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Packing for your vacation
If this is your first time staying in a vacation home you will be pleasantly surprised how little you actually have to take with you. It almost certainly won't snow, whatever time of year you go (except at selected venues at pre-arranged times!) So leave out the winter gear, you won't need it. You will not need to pack a different outfit for every day. Your vacation home will have a very efficient washer and dryer that will have your clothes washed and dried in as little as an hour.
Probably your most important item will be the footwear, whatever you do make sure you take something comfortable to walk round the parks in. You will spend most of your time in the parks walking a long way but won't notice at all if you are wearing comfortable shoes. This is not the time to break in any new shoes.
Dress in Florida is casual to say the least, most people will be wearing shorts and t-shirts practically every day. Unless you know you are going to visit a restaurant with a specific dress code, don't bother taking different outfits for every evening.
It may be worth taking a sweatshirt or cardigan and long pants if you are traveling in spring, winter or fall, as the evenings can sometimes be a bit chilly. Even in summer you may want something to put on in some restaurants as the air conditioning can feel cool after all that hot Florida sun.
You will need to take your own personal items such as shampoo, conditioner, sun tan lotion etc. You can of course opt to travel as light as possible and just buy these things when you get there.
You won't need to pack towels as these will be provided in your home, and its worth checking with your owner if they also provide pool towels and beach towels.
Check with your owner for things like hair dryers and baby equipment. Some homes have virtually every item of baby gear available, from cribs, strollers and high chairs to baby listening monitors and even child friendly dishes and silverware.
Some homes offer you the chance to have a welcome pack of groceries ready and waiting on your arrival. Items such as tea, coffee, milk, sugar, bread, butter, cookies and chips are often included. This will save you rushing off to the store straight away.
If you have specific dietary needs you will find most diets are very well catered for in the larger stores. If you are unsure what to get, where, ask your owner for some help. If they don’t know straight away they will try their best to find out for you, just remember to give them some notice to find out. If you are traveling by air remember to check your baggage allowance with your airline, as they do vary. You will probably want to bring things home so save some space and allowance for your return trip.
In your hand luggage make sure you carry anything you may need en route. Airline tickets, car voucher, travel insurance documents, directions to your vacation home and any medication you need. It is a good idea to photocopy your travel insurance policy and any other documents and have a copy with you and one left at home in case of emergency.
So now that you are all packed get yourself ready for the vacation of a lifetime, and have a fantastic time.
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