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QueenPolka Sat 25-Jun-16 16:28:52

I'm just starting to think about packing for a holiday to Florida with my DH and 3 children. It's our first holiday abroad for about 12 years and I've no idea what to pack, or how much to take.

Can anyone offer any advice?

NicknameUsed Sat 25-Jun-16 16:39:48

We are going as well. I am just packing shorts, loose tops, a skirt and a couple of dresses, plus some really comfy footwear and swimwear.

I am packing for heat and humidity. No-one looks smart in Florida.

trumpton Sat 25-Jun-16 16:44:53

DD said best bit of packing advice was to put tshirt/shorts/socks/pants in a zip sandwich bag for each child for each day.
Give child/DH a bag and instant clothes kit !

TSSDNCOP Sat 25-Jun-16 16:48:49

First, put all those nice dresses you wear in the evening in Cyprus etc back in the wardrobe.

Double the number of shorts, t shirts you thought you'd take.


Pop in a sweater for evening things like the Disney parade.

Comfy shoes, but you don't need the fugly shite usually recommended. I had Havianas and they were fine. I never understood these people that said they walked miles and miles, the parks weren't that big and if you had a route planned it was more a case of standing up a long time.

QueenPolka Sat 25-Jun-16 16:56:30

Thanks everyone, I better get buying more shorts.

Would you pack enough t-shirts for maybe 2 per day for each child? There is washing facilities there but not sure how likely we are to do that.

QueenPolka Sat 25-Jun-16 16:57:17

...there are* washing facilities grin

TSSDNCOP Sat 25-Jun-16 21:09:54

TBH most days we didn't get changed at all in the evening, unless we were wet from swimming or sweaty from the heat. So maybe just a few spare. I found it was such a relaxed place that even going to a restaurant didn't warrant dressing up, which felt very odd. We tended to make more effort at the beach and the keys, but not whilst at the parks.

WindTheFrog Sat 25-Jun-16 22:04:43

I wouldn't take more than one top per day. If needs be when the kids are in bed send one adult down to the laundry to wash or do it on a pool day. Shorts you should get 2 days out of unless kids are really messy. I take a cardi for evenings/air conditioned restaurants and if you are eating out maybe one sun dress but Florida is not a dressy place. I'd also take 2 pairs of comfy shoes coz if you are wearing trainers and they get soaked in a down pour you can let them dry out the next day. Oh and pick up the cheap ponchos from the likes of £land. It'll save you paying silly money if you get caught in the rain.

QueenPolka Sun 26-Jun-16 01:03:16

Great, thanks...just need to get packing now then

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