Looking for your next weekend away to a warm climate? Then Miami, Florida should definitely be on your upcoming destination list!
Miami is the perfect place for a weekend getaway, birthday celebration, bachelor or bachelorette party, family trip, or just because you need a vacation.
Lucky for you, there are endless things to do in Miami. You can relax on Miami Beach’s beautiful South Beach, explore the vast restaurant scene, shop along the famous Lincoln Road, experience the glamorous nightlife, and of course, soak up the warm sunshine.
Chances are whenever you visit Miami, the weather will be hotter than wherever home is for you. If you want to see Miami in its hottest months, plan a trip during the summer months of June to August. Be warned though, it will be hot and humid with temperatures in the range of high 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
The most popular time of year to head down to Miami is during the later winter to spring when temperatures range around mid 70 to 80 degrees and you can certainly guarantee an escape from your colder weather back home.
Regardless of when you choose to plan your Miami weekend getaway, there are certain must-haves for your Miami packing list you will want to include. Before you start randomly grabbing items from your closet, take the time to think out what you could need based on your weekend itinerary.
Take a look at the list of Miami packing tips below so you will be well prepared for your weekend in Miami.
The flight to Miami will obviously vary depending on where you are flying from, but speaking from an experienced traveler, there are a few flying essentials you will want to include in order to feel comfortable.
The Apple wallet is a common go-to for storing plane tickets these days due to its easy convenience, but you can also print your ticket at the airport if you feel safer holding it in hand.
The potentially less obvious flying essentials that are great to keep on hand in your carryon bag include:
To all of the skincare lovers out there, flights can be dehydrating. So pack yourself a hydrating face mask or lotion to apply during or after the flight. Most of these items can be found in mini travel-sized portions in the travel section of your local Target or CVS for a cheaper price than what is sold at the airport.
Full-size items risk the chance of being taken at TSA for being over the 3.4-ounce limit for non-checked bags. If your Miami trip is for a special occasion like a Bachelorette party, this could be a fun chance to create “Miami travel essentials” for every girl’s carry-on bag full of mini items.
As mentioned before, the weather in Miami will vary depending on the exact time of year that you visit, but you can always expect warm to hot days and lots of sunshine.
Be sure to think about your exact weekend itinerary when filling up the limited space in your travel bag.
Pro tip: invest in packing cubes beforehand so that you can feel organized by sorting all of your clothing items by category or specific outfits.
Beach or Poolside Attire
Prepare to hit the beach or the pool when visiting Miami.Depending on your plans, you could find yourself at one of the many bustling pool parties that happen at various “pool clubs” in the city.
Men will want to think similarly with shorts, t-shirts, flip flops, or boat shoes. Consider selecting your clothing based on lighter materials that will feel more breathable in the hot weather, like linen and cotton. If you anticipate yourself exercising on your trip, be sure to pack breathable workout clothing and sneakers.
Similar clothing items with a fancier edge can be packed for going out to dinners at restaurants during the nighttime.
People like to dress up in Miami in general, so heeled sandals and wedges will be popular among the women when dining out even if it’s not a restaurant policy.
This type of attire can be worn at bars as well, but once you get to the club scene the dress code will become a bit stricter.
If you and your crew decide to hit nightclubs in Miami, like E11EVEN or Space, it is important to understand that the nightlife scene in Miami can get dressy!
Pack a crossbody purse or a clutch in order to carry your night-out essentials, like your wallet, phone, and lip gloss.
Men should also dress to impress with a nice pair of slacks and a nice shirt. Most venues will be strict about the policy of no ripped jeans, no flip flops, and no baseball hats in order to enter.
The atmosphere at many of these Miami nightclubs is glitzy, with bottle service and big-name musical performers.
You may even see a celebrity in town visiting also Miami’s world-class nightlife. Be sure to check out the exact policy of the venue you are attending ahead of time just to make sure you will be in accordance with the dress code.
Getting dressed for a night out can be the perfect time to try out fun accessories to spice up your outfit and wear things that you may not normally wear at home.
Other Miami-specific miscellaneous items that you will want to pack if you have not done so already are sunscreen for protection against the sun rays, a beach bag or tote for outdoor activities, a book to read on downtime, and a few pairs of sunglasses.
If you want to add a fun element to your trip, pack a disposable camera to capture some memories artistically on film or grab a GoPro to capture any fun adventures you go on!
Now that you have read all about what to pack for a Miami weekend, it is time to grab your packing cubes and pack for the best trip ever!
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