If you’re heading to Florida and don’t know what to pack, I can help. This women’s packing list for Florida will cover weather, what to pack, and what to wear in Florida on vacation.
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If you’re from the east coast, it’s safe to say that nothing personifies “vacation” quite like Florida. I remember road-tripping down the coast during college, visiting everywhere from Tallahassee to Miami to the Florida Keys and in between.
The farther south you go, the water gets more clear; more blue; more beautiful. The lush green pam trees and the golden sand scream “summer” year round. But, Florida is also home to vibrant art-filled cities, freshwater swimming holes, and cool creatures like alligators and manatees.
Florida really is the type of place that can cater to everyone from families to solo travelers to couples and friends. Now that I have family members that live in or visit Florida frequently, I’ve found myself back there a number of times recently!
This packing list for Florida can be used year-round, with just a few minor tweaks for winter. Let’s dive into everything you need on your next Florida vacay.
A Women’s Packing List for Florida
Even though Florida extends across roughly 500 miles from north to south, we know fairly well what to expect. The average temperature in Florida spans from the mid-60s in the winter to the mid-80s in the summer, and it’s safe to say that summer will be hot and humid.
Every Florida packing list should contain loose and lightweight clothing – think clothing that can “breathe.” Don’t forget items like pants and sweatshirts even during the summer, because you’ll likely find yourself in cold air-conditioned environments from time to time.
So what exactly should you bring?
- Comfy sleeveless tops (2) – pack two tank tops that you can use for both beach days and workouts. Check out this graphic tank for casual beach days and definitely consider a light and breezy tank.
- Nice tank tops (2) – Pack a couple of loose but stylish tanks to wear when you’re walking around town or seeing the sights. These could range from something like this one to a simple option like this one.
- T-shirts (2) – Definitely pack a couple of shirts that cover your shoulders, even if you plan to be on the beach. If you want to protect your shoulders from too much sun exposure try a cute option like this.
- Hoodie / Sweatshirt (1) – Definitely pack one hooded sweatshirt or sweater. It can be thick for the winter or lightweight for the summer. This is not only great if you’re flying, but it will be useful in air-conditioned restaurants and hotel rooms.
- Workout Shorts (1) – Pack a pair of shorts that can be used both for beachwear and for working out. A non-denim comfy pair is ideal.
- Casual shorts (1) – This could be your denim pair of shorts, or any type that you would prefer to wear off the beach.
- Palazzo pants (1) – A travel essential for me: flowy palazzo pants. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen that I wear these types of pants all the time.
- Swimsuits (2) – If you plan to spend time at the beach or at the swimming pool, I highly recommend packing two swimsuits. That way you can alternate each day, while the other pair dries out.
- Leggings (2) – A couple of pairs of leggings are perfect for casual walks around town, workouts, or lounging.
- Beach romper (1) – I never thought I’d be recommending a romper, but they are surprisingly perfect for beach days! A romper is so easy to throw on over a bathing suit if you’re headed straight to restaurants or shops.
- Sleepwear – don’t forget to pack your preferred sleepwear.
- Underwear – Pack for either the length of your trip up to one week. For longer trips plan to do laundry throughout.
- Rain shell jacket – pack a thin jacket for rainy days, or if you plan on taking any boat rides. It’ll keep you dry and warm.
- Kimono (1 or 2)– for covering up on the beach or wearing around town. Check out this one if you like sheer or this one if you want better coverage.
- Light Winter Jacket– Obviously only bring this during winter or cold months! My favorite lightweight winter jacket is this one right here.
Shoes & Accessories:
- Flip Flops – one basic pair of flip flops is a non-negotiable in my book.
- Hiking sandals – I highly recommend a pair of trekking sandals if you plan to hike or hit some swimming holes or rivers. I absolutely swear by the ones linked above.
- Hat – I typically pack either this black panama hat that is foldable and crushable, or this cute hat if I’m trying to look a little more fashionable.
- Scarf / Sarong – If you are headed to Florida in the winter, plan to throw this in your bag. I like lightweight scarves like this (and as a bonus, it can also be used as a beach cover up in a pinch.)
- Jewelry – optional.
- Small cross-body bag – I thoroughly love this bag from Pacsafe but any cross-body bag will work.
If you’re flying to Florida, and plan on traveling carry-on only, be aware that the TSA will limit your liquids to 3.4 oz. (100ml) bottles. Determine which items will be provided at your hotel, like soap or shampoo, and leave them out.
Otherwise, here are the toiletries I recommend for your Florida packing list:
- Toothpaste & Toothbrush
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Sunscreen – Pro tip, pack an all-natural or reef-friendly sunscreen to protect Florida’s fragile ecosystem.
- Brush or Comb
- Face wash
- Hand Sanitizer
- Shaving supplies
- Feminine hygiene items
- Lip Balm (with SPF)
- Face Wipes or Makeup Remover – Feel free to try my all time faves!
- Travel First Aid Kit – So tiny and packable, this will barely take up any space in your luggage. But, it could really come in handy.
- Medications & Prescriptions – Don’t forget these as they can be tough to find abroad!
- Hair Styling Tools if needed
Gear for your Florida Packing List:
These items may vary depending on what activities you have planned, but are worth a mention to consider packing. Modify these items as desired and cross out what you don’t need, but this is a good place to start.
- Dry Bag – For me, this is a must for any beach trip. I have this exact bag in two different sizes and I am beyond happy with it.
- One packable towel – I often pack my thin, quick-drying towel. It takes up minimal space and dries super quickly.
- Cameras & Chargers
- Books or e-books
- Phone & Charger
- Earbuds or headphones (great for the flight)
- Credit Cards / Wallet / Cash – Need some suggestions on keeping money safe while you travel? Check that article for all of my best tips!
- Laptop & Charger if needed
- Any other beach items that will make your trip better. Example: Bluetooth speakers, small cooler, travel games, frisbees, etc.
This Florida packing list identifies everything I recommend for your trip! This outlines everything I bring each and every time I go. I hope you find it just as helpful.
Is there anything you would add? Let me know below!
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