Your Beach Vacation Packing List for All Seasons

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Are you excited for your upcoming trip to Fort Walton Beach? If you have been wondering what to pack, look no further. Our beach vacation packing list has everything you need to prepare for fun in the Florida sun. Keep reading as we unpack the essentials for your next great getaway, no matter what time of year you visit.

Seasonal Weather in Fort Walton Beach

Located on the Emerald Coast of Florida, guests at Seaspray Condominiums can expect a subtropical climate characterized by generally mild winters and hot, humid summers. Offering a mild climate throughout the year, Fort Walton Beach is an attractive destination for those who enjoy outdoor activities and the beauty of the Gulf Coast. Remember that weather conditions can vary, and it's always a good idea to check local forecasts before heading out on vacation. However, it is always the perfect season to visit.

Here's an overview of the seasonal weather in Fort Walton Beach:

Spring (March to May):

Spring brings mild temperatures and a gradual warming of the environment. Average highs range from the upper 60s to mid-70s Fahrenheit (around 20-25°C). Spring is a pleasant time to visit, with blooming flowers and comfortable weather for outdoor adventures and family-friendly things to do. If you prefer to avoid summer crowds, this is an excellent time of year to vacation.

Summer (June to August):

Summers in Florida are hot and humid… just how we like it. Average highs range from the upper 80s to low 90s Fahrenheit (around 30-35°C). Humidity levels can be high, and occasional afternoon thunderstorms are common. Don’t worry; summer storms typically pass through quickly. This season is popular for family vacations, with the Gulf of Mexico providing warm waters for swimming and water sports.

Fall (September to November):

Fall sees a gradual decrease in temperatures, offering relief from the summer heat. Average highs in the early fall are in the upper 80s, gradually dropping to the 70s by November. Fall is still warm, making it a good time to enjoy outdoor activities, including kayaking, fishing, or hiking. The Gulf waters are still warm enough for beach enthusiasts.

Winter (December to February):

Winters in Fort Walton Beach are mild compared to many other parts of the country, making it the perfect vacation destination for those from a cold climate. Daytime temperatures typically range from the 50s to 60s Fahrenheit (around 10-20°C), with occasional colder spells. While winter is the coolest season, freezing temperatures are rare, and snowfall is extremely uncommon. We shovel sand… not snow!

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Packing List by Season

We have taken the guesswork out of the age-old question, “What do I pack for a beach vacation to Fort Walton Beach?” Depending on the season when you visit, you will need to alter your packing list based on the suggestions below. Here's a general guide for each season:

Spring (March to May):

  • Light Layers: Bring light clothing such as shorts, T-shirts, and sundresses. Packing a pair of jeans or long pants is also a good idea.
  • Swimwear & Coverup: Enjoy the warming temperatures and bring your swimsuit for beach days.
  • Sun Protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. A long-sleeve sun-protective shirt is a great idea for those concerned about getting too much sun.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Sandals or flip-flops for walking on the beach. Tennis shoes or boots for bike riding and hiking.
  • Light Jacket or Sweater: Evenings might be cooler, so a light layer is advisable.

Summer (June to August):

  • Light Clothing: Shorts, tank tops, and breathable fabrics are essential in the summer heat.
  • Water Shoes: Flip flops, water shoes, or waterproof clog-style shoes are perfect for beach days. They protect your feet from the boardwalks and hot sand and can be easily rinsed off.
  • Swimwear & Coverup: You'll likely spend a lot of time at the beach and pool, so bring multiple swimsuits.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, lip protection, hats, sun-protective clothing, and sunglasses are crucial for sun safety. After-sun lotion is recommended in the event someone gets a sunburn.
  • Beach Gear: Bring beach and pool towels for the entire family. Seaspray Condominiums amenities include two complimentary beach chairs and one umbrella per rental per day (March 1-October 31).
  • Hydration: Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Powdered electrolytes are a great addition to your packing list.
  • Rain Gear: A light poncho, waterproof jacket, or umbrella is ideal for exploring during an afternoon rain storm.

Fall (September to November):

  • Light Layers: Similar to spring, bring light clothing for mild temperatures.
  • Swimwear: The Gulf waters are still warm, so pack your swimsuit.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen and sunglasses are essential in the fall sun.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Walking shoes for exploring and beachcombing.
  • Light Jacket or Sweatshirt: Evenings may be cooler, so a light jacket or sweater is useful.

Winter (December to February):

  • Cool Weather Clothing: Pack jeans, long sleeves, and a light jacket for cooler temperatures.
  • Swimwear: While not as warm as summer, you might still want to take a dip.
  • Sun Protection: Even in winter, sun protection is important in Florida.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Sneakers or comfortable walking shoes for exploring.
  • Layers: Bring layers for cooler evenings, and consider a sweater or hoodie.

General Tips

  • Beach Accessories: Towels, beach bag, and a good book for relaxation.
  • Sand Toys: Shovels, buckets, sifters, and other beach toys.
  • Pool Toys: Water wings, goggles, pool noodles. (No floats allowed)
  • Small Cooler: A small cooler is perfect for packing snacks or picnics. (No glass on the beach or in the pool area.)
  • Beach wagon: Haul your beach gear with ease with a wagon.
  • Waterproof Phone Case: Protect your phone from sand and water.
  • Camera: Capture the beautiful scenery and moments.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during outdoor activities.
  • Travel Essentials: Travel-sized toiletries, medications, and important documents.
  • Electronic Chargers: Don’t forget your phone, laptop, tablet, camera, or toy chargers/cords.
  • Laundry Soap & Fabric Softener: We have an on-site coin laundry facility for those who wish to do a load of laundry during your stay.
  • Backpack: A backpack is essential if you plan to do any day trips or local exploration.
  • Binoculars: Highly recommended for watching aquatic wildlife and birds.
  • Kid-Friendly Activities: Pack a few kid-friendly crafts or games to keep your children occupied when
  • Personal Pillow or Blanket: While Seaspray Condominiums provides all linens, you may want to bring your favorite pillow or blanket as a comfort item.

We hope that this packing list is helpful for planning your next trip to Fort Walton Beach. As always, please remember that these are general suggestions, and your packing needs may vary. Check the weather forecast closer to your travel dates for more accurate packing guidance. You can even view our beach webcam for a live weather feed! When your Fort Walton Beach getaway is over, be sure to carefully pack and double-check your condo before checking in. We don’t want you to leave any of your personal belongings behind.


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