🏝 Printable Florida Packing List: Essentials + Overlooked Items (2024)

What to pack for Florida packing list blog post cover.  Text overlaying an image of the view from an airplane window flying over the Florida Keys.

Creating your own Florida packing list can be stressful if this is your first visit to the Sunshine State.

Between the hundreds of small, essential items and all of the little things you hadn’t thought of (or didn’t know you needed), you may need a vacation from planning your vacation!

To make things easy, we have created this travel guide to help you plan and organize your packing list for Florida in a way that ensures you won’t forget anything important.

You will find a printable checklist with the essentials, information on which travel documents are required, and 25 items you probably hadn’t thought of that could make your life easier and/or make for a better holiday.

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β˜€οΈ Printable Florida Packing List

Free printable Florida packing lists

The first thing you will want to do is download and print the essential Florida packing list if you do not already have your own version.

This list will ensure you do not forget any of the little things you will need for your vacation.

Simply click the button below.

Next, peruse the list of the 25 things to bring to Florida you may not have thought of. You will find links and descriptions for each item of interest in the next section.

  1. Reef-Safe Sunscreen
  2. Mini First-Aid Kit
  3. Body Glide
  4. Insect Repellent
  5. Chilly Pad Cooling Towels
  6. Handheld Misting Fan
  7. Waterproof Phone Case
  8. Flotation Strap
  9. Reef-Safe SPF Lip Balm
  10. Motion Sickness Bands
  11. Quick-Dry, Sand-Resistant Beach Towel (with Hidden Zipper Pocket)
  12. Snorkel Gear
  13. Underwater Camera
  1. Underwater Dome GoPro Housing
  2. Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
  3. Portable Cell Phone Charger
  4. Dry Bag
  5. Rain Poncho
  6. Backpack Cooler
  7. Reusable Water Bottle
  8. Long-Sleeved Rash Guard
  9. Travel Adapter
  10. Waterproof Kindle
  11. Compression Packing Cubes
  12. Travel Insurance

If you are a visual person, we’ve also made all of these items available on Amazon within one easy-to-browse Amazon Florida Packing List.


🀿 Florida Packing List: 25 Things to Bring That You Likely Haven’t Thought Of!

A silhouetted woman in a dress standing below a palm tree enjoying the sunset over the ocean in the Florida Keys
Make sure you have everything you need for your perfect Florida vacation before you go!

While our downloadable Florida checklist above has EVERYTHING you need to pack for Florida, let’s face it, we all know to bring a swimsuit and toothbrush on vacation!

Rather than provide you with 101 things to pack, below are just the 25 things to bring to Florida that you might have forgotten, not yet thought of, or flat-out didn’t know existed! These are some of our favorite travel items that we always have in our suitcase.

Traveling with kids? We’ve included six bonus items for packing for the family!

Wondering what to wear in Florida? We cover that below too πŸ˜‰

Heading to the theme parks? We’ve also got you covered!

🧴 1. Reef-Safe Sunscreen

We Dream of Travel writer Sophie Marland is photographed applying reef-safe sunscreen on a tropical beach.

Each year, 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen pollute our reefs. Help protect our reefs by ensuring you have reef-safe sunscreen.

We found it surprisingly difficult to find reef-safe sunscreen in stores in Florida. Make sure you buy yours in advance to help protect the aquatic life.

We recommend Stream 2 Sea sunscreen as it’s free from harmful chemicals, and its bottles are made from either sugarcane resin or recycled milk jugs.

Tidal Wave Mineral Sunscreen on Etsy also offers natural reef-safe SPF30 sunscreen, handmade in Florida. This is an excellent option for protecting your skin and the ocean while supporting a small business.

β€οΈβ€πŸ©Ή 2. Mini First-Aid Kit

Travel Mini First Aid Kit Packing List Essential

We always pack a mini first aid kit in our bag, just in case.

Whether you need a Band-Aid for a blister while walking around Disney or a Tylenol after one too many cocktails in Miami, it’s always helpful to have.

You never know when it may come in handy (particularly as I’m clumsy)!

πŸ„πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ 3. Body Glide

Body Glide Anti Chafe Balm.

Let’s face it, in the hot and humid weather in Florida, sticky, sweaty skin likes to rub together… particularly thighs!

