Your best bet when it comes to what to pack for Miami is a wardrobe of basics that can be mixed, matched, and dressed up to go from day to night. You’ll also want to bring toiletries and accessories to help you cope with sun, bugs, humidity, and afternoon showers.
While comfort (especially in Miami’s heat) is key, when you’re planning what to pack for Miami, be sure to throw in at least one nicer outfit for that night you want to hit the town in a style suiting the many celebrities who live here.
What to Pack for Miami
If you want to look more like a local and less like a cruise ship passenger, check out this Miami packing list that will have you looking the part as soon as you step off the plane.
If you could only pack one toiletry, sunscreen would surely top the list. A TSA-approved three-ounce size is great for carry-on luggage and easy to throw in your beach tote.
If you’re planning a trip to the Everglades, bug spray will definitely come in handy in terms of repelling pesky mosquitos. Even in the city, mosquito season is practically year-round, and itchy red bites are not a souvenir you want to return home with.
Even though summer showers may only last 10 minutes, the downpour is more reminiscent of a hurricane than a light drizzle. A windproof travel-size umbrella will not only keep you dry, but also serve as a shield from strong UV rays.
The right kicks will take you from a day of gallery hopping in Wynwood to a high-intensity cross training class at Barry’s Bootcamp, while still being cool enough to wear out to one of the craft cocktail bars on the beach.
There’s nothing worse than a wave splashing your smartphone as soon as vacation kicks off. Bring a waterproof camera that’ll capture everything from paddleboarding to snorkeling adventures—and withstand even the toughest of ocean currents.
Avoid a heavy shoulder bag and bring an easy-to-pack crossbody that you can wear while dancing all night at one of Miami’s speakeasy-style clubs. For men with a lot to carry around, go for a messenger bag like this one from Timbuk2.
Whether you’re rolling around town on a beach cruiser or ambitious enough to wake up for an early morning beach yoga session, workout gear is as common an ensemble in Miami as bikinis are. Check out these fashionable sports bras to make a statement with your sporty outfit. Guys, pick up a stylish hoodie for those cool early morning workouts.
Sleek sandals are Miami’s version of fancy footwear. Strappy sandals are always in and can quickly take your ensemble from basic to stylish beauty.
Humidity-Proof Hair Products
Leave your straightening iron at home and bring products that’ll work with Miami’s notorious humidity, instead of against it. One top pick: Surf Spray for effortless beach waves.
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—Original reporting by Lane Nieset