It’s hot by day, cooler at night; it’s mostly sunny, but wind and rain aren’t uncommon. How’s anyone supposed to know what to pack for Orlando? Rest easy. Despite itineraries that can include beachy mornings, theme park afternoons, and upscale nights, adding a few key items to your Orlando packing list can make all the difference.
What to Pack for Orlando
Ready to make the trip to Florida’s sunny, fun-filled getaway? Here’s what you need on your Orlando packing list:
It’s the rare hotel in Orlando that doesn’t have a pool, water parks are all the rage, and the Atlantic Ocean beaches are day-trip worthy. Be ready for anything by adding a selection of swimwear for women and men to your Orlando packing list.
The last thing you want to have to do when you’re hungry and hanging out at the pool is head back to your room just to find something to satisfy the dress code of the hotel’s restaurant. Keep things cute with a cover-up that looks like a dress.
Even if you normally skip eye protection, don’t forget to add sunglasses to your Orlando packing list. You’ll be happy to have them—both as a way to keep your eyes protected and as a signature of your too-cool-to-be-squinting personality. Mirrored aviators feel classic and fun.
Whether you go for the fedora look or the traditional sun hat, you’ll want to bring along a hat that keeps your face shaded and doesn’t clash with your preferred style. A hat that’s water-repellent and certified UPF 50+ is a bonus, especially in Orlando.
Florida gets its fair share of rain, and your Orlando packing list should include gear for inclement weather. When temperatures dip or a rain shower comes through, you’ll be glad to have a packable hooded wonder in your bag.
Sunshine is a thing here, which means sunscreen should top your Orlando packing list. Even on a cloudy day, UV rays can wreak havoc with your skin. Keep it protected without a greasy feel.
Refillable Water Bottle
Whether you’re at the theme parks, hiking, or just hanging by the pool, having your own water supply is a must. Skip the glass bottles and go with something lightweight, durable, and easy to stow.
Keep your hands free as you explore while also being ready for every eventuality with a small backpack. Opt for a sturdy and comfortable backpack that you can tuck away easily when you don’t need it.
Portable Phone Charger
Most people rely on their phones to be everything from a camera to a mapping system, so why take a chance of running out of battery life before you can plug in at the end of the day? Instead, add a lightweight portable charger to your Orlando packing list.
An Extra Bag
Orlando is a mecca for outlet mall shoppers. Guarantee yourself some extra space by packing an extra piece of luggage that doesn’t weigh you down on the way there.
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- – Original reporting by Heather Greenwood-Davis
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