Body Glide is a game-changer and will make a welcome addition to your Florida packing list. Originally designed for surfers in California, the anti-chafing balm prevents friction on the skin.

It’s also great for preventing blisters on your feet, just apply some before putting on your socks and shoes.

You can also find a 100% biodegradable, handmade anti-chafing stick on Etsy.

🦟 4. Insect Repellent

A spray bottle of Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent.

If you’re a bug magnet, like me, you’ll absolutely want to pack some insect repellent for Florida.

I spent a long time researching the best DEET-free insect repellent and landed on Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent.

It is now my go-to and a firm addition to my packing list! I love that it is non-toxic, yet it is still effective.

πŸ₯΅ 5. Chilly Pad Cooling Towel

Chilly Pad, Instant Cooling Towel

Beat the Florida heat with a chilly pad cooling towel. These are a game-changer, particularly if waiting in line at theme parks.

Simply wet the towel to activate it, cooling it by up to 30 degrees, then place it on your neck, arms, or anywhere that’s feeling a bit hot!

The super-absorbent material remains dry to the touch while providing cooling relief.

These were recommended to us by a family member while at a soccer game in the middle of the summer… and now we don’t go anywhere warm without them!

πŸ’¦ 6. Handheld Misting Fan

A handheld misting fan.

A handheld misting fan can make a world of difference in helping you enjoy your time in the heat.

Small and easy to pack, these fans provide a glorious mist to cool you down. We recommend a fan with a rechargeable battery so you don’t have to carry spare batteries or buy them on the go.

These are always a hit with kids, helping to keep them comfortable and providing them with something to play with all in one!

Just make sure you pack one per person. Otherwise, you may find some fights over it!

⭐️ Pro tip: Make sure you buy yours in advance. Misting fans sell for around $30 per fan and are of lesser quality in Disney and other parks.

πŸ“± 7. Waterproof Phone Case

A black and a light green waterproof phone pouch.

Even if your phone is waterproof, you should include a waterproof phone case on your Florida packing list!

A waterproof phone case will help protect your phone on the beach, by the pool, on boat rides, and splash rides at the parks.

It’s also great for storing cash, documents, credit cards, etc., that you need to take but don’t want to get wet!

πŸ›Ÿ 8. Flotation Strap

Two brightly colored flotation straps to attach to a phone or camera.

Phone overboard!!

While the waterproof phone case will protect your phone, it will still sink if dropped into the water!

Ensure your phone or waterproof camera stays afloat with a flotation strap in case of a drop.

πŸ’„ 9. Reef-Safe SPF Lip Balm

Two sticks of All Good brand SPF30 Coconut Sunstick reef safe sun protection.

It’s easy to overlook packing SPF lip balm, but sore, sunburned lips are not a fun way to start your Florida vacation!

As with your sunscreen, ensure you choose a reef-safe option.

This SPF50 lip balm on Etsy is entirely natural and organic and produced in the USA by a small business.

⛡️ 10. Motion Sickness Bands

Root'd Wristbands acupressure wristbands for nausea relief.

If you’re susceptible to motion sickness, like I am, you will want to bring some acupressure wristbands.

Whether exploring the Florida Keys on a snorkel boat tour or enjoying the thrill of the theme parks in Orlando, they’ll come in handy!

Root’d wristbands are the most effective I’ve found and are nicer looking than most.

If you prefer a motion sickness tablet, then Bonine is what I use. Our dive instructor friend recommended it as it’s less drowsy than Dramamine.

πŸ– 11. Quick-Dry, Sand-Resistant Beach Towel
(with Hidden Zipper Pocket)

Sandproof Turkish beach towel with a hidden zippered pocket is an essential when packing for the beach.

If you have never used a travel towel, they are life-changing for beach days!

The material repels sand rather than collecting it, so it doesn’t end up everywhere. It also packs small and dries quickly.

This Turkish towel is 100% cotton, sand-resistant, quick-drying, and even has a secret zipper pocket to hide away your phone and keys.

Alternatively, this oversized beach blanket is perfect for packing for the family. Made from parachute nylon, it is also quick-dry, sand-resistant, and has zipper pockets, plus anchors to secure it.

🀿 12. Snorkel Gear

An underwater selfie of Adam and Sophie Marland snorkeling.

