Rays for Days: How to Protect Yourself from the Central Florida Sun

When you visit Central Florida you can count on a few things: fabulous theme parks, amazing shopping, and plenty of sun! Even though Orlando experiences more than the average annual rainfall in the U.S. (53 inches per year versus a U.S. average of 38), rain in the area is typically strong, quick, and almost immediately replaced by blue skies and the shining sun. For this reason, no matter what time of year you visit Central Florida, sun protection is key. Here are a few ways that you can protect yourself from the ever-present Florida sun.


Sunscreen is for everyone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sunscreen should be worn daily to guard against the sun’s harmful UV rays regardless of your complexion. When you apply sunscreen, think of every part of your body that isn’t covered with clothing. This means applying it to your ears, hairline, hands, and tops of your feet. If you plan to bring sunscreen on your vacation, bear in mind the TSA 3.4-ounce limit on liquids, and be sure to pack full-size bottles in the luggage that you will check.


Once you’ve prepared your skin for the sun, it’s time to move on to the clothing you will wear. Shirts, shorts, pants, and hats that offer Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) are gaining in popularity and can be found at outdoor specialty stores and big-box retailers alike. UPF indicates how much UV radiation can reach your skin through the fabric covering it.


Beyond sunscreen and clothing, there are a number of handy sun-protectant accessories that you may want to bring along on your Florida vacation. For little ones– especially when headed to theme parks–ice packs, umbrellas, and portable fans are helpful to ward off both sun and heat as the temps climb throughout the day. For beach days, umbrellas and full-coverage swim attire go a long way in combating rays. The whole family should wear sunglasses, and be sure to look for glasses that are

polarized to offer true sun protection, versus simple dark shades that serve as more of a fashion statement. You can protect your lips with balms with built-in SPF. And don’t worry if you forget any of these items at home, Central Florida has an abundance of malls, souvenir shops, and outlet centers where you can pick up these and many other sun accessories.

As you plan your next sunny stay in Central Florida, you’ll find many wonderful lodging options to choose from. Check out the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration, Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc, or Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport for easy booking and a comfortable visit. Bunk near shopping and dining at Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, or Best Western International Drive–all off of International Drive. Or, make your home-away-from-home closer to Disney at the Crowne Plaza Lake Buena Vista or the Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista.