What To Pack For Vacation To Florida

Are you someone who is pretty itchy about traveling “safely”? Well, we are in the same boat. Before you plan to visit Florida, there are a few important points you need to keep in mind because packing for Florida is no game. For starters, visiting Florida in summers is wholly different than visiting in winter. Likewise, spending a day at the beach is quite opposite of visiting a theme park, and the list goes on. Whether you are planning a road trip or traveling by air, keep reading for the ultimate packing list.

Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts as the Sunshine State awaits.

Choosing the Right Backpack

A quick newsflash! Florida in summer is all about raining every day. Hence, the last thing you want to worry about throughout your vacation is soaking stuff. To prevent so, choose a backpack that is made with water-resistant sailcloth. It will help keep your stuff dry-as-new even if the backpack gets wet on the outside.

A backpack with an adjustable harness system and extra cushions on the shoulders and hips straps makes it ‘the one’. Moreover, if you are someone who’s got OCD and wants everything in place, choose the one with multiple partitions inside.

What to Pack for Florida

Before you begin to throw clothes in your suitcase, think again about when are you planning to visit and by what means. Because, if you are planning on traveling through a plane, you cannot just put every other thing in the car tank like you would on a road trip. Moreover, a little packing tip never hurts.

  • Leave the space on the upper lid of your suitcase empty for shopping.
  • Plan your outfits before the trip as you don’t want to sit around wasting time on what to wear.

Basic Packing List: All-rounders

Regardless of the time, means, and occasion of the vacation to Florida, there are some of the key essentials that qualify for no-matter-where-I am-going-these-are-coming-with-me items, pack those first. They include very basic stuff like wallet and ID, Passport and License, smartphone and charger, headphones, medications, gum or mint, prescribed glasses or contacts (if any), toothbrush, and a mini first-aid kit.

The rest sure are optional yet must-haves meaning, you are going to need them no matter when and where. Listed below are:

  • A camera
  • Pair or two of sunglasses
  • A sun hat
  • Bathing suit(s)
  • An Umbrella
  • Flip-flops
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof yet comfy shoes

What To Pack For Vacation To Florida


After you are done ticking the above checklist, make sure to grab some of the travel-sized (under 3.4 oz/100 ml) toiletries. Because you are going to be changing your hotels and don’t want any inconvenience. Some of the options are:

  • Travel-sized toothpaste
  • Travel-sized bug spray
  • Mini Body Lotion
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Travel-friendly shampoo bottle
  • A mini perfume spray
  • Anti-frizz spray (because of Florida’s humid weather)
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup-kit


These items are completely optional. If you don’t want to bring those when traveling by air, that’s fine too because remember it’s Florida, you can always buy anything there.

Seasonal Essentials

During summer, the temperature in Florida goes from 75–80°F In such weather, you don’t want to be bothered by those warm dresses, instead try to dress light and breathable. Tank tops, flowy dresses, maxi dresses, sleeveless shirts, as well as bottoms such as shorts and miniskirts, are some of the clothing ideas you should consider. Even though Florida is hot and full sleeves may be the last thing on your mind, pack a light jacket or cardigan for chilly interior places. Restaurants, hotels, casinos, and other indoor entertainment venues frequently turn on the air conditioning.

In the winter, however, the temperature in Florida ranges from 39 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. To deal with this, bring a pair or two of nighttime pants/jeans with you. Even in December, though, the days in winter can be sunny so a pair of Capri or shorts should do. It is advised to keep your dressing in layers. The ideal option for a day-to-night transition is to wear a tank top underneath and a medium-weight jacket as a pullover.

Because the days are mainly sunny throughout the year, you should have a bottle of sunblock with you at all times.

Pool or Beach Essentials

Did you even visit Florida if you didn’t go to a beach? We don’t think so. As mentioned above, Florida is sunny most of the year and can rain any day. Hence, you need to pack your daypack very carefully.  Some of the must-haves at the beach that would help you are listed below:

  • Aloe gel for sunburn
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Beach toys (if you are going with the kids)
  • Comb for wet hair
  • Sarong (when you want to get less sun)
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit

Theme Park Essentials

If you are planning on spending your day at theme parks, some of the guidelines wouldn’t hurt. To begin, carry cash rather than a debit or credit card because it is quite easy to misplace your wallet in locations like amusement parks. Second, don’t bring any valuable items with you because you’ll almost always be told to leave them with the ride management. Finally, attempt to dress smartly and in comfortable shoes. Keep your flowing dresses, skirts, and flip-flops for another day. Finally, here is a quick checklist of some important items to bring with you on your Florida vacation.

  • Cash
  • Backpack with a low weight
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Snacks that don’t expire
  • Ponchos for use in the event of a sudden rainstorm or a water-splashing ride


Florida is all about going camping in Dry Tortugas, beaching in Miami, enjoying ice cream in Fort Lauderdale, visiting Panhandle, and much more. No matter wherever you are going, you can never go wrong after reading this ultimate packing list to Florida. However, if you are planning a road trip, do not forget to throw beach gear in the tank of your car.



Yinny Angela

Yinny Angela currently working in research while freelancing and blogging alongside. Her travel blog focusses on living and travelling .When not writing, she enjoys reading, trying out Zumba and photography.

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