How to Pack for a Disney Vacation
You should have copies of all of your dining reservations, lodging accommodation information, car rental reservation, and anything else that you may need to access while on your trip. If you are using the Magic Band system or bought park tickets in advance, be sure that you do not leave anything at home. While most places in the parks take credit cards, though you always want to have some cash on hand for tips and other incidentals.
If you’re planning a trip to Disney World to Orlando, the weather in central Florida can turn on a dime. Be sure to check the forecast prior to your departure and plan for a myriad of weather conditions. Even if temperatures soar during the day, the nights and mornings can be chilly. Packing so that you can dress in layers will ensure that you are always comfortable. If it is going to get hot then pack light, moisture-wicking clothing.
Article originally written on Oct 10, 2014. Updated on Oct 11, 2019.
Disney World covers nearly 40 square miles, and while you’re going to have a great time, you should definitely be prepared to walk. Pack a pair of comfortable, supportive tennis shoes, and avoid flip flops unless you’re headed to one of Disney’s water parks.
Florida’s gorgeous weather comes with a price. If you don’t adequately protect your skin, you can end up with a nasty sunburn. Bring sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and make sure to cover the forgotten bits like your head, neck and ears. Also remember to put sunscreen on the little ones, even if they’re spending the day in a stroller!
It’s bright out and squinting all day is no fun. Here, your best bet is to stop by a dollar store and pick up a few cheap pairs of glasses. They’re likely to fly off your face at some point on one of Disney’s many thrill rides, so it’s best that they don’t cost too much!
Even if you’re not a germo-phobe, it’s important to remember one thing here: this is DISNEY. Magic Kingdom alone sees 17.1 million visitors a year, and some of them are bound to be sick. You don’t want to ruin your vacation by coming down with a cold, so bring along a small bottle of hand sanitizer than you can clip on a backpack.
While Florida has some of the world’s most beautiful weather, a stray shower does pop up from time to time. Most of these only last a few minutes, but those few minutes can leave you spending the rest of day drenched if you don’t come prepared. Bring a poncho or umbrella for everyone in the family. Odds are, you’ll use them for a few minutes, and spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun.
You can save money on your Disney vacation by packing along food. If you have a car while in Orlando, be sure to stop at the store to pick up essentials such as bottled water and non-perishable snacks that you can bring into the parks. This will save you loads of money and time.
All that walking works up a sweat. Bring enough water bottles for the family, or at least a refillable water bottle, and be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day.
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Cell Phone Batteries.
If the kids are a bit older and they want to ride something Mom and Dad aren’t interested in, it’s important to have charged cell phones to stay in touch. It also helps to have something to play with when it comes to waiting in those ride lines.
Water Park Gear
If you are like most travelers to Disney World, you are going to want to take advantage of the sunshine and hit the pool or water park. Be sure that you are prepared by packing along all of the appropriate gear. In addition to your swimwear and loads of sunscreen, it is a good idea to bring your own goggles, flotation toys, and sunglasses. You will pay a premium if you have to buy these onsite.
When it gets hot out, nothing feels better than a cool mist on your face and neck. It may not be a necessity, but it’s definitely nice to have.