If you plan on doing a lot of snorkeling while in Florida, it is cheaper and easier to bring your own snorkel gear than renting it each day.

Pack your own and be ready to jump in the water any time! They’re also great fun for kids in the pool.

A girl in a swimsuit holding a mask, snorkel and fins at the back of a car by the beach.
Don’t forget to pack your snorkel gear!

πŸ“Έ 13. Underwater Camera

GoPro HERO11 Black - Waterproof Action Camera

An underwater camera is an excellent addition to your Florida packing list.

Whether coming face-to-face with manatees in Crystal River, exploring the coral reef at the Florida Keys, or riding Splash Mountain at Disney, make sure you capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Yes, you could use your phone in a waterproof case. However, if the case fails, you risk damage to your phone, which could destroy everything you have on it!

There are various underwater cameras to choose from, depending on your level and interest in photography. However, the GoPro, or similar adventure cameras, are small, easy to use, and reasonably priced.

🐠 14. Underwater Dome GoPro Housing

Sophie Marland of We Dream of Travel photographed snorkeling while holding a GoPro with Fifty Fifty Dome.

An underwater dome housing allows you to capture photos with part of the frame above water and part underwater.

This inexpensive item allows for a lot of creativity and is probably one of the things we had the most fun with in Florida.

Just make sure you order one for the correct GoPro model.

A woman underwater snorkeling taking a photo of a barracuda with the snorkel boat above, captured with a dome GoPro housing - a great addition to a Florida packing list

🎢 15. Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The Anker Soundcore 2 portable bluetooth speaker.

Listen to your favorite songs on the beach, by the pool, or on your hotel balcony with a portable Bluetooth speaker.

After returning several, we finally found “the one” with the Soundcore 2 by Anker.

It is among the most affordable options, the sound quality is excellent, and it provides 24 hours of playback battery life.

It is also waterproof, so you can enjoy music wherever you go in Florida!

πŸ”‹ 16. Portable Cell Phone Charger

An Anker portable charger power pack.

You’ll likely use your phone to navigate, take photos, and more! Bring a power pack to keep your phone charged on the go.

This portable charger by Anker is the one I use as it offers wireless, USB, and USB-C charging.

However, it doesn’t work with iPhone 15 models. Therefore, I’d recommend this one instead for any users of the newer phones.

This is now a must-have on any packing list!

πŸŽ’ 17. Dry Bag

10 liter waterproof dry bag and waterproof phone case.

An inexpensive dry bag is an invaluable item when packing for Florida.

Not only does it keep your belongings dry while on the beach, kayaking, or on boat tours, but it also floats!

So, if it takes a spill overboard, your things will remain dry and easy to retrieve.

The great thing about this dry bag is that it also comes with a waterproof phone case, so you get two for the price of one!

🌧 18. Rain Poncho

A woman wearing a clear, lightweight reusable poncho.

During the rainy season, rain can be sudden and very heavy. If you’re vacationing in Florida during this time, it is well worth having a poncho with you.

A poncho is better than a rain jacket as it can also cover your bags and any other belongings with you.

It is also a great thing to pack for Disney for the splash rides, allowing you to keep your clothes and bags dry.

You can expect to spend around $12 for a disposable rain poncho in Disney, so it’s worth bringing your own.

❄️ 19. Backpack Cooler

A waterproof backpack cooler is a versatile addition to your packing list.

Whether you want to keep your food and drink cold on the beach, in the car, or while hitting the theme parks, a cooler is a must on your Florida packing checklist!

After much research, I chose this backpack cooler as the leakproof interior also doubles as a waterproof dry bag, making it super versatile!

The backpack design also makes it a lot more comfortable to carry around.

🚰 20. Reusable Water Bottle

A teal and purple stainless steel insulated reusable water bottle.

Remain hydrated in Florida without wasting single-use plastic bottles.

We love these reusable bottles as they come in various colors and sizes, and keep your drinks cold for 24 hours (or hot for 12 hours – but that’s less useful in Florida!).

If you don’t mind your water not staying cold, these collapsible reusable bottles are a great option for saving space in your suitcase.

⭐️ Pro tip: All the Florida theme parks have drinking fountains to refill water bottles.

β˜€οΈ 21. Long Sleeved Rash Guard

Sophie Marland from We Dream of Travel walking along a tropical beach in a black long-sleeved swimsuit.

