When packing for a trip to Disney the first thing you will want to do is make a list. A packing list is a fool-proof way to make sure you have everything you need for your vacation. The last thing you will want to do is get to Disney and realize that you have forgotten some essential items.
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Here is my go-to list for what to pack for a trip to Disney:
Poncho. Let’s face it, you are traveling to Florida, you need to be prepared for rain. It rains almost daily in Florida (usually in the late afternoon). Make sure you have a poncho for each person in your party.
Sunscreen. The sun is hot and the last thing you want to have happen is getting a sunburn on day one! Prevent sunburn with a high SPF sunscreen.
Hat/ Sunglasses. Just like you protect your skin, you need to protect your eyes. Choose a hat with wide brim & sun glasses that will protect you from UV rays.
Light weight clothing. No matter what time of year you go to Walt Disney World, you should expect it to be warm. While it does cool off a bit when the sun goes down, it is best to wear light colored & light weight clothing. If you are worried about cooler temperatures at night, bring a thin sweater/long sleeve shirt for the evening fireworks show.
Comfortable Shoes. I cannot emphasis this enough. You will walk MILES. You don’t want blisters or sore feet to get in the way of your vacation. Choose shoes that allow your feet to breathe and have nice cushion in the footbed. These shoes are my personal favorites.
Portable Charger. While there are charging stations at Walt Disney World, you are better off bringing your own so you don’t have to sit by an outlet waiting for your phone to charge. Portable chargers are now really inexpensive and often can fit in your pocket.
Backpack. I swear by carrying at least one backpack into Disney. Nothing fancy or very heavy, but something that has plenty of pockets to put things in that you might need while at the park.
Soft insulated cooler/lunch bag. I love to keep these in the backpack for cold drinks or to haul your own frozen PB&Js to the park. Disney does not permit hard coolers, but when we drive, we always leave one with cold drinks in our car (for the end of day).
Medications. Of course you should bring your prescription meds but also think about other things you might need… like pain relievers (helps sunburn), antacids (all the junk you eat), and anti-chafing stick (prevents dreadful blisters on feet & burns from legs rubbing together).
Wet wipes & antibacterial spray. You are going to be riding a lot of rides, touching many things thousands of others have touched, so the best way to keep those germs at bay is with some hand sanitizer. We also like wet wipes to clean sticky hands (ice cream melts fast in Florida).
What are your essentials to pack for a trip to Disney?
Kristi is a mother of two and travel writer from North Carolina, A self-described Disney fanatic, Kristi’s family travels to Orlando several times a year so she is able to stay up to date on all the newest Disney World rides and attractions. Using her extensive insider knowledge, Kristi shares her useful tips to help other navigate the Disney parks with ease! Check out her site, Disney Insider Tips, Helping You Navigate the Disney Parks with Ease!
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