Miscellaneous: there are several essentials that you should take with you on a visit to the everglades national park. if you plan to go all the way to flamingo besure you have a least a half of tank of gas the round trip is approximately 70 miles and there are no gas stations in the park. take sun screen for those with fare skin as the sunlight is very strong in south florida. pack some bottled water to avoid dehydration. finally bring bug repellant especially in the summer. the mosquitoes are a very big annoyance in the park.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Either bring firewood with you or purchase it outside the park gates (we were told there is a seller there). A number of people found themselves in the evening at the campground with nothing to make a fire with and were forced to use wood from the surrounding vegetation! We were pretty frustrated with this because the gate attendant never bothered to tell us that we'd need to purchase wood, and the campsite is pretty far from the entrance! Plus, being a national park, picking wood from and trampling the vegetation around the campsites, um, kind of contradicts park mandate!
If you want to go on a swamp walk, bring lace up shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. I would also wear a hat with a brim, and to help ward off mosquitoes, I'd wear long pants at least at night. Early in the morning, you may need a jacket
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I concur completely with the park service recommendations that you bring plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellant.
Photo Equipment: The Everglades is a watery environment, but in the winter, a digital camera will work well because there's not much rain. I would take a film camera perhaps with a protective case if I was going to go in a kayak or a canoe.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are various kinds of camp sites. If you have a kayak or a canoe, there are many places to do that. They will have life jackets or you can bring ones that you find more comfortable. You need to bring whatever food you will want because there is one restaurant and a pizza place in Flamingo, and just camp stores. Also you will need a flashlight
Miscellaneous: Take plenty of water to hydrate yourself.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even though it might be somewhat warm, long sleeves and pants are highly reccomended for Everglades exploration. If you minimize your skin surface area, you minimize the feeding area for mosquitos. You might also consider bringing a hat with a veil that can keep mosquitos off of your face.
Everything should be water proof if you're heading out here in the summer. In the brief
"winter" season, there's little rain, although its always a possibility in Florida. Still, if you're planning on doing any water related activities, boating, kayaking, etc., its best to have waterproof or water resistant clothing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must, along with mosquito repellant. Make sure to have plenty of water as well.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're planning to camp in the Everglades, a tent is a necessity in the summer. The mosquitoes will be swarming and you'll need it for refuge.
Hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts and long pants to help protect you against mosquitoes, sun hat, and sunglasses. My favorite outdoor clothing for hiking in Florida is a pair of slacks with zip off legs, so if the mosquitoes aren’t biting I can wear shorts with the option of adding the legs if necessary. If you do not have these bring both long pants and shorts, as even in the winter you may have 80-degree days. I also wear the type of long sleeve shirt that allows you to roll up the sleeves and button them in this shorter position. If you do not have this type of shirt you might want to wear a short sleeve shirt with a removable light long sleeve shirt or jacket over it. Be sure to pack a jacket, as even in southern Florida there can be times when the weather is cool.
Photo Equipment: A zoom lens or telephoto lens with a tripod are very valuable for photographing birds and alligators within the park. A polarizer filter will help with glare from photos taken into the water.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be sure to have a good water bottle that is easy to carry when hiking. Walking in the prairies on a warm sunny day can cause dehydration quickly.
Miscellaneous: Pack insect repellent so that you will be well prepared for the possibility of mosquitoes on all trails, especially in the summer months. Sun tan lotion to protect yourself from the UV rays is a must
If your bicycling or walking in the Shark River Slough in the dry season and the weather is good, shorts and a t-shirt is fine. Bring along some rain gear just in case though and something warm in case it gets chilly later in the day. If you decide to walk the short Bobcat Boardwalk or Otter Cave Hammock Trail you may encounter some mosquitos.
Photo Equipment: Definately bring a zoom lens. I was pretty happy with my 300mm, but wish I'd have had my 400mm and tripod along for some of the birds. Extra film and batteries are also a good idea.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito repellent! This is a must in summer. I did fairly well without it in January, but still got a few bites. A repellent with at least 20% deet is best. Another option is to cover up with long sleeves and pants. In summer I'd seriously consider some sort of head net no matter how stupid it looks or uncomfortable it might be. Better yet, plan your trip in winter. Also bring sunscreen any time of year - the sun is strong here. A cap or hat helps too.
Miscellaneous: There is no food, drinks, or any supplies to purchase within the park. Best to bring whatever you need for the day with you. Water is always good to have on hand especially on hot days.
Light long pants to ward off mozzies.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Top notch mozzie repellent.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Good screened tent for moonlit nights and more practically, protection.
Miscellaneous: How many birds can they pack into the Everglades National Park.