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What to Pack for Your Trip to Miami

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What to Pack for Your Trip to Miami
Besides the usual suspects you would need to bring on any trip (cameras, reading materials, medications, etc) there are special considerations to take into account when visiting a tropical city like Miami. Note that Miami tends to be very casual, so you can get away with wearing shorts or jeans and flip-flops just about anywhere. You should dress up a bit for fine restaurants or theatre performances. If you are going to a nightclub, you’ll need something more sexy and fashionable.

Find average temperature and rainfall figures for each month on our Miami Weather Page.

WHAT TO PACK YEAR-ROUND

  • Sunglasses – the sun is very bright, at any time of year.
  • Casual Clothing - this will be your main attire for daytime, sightseeing, and casual dining.
  • Nicer Clothing – for fine dining, theatre performances, meeting people.
  • Club-appropriate Clothing – if you want to get into a popular nightclub, you must dress to impress.

WHAT TO PACK IN THE SPRING (March-May)
Spring temperatures can fluctuate, so be prepared for cool or warm days and nights.

  • Sunscreen (SPF 15) - if you will be in the sun for more than an hour.
  • Swim Suit, and a cover-up for entering your hotel lobby.
  • Umbrella – it rains on occasion on the spring.
  • Open-toe shoes or sandals, as well as closed-toe shoes.
  • Shorts, skirts, or capris, as well as lightweight long pants.
  • Short-sleeve as well as long-sleeve shirts.
  • A light jacket or sweater.

WHAT TO PACK IN THE SUMMER (June-September)
Summer is very hot and humid, so you will be fine with minimal clothing. Early summer is also the rainy season.

  • Hat or Cap – to keep the bright sun out of your eyes, often sunglasses are not enough.
  • Bug repellant – for the mosquitoes (look for a natural one without DEET).
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30) - you can burn very easily in summer, especially in the middle of the day.
  • Swim Suit, and a cover-up for entering your hotel lobby.
  • Umbrella – and keep it with you, rain showers often come without warning.
  • Open-toe shoes or sandals – you will stay cooler if your feet stay cool, so no socks.
  • Shorts or skirts and capris.
  • Sleeveless and short-sleeve shirts, in light fabrics like cotton and linen.
  • A light sweater only for indoor places like museums and restaurants.
  • For long days out in the sun, consider clothing with UV-protection – you will stay cooler but not have to keep applying sunscreen to your arms and legs.
WHAT TO PACK IN THE FALL (October-November)
Miami does not have much of a fall, it is only slightly cooler than it is in the spring. Temperatures can fluctuate, so be prepared for cool or warm days and nights.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15) - if you will be in the sun for more than an hour.
  • Swim Suit, and a cover-up for entering your hotel lobby.
  • Umbrella – it rains on occasion on the fall.
  • Open-toe shoes or sandals, as well as closed-toe shoes.
  • Shorts, skirts, or capris, as well as lightweight long pants.
  • Short-sleeve as well as long-sleeve shirts.
  • A light jacket or sweater.

WHAT TO PACK IN THE WINTER (December-February)
The beginning of winter is often still warm, it does not get cold (or Miami's version of cold) until mid-January.

  • Closed-toe shoes and socks.
  • Long pants (some lightweight, some warmer).
  • Long-sleeve shirts.
  • Jackets/sweaters to layer – be prepared for warm or cool days, windy days, cool or cold nights, etc.

ALWAYS CHECK THE FORECAST
Pay attention to the forecast before you depart. In the Spring, Fall and Winter it can be much cooler or warmer than you expected, depending on cool fronts and warm fronts that come through.

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