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6 Big Items You Should Purchase BEFORE Your Disney Trip

You might feel like you are packing your whole house as you prepare to head to Walt Disney World.  Trying to figure out what you need and don’t need while on your Disney vacation can be a lot of work.

As you start your packing, we have 7 items that you will want to make sure you have purchased and packed before heading to Walt Disney World.  Having these items before you travel will save you time and stress when you arrive.

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Portable Chargers

The first items that we highly recommend purchasing before you head to Walt Disney World are those portable chargers.  Guests will rely on My Disney Experience throughout their Walt Disney World vacation as they mobile order, use Genie+, as well as see wait time and so much more.

Because it is so important to have My Disney Experience accessible, Guests will want to make sure that their phones stay charged throughout the day.

Even though Disney does have FuelRods available throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property, these cost $30 and have a cost for changing them out each time.  Because of this, we would recommend heading to Amazon to purchase those portable chargers prior to your Disney vacation so everyone can stay connected and you can pack them ahead of time.

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Sun Protection

No matter what time of year you are heading down to Walt Disney World, you are going to want to make sure you purchase sun protection.

Make sure you have sunscreen as the cost to buy it on Disney property is extremely high and sometimes difficult to find.   You don’t want to get burnt the very first day and be miserable the rest of your vacation.

Other great options for sun protection are sunglasses and hats.   Being able to protect your face from those strong Flordia rays is so important.  Although you will find adorable sunglasses and hats in Walt Disney World, they will be a lot more expensive than those found on Amazon.

Don’t forget to reapply that sunscreen throughout the day as well.  With as strong as the rays are you will want to make sure that you are taking time throughout the day to reapply sunscreen.

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Rain Gear

Just like with sunscreen and sun protection, you will want to make sure you purchase and pack rain gear.  It doesn’t matter when you are traveling to Walt Disney World, you will want to make sure you are prepared for the rain that could occur.

Start by making sure that everyone has a rain jacket or poncho that they are comfortable wearing.  Disney will have adorable Walt Disney World-themed ones for purchase in the Parks, but you don’t want to have to spend that amount of money or deal with the rush that always happens as well when it starts raining.

Toss in rain jackets or ponchos as well as umbrellas to help keep everyone as dry as possible.

If you know you are traveling during a heavy rain season, think about what shoes and clothing you are going to wear.  Having shoes (like Tevas) that can handle water can make a huge difference as can having quick-drying clothes.  You don’t want to be stuck in wet jean shorts all afternoon.

Being prepared for the weather by purchasing both sun and rain gear heading of time can help save time and stress during your Disney vacation.

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Another item that you will want to make sure you purchase prior to your Walt Disney World vacation is over-the-counter medicine.

If you struggle with headaches or are worried about motion sickness or tummy issues during your Walt Disney World vacation, you will want to make sure that you purchase these options prior to your trip.  Disney does have first-aid stations at each of the four Parks that have medicine that you can purchase; however, the cost will be Disney pricing.

Save yourself some money and time when medical issues rise by purchasing that information ahead of time.

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Protection for Your Feet

One of the biggest mistakes a Guest can make when heading to Walt Disney World is not having proper protection for their feet.

This starts by making sure you have the right shoes for walking lots of miles and breaking those shoes in before heading down to Walt Disney World.  Know what shoes are the best for your feet and make sure that you have tried them out at home around the neighborhood or on the treadmill.

Even if you bring your favorite shoes that have never let you down, make sure you also bring moleskin and other blister medicine so you are prepared for when your feet do protest from all the walking.

Having these items already packed will allow you to easily treat them if issues arise while on vacation.

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Water and Snacks

Finally, make sure you purchase water and snacks prior to heading to Walt Disney World.  You can pack these or consider doing a grocery delivery from one of the many options such as Walmart, Target, or even Amazon.

By having snacks and water ahead of time, you can save so much money in the Theme Parks.  The cost of water is at an extreme right now in the Parks and by ordering a case to be delivered you can save a lot of money and time not worrying about water in the Parks.

You can also bring your own water bottles that you can get free water from quick-service locations throughout the Four Theme Parks as well.

We also recommend bringing your own snacks in your Park bag as well.  It never fails that the hunger pains start as soon as you are in line.  By having goldfish or fruit snacks packs you can bypass some meltdowns and save some money too.

These are the top items that you should purchase before your Walt Disney World vacation.  By having these items already when you arrive on your Disney vacation, you will save money and some frustration trying to find them in Walt Disney World.

We hope that this will help you be even more prepared for your Disney vacation!

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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