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What to Pack for a Week in Florida – 10 Essentials

What to Pack for a Week In Florida

Let’s start by saying we live in Florida. We travel Florida an average of twice per month. Florida Travel Blog is not selling anything – just the fun of taking a trip in Florida. We know what to pack for a week in Florida.

We also know that most travel blogs will tell you how to dress, what cosmetics to pack, what electronics you need, and other common-sense items. We aren’t going to dress you!

We are going to suggest only the 10 essentials of what to pack for a week in Florida. Plus, we will tell you why, when, and where you will need them.

Florida is a huge state with a wider range of different weather, hazards and activities than any other state. Make your trip fun and less worrisome when you know what to pack for a week in Florida.

What to Pack for a Week in Florida – The Essentials

Knowing what to pack for a week in Florida is essential to make your trip delightful instead of disastrous! Just take a few minutes to pack these items and you are good to go.
 
  • Sunscreen – Florida is called the sunshine state for a reason. We recommend you buy it before leaving home. It will most likely cost less for branded products at your local Walmart or Target, rather than a beachside boutique. We suggest either an SPF 50 for an all-day trip to the beach or SPF 30 for walking around in the intermittent sun.
  • Lip Balm – we can’t count the times while fishing in Florida we sloshed on SPF 50 to protect our bodies, only to find our lips parched and cracked from the sun a day later. Heading to Key West for some fun in the sun? Get some lip balm.
    southernmost point Key West What to pack for a week in Florida
    The most photographed place in Florida – Southernmost Point, Key West.
  • Sunglasses – your eyes need as much protection as your skin. We would also recommend Polarized sunglasses, if possible. The polarization will help in viewing dolphins, fish, manatees, and other below-the-water surface sights. Even walking the sands of Sanibel, Polarized sunglasses will help you see shells in the water.
    Florida shells along St. George Island what to pack for a week in Florida
    Shells along the beach at St. George Island Florida.
  • Bug Repellent – repellent is most suggested for forested areas near water. If you are visiting Florida State Parks or the Everglades, repellent is a requirement. If you have never heard of “Swamp Angels”, you will quickly learn about them taking Florida trips in deep south Florida. This is big on our list of what to pack for a week in Florida.
  • Hat or Visor – the sun is not only warm but bright too. Your eyes will get tired in direct sunlight. On a white sand beach that extends a couple miles like Lido Key, the sun is magnified by the bright sand. On a long Florida road trip, you will find many occasions for a hat.
  • Cover Up – yes, some shops or restaurants may require you to cover up that new bikini, thong, or Speedo. Just something light will work fine.
  • Hand Wipes (sanitizing) – if you are around mother nature on a Florida road trip, you will want to clean your hands after picking up that box turtle, hermit crab, or other creatures of the sea or forest. After the pandemic, we learned the benefits of hand sanitizing. This is especially true for a family. Kids touch everything – most of which you prefer they don’t.
    Kayaking Florida Everglades what to pack for a week in Florida
    Kayaking in the Florida Everglades.
  • Water Shoes – these specialty shoes are light and designed to walk along Florida beaches. If you have never had a cut on the sole of your foot from roaming the beach, you haven’t been on enough beaches. Shells can be sharp. Inexpensive water shoes could save you from cuts that could ruin your trip.
  • Small First Aid Kit – the band-aids in the kit will handle the foot cut referenced above. If you have children that don’t occasionally need a band-aid, you are a fortunate parent. When figuring out what to pack for a week in Florida, this is the one most forgotten for families. The playgrounds like the ones on Clearwater Beach offer plenty of opportunities for cuts and bruises.
  • Beach Bag & Flip Flops – ok, we admit these are not “essential”, but if you want to look like you belong in Florida, then buy a pair of flip-flops and some colorful beach bag to carry all this stuff in! Holds a big beach towel too.

What to Pack for a Week in Florida – Non-essential Items

The items below may not be necessary in some locations. Many of these essentials we recommend on a Florida vacation will make your week in Florida more comfortable.

  • Waterproof Phone Covering – many phones are sensitive to small amounts of water. Even a plastic bag from your pantry will protect your phone from that thunderstorm that pops up in the afternoon.
  • Jacket (preferably water resistant) – yes, Florida is warm. However, after a little rain shower, temperatures can drop to jacket weather, plus anything water-resistant will keep you somewhat dry. A panhandle Florida road trip to Apalachicola in January may require a jacket in any event.
    Apalachicola Shrimp Boats
    Oyster beds are depleted in Apalachicola, but shrimping is still active.
  • Binoculars – Florida is full of wildlife. There have been countless times while on a Florida road trip, we have wished we had binoculars to see that deer in the distance, that eagle in the tree or the occasional whale that flirts with the shoreline.
  • Pocket Poncho – for a couple bucks at a discount store, you can buy a pocket-size poncho all folded up about the size of a deck of cards. That thunderstorm that popped up may keep you stranded or very wet. The only thing is we almost 100% guarantee you will never again be able to fold that poncho back in that little packet.
  • Water if Driving – almost every popular Florida beach has someplace to buy refreshments – but not all. If you visit a remote island like Cayo Costa or get on a five-mile trail in Myakka River State Park, you will want (and need) water.
    Alligator along Tamiami Trail - essentials to pack on a Florida road trip.
    Traveling Florida is always an adventure. This guy was along the road in the Everglades. Of our essentials to pack on a Florida road trip, you will need bug repellent for the Swamp Angels.
  • SunPass – this is an automatic way to pay tolls on your Florida trip if you are driving. You can buy one to stick on your windshield or get a movable module for any car. Using the SunPass means you can drive straight through checkpoints without worrying about change or money to pay. You can find out more here. SunPass is also good on toll roads and bridges in other states also.

Our List of What To Pack for a Week in Florida Applies to Short Trips in Florida

Our packing essentials were referenced for a week. However, even short trips in Florida require some of the same essentials. These items can turn a bad day into a great day!

We hope to see you soon during your week in Florida. Drop us an email with your comments. Tell us what we forgot in our list of 10 essentials to pack, plus a few non-essentials. 

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