Packing for a Walt Disney World vacation can be a lot of work and bring extra stress. This doesn’t have to be the case, though, if you take time to plan. We have ten things most people don’t know about packing for Walt Disney World.
Take time to learn these tips and tricks so you are more prepared and less stressed as you prepare for your magical vacation to Walt Disney World.
10. Rain Gear is Needed
When heading to Walt Disney World, it doesn’t matter how often you check the weather; you still want to pack rain gear. Having ponchos or umbrellas is essential as those Florida rainstorms come up quickly. With these items in your Disney Parks bag, you can avoid getting stuck and soaked during a rainstorm.
9. Bring Layers
No matter when you are heading to Walt Disney World, make sure you pack layers. Temperatures can change quickly in Walt Disney World, especially during those winter months between November and February. Having layers can help you stay comfortable during the cooler mornings and evenings in the Disney Parks.
Even if you are traveling during the summer, having layers is also important. The air conditioning can be extreme when enjoying a show, a meal, or riding a Disney bus. Although we appreciate the cool conditions, sometimes a light layer can help keep us from being too extremely cold.’
It might seem silly to toss in a light jacket when the temperatures are in the upper 90s, but having it in those air-conditioned areas can make a big difference in your comfort.
8. Don’t Over Pack
One mistake many of us make when packing for a Walt Disney World vacation is that we pack it all. This leads to overpacking, lots of luggage, and sometimes things we don’t need.
Check out our list of how to pack like a pro to help narrow your Disney packing list. This can help eliminate some items you don’t necessarily need while on vacation.
Try to think about what items you might pick up when you arrive or have delivered to your Disney Resort to limit your packing needs. This can be extremely difficult to convince yourself to do, but it will be worth it in the end.
Each day might need two outfits because of the heat and humidity in the summer months. Consider doing laundry one day to help limit what you need to pack. It isn’t always fun to do laundry while on vacation, but it isn’t so bad if you can schedule it during a pool day.
7. Good Shoes Are Essential
Many people don’t think about how much walking they will do at Walt Disney World. Because of this, they don’t process bringing comfortable shoes. Having at least two pairs of shoes for the trip is crucial.
Even if you have a favorite pair of shoes, they can cause discomfort when they get wet, or your feet sweat too much. Having a second pair of shoes can help relieve your feet and help your feet stay dry.
6. Bring an Extra Bag
You will probably go home with more than you arrived at Walt Disney World. Souvenirs are something that you have to consider when packing, even before you leave home.
If you stuff your suitcases completely when leaving for Walt Disney World, there won’t be any room for souvenirs on the way home. To help with this, consider tossing in an extra small duffle bag to transport items home.
5. Have Medicine
We never want to think about getting sick at Walt Disney World, but it does happen. Traveling to a new place with a new routine can impact our bodies in various ways.
Make sure to pack some of your essential medicines like pain relief, allergy medicine, and something like tums for your stomach. Although you can get these items at Walt Disney World, they will cost a lot more and might be a hassle to bet on. Double and triple-check that you have any prescription medicine with you before heading out.
4. Portable Chargers are Key
Dead phones can be a disaster in Walt Disney World. My Disney Experience is so essential to a successful vacation. Make sure your phone stays charged so you can stay connected. Pack those portable chargers so everyone can stay charged and connected.
Have the cords to go along with them as well. This will make it easier to charge throughout the day and evenings at the Disney Resort.
3. Hand Sanitizer and Wipes
Walt Disney World is doing a fantastic job cleaning surfaces and hand sanitizer; however, pros know that having a stash of your own is ideal.
By having your hand sanitizer and wipes, you are always prepared for those sticky or messy situations or can quickly clean your hands before eating.
Pros know that packing these two items is extremely important and will always have them nearby.
2. Water and Snacks are Okay
Even though Disney has numerous dining options throughout the Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks, we recommend bringing your own. It is nice to have backup items when those hunger pains hit.
It might surprise people that Disney allows Guests to bring in their snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic and no glass). Lines for food might be longer than you anticipated, or the line you are in might take longer than you thought. Making sure you have some snacks will prevent meltdowns and even save you money.
1. Ziplocs Save the Day
This might seem silly, but having Ziplocs and plastic bags can greatly help while visiting Walt Disney World. Ziplocs come in handy for many different reasons while visiting the parks. Use them for anything dirty or wet, or keep your items dry while on water rides.
Also, they are great for any food you might need more time to finish but want to keep for a future snack. Pros often bring a variety of sizes so they can be prepared for all situations.
Those are the ten things most people don’t know about packing for Walt Disney World. Use them to help guide your packing, so you are ready for a beautiful trip.