What to Pack for Orlando
Orlando has more than a dozen theme parks and many other incredible sights to see. Ensure you’re prepared for the unique Florida weather and discover some important items that you should bring along for your trip.
Weather in Florida
Florida doesn’t go through all four seasons. However, it does get quite cold in the winter, and is very hot and humid in the summer. If you’re going to be outside during the summer bring shorts, sandals or flip-flops, and short-sleeve T shirts. Moisture-wicking T shirts are ideal as the material will keep you comfortable. Even during the summer, you’ll want to bring an umbrella and a sweatshirt: it rains often in Florida, and the temperature drops at night. A hat and sunglasses with UV protection also come in handy.
Make sure to bring sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to help prevent sunburns, and take special care to apply it on your ears, nose, face, and shoulders. Bring a lotion or cream made with aloe vera to help soothe sunburns. You’re not likely to get sunburns if you wear sunscreen and take other precautions like wearing a hat and sunglasses, but getting burned and not having anything to help alleviate the irritation makes your trip less enjoyable.
Florida has a lot of water parks and there’s likely to be a pool at your hotel, so pack a bathing suit if you enjoy the water.
Theme Park Tips
With so many water parks and theme parks, there’s a good chance you’ll end up visiting at least one.
- Pack a refillable water bottle, so you can fill it up at the water fountains and avoid paying the high prices charged for water at the parks.
- You can rent lockers at the parks to store items that you may need later, such as your umbrella and poncho. The weather is somewhat volatile in Orlando, so it could be perfectly sunny one minute, then raining the next. It’s always good to be prepared for changing weather.
- A small backpack or fanny pack comes in handy, but keep in mind that security searches through all the compartments in your bags. If you want to get into the park as quickly as possible, it’s best bring a small-sized bag or purse.
- Walt Disney World doesn’t sell gum, so you may want to bring a few packs of gum with you.
- Walking through the park for hours could cause you to get blisters. Bring a small package of band-aids to ensure you’re prepared.
- Some of the more extreme rides at the parks could cause unsecured sandals or flip-flops to fly off your feet. If you’re going to wear sandals, go with a design that has straps for additional security.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about clothing and supplies tips for Orlando.