If you sunburn easily or have many water activities planned, such as snorkeling, kayaking, etc., you’ll want to pack a rash guard or long-sleeved swimsuit.

With a 50+ SPF it will provide protection from the sun so you can use less sunscreen.

They’re also great for kids, particularly when out all day at the theme parks, and save you from having to chase them around so often to reapply sunscreen!

Personally, I have three of these long-sleeved swimsuits and absolutely love them!

✈️ 22. Travel Adapter

Worldwide All in One Universal Travel Adapter

The power plugs and sockets in Florida are type A and B, the same as elsewhere in the USA.

If you’re visiting Florida from the States, then you won’t need an adapter. However, if you’re traveling internationally to Florida, make sure you pack a travel adapter.

We prefer a universal travel adapter as you can use them everywhere so you’re guaranteed to always have the right one in your bag!

πŸ“˜ 23. Waterproof Kindle

A hand holding a kindle e-book reader at the beach with the ocean in the background.

There’s nothing better than sitting by the pool or on the beach and getting lost in a book. The Kindle Paperwhite allows you to do just that without having to pack bulky books.

It is also waterproof, so you can enjoy your favorite book by the water without worry.

This waterproof case is great for adding protection for those of you who have non-waterproof e-readers.

Finally, sign up for a Kindle Unlimited 30 day free trial before you go to make the most of access to over 2 million books.

🧳 24. Compression Packing Cubes

Well Traveled compression packing cubes are a great packing hack and a must on any Florida packing list

These compression packing cubes by Well Traveled are the ultimate packing hack. When it comes time to pack your suitcase for Florida, you will absolutely want to use them.

As well as keeping your clothes organized, they’re a time saver. Ready to hit the beach as soon as you arrive? Don’t waste time digging around in your suitcase; simply pull out the cube with your swimwear and you’re ready to go!

The compression ability is also great for maximizing your space.

We’ve used many different brands of packing cubes, but none have matched the quality and functionality of Well Traveled.

⭐️ Pro tip: If you’re packing for the family, we recommend getting different colored cubes for each family member.

πŸ“„ 25. Travel Insurance

An aerial view of a young woman floating in the swimming pool at Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo, Florida Keys

I highly recommend getting travel insurance, even if you’re a US resident.

Not only can it cover medical emergencies but also unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancelation, missing bags, natural disasters, or stolen goods.

Always read your policy carefully when booking travel insurance to ensure you have one that suits your needs.

🏞 Bonus: National Parks Pass

Image of the America the Beautiful Annual National Parks Pass

If you are planning on visiting any of the Everglades or Biscayne NP then it is worth packing your Annual National Parks Pass.

If you don’t already own a pass and only plan to visit one or two National Parks in a year, it may not be worth purchasing. However, if you visit three or more parks it will save you money.

With that said, if you plan on visiting the parks via a tour, such as Dry Tortugas, you will not need your pass.

πŸ₯₯ Pro Tip: Leave Some Empty Space

Empty suitcase ready to pack for Florida

When packing for Florida make sure you leave some empty space in your suitcase!

You’ll undoubtedly want to bring home some souvenirs to remember your vacation and you want to make sure you have the space to do so.

Not got your suitcase yet? Check out our Level8 luggage review.

πŸ‘¦πŸ½ Florida Packing List for Kids

While most parents will have all the obvious things ready for a family vacation in Florida, here are a few things to pack for Florida that you may not yet have considered.

πŸ“· 1. Waterproof Kids Camera

A kids robust waterproof camera.

This waterproof camera comes in a robust, drop-proof case designed for kids aged 3+.

Not only does it help to keep the little ones entertained, but it also allows them to capture and treasure their own vacation memories.

πŸ““ 2. Kids Travel Journal

Front cover of The Ultimate Travel Journal for Kids by Rob Taylor.

Get the kids excited before the trip and keep them engaged throughout with this travel journal.

It is full of fun prompts and activities and has space for four trips.

It is ideal for keeping them occupied on the plane and while out at restaurants.

This Florida travel activity book and journal also comes highly recommended, full of fun facts about Florida and specific activities for the islands.

πŸ’‘ 3. Night Light

Two Plug in Motion Sensor Dimmable Night Lights.

Sleeping in a new place can be tricky, even for the older family members.

