Deciding what to wear in Orlando, or rather, what to pack before heading to Orlando can be as easy as following some simple guidelines that we here at My Destination Orlando have set up for you. The reality is that the Orlando weather is unlike most parts of the world, and although we do experience some cool and even cold days throughout the year, we are constantly experiencing high levels of humidity and warm, and during the summer months, quite a bit of heat. Even if rain is in the forecast, you can still expect a high level of mugginess and warmth in the air due to those humidity levels. Keeping up with our five day forecast and our graph of annual temperatures, humidity levels, and rainfall, which is all featured on our weather page, is a great way to be prepared for what you should wear in Orlando. As always, it is our goal to help you plan your travels in any way possible, so please feel free to contact us with any questions about the content on this page.
Here are a few quick suggestions of apparel you should bring with you no matter what time of year it is. These items might not always get a lot of use, but there is quite a big chance that you will find a time when you need one of more of these items.
Sunscreen - I can't tell you the number of times I've seen a bright red tourist who spent the day wandering one of our theme parks without applying any sunscreen. The Florida sun is much more intense than most parts of the world, and many visitors take this for granted and suffer the consequences. Be sure to not only bring sun screen, but to apply it regularly and generously during your outdoor activities in Orlando and the rest of Florida. Whether you are visiting a theme park, a state park, or one of our nearby beaches, whether the forecast is for rain, sun, or clouds, you can count on at least a little bit of sunshine, which means you can count on a chance for sun burn. Please take this advice, or those theme park rides won't feel too nice.
A Bathing Suit - Even in the dead of winter there is a chance for some Florida sunshine and warmth. No matter when you are visiting we suggest bringing along a bathing suit for your time here. Sometimes the water might be too cool for a dip, but that doesn't mean you can't lay out and a catch some rays. We've been known to go tanning in December and swimming in January, and we're confident that if the weather is polite, you will be happy you brought your swimming trunks along!
Summer Clothing - Many Floridians wear tshirts and shorts almost all year long. In fact, some of us do not even own heavy winter jackets. The reality is, that although the winter months might bring a few cold days, there are also plenty of warm, and even hot days, during our winter months. Packing heavy might leave you hot and sweaty so we recommend packing at least one light outfit, no matter what the forecast says. Worst case scenario you've simply brought along a few light pieces of clothing that can be worn in the comforts of your hotel or resort.
Light to Medium Winter Clothing - Usually our coldest month of the year is January, but with average lows only reaching 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) we certainly can't call ourselves a snow skiing destination. While you can most likely leave the heavy winter jackets at home, it does get cool enough for people to pull on the light and medium jackets. If you are trying to pack light then we suggest bring clothing that can be easily layered so that you will be prepared no matter what the temperature throws at you. For most days simple long sleeve clothing can do the trick, with light jackets being required a couple of months out of the year, and medium coats only making an appearance a few weeks a year. Keep in mind these are only averages, so be sure to keep up with our five day forecast to find out exactly what to expect during your stay.
Jeans or Leggings - Jeans can be a great addition to your winter packing list, and leggings for the ladies provide an easy layering option for the extra cold days or a stylish coverup to wear with some skirts and dresses. In fact, leggings and boots make quite an appearance during the winter months around here and are a large part of the Orlando "winter fashion."
Light Clothing - The humidity in Florida is most likely unlike any humidity that you have ever experienced. This isn't meant to scare you away, it is simply meant to make sure you are completely aware. Although our actual temperatures never reach world record highs, the addition of the Florida humidity can often make the summer temperatures feel like 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). We suggest wearing clothing made of light fabrics that allow ample breathing for your skin. This is important to keep in mind not only for your overgarments, but also your undergarments.
Ponchos or Umbrellas - While you can only technically wear one of these two things, we highly suggest making at least one of them part of your daily ensemble. Our summer months bring daily showers that usually grace us with their presence in the afternoons. While they are most often light and short, the simple addition of a poncho or umbrella can keep you and your party going so you don't even miss a beat. It should be noted that this is also considered hurricane season in Florida, and while hurricanes will never sneak up on you (you will know it is coming for days) the smaller ones usually only bring medium rains that may be able to be overcome by simply planning ahead.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
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