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Explore Orlando: Outdoorsy Items You’ll Want to Bring with You

From state parks to pristine golf courses, Orlando offers a unique mix of activities to satisfy your inner outdoor enthusiast. Relocating from a home with a garage to a new apartment in Orlando inevitably means downsizing. As you’re preparing to move into your new Orlando apartment, there are a few outdoorsy items you’ll want to hold back from the garage sale.

This is a guest blog post by Dakota Sproule, a Local Apartment Expert for 407apartments, an apartment search website that helps connect renters with apartments in Orlando that fit their lifestyle and budget.



Glide down rock springs at Kelly Park, swim with the manatees at Blue Spring State Park, or dive into the crystal-clear water at De Leon Springs State Park – all a short drive away from your new Orlando apartment. To make the most of these beautiful destinations, you’ll want to pack a few of the essentials: your bathing suit, sunscreen, a snorkeling set, and a paddleboard or kayak if you’re looking for some enjoyable exercise. Some of the state parks even offer camping, fishing, and hiking for even more fun. For these activities, you’ll want to make sure you hang on to the appropriate gear whether it be a tent, a fishing pole or hiking gear.

If you prefer to stay on land, hang on to your bike so you can head to one of the area’s paved trails. Cady Way Trail, a 7.2-mile, paved trail, spans across downtown Orlando, while the West Orange Trail stretches 20.8 miles in length crossing through Winter Garden and Apopka. Many apartment communities in Orlando offer covered bike racks where you can store your bike when it is not in use. If you prefer to perfect your golf game, grab your clubs and head to one of Orlando’s beautiful courses.

If you’re in need of a dose of salt and sunshine, the beach is never far from your Orlando apartment. Popular beaches within a 1-hour drive of Downtown Orlando include Daytona, Cocoa, and New Smyrna. Be sure to hang on to a beach umbrella, chairs, and a cooler since a relaxing day at the beach is surely in your future.

As you’re packing your old living space, be sure to place these items together so that you can easily find them when you’re ready to get out and about. Label or color code the boxes so you know exactly what’s what. Organizing your items will make things much easier for both you and your moving helpers.



Make sure you hang on to your pool floats! One of the best things about apartment life is the amazing amenities. Enjoy the Florida sunshine and catch up on your tan at the community’s swimming pool. Before heading out, grab your favorite pool float and a good book if you want to lounge out. Many Orlando apartments with pools offer added features like hot tubs, cabanas, hammocks, grills and comfy lounge chairs.

Place your favorite plants in pots and be sure to keep outdoor décor and a few chairs. You can easily transform your private patio or balcony into a cozy extension of your home with a few plants and decorations. Here, your plants will get plenty of sunlight and they’ll be protected from any less than desirable weather. If you enjoy cooking out, bring a small grill for backyard get-togethers with friends. Many apartments offer exterior storage closets on the patio can that are an excellent spot for storing your outdoorsy items, like your paddleboard, pool floats or bicycle.

With these items at your side, you’re ready to embark upon a journey full of exciting, new outdoor adventures in Orlando.