Beach Vacations USA

What to Take to Florida

The most important thing to take to Florida is sunscreen—lots and lots of sunscreen. Buy it wherever you live, and take it with you, as prices are much, much higher in Florida, even in drugstores and grocery stores.

It isn’t enough to just take the sunscreen, it must be used and used properly to have maximum effect. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going to the beach, and re-applied as often as needed. The Florida sun is not to be played with; serious sunburns can and do occur, and can effectively ruin a vacation, especially when the victim is a child.

Florida BeachClothing should match the season. As most people go during the summer, naturally, one will want to dress for warm (VERY warm) weather; however, it may also be a good idea to consider outfits that can also provide sun protection. Some stores offer “sun protection” clothing. If one is prone to becoming easily sun burnt, this might just be a very wise investment.

Pack enough clothes so that there is no chance of “running out”. Even though there may be laundry facilities available, hardly anyone wants to do laundry while on vacation.

Bottled water is as necessary as sunscreen. Because the ocean breezes often make one tend to not notice the heat as much, it is very easy for someone, especially a child, to become dehydrated.

Buy bottled water, in bulk, BEFORE coming to the beach, as it will more than likely be cheaper. The water can be stored in the hotel refrigerator.

Beaches usually offer chairs, umbrellas, and even some cabanas or shelters. However, the rental fees for these items are usually quite expensive, and can make a huge dent in a vacation budget. Purchasing lightweight chairs and umbrellas, or for that matter some cheap beach towels, blankets, or even sheets will result in a substantial savings.

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