A night light can help the little ones feel secure, while also making it easier to navigate new surroundings at night.

πŸͺ£ 4. Collapsible Buckets

Three brightly colored collapsible sand bucket toys for kids.

Is there anything more quintessentially reminiscent of a beach vacation than building sandcastles?!

These collapsible buckets make it easy to pack these favorite beach toys.

⭐️ Pro tip: Some hotels and resorts will provide beach toys for kids, so call in advance. We also spotted free-to-borrow kids’ toys at John Pennekamp State Park.

🌊 5. Inflatable Arm Bands

Two blue inflatable Speedo arm bands for kids.

While puddle jumpers are great, they are bulky to pack. Instead, consider a pair of inflatable armbands.

⭐️ Pro tip: Check first with your accommodation as they may provide life vests or floaties for children.

🧩 6. Travel Games

A Travel Reusable Games Wipe-Off Activity Pad for Kids.

If you’re traveling to Florida with kids, make sure you pack at least one or two travel games.

These will prove invaluable whether on the plane, in the hotel room, in the car, or at a restaurant.

Some great options include:

🏰 Packing for Disney

Fireworks over the Cinderella castle at Disney World in Florida

If you’re visiting Florida for the thrills of the many theme parks, then there’s a few additional items you may want to consider packing.

While it is possible to buy most things in the parks, they typically come with a much higher price tag.

Additionally, you’ll be doing plenty of waiting in line for rides so the last thing you’ll want to do is wait in line at a shop as well!

Below are a few of our favorite things to help make your time in Disney even more enjoyable:

  • Autograph book & sharpie: Collect the autographs of all your favorite characters.
  • Download Disney app: Use their app to navigate the park and check wait times.
  • Glow sticks: These are great fun (and make spotting the kids easier) after dark.
  • Day pack: Bring a small backpack to carry your essentials in the parks.
  • Children’s Safety ID Wristbands: Have added peace of mind in crowded parks.
  • Hand sanitizer: Good for big and little hands after rides and before eating.
  • Theme park tickets: Don’t forget to ensure you have a copy with you.
  • Extra clothes: You’ll likely get hot and sweaty walking around and may wish to change clothes during the day.
Bus full of Disney characters during a Christmas show at Disney World Florida

πŸ‘™ What to Wear in Florida

🌦 Weather in Florida

A girl in a flowery playsuit on a boardwalk leading to Smathers Beach Key West Florida
Expect warm temperatures in most places in Florida!

While Florida is known for its hot weather, it still sees seasonal variances with cooler temperatures in the winter months.

Regardless of when you visit Florida, it is worth bringing a sweater as you’ll find many indoor venues are very chilly with air conditioning running at full blast!

The summer months from late May through to October are typically in the mid 80s-90s (30-35Β°c), but feel more like 100Β°F (38Β°c).

Additionally, it is very humid and the summer is also the rainy season. During this time it is common for sudden torrential downpours. Although with that said, this is usually pretty refreshing!

The weather in the winter months (Nov-Mar), is typically more ideal with average lows of around 50-67Β°F (10-19Β°c) and highs of around 70-80Β°F (21-27Β°c).

⭐️ Pro tip: Wear your sweater on the plane to save space in your suitcase. Plus the plane is usually on the cooler side!

πŸ‘— Fashion in Florida

A couple dine at a water table at Sol by the Sea restaurant on Key largo having dinner at sunset.
The fashion in the Florida Keys, like most of Florida, is very casual.

With the exception of Miami, when it comes to what to wear in Florida you’ll want to think casual, laidback vibes!

Orlando caters to families and as such is extremely informal, with most restaurants having only the most basic dress code.

Similarly, the Florida Keys are very relaxed with their chill Caribbean vibes.

Conversely, if you’re planning on hitting the bar scene in Miami you’ll want to dress to impress!

A girl stands on the balcony of Parrot Key Hotel in Key West looking over a tropical palm tree setting.
Loose sundresses are ideal for daytime or evening wear.

During the day, swimwear (with a cover-up available) plus shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and flip flops are the most you could need.

If you’re visiting the theme parks, you may want to also pack some activewear and comfortable shoes.

In the evening, you may want something a little dressier. However, we’re talking flowy sundresses and sandals, or a button-up short-sleeved shirt with shorts. Nothing too fancy!

