What to Wear & Pack for a Winter Trip to Florida

I’ve visited Florida hundreds of times, and in my opinion, winter is the best time to visit. Tropical storm season has passed, and the heat and humidity of summer aren’t around.

However, it can be hard to know what to pack if it’s your first time visiting Florida in winter. In my experience, there are a few things you should keep in mind when planning your Florida packing list.

  1. When in winter are you visiting? January is the coldest month in Florida. February and March are a little warmer.
  2. Where in Florida are you going? South Florida is closer to the equator, so temperatures are slightly higher than in central and northern Florida.
  3. What are you doing in Florida? Heading to the theme parks? Then pack for comfort. Heading to the beach? Pack extra swimwear and shorts.

With those three things in mind, here’s my ideal packing list for winter in Florida.


Here are the essential clothing items you’ll need for a trip to Florida:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shorts & Skirts (yes, you’ll still wear these, even in winter!)
  • Trousers & Leggings (for cooler days)
  • Dresses, Jumpsuits & Playsuits
  • T-Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Swimwear
  • Trainers & Sandles
  • Pyjamas
  • Raincoat

Accessories & Extras

  • Purse / Wallet / Money
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Sunhat / Baseball Cap
  • Wooly Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Towels (for swimming if the hotel doesn’t provide them)
  • Fanny Pack
  • Backpack


The toiletries available in accommodation vary depending on where you stay. As such, feel free to adjust this list of toiletries where necessary.

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bodywash
  • Facewash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Bobbles
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturiser
  • Razer/shaver
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Make-up
  • First aid kit (plasters, bandages, etc.)
  • Medication (where applicable)

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’ll also want to pack the following where applicable:

  • Prescription glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Contact lens solution
  • Prescription goggles
  • Prescription sunglasses

Tech & Entertainment

  • iPad / tablet
  • Headphones
  • Chargers
  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • SD Cards
  • Power Bank

Baby & Toddler

If you’re travelling to Florida with a baby or toddler, then you’ll also want to bring:

  • Vests
  • Babygrows
  • Clothes
  • Snowsuit
  • Pushchair
  • Raincover
  • Rains
  • Baby bottles
  • Water bottle
  • Sterilising bags
  • Baby Monitor
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Sling/baby carrier
  • Nappies
  • Nappy creams
  • Formula
  • Breast pump
  • Thermometer
  • Swim nappies


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  1. Stacy Beaver says:

    My husband and I are traveling to Florida this winter and I found this article very helpful; I especially appreciated the selections of different clothing items you provided. Thank you!

  2. My fiance and I are traveling to Florida this winter plus going on a cruise and was not sure how to pack and I found this article which was very helpful for me.