What to pack for Florida

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    A Good Accessory for RVs

    by KimberlyAnn Written Mar 1, 2008

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: My husband and I have always enjoyed camping, beginning with backpacking when we were young, and purchasing a fifth wheel trailer when we retired. This can, however, become an unpleasant experience if there are a number of mosquitoes or flies present. Florida is often buggy in the hot, humid summers, but it can also have pesky insects in the winter months, especially in National and State Parks where you are surrounded by vegetation, and maybe near water sources such as swamps or rivers. The first winter we traveled to Florida, we noticed a number of people with screen tents, which protected their picnic tables and outside chairs. This is a great idea, and we purchased one. This screened tent allowed us to sit outside, even if a swarm of pesky mosquitoes or flies moved in, and in some cases it also added a little shade

    Our Screen Tent
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    Stay Safe, Comfortable, and Get that Photo

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 1, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Protect your skin from the sun, bring a sun hat or baseball cap. Summers are very hot, but winters can become quite cool. So if you are visiting Florida in the winter months, don’t just bring shorts, and pack a lightweight and a mid-weight jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: This is a state with a lot of sunshine. Be sure to protect yourself with a good UV protection suntan lotion. Florida can also be very buggy, especially if you plan to enjoy some of the natural environments of the state and national parks. Take insect repellent, or plan to purchase some before heading out on hiking or biking trails, or taking a canoeing or kayaking trip.

    Photo Equipment: If you like birds, and are not using a digital camera, then a telephoto lens is a MUST. I have a 300 zoom, but sometimes wish I had an even larger lens. (See my travelogue on birds.)

    Sandhill Crane

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    Camping or Beach Goers

    by RockiesTraveler Written Dec 8, 2007

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are camping and or going to the beach try freezing your water in the water bottle overnight so that it can slowly defrost in the heat during the day or in your cooler. This way when you are ready to drink it, it will be nice and cold. Especially if where you camp is very remote and there is no electricity or ice available. You can also freeze your hamburgers and hot dogs to keep them fresh a little longer before you have to use them. Just keep them in the cooler. This is especially useful if you are camping overnight.

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    driving instructions

    by davecallahan Written Dec 3, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Delorme, Rand Mcnally and the AAA all have pretty good street maps and sight-seeing guides for Florida. So you should have a general state map with insert maps for the large cities and one of the what-to-see guides. Also if you are going to the Keys or to Orlando or Miami you should pickup a guide specifically for those areas because there is too much info about them to put into the state guide.
    all the maps and guides are readily available at the local bookstores or you can get some info in limited quantities at the welcome centers.

    Rand Mcnally Delorme
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    Quick List:

    by RockiesTraveler Written Sep 12, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals or flip flops if you are the type that gets sweaty feet!
    Boots are not necessary down here, even in the winter.
    You will not need your big snow parka. A light jacket or fleece jacket will do when it is cold down here.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito Repellent...they are always out in full force if you are the type who attracts them (trust me I am one of those people, I get bit even in the winter walking to my mailbox which is only 50 yards away!)

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    The little things that are easily forgotten

    by Arial_27 Updated Nov 8, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Bring a beach bag for sure, and a money belt to keep all your important items in to keep safe.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definately bring your swim suit! I can't stress that enough. Bring a lot of light clothes to wear incase it gets hot, but dont hesitate to bring a sweatshirt or flannel pyjamas just incase you do find it cold.
    Try to bring a body board too, so you can ride the high waves . If you dont have one you can also buy one there; they're not that expensive.
    **Dont forget goggles, a snorkel and flippers! they're the things I most wished I had with me! And a magnifying glass (I had found a lot of interesting creatures in the water and on the beach, it would've been nice to get a closer look at them.)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Besides the obvious, you'll need bug repelent, sunscreen, and any pain killers. Bring any extra snacks and emergency food too.

    Photo Equipment: Bring a waterproof camera to take pictures under water! And definately binoculars to watch the dolphins jumping in the background.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: An umbrella, sunscreen, beach towels, change of clothes wherever you go incase you get wet

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    Clothes, we have to wear'em!!

    by Fullmoonfever Written Sep 12, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Orlando is located inland and in the northern part of Florida. From late fall to early spring the temperture can get colder than many people would think. So if you are going during this time frame, take at least a long pair of pants and a sweat shirt.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take lite rain grear. It rains often, but usually not all day.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, sure!!!

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    Expect to get Wet

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jun 9, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you have children with you - expect them to get wet in the theme parks it is all part of the fun but if they decided to get wet one last time before you are due to leave & the Florida sun hasn't got the time to dry them take some extra clothes with you - leave them in the boot of the car & let the little blighter get changed in the car park!!

