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What to Pack for Tampa: 10 Must-Haves in Your Suitcase

Beach, amusement parks, museums, wildlife refuges—there are a multitude of things to do in Tampa that can make packing for your vacation a challenge. You’ll need to prepare for a wide variety of activities. After all, no one wants to spend their vacation going on emergency runs to convenience stores.

What to Pack for Tampa

Be beach-ready and club-ready and anything-ready with this Tampa packing list.


Know what to pack for tampa while enjoying the sun with this Florida vacation must-have. Nothing ruins a beach vacation more than a bad sunburn.


You’ll live in them, so choose wisely.


A nice bathing suit and a cover up should be the first things on your list of what to pack for Tampa. Both men and women should consider rash guards if they’re going to be in the water a lot.

Microfiber Towel


Everyone loves the beach but hates the sand that comes with it. Avoid getting sand everywhere with a microfiber towel. They dry quickly, are lightweight, and sand doesn’t stick to them. They’re truly obsession-worthy.

Bug Repellent

Florida is the land of alligators and mosquitoes, and only the former can be avoided. Invest on a good repellent.

Casual Outfit

When deciding what to pack for Tampa, people often forget to include an outfit they don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Choose something fun or casual that will withstand the inevitable splash attacks at Busch Gardens or the Florida Aquarium.

Aloe Vera

After-Sun lotion
(Photo: Thinkstock/Hemera)

After a day of sunbathing or an unfortunate run-in with mosquitoes, a little aloe will be a real lifesaver.

Water Bottle

When you’re under the scorching sun, you need to keep hydrated. Save yourself the trouble of going on water runs with a collapsible water bottle.

Water- and Sand-Proof Bag

Matador droplet drybag

Protect your gadgets from sand and water with a handy lightweight case.


Though Florida will deliver on its promise of sunshine, you can also expect frequent rainfall throughout the year. Don’t let it catch you by surprise.

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– Original reporting by Mariana Zapata

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