Central Florida is a land of fun, sun, and an abundance of world-class attractions. Here’s what you need to pack for your next trip so that you can travel light and get your vacationing right.
Start with calculating how long your trip will be and what types of activities you will plan to do along the way. Will you hit a new theme park every day? Enjoy an elevated evening out on International Drive? Or adventure among wildlife by paddleboarding or hiking? No matter your agenda, the basics will remain roughly the same: clothes for each day, pajamas, already broken-in walking shoes, and more underwear than you think you’ll need. Luckily, Central Florida has a pretty predictable climate that never calls for heavy outerwear or boots, so whatever you pack, your attire should not weigh you (or your bags) down.
Next, think through your more detailed items like grooming tools, medications, and toiletries. As far as electronics go, keep it simple with your phone and charger, and be sure to load up electronic boarding passes, hotel reservations, and park tickets while you have reliable internet and a fully charged battery (or print copies of these travel documents, if that’s your preference). You’ll also want to leave some room, or bring an extra bag for, the fabulous Florida souvenirs that you collect on your vacation.
Regardless of the time of year that you plan to visit Central Florida, if you’re planning to be out during the day–particularly at the beach or theme parks–you’ll want to put some thought into how to handle the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology states that everyone, regardless of complexion, should wear sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays. When packing sunscreen, keep in mind the TSA 3.4-ounce limit on liquids, and plan to pack larger amounts in your checked baggage. Sunscreen isn’t the only way to combat UV rays. Consider also packing sun-protective clothing like UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) shirts, hats, or pants. And don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!
Save yourself the hassle of checking and retrieving baggage by limiting yourself to carry-on luggage only. Even longer stays can be contained in a single bag if you stick to versatile pieces that can play double or triple duty on your trip.
Packing isn’t the only prep you need to do when planning your Central Florida vacation. Be sure to book a comfortable place to stay that is close to all the action. Near Disney, check out the Crowne Plaza Lake Buena Vista or the Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Just off International Drive, Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, and Best Western International Drive are excellent options. Just beyond, the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration, Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc, and Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport each offer a comfy spot to call your own as you explore the Orlando scene.