Packing for Florida - Orlando / Florida Guide
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With airlines restricting how much weight you can take on long haul flights, being able to pack the right stuff without increasing your weight has become very important. Many people take far too much stuff when they go away (probably half of it never gets worn at all! ).
During the summer months (Apr –Oct) the weather in Florida can be very hot and humid so clothes need to be light and airy. Most people take only T-shirt/ shirt and shorts. In the cooler winter months (Oct – Apr) it is always worth taking slightly warmer clothes for the evening time when the weather is not so warm.
If staying in a villa you will also need to remember you will have washing and drying facilities so can do some washing throughout your stay. This is normally included as part of the villa package (unlike most hotels who will charge you for this service). This really is great to have as you can wash a lot of your clothes and save having to take loads with you due to not having the washing facilities.
Normally we take plenty of T-shirts for the hot daytime, with some very comfy sandals or canvas shoes as you will do a lot of miles walking around the parks. Having a comfy pair of shoes really does make all the difference. I would also look to break them in before you go, as most people find they do hurt a little when you have been on your feet all day. For the evenings a good pair of linen trousers to keep the mosquitos and flies from biting is normally something we would take. This is really all you need to take from a clothes and shoes point of view. To be as comfy as possible is the name of the game!
If staying in a villa you will not need to take any towels or items such as hairdryers as these should be provided for you. A lot of guests don’t bring with them much toiletries as these are very cheap to buy when you are out in Florida and add considerably to the weight of your suitcase. We normally stop off when we land at the nearest Publix or Walmart to stock up on these essentials. Items like sun tan lotion can also be purchased from these supermarkets at a fraction of the cost back home (normally with more choice too).
Because of strict food laws in Florida it is not best practice to bring food into the country with you. Normally this has to be declared at customs and it is advised to not bring any foodstuffs with you. If coming with a young baby or toddler things like dried milk and medicine are essential. Everything else can be bought when you arrive.
Normally the 20kg weight limit is very easy to get under with a bit of forward planning. It is always advised to ask the villa owner before you arrive what washing, drying facilities they have and also if they have things like hair dryers and towels. This in itself will save you a lot of effort bringing loads of items with you. Best of all it saves your back carrying your suitcases them around with you when you arrive! ! ! !
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