    Hi Mum I'm Soaked Again Look Mum more Water!!
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    Pack For Fun in the Sunshine State

    by wanderlucent Written May 22, 2006

    Luggage and bags: As far as luggage goes I recommend the following: one (1) rolling suitcase -- Carry-on size if your trip is less than a week, larger if you will be staying longer. one (1) beach tote -- I recommend a Boat and Tote bag from L.L.Bean. Mine is lime green and zips closed so I can use it as a carry-on bag without all my goodies spilling out. one (1) fun purse -- This is for the ladies, obviously. Get a fun, trendy purse from Target or Marshall's that's big enough to hold everything you need for a day of shopping or dinner out.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip-flops in several colors. I get fab-comfortable one from Mella in turquoise terry. A pair of gold gladiator sandals can be dressy while still comfortable. At least two (2) swimsuits with different necklines so you don't get a glaring tan line. Loose, flowly skirts fand sundresses or the girls and baggy shorts for the guys. Tank tops and t-shirts are a must as are a nice outfit or two for dinners a fashionable restaurants or a night of clubbing.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. Everyone says this, I know, but you'll get burned -- literally and figuratively -- without it. My choice? Anything Neutrogena in SPF45. If you do get burned make sure you have lotion. Spread plenty of lotion on the burn several times a day and it will hardly peel at all.

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    Sunblock, Sunblock, Sunblock

    by LuvMyBoxerKids Written Apr 18, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: *Light, loose fitting, comfortable clothes!
    *An Umbrella (Those afternoon showers will catch you off guard!!)
    *Comfortable, supportive shoes
    * Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock!!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: *Did I mention to bring sunblock?
    *Aloe lotion or burn spray if you forgot your sunblock!

    Photo Equipment: *Your favorite camera and lots of batteries and/or film!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Dont forget a pair of flip flops!

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    An autograph book

    by davesut Written Apr 22, 2005

    Luggage and bags: The children will want an autograph book for the characters. We all fall into this trap and buy one there but you can save yourself a few quid (sorry dollars) with your own book brought with you oh and a pen.

    Another autograph
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    Water, water

    by davesut Updated Apr 22, 2005

    Luggage and bags: You are going to pick up some kind of souvenir and you need somewhere to keep your coat so a back pack is essential

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer it will rain but it is that hot you cannot really use a coat. These Disney pac-a-mac things are worth it as they are very light and easy to carry around.

    Miscellaneous: Take some water bottles in but it's not worth buying the really large bottles for a days supply. The water will get too warm after a while so just put up with paying for your coca cola owned water inside.

    Essential gear
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    A Must Have - The Brit's Guide to Orlando

    by Lula_G Updated Jan 19, 2005

    Miscellaneous: The Brit's Guide to Orlando is a FAB book! It was recommended to me by a travel agent, and she was right - it did become our bible! It's a guide about all the parks, restuarants, shops, everything you need really. The best bits in it is that it helps you plan your days out. It tells you what the the 'typical' quiet days in the parks, and how best to 'work' the park so you see as much as possible. We planned everyday the night before - we saw pretty much everything of each park - FAB!

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    Are YOU really sure the Batteries are full charged

    by EdinburghRoc Written Jan 4, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Bring one to carry stuff back or don't pack so much when you go.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunscreen, a coat, good shoes for walking. Yes you will walk a lot EPCOT: Disney-Land; Universal, Busch Gardens.
    Wheel-Chairs are provided.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ONLY WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED!

    Photo Equipment: Make sure your batteries are fully charged and carry a spare for your camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimwear Sunglasses Sunscreen

    Miscellaneous: In winter it could get cold carry a jacket or you may need to buy one.


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    We packed our van almost totally

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Jun 3, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Don't forget beach bag which you will use to carry you things to the beach.

    cooler with ice where you can hide bottles of water, beer and food to have nice breakfast (lunch, dinner) on the beach

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimming suit


    HAT from sun, otherwise your nose will be like mine after having tan

    T-shirt to protect your shoulders

    skirt and shorts to have a chance to leave the beach to have a bite in a local cafe

    sun glasses

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sun screen cream (lotion) - it is the most important!!!

    cream from burning

    Photo Equipment: I suppose I shouldn't tell you about photo camera. You know what I mean!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: beach towels

    beach umbrella or tent

    matrass to swim

    surfing board; it was that I was lack my first visit :-(

    If you are going to spend night in campground, don't forget a tent

    swimming glasses; water is salty, so they will help you to protect your eyes

    Miscellaneous: some good friend, better many friends, because you will find many interesting places and it will be nice to share spending time there with someone else :-)

    Our packed things in a van
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