Backpack essentials for a day trip to Miami

When visiting Miami for a day, you'll want to make sure you're fully stocked up and carrying all your essentials, so you're not worried about needing them as you're out and about. Whether you're traveling alone or as a family, you should make sure you have your backpack essentials with everything you need and more, given that you may not be able to access stores, ATMs, and other stops while you're participating in certain activities around town.

Here are some things that you should always carry:

Always carry a water bottle and snacks 

You should always have a refillable water bottle and some snacks for when you're out and about. This is going to be a lifesaver for when you're tired, parched, and need a little burst of energy during your busy day. While sightseeing or touring with groups, it can be difficult to stop and eat or get food outside a designated time, so it's always a good idea to be prepared.

Keep along one warm clothing item and a swimsuit

Nights and evenings tend to get cooler so having a light jacket, shrug, or other clothing item makes all the difference in the world. It's also helpful to have a swimsuit because lots of activities may require one. Whether you head to the beach, a park, or someplace else, it never hurts to carry a spare swimsuit in your backpack so you're comfortable and your actual clothes don't get wet. 

Apply sunscreen and keep extra in your bag

Never leave home without sunscreen make this a rule to live by every day and especially on vacation when you're spending so much time outdoors. You should use at least SPF 50 for better protection and carry extra in your backpack to reapply during the day. As you sweat through the day, some of it may rub off, so be sure to always have it on you.

Additionally, carry other forms of sun protection as well including sunglasses and hats, since you don't want to be beaten down by the Miami sun. Plus, these are almost non-negotiable essentials for every tourist! 

Take ID, passports if necessary, credit cards, and cash 

Always have spare cash on you. Tuck it into your socks, your hat, your underwear, or wherever you deem safe but keep extra cash when you're out. This is because emergencies happen, and some places just don't accept non-cash payment methods. 

Carry a credit card and some ID, maybe a passport if you feel necessary, but you should be alright for the most part with just these. 

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