Florida Keys Packing List

Located just south of Miami, Florida, and surrounded by the magnificent blue waters of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico lies a tropical island paradise called the Florida Keys. From Key Largo to Key West, the island chain stretches nearly 120 miles and is accessible by boat, airplane, and automobile. If you're looking for a taste of the Caribbean right here in the United States, the Florida Keys are an ideal destination for your next getaway. Of course you are going to want to bring along flip-flops and a bathing suit, but there are some other essentials you may want to consider adding to your packing list as well.

The Florida Keys are world famous for fishing, boating, scuba diving, sightseeing, kayaking, and water sports of all types, so packing for a day in the sun is definitely essential, but you will want to be prepared for more than just time at the beach. While a swimsuit and flip-flops are generally acceptable attire in most establishments, there are some restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that have slightly stricter dress codes. Whether you plan on scuba diving the coral reefs, fishing in the shade of the mangroves, or partying in a tiki hut, our packing list will help you make the most of your island getaway.

Personal Necessities

  • Photo ID and credit cards
  • Health insurance card
  • Any necessary medications and prescriptions
  • Confirmations for accommodations, and any other reservations/tickets
  • Mobile devices and any associated chargers/battery packs

Beach Appropriate Apparel

  • Swimsuits
  • Cover-ups
  • T-shirts, tank tops
  • Shorts, jeans, capris
  • Sundresses
  • Light jacket (for the breezy evenings)
  • Light coat (in the wintertime)
  • Running shoes, sandals, flip flops, water shoes
  • Sun hat or visor
  • Sunglasses

Beach & Water Sports Gear (To Bring OR To Buy Promptly)

  • Pails and shovels
  • Beach towels
  • Beach cart or beach bag
  • Cooler or insulated tote
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Swim goggles and snorkeling gear
  • Floaties
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Waterproof phone case
  • An appropriate SPF sunscreen

Toiletries For Your Vacation Home

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Kit
  • Hair styling products
  • Contact lens case and solution
  • Eyeglasses and case
  • Makeup bag
  • Feminine products
  • Travel manicure kit
  • Travel first aid kit