

10. Your bathing suit
The major thing that differentiates a spring break in Wyoming from one in Fort Lauderdale is the beach. That's why you've come to this city, to sit on the sand and slurp a Fat Tuesdays bev. Also, make sure it's a cute one, never know when you'll end up in a booty shaking/wet T-shirt/best bod contest. As they say, be prepared, and look your best. 

9. H2O
Maybe lugging your Nalgene around Beach Place is a bit nerdy, but, hello, you need to hydrate! Hours roasting in the sun and days of consuming pure booze will make you sick, unless you refresh with Mother Earth's most delightful nectar: water.

7. Wayfarer sunglasses
The sun is brighter in Fort Lauderdale than it is in Boston. Wear those Wayfarers, look like you're cool, you've got your finger on the pulse of awesomeness, and enjoy the surf and sand.

6. A bag
This bag should be plastic. It is a bag to puke in after you've pickled yourself silly with booze, booze, and more booze.

5. A cute friend
You're walking down the beach, you want a cute friend by your side. This friend will have you jumping to the front of lines left and right. Love your cute friend. 

4. An ugly friend
Because you have to keep yourself looking good for the pickin'. Come on now.

3. Neon
You gotta wear those neon boardshorts, otherwise, how will your friends find you amidst the thousands of other violently sunburnt backs littering the sand?

2. Beer accessories
You thought you retired these after your freshman year. Bring these babies back. Put that beer helmet on an open up your throat. So bad it's good.

1. Your self-respect
You might think this is something you'd have to leave at home to have a good time out there during spring break, but you're wrong. You can still get dumb and drunk and then forget everything nuts you did the night before and maintain some dignity. You see, blacking out serves a purpose. It allows you to walk back onto that plane home to Cincinnati with your head held high, oblivious to memories of a slutty spring break. 

Happy spring breaking! 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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