How to Pack for a Disney Vacation
An important part of any dream vacation is making sure to pack right for the occasion. A trip to Disney World is no different! Take a look at these quick tips on how to pack for a Disney vacation to get the most magic out of your stay!
If you’re planning a trip to Disney World in Florida, you already know the sun is going to be a factor. Ask anyone how to pack for a Disney vacation, or a Florida vacation in general, and they’ll tell you: be sure to pack light, moisture-wicking clothing to stay as comfortable as possible throughout the day.
Disney World covers nearly 40 square miles, and while you’re going to have a great time, you should also 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.
A simple backpack.
There’s no need for an expedition Everest backpack with more zippers than Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket. Your bags get checked at the entrance to every Disney park, so keep it simple and small, and pack light.
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 (link), 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.
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.
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.
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.