Leave the high-heels, suit jackets, and accessories at home!

πŸ“‹ Clothing Packing Lists for Florida

Below are suggested clothing packing lists for women and men for a week in Florida. If you have longer in Florida consider doing laundry while there to limit how much you need to take.

One Week Florida Clothing Packing List for Women

  • Swimsuits (2-3)
  • Long Sleeved Rash Guard (1)
  • Sundresses (1-2)
  • Cover-Ups (1-2)
  • Shorts (2-3)
  • T-Shirts/Tank Tops (2-3)
  • Activewear (Leggings/Shorts, Sports Bar, Tank Top) (1 set)
  • Light Sweater (1)
  • Rain Jacket (1)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Bras (2-3)
  • Socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Pajamas (1-2)
  • Water Shoes
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Sandals
  • Sunhat
  • Polarized Sunglasses

One Week Florida Clothing Packing List for Men

  • Swim Shorts (2-3)
  • Long Sleeved Rash Guard (1)
  • Shorts (2-3)
  • T-Shirts/Tank Tops (3-4)
  • Smart/Casual Long Pants (1)
  • Aloha Shirt (1)
  • Short Sleeved Button Up (1)
  • Light Sweater (1)
  • Rain Jacket (1)
  • Underwear (7)
  • Socks (2-3 pairs)
  • Sleepwear
  • Water Shoes
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Summer Shoes (ie. boat shoes/espadrilles)
  • Baseball Cap
  • Polarized Sunglasses

🧳 Baggage Allowance for Florida

A photo from the plane window leaving the Florida Keys after a 5 day itinerary.

The luggage allowances for Florida will differ based on the airline you’ve chosen, your ticket, and where you’re flying from.

Some cheaper, economy fares will not include checked luggage and may limit carry-on luggage to one personal item.

Conversely, business and first-class fares may include multiple checked bags with a higher weight allowance.

Three pieces of Level8 luggage in a living room ready to be packed for Florida. A 24-inch light blue checked case, and two 20-inch darker colored carry-on cases.

Regardless of whether you plan to travel with only carry-on or checked bags, we recommend investing in high-quality luggage as it will protect your precious belongings while traveling. We personally always travel with our Level 8 luggage.

You can learn more about it in our Level8 luggage review.

Checked Luggage

Checked luggage typically has a maximum weight and dimensions allowance:

  • Maximum Weight: Up to 50lbs (23kg)
  • Maximum Dimensions (length + width + height): 62 linear inches (157 cm)

Ensure you weigh your bags prior to traveling to avoid extra charges. You can do this with an inexpensive suitcase weight scale.

Alternatively, if you have bathroom scales, weigh yourself with your suitcase, then just yourself. Deduct your weight from the combined weight to work out the weight of your suitcase.

Carry On Luggage

Airlines also restrict the size of carry-on luggage to ensure it fits safely under the seat in front of you or in an overhead compartment. The dimensions for these are standard across most airlines and include the wheels and handles:

  • Maximum Dimensions: 22” x 14” x 9” (56cm x 36cm x 23cm)

If your bag exceeds the required dimensions you may be required to pay to check the bag. Many airlines do not readily disclose a maximum weight limit for carry-on luggage. However, carry-on bags are typically limited to 22-25 pounds (10-11 kg).

Most airlines will also allow one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase, or laptop bag. The dimensions for these are not always defined, although for United Airlines these dimensions are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm), to give you a rough size.

πŸ“ƒ Essential Travel Documents

Aerial view of Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo showing a girl swimming in the pool with palm trees and the ocean in the background.

While almost everything else on this Florida packing list could be bought in Florida, your travel documents cannot be replaced and should be packed safely before traveling!

Additionally, it is a good idea to have digital versions on your phone or on the cloud should you have to present or replace them.

We’ll go into more detail for some, but first here’s a quick overview of all the travel documents you’ll require for Florida:

  • Passport or valid government ID
  • Valid ESTA/Visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance policy
  • 24 hr emergency travel insurance contact and policy number
  • COVID-19 vaccination record/negative test certificate (if required)
  • Flight e-tickets
  • Your travel itinerary
  • Booking information for tours
  • Theme park tickets
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Cash/credit cards
  • Small amount of USD cash
  • Youth/student/seniors cards for travel discounts
  • Drivers License/International driving licence (if renting a car)
  • Scuba diving licence (if needed)

Do I need a passport or ID for Florida?

