What to pack for Florida for a week using just my carry on was a challenge and very time-consuming, but a total success. For my trip to Florida with my girlfriends, I opted to only bring a carry-on. I don’t like packing light, but I decided to take a leap of faith and just do it. I am so glad I did, because I packed just the right amount of outfits, and it was great to travel light. Next time you are packing for hot and humid Florida, check out my list below so you will not have to second guess your choices if you are bringing just a carry on luggage.
What To Pack For a Week In Florida Using Carry On
2 everyday dresses
2 pair of shorts
5 tops – Have a mix of t-shirts, tank tops and dressier tops for going out.
1 lightweight cardigan and/or 1 jean jacket– I brought both, but honestly the jean jacket would have been sufficient for the plane.
1 pair of sweatpants or leggings – I wore my skinny sweatpants on the plane and it was the best decision ever.
9 pairs of underwear – An underwear per day plus some extra ones just in case.
2 bras – I actually packed one bra, but in retrospect, I should have packed two. One nude, one strapless. You can also throw in a sports bra if you are planning on hiking/working out.
1 pair of flip flops for the beach
1 pair dressy/everyday sandals
1 pair of walking shoes or sneakers – I brought a cheap pair of white sneakers I bought from Ardene for $15. I always bring a cheap pair of sneakers that I can just toss at the end of the trip. Especially after a full day at Disney, these sneakers were done. From being stepped on while waiting in line on rides, to getting wet while riding Splash Mountain, I had no regrets throwing these out after the end of our trip.
2 bathing suits
1 cover up for the beach
2 pairs of sunglasses
1 sun hat
1 pair of socks (I always bring a pair for the plane and for around the house, also if you bring sneakers these are a must)
2 purses – I brought my fave Barrington tote to travel with and a straw bag to have with me for everyday use that can easily transition into evening.
Bonus Tips For Travel Packing Using Your Carry-On
If you are looking for a cute weekender bag I highly recommend getting a customized Barrington Gifts Belmont Cabin Bag – Monogram Stripe. It is easy to carry and I get so many compliments on it. I opted for the banana leaf prints, and I customized it with seafoam trimming and of course my initials. I loved how it turned out and it also makes the perfect bag to get you in the mood for your tropical vacay. The detailing is beautiful, there is even a lovely leather address tag, and best part there is a shoulder strap as well if you do not want to carry the bag with your hands. I also love their tote bags which I have shared on this post why you need one.
Use packing cubes to stay organized and maximize the space of your carry-on.
Wear your sunhat on the plane to avoid damage.
The weather in Florida is unpredictable. Throwing random clothes in your carry-on, just won’t cut it so think about the activities you have planned for your trip to Florida and accommodate your travel packing list accordingly. Don’t pack fancy items if you know you are going to be lounging by the pool the whole time, or forget to pack runners if you know you will have a long day at Disney.
Also, check out my post about blog post about 5 rules I follow to pack less and travel light for your next trip.
Photography: Laura Clarke Photography
Hope this list was helpful to pack for a week in Florida using your carry-on!