Florida is unlike any other state in the country, so it makes sense that life in Florida has its own set of unwritten rules. Here are a few of the most basic guidelines you’ll learn as soon as you set foot in the Sunshine State:
1. Air conditioning isn't a luxury, it's a necessity.
Air conditioning might be a nice luxury in other states, but you don't want to be without it in Florida. Whether it's in your home or your car, A/C is a necessity here.
2. Rain is a temporary inconvenience.
Although it rains almost every day in the summer months, Floridians don't despair (or bother with a bunch of rain gear). They just wait indoors for a few minutes until the rain stops and the sun comes back out.
3. Flip flops are basically the official state footwear.
Flip flops are the perfect footwear for both the climate and lifestyle in the Sunshine State, and thus are acceptable just about any time and place.
4. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When it comes to natural disasters, preparation is key. Making sure you have a well-stocked hurricane supply kit and an emergency plan makes things run a lot smoother. It's always smart to have some essentials around all the time, so you don't have to run out every time another storm is on its way.
5. Sunscreen isn't just for the beach.
If you live in Florida for any real amount of time, you'll quickly realize that it's possible to get sunburned anywhere. Whether you're at the park, a concert, or a kids soccer game, if you're going to be outdoors for a good amount of time (and you don't want a farmer's tan), then grab that sunscreen.
6. The same goes for sunglasses.
These little accessories are a lifesaver, not just during the summer, but all year long. Most Floridians have a million pairs.
7. If there's a body of freshwater, there are probably gators in it.
While these signs are definitely helpful, they're mostly for tourists' sake. Most Floridians know that any water other than the ocean or a swimming pool (and occasionally they even show up there) very likely contains alligators.
8. And speaking of alligators, Floridians know to show a certain level of respect for nature.
Most Floridians love the outdoors, but we're also aware of its ability to kill you. With alligators, sharks, snakes, hurricanes, sinkholes, and lightning, having a healthy respect for nature is necessary for survival.
9. Do you see that stick like thing next to your steering wheel? Nobody knows what it does, just ignore it.
Just kidding! Floridians know that driving in Florida can be just as treacherous as the Great Outdoors. There are a lot of tourists, snowbirds, and just plain bad drivers on the road in Florida. That means keeping your eyes on the road and developing a unique defensive driving style for the rest of us.
10. Swimming is a necessary skill taught as early as possible.
If you don't learn how to swim at an early age, you're going to be pretty bored growing up in Florida, where 90 percent of the outdoor activities involve water.
11. Bug spray/treatments are necessary.
You've probably heard that the mosquito is the state bird of Florida. It's only a slight exaggeration. Then, there are the roaches (that fly!) and million other creepy-crawlies. Bug repellent for you and treatments for your home can go a long way to keeping your home from turning into Jumanji.
What do you think? What other unwritten rules do you have to follow to live happily in the Sunshine State?
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