You’ve decided on a vacation date, booked your plane ticket, made your hotel reservations and even planned the activities you’ll do each day... but there’s still one thing left to do – pack! Most people will agree that packing is not their favorite part about planning for a vacation. But if you and your family want to feel comfortable while away from home, it must be done. So, if this is your first time visiting the Sunshine State, or if you just always seem to forget something when traveling, here are 5 must-have travel essentials for your trip to Central Florida!
Sun Protection Accessories – This may seem like a no-brainer, but when last-minute packing, it’s easy to just throw some sunscreen in your suitcase and forget about the rest. But Florida isn’t nicknamed the Sunshine State for no reason, so it’s best to be well-prepared! Florida is also typically very humid, and you’ll likely be sweating or in the water at some point, so we recommend waterproof sunblock with SPF 40 or higher. Hats, sunglasses, umbrellas and lip balm with SPF are also critical when trying to protect your skin and scalp from the sun. Don’t forget aloe… Just in case you fall asleep at the pool one day!
Swimming Essentials – If you’re from a state that experiences all four seasons, unlike Florida, it may not cross your mind to bring all your swimming gear (especially if you’re visiting in the middle of fall or winter). Regardless of the time of year, you’ll might end up spending some time in the water, so it’s a must to bring your swimsuit, a pair of flip-flops and a beach towel just in case your hotel doesn’t supply them. Although a wet bag is not a swimming essential, it will save the rest of your clothes from getting damp if you don’t have time to let your swimsuit dry before heading home.
A pack for the parks – If you plan to check out the theme parks while on your vacation to Kissimmee, you’ll want to have a backpack filled with some handy items, especially if you’re traveling with children. After walking around in the sun all day, it’s only natural that you start to get hot and sweaty. And while there are outdoor fans throughout the theme parks, nothing beats a handheld fan. If it’s hot enough outside to break a sweat, you might encounter some bugs flying around too, so bug spray is a must! Don’t forget your rain ponchos if you plan to go on any water rides and hand sanitizer for when your kiddos touch everything they can get their hands on! Most of the parks allow you to bring in a reusable (empty) water bottle or Yeti to fill up at their water fountains for free, too!
More than one pair of shoes – It’s likely you’ll be exploring and on your feet most of the days you’re on vacation, so it’s best to pack tennis shoes so you’re comfortable and avoid blisters. Even if you don’t plan on heading to the beach or pool, sandals are good to have if you don’t want your feet to get too hot. Remember to pack a pair of dressy shoes if you plan on going out to a nice dinner, too!
Light clothing – Unless you’re making your way down to Florida during our short-lived winter months, generally between December and February, pack lightweight clothing to keep you cool during the day. Lightweight clothing to Floridians means tank tops, short-sleeved shirts, dresses, shorts and skirts. It doesn’t hurt to bring a light sweater just in case temperatures decide to fall below 70 degrees at night!
Hopefully you found this list helpful when getting ready to pack for your trip to Central Florida! To avoid having to buy these things on-site (which is always more expensive) or coming home with a terrible sunburn, print out this checklist so you don’t forget anything!