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Packing for your Holiday
I must admit that when you stay at a villa it is so much easier to pack for your holiday. All villas will be equipped with a washing machine, tumble drier ironing board and iron so there is no need to take loads of clothes. However my daughter does not seem to grasp this concept!
Make sure you know what your airlines weight allowance is as they vary. I know that Virgin have now restricted their allowance to one 23 kg case for economy passengers although for a charge you may take a second case. This option is probably better than having to pay for excess baggage. Weigh your cases before you leave home, a fisherman’s weighing scale is quite compact and can be used for this.
I always buy coloured labels from WH Smiths, they come in blue yellow green and red and they are great to help you identify your luggage on the carousel.
If you are staying at a villa there is not need to pack towels unless you want them to take to the beach as most owners provide plenty of towels but ask that you do not take the towels away from the villa.
We always have the small sample sizes of shampoo and conditioner for the first day and buy these during our first shop, remember most things are cheaper in Florida.
We also buy all our suntan lotion over there and very much favour the new aerosol sprays they are so much easier to use and dry instantly, we find Walmart is usually the best place to buy these.
Footwear – it is essential that you take the correct footwear because you will be on your feet more than on any other holiday. Make sure each person has at least 2 pairs of comfortable shoes. This has to be a personal choice some people like trainers others like Crocs my Mother manages to spend her complete holidays in the summer months in sandals.
Casual dressing is the norm in Florida with many people living in tee shirts and shorts which is really all you need in the summer months. We usually pack one slightly dressy outfit but don’t always get to wear it!
In spring and autumn you should also take a cardigan, jumper of sweatshirt as it can get chilly in the evenings. We actually take these all year round as they are left in the boot of the car and can be very useful when you go into restaurants with the air conditioning blasting out.
Trousers can be useful in the cooler months. In winter months you will probably have travelled in trousers and a coat or jacket and you may well find these useful during your holiday. It is always worth looking at the 10 weather forecast for a few weeks before you go to give you an idea of the temperatures and the fluctuations to expect.
Christmas time can be lovely and sunny and it can also be cold. My parents fortunately had watched the weather forecast prior to their holiday last December and had taken gloves and scarves and they really needed them.
I hope this gives you some idea of what to pack I am sure you will enjoy your holiday.
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