You can have a lot of fun in the sun in Florida, but also – sadly – end up in a state in the… state. You could, for instance, rush to a particular Florida attraction only to realise that you haven’t got the necessary equipment. Worse, the heat could become so unbearable that you don’t feel well enough to try many of the attractions.
Florida is just waiting to be enjoyed; therefore, here are some items that you should remember to include in your luggage to prevent inadvertent anguish.
Light and breathable clothing
It bears emphasis how overwhelming the Florida heat can feel. Of course, you can counter this by keeping your attire light; USA TODAY recommends casual clothing like t-shirts, shorts and tank tops.
Taking a dip – whether in the sea or a pool – can obviously be enjoyable in Florida, and if you are interested in both lounging by the pool and taking part in water sports, I would advise you to pack a separate swimsuit for each.
Refillable water bottle
In fact, you should take multiple refillable water bottles if you are preparing for a trip where you will be joined by someone else. Those bottles can come in especially useful if you will be visiting Universal Studios, which includes Coke Freestyle machines from which water and ice can be freely sourced. This can be a huge relief given how easily you could get dehydrated.
If you will be bringing water bottles for kids, make sure that the bottles have different designs or, at least, labels to prevent the children arguing over which bottle belongs to who.
You mustn’t underestimate the persistence of Florida’s sun. Pack abundant sunscreen, as you will definitely need it. Action Economics advises reapplying sunscreen twice daily during your time in Florida. Though you should routinely have sunscreen at hand, it still might not be enough to prevent you or your kids getting sunburn. Therefore, it would also be wise for you to take light-coloured hats and, if you can, a bandanna for protecting your neck.
While using a backpack can be the most efficient means of carrying items in Florida, you should still check that, if you will be using a pushchair, the backpack can fit beneath it and so you won’t need to carry the backpack all day.
You should also avoid using the backpack as an excuse to bring too many items into theme parks like Universal Studios. The fewer items you can get away with taking to those parks, the better – as there will be fewer items for you to potentially lose.
Electronic items and accessories
Whether you will be capturing photos on your smartphone or digital camera, don’t forget both that and your laptop, as the latter will enable you to upload memories when you are back at the hotel. That hotel can be booked in advance through the tour operator Ocean Florida, which also offers an enticing choice of Florida villas if you would prefer more of a home-from-home experience.
Also, bring a medium-duty dry bag for protecting your electronics from Florida’s salty air. That bag could include a curling iron and hairdryer – if neither will be provided at your chosen accommodation – and, of course, any chargers that you may need for especially vital electronics.
Payment cards and travel-related membership cards
An ATM card and credit card can prepare you for unexpected expenses here and there, while those membership cards could give you some surprisingly juicy discounts. No, not just on juice – as much as you might enjoy sipping it during your Florida stay.
Thank you to Ocean-Holidays.co.uk for sponsoring this post. Did we leave anything off this list of must-pack items for your Florida vacation?