For US residents visiting Florida from the mainland US, you will only need to pack a valid government photo ID. Check on the TSA website for a full list of accepted IDs.

International visitors will require a valid passport. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after your planned departure from the United States.

Do I need an ESTA or Visa?

To travel to the USA from abroad, you will need to ensure you have a valid ESTA (visa waiver) or visa. Check your eligibility for each on the US government website.

For those eligible for an ESTA, ensure you apply online at least 72 hours in advance.

Do I need Travel Insurance for Florida?

Travel insurance is highly recommended, even if you are a US citizen or resident. There are many benefits to using travel insurance.  Not only does it provide healthcare for medical emergencies but will cover unforeseen circumstances such as missing bags, damage from natural disasters, stolen goods, or even trip cancellation.

For most US citizens or residents, healthcare will be covered by your health insurance provider. However, it is worth checking your coverage before traveling.

Always read your policy carefully when booking travel insurance to ensure you have one that suits your needs.

Vaccination Certificate/Negative COVID-19 Test

Domestic Travelers: There are no COVID-related requirements for domestic passengers arriving in Florida.

International Travelers: For those traveling from international destinations with direct flights to Florida, you will only need to follow federal requirements for international visitors to the USA. As of May 12, 2023, visitors to the U.S. no longer need to show proof of a negative test or proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

🏝 Final Things to Consider Before Packing for Florida

A woman paddleboarding on Key Largo beneath a bright double rainbow with palm trees in the background

Before you decide what to pack for Florida, you’ll need to consider your plans! The things you plan to do in Florida and the time of year you visit will possibly impact what you need to bring.

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  • Activities: Kayaking? Snorkeling? Consider any additional things you’ll need specifically for the activities you have planned.
  • Theme parks: Check each park’s restrictions online to ensure you know what you can and can’t bring to each park.
  • Relaxing: Make sure you have everything you need to be comfortable. Books, headphones, whatever it is you need to truly let go and relax.
  • Weather: Florida is known for its hot and humid weather. Pack light, breathable clothing, along with a light sweater and rain jacket or poncho.

❓ FAQs About What to Pack For Florida

Use the drop-down boxes below to find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about packing for Florida.

How should I dress for a Florida vacation?

In Florida, you’ll typically find the dress code is very casual. You’ll want to bring comfortable clothes and be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Ensure you pack a rain jacket or poncho, as well as flip flops and swimwear!

For most activities in Florida, flip flops, shorts, aloha shirts, and flowy summer dresses are typical and acceptable attire.

How should I pack for Florida weather?

The weather in Florida can be frequently changing and is typically very hot and humid. Therefore, you’ll want to consider including the following when packing for Florida weather:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Umbrella
What do women wear in Florida?

Depending on where you are in Florida, during the day women will wear swimsuits and cover-ups, shorts and t-shirts, or loose-fitting summer dresses. In the evening, most restaurants have minimal dress codes and smart/casual wear is fine.

The main exception to this is in Miami where you can expect to dress to impress!

What should I wear on a plane to Florida?

For the plane to Florida wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Wear your longer clothes, including a lightweight sweater, so you don’t have to pack them. Additionally, the plane is often chilly.

Should I bring a raincoat to Florida?

It is worth packing a lightweight raincoat for Florida, particularly if visiting during the rainier summer months. The rain in Florida can come suddenly in torrential downpours, so you may also want to consider a rain poncho as this will help protect any belongings dry too.

Do I need mosquito repellent in Florida?

Yes, mosquitos and sandflies (known locally as no see ‘ums) are a problem throughout Florida. Although not designed as an insect repellent, Avon Skin So Soft is what is recommended by locals and is extremely effective against bugs.

Should I bring a water bottle to Florida?

Yes, you’ll want to bring a reusable water bottle to Florida. The tap water is safe to drink in Florida and you will find many hotels and the theme parks have filtered water refill stations.

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Sophie's passion for travel and photography are outweighed only by her love for animals! Originally from London and now living in the Pacific Northwest, Sophie has traveled to over 30 countries across all seven continents, many of which as a solo female traveller.

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