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Disney World is unlike any other place you will ever go. This makes packing for a Disney trip different too. There are things you need at Disney World that you wouldn’t typically pack for other destinations. Some of these make your vacation easier while others make it cheaper. Read on for the ultimate packing tips for Disney trips.
1. Clothing–2 outfits per person per day
I know this sounds like a lot, but regardless of what time of year you travel to Disney World, plan to take at least 2 outfits per person per day. For small children, take more. If you go when it is hot in Florida, which is most of the year, you will sweat a lot. It is refreshing to be able to take a shower and change into fresh clothes partway through the day. If your trip falls in the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable. It may be cold one day and warm the next. So, in order to be prepared, you should pack both warm and cold weather clothes for the trip.
2. Walking Shoes
Most people underestimate how much walking you do during a Disney trip. We typically walk 8-10 miles PER DAY! Once, we walked almost 15 miles in a single day. Therefore, it is crucial to have good walking shoes. Running shoes and Crocs are both smart choices. Leave the cute sandals at home and save the flip flops for pool time. Trust me, your feet will thank you for this! It’s also a good idea to pack 2 pair of shoes for each member of the family. Then, if your shoes get wet, you will have a dry pair to wear.
3. Moisture Wicking Socks
Another important item to pack is moisture wicking socks. These will keep your feet dry during all that walking. The drier your feet are, the less likely you are to get blisters. Before each trip, I buy each member of my family new socks. With moisture wicking socks and good walking shoes, you can keep blisters from ruining your trip.
Even if you are not a “hat person,” it’s a good idea to pack a hat or two for your Disney World trip. The sun in Florida can be relentless. A hat will help protect you from sunburn while keeping you cool and shading your eyes. You can find a wide selection of fun hats at Disney World, but you can save yourself some money by bringing one with you.
5. Rain Ponchos
It rains almost every day in Florida. Sometimes, it rains a little, and sometimes a lot. You will need rain gear. You don’t want to be caught in a downpour without a poncho! Bringing ponchos with you will be cheaper than buying them in the parks. Plus, occasionally, the gift shops in the parks run out of ponchos. You don’t want to be the one left out in the rain!
If you are staying at a Disney resort, you should pack your swimsuit, even in the winter. All Disney pools are heated, so guests can use them year round. For most kids, the only thing more fun than swimming in the summer is swimming in the winter! So, bring your suit and enjoy some pool time.
7. Glow Sticks
When the sun goes down at Disney, the carts of glow toys come out. Kids can’t resist these light up treasures. But, they are expensive! You can save a lot of money by packing your own glow sticks. Stores like Target and Michaels carry glow sticks all year long. Throw some in your suitcase and give them to your kids each night in the park.
8. Autograph Book and Pen
If your kids are into characters, then another must-pack item is an autograph book. Like ponchos, autograph books are easy to find in the Disney gift shops. However, they are not cheap. Consider buying a journal or other alternative autograph book at home and bring it with you. We use spiral bound index cards that I buy at Staples. I can get three books for less than half the cost of one Disney autograph book.
You will need a pen to get character autographs as well. Because of their outfits, a large pen works best. The dollar aisles at Target and Michaels usually have oversized pens that are perfect for character autographs!
This may sound obvious, but it’s worth saying. Many people these days use their smart phones as cameras. While this will work at Disney World, it’s not the wisest decision. Using your phone to take photos will quickly drain your battery. You will need your phone to access the My Disney Experience app to see your fastpasses, dining reservations, and wait times. So, pack a camera to capture those precious memories and save your phone for these other important tasks.
You will need a way to carry your stuff while in the park. I recommend a lightweight backpack for this purpose. This will also give you a place to stash your hat and sunglasses while on rides or indoors.
11. Wet Wipes
Wet wipes are not just for babies. They have so many uses and are lightweight and portable. Grab a small pack of them for your trip. Throw them in your park backpack for a quick cleanup on the go. You can also use them to wipe your face when hot and sweaty.
To keep minor mishaps from throwing a wrench in your park day, pack some bandages in your park bag. If someone gets a minor cut, you can treat it and keep going. Additionally, in the event you develop a blister, having bandages can prevent some painful walking. All the parks have first aid stations, but if you have some bandages with you, you won’t have to walk across the park to get one.
13. Pain Reliever
Disney World is no fun if you have a massive headache. Having some pain reliever with you can be a lifesaver. This is another item that you can easily get at any of the First Aid Stations, but you can save yourself some time by having it with you.
14. Diaper Rash Ointment
Another unexpected item to pack for Disney World is diaper rash ointment. It can quickly treat any skin that has been rubbed raw from walking and sweating. This can save you a lot of discomfort during your trip.
Disney World is a unique vacation destination. There are some unique things you can pack to make your trip more convenient and a little cheaper too. Packing glow sticks, ponchos, and an autograph book will save you some money. Making your own first aid kit and having the right socks and shoes will make your trip easier. I hope these packing tips for Disney trips helps you better prepare for your next trip! Happy travels!