Florida Guide > Planning your Trip
What to Pack
If you've never been to a Florida rental home before, you may be tempted
to pack too much!
You don't need loads of clothes as most people in Florida dress
'casual'. This means shorts or a thin skirt and T-shirts during the day
in summer and perhaps some trousers and a sweater or cardigan for the
evening in spring, autumn/fall or winter.
Your rental home will have a large washer and dryer available for
your use. The wash cycle is much shorter than in UK washers so you can
have things washed and dried within a short time.
Leave some space in your suitcase as you'll probably want to buy
clothes which are cheaper in USA such as jeans, T-shirts, etc. You won't
want to have to buy another suitcase to get them back home in!
The one thing you will want to pack is at least one pair of
comfortable shoes! If you're visiting the theme parks, you'll do a lot
of walking (you won't notice as it's so interesting) and comfortable
shoes are essential. If you find trainers comfortable, these would be
You don't need to take towels with you (check if your rental home
also includes pool towels, otherwise you can take your own or buy them
in Florida) or face flannels/washcloths as these are generally provided
You may not need to take hairdryers as some rental homes have these
provided too (check with your rental home owner).
Don't take food as you will sign a Customs declaration that you don't
have any with you when you enter Florida. Almost all foods available in
UK are also available in Florida and you will find a huge selection at
the supermarket. You may find that your Florida rental home owner can
arrange some welcome supplies for your arrival in your home so please
ask them if this is available. If you have a special diet, ask your
Florida home owner if this type of food is available, i.e. goat's or
soya milk is available in Wal-Mart and other large supermarkets.
You'll need personal items, shampoo, sun tan lotion, etc as these are
not supplied but you don't need to take loo paper as at least an initial
roll is supplied and UK 'thick and fluffy' toilet paper is not good for
American plumbing, which is half the size of that in the UK.
So, don't pack the kitchen sink (there's one provided for you!) in
your suitcase and, if you've any doubts about whether something is
supplied already or not, just ask your Florida home owner! They will be
an expert on what's available in their home and in Florida as they will
probably have been there many times.
Don't forget your essentials and make sure these are in your hand
luggage - any medication you are taking and a written note of what this
is (your GP's repeat prescription request form is ideal if you have
these), your passport (which should have 6 months to run after your
return), your airline tickets, your car rental vouchers, your travel
insurance policy (make a photocopy of this and leave the photocopy at
home), travellers' cheques (make these the US$ type and it's useful if
at least two of you have a supply in case of emergencies), your credit
cards (almost everywhere accepts these) and your driving directions to
your Florida home or where you will pick up your home keys.
Last of all, remember to have a great time in your Florida rental
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