What to Bring on Vacation to Florida

Florida's vibrant culture and beautiful cities are a pleasure to visit. The state offers a wide variety of vacation options, from sun-kissed beaches to the world-famous Disney parks. Packing for a vacation in Florida is reasonably easy if you keep in mind the activities you'll engage in during your trip.
Sun Gear

Make sure to pack sun gear regardless of whether you're heading to the beach or going inland. Florida is nicknamed the sunshine state, but actually has more days where the sun is cloud-covered than anywhere else in the U.S., and cloudy days can quickly lead to a sunburn if you forget your sun protection. Pack sunscreen, lip protectant, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself.

Swim Gear

Even if you're not heading to the beach, your hotel likely has a pool. And Florida's year round mild temperatures makes a pool visit possible during any stay. Pack your flip flops or sandals, swim suit, cover up and sun protection. If you're planning to snorkel, you're not likely to need a wetsuit due to the mild temperature of the water. Also pack pain reliever in case of a jellyfish sting.

Day Clothes

Shorts and T-shirts are appropriate year round, but bring a sweater or light jacket in case the wind picks up near the beach. Sundresses and skirts are also appropriate, especially in the mugginess of the inland areas.

Night Clothes

Men should bring collared shirts and designer jeans to wear to dinner or clubs. Fancy dress shoes are not required, but check the dress code of the club or restaurant before wearing flip flops. Women need dresses or a top and skirt for most clubs as well as a pair of sandals.


Pack some workout clothes and your iPod as there's nothing more refreshing than a morning run along the beach. Florida beaches tend to be very body-conscious for the younger set, so keep your workouts up even if you're on vacation.

Linens needed?

If you're renting a beach villa, check to see if the rental includes linens. Many rental facilities expect you to bring your own sheets and towels. In this case, lay them out per room and pack each room as one set. Place this on top of your luggage to ensure it's the first you thing you can put your hands on once you've arrived as you may be very tired.

Carolyn Williams began writing for the software industry over 20 years ago. She now writes and edits for online content providers in addition to raising her family. An avid traveler and golf enthusiast, Carolyn delights in sharing her knowledge of destinations both far and near.

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