The best way to get the most out of your vacation and not return home wishing you had known about a particular beauty spot or taken advantage of a particular discount on a day trip is to plan everything you want to do beforehand.
Wear Comfy & Light Clothing
The golden rule for packing for any vacation to a sunny destination is to layer your clothing, and even though it is highly unlikely you will need a thick coat, taking lightweight sweaters and tops means that if the temperature does drop slightly, you can simply add a layer.
If you have decided to go down the popular route of camping rather than a much more expensive hotel, make sure you take some proper-fitting walking shoes as well as your usual sandals and thongs. When perusing the many different campgrounds on the beach in Florida, it is important to choose the right site for your personal needs and wants, as each location can vary quite spectacularly from the next.
Include Nature in Your Itinerary
Obviously, theme parks and, of course, the beautiful Floridian beaches are two of the main draws for choosing this destination to vacation, but as part of your holiday planning, make sure that, even just once, you spend the day at a national park.
The beauty and spectacular depth of the natural world are represented perfectly and completely in Florida; from wild fauna and flora in Silver Springs State Park to exotic fishes and other sea life in Devil’s Den, the opportunities to surround yourself with nature are endless.
Make Sure You’re Still Outside for Sunset
As the sun goes down on a beautiful Florida evening, the locals and regular visitors alike refer to this natural sight as the ‘golden hour’.
Famous Florida resident Jimmy Buffet, when referencing when it was time to leave work and head to the beach, infamously said, “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” and this ethos is echoed across the state when it comes to the evening.
No doubt there will be a long list of things you want to see and do on vacation, but make sure you also allow free time to wind down and appreciate the stunning surroundings as the sun sets.
Finally, as you will have undoubtedly heard time and time again, the weather is almost always of the hot and sunny variety in Florida, and, as such, sunscreen is an obvious requirement on your packing list.
However, even though the state is firmly in a subtropical area, there are still days when the sky is overcast, and this is when most of the people who experience sunburn and sunstroke while vacationing in Florida come undone.
Even if the air is cooler than normal and the sun is behind the clouds, make sure you and the rest of your family, especially your children, are always wearing a high-factor (but paraben-free) sunscreen.