I get a lot of questions from guests about what to pack for your Disney World trip. There’s the obvious things: clothes appropriate for season, comfortable shoes, toiletries, medications, etc. The biggest things to me are the lesser known options.
- MagicBands – in your carry on luggage or easily accessible if you are driving.
- At least one pair of comfortable, broken in tennis shoes. Disney is not the place to break in your new kicks. If you have 2 pairs of shoes, it’s worth bringing them both if they will fit. If your lead pair of shoes are rubbing and starting to form a blister, you can make the switch. Also great if you get a rainy day and your shoes get wet!
- Moleskin or blister band-aids. I’ve tried both. They both work depending on how bad your blister is. If you purchase moleskin, either cut them ahead of time or BRING SCISSORS.
- Extra socks. I’m talking double what you’ll think you’ll need. It gives you an opportunity to switch if they get wet from a ride or rain or just give your feet a cool off/dry off in the heat of summer
- A good backpack for the parks. Good shoulder support, not too large, not too heavy. It will give you a place to carry any extra items you might need. Talk about sharing the load between family members!
- A few good snacks. Dining plan or no dining plan, having a few essential snacks will help keep you going throughout the day. We like granola bars, and easily transportable items
- Flavoring for water. Orlando water…blech! Sometimes it tastes worse than others. Buy some Mio, Crystal Light, anything that will make it taste a little bit better. You need to stay hydrated. No need for passing out or headaches.
- Travel dish soap. You’ll thank me later when your refillable mug doesn’t taste like coffee AND diet coke
- Hand sanitizer. Because…EW!
- Ponchos. The ones in Disney are not cheap so purchase them from a local store (go for the slightly more expensive ones vs. the $1 trash bags so you can use them more than once if necessary) and save the receipt. You can always return them if you don’t use them.
- Gum. Disney does sell gum on property, so if it’s important, pack it!
For families with kids…
- More snacks than you think you’ll need. Pack the essentials your kids will eat day after day. You don’t want a meltdown at a restaurant or in line because there are no goldfish crackers!
- Any special cups – something with a lid, a straw, sippy cup, etc. based on your child’s age.
- Bibs, hand and face wipes
- Anything to make a foreign place to sleep more comfortable – a special blankie, stuffed animal, etc.
- Mini forks, spoons, etc.
- More clothes than you’ll think you’ll need
- A cover for your stroller in case of rain
What about laundry?
“But Melissa, I’m not going to do laundry on my trip!” That’s what I thought on my short 5 night trip with my daughter. Well after getting puked on (TWICE) and getting almost an entire container of chocolate sauce from my dessert dumped on my leg at Epcot, I needed to do laundry. Several dollars later, I wish I would have brought laundry supplies.
A little insider tip for detergent: take the amount of soap you need and put it on a dry rag and put it in a zip lock bag (or multiple zip lock bags. When you’re ready to do laundry, pull it out and throw the rag into the laundry with your dirty clothes. Easy peasy!
Obviously look at the weather for your travel dates as time comes closer. If it looks like the lows are a bit chilly, pack accordingly. Don’t leave your winter coat and gloves in the car at the airport because it’s Florida and 40 isn’t that cold there. YES IT IS! Bring a hat. Bring a coat. The worst thing that happens is you leave it in the room because you don’t need it. You’ll still look cute in all of your Memory Maker pictures
Most of all, leave yourself time to pack. Don’t be like me and pack at the last minute because I thought I had things under control. That leaves you with a lot of bottoms and 3 tops for a 6 day vacation. Not super helpful! I ended up making a few purchases during our time in Disney. Not upset by my new shirts, but as a chronic over-packer, I failed at trying to pare things down!
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