Last Updated: December 2022
I had the hardest time figuring out what to pack for Florida when I was traveling there in February, so I decided to write my own post about what to pack for Florida in the winter!
The weather can change a lot this time of year and sometimes fluctuates from morning to night. While I was in Florida, it was around 70 degrees for the majority of the time in February.
The temps in Florida in winter range from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and this can depend on if you’re in South Florida or the gulf, but it’s always pretty humid and will most likely feel warmer than it really is.
Winter nights can also get chilly, so be prepared for that. You’ll also want to be sure to pack for any fun activities you’re going to do, whether it’s Disney World, theme parks, water activities, or a hot night out in Miami! I happened to get to swim with manatees, dive with sharks, take a road trip down the gulf coast and enjoy Miami and the Florida Keys so I made sure to plan for some adventure.
Heading to Miami? Here’s a specific packing list for Miami.
Here’s a packing list of what I think would be best to wear in Florida in the winter! While we’re at it, let’s be friends on Instagram and Tiktok!
What to Pack for Florida in the Winter
What to Pack for Florida in the Winter: Clothes
You won’t need a huge coat, but you will get cold on some days and at nighttime. I recommend bringing a sweater or sweatshirt, jean jacket, and or army jacket. I wore my army jacket the most.
I bring leggings just about everywhere I go, but I only wore these on the plane to Florida. Because of the humidity and the fact I was there at the end of February, I didn’t need them as much. However, it was a great option for the long plane ride and a good option if you don’t want to wear jeans around. These are my favorite leggings of all time.
I think jeans are a good option to bring just in case, but they aren’t necessary! I definitely think they are a good option if you look at the weather beforehand and it says it’s in the 50’s-60’s. If you do pack jeans, try packing some lighter and looser kinds like these.
No trip to Florida is complete without a few swimsuits for ocean and pool adventures! I try and pack a one-piece and a couple of bikinis.
I ended up wearing shorts quite a bit because it started to get pretty balmy. These shorts are amazing. So, I paired shorts or a romper with a sweater or jacket and it was perfect.
I wore my maxi dress a lot because it covered my legs and in the cool mornings it was awesome! I have the black one below and love it. Some days are hotter than others so I recommend bringing a few different options.
I love packing basics so I can layer and add accessories. Here are some good basics to bring for tanks and short sleeve shirts. Some people bring long sleeves so you don’t need a jacket and while I didn’t pack them, it would be a good idea! You could even bring button-down shirts like a chambray to go over your tank tops for a more layered look.
What to Pack for Florida in the Winter: Shoes
Depending on your activities, you will most likely wear sandals a lot of the time. I recommend some beachy sandals, flip-flops, strappy wedges for going out, and some outdoorsy sandals like these if you’re doing water activities.
I love my pair of these Allbirds and only needed these and a few sandal options! They are so comfortable for walking and still stylish.
What to Pack for Florida in the Winter: Accessories
Even in the winter, the sun is blazing down in Florida. Bring a sun hat or a cap similar to my favorite one here.
This brand and these sunnies are my favorites right now!
Beach bag or Dry Bag
I brought this dry bag that I love and a beach bag similar to this, which are perfect for a day at the beach!
I love these types of purses for Florida!
Water bottle, re-usable straw, Turkish towel
Fun Florida-Specific Accessories:
What to Pack for Florida in the Winter: Toiletries
Makeup with sunscreen – No matter what day, it seems like the sun is always shining, so cover your bases with a tinted moisturizer with SPF! This Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer is my all-time favorite.
Sunscreen – I love this brand of sunscreen, and it comes with a carry-on bottle.
Bug spray – We got eaten alive at the beach at night, so be sure to bring some bug spray. I love the natural kind.
Dry shampoo – I brought this kind because it’s hot/humid during the day, and this is actually like washing your hair!
What to Pack for Florida in the Winter: Adventure Gear
There are so many things to do in Florida and most of the adventure gear you need can be rented. Things like snorkel gear, golf clubs, tennis racquets and scuba wet suits probably don’t need to be packed with you. But, if you have your own it never hurts to bring them as well!
I hope this list has helped you determine what to pack for Florida in the winter. Visiting Florida in the winter is one of my favorite things to do and whether you’re road-tripping, swimming with manatees, going to theme parks, or just chilling after a busy holiday season, I hope this list helps you. Any other ideas for me? Please add them to the comments!
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This is a great list! I especially like the bug spray tip…the power of the Florida bugs cannot be underestimated!
Haha thanks and you’re so so right!
Great tips. It is hard to know what weather is like when you aren’t from somewhere warm like Florida!
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So so true haha!