What you pack and how you pack for your next Disney trip can make or break your vacation experience. Here are a few easy steps to follow when packing for your next Disney trip.
1. Check the Weather
The first thing to do when packing for this or any trip is to check what the weather will be like during your stay. Now, the weather is bound to change and you can assume that it will rain at some point in Florida, but you can start getting an idea of expected temperatures. Does it look to be 80 degrees or above? Does it look to be on the colder side? This will help you determine what kind of clothing items to pack.
2. Pick Out Your Outfits for Each Day
While you have all your clothing available, decide before you leave what you’ll wear each day. Create a complete outfit for each day and lay them out together. You can even coordinate depending on what park you plan to visit. By pairing up your outfits now, you won’t have to figure out what goes with what at your hotel and realize you wanted a different shirt that’s now at home.
3. Pack Your Daily Outfits Together
Now that you have your outfits figured out, pack them in your bag the way you laid them out. Be sure to include your undergarments and socks. If you’re really organized, you can pack the clothing you’ll wear towards the end of your trip first and the clothing you want at the beginning last. As you go through your trip, everything you need will be together and easily accessible.
4. Add Layers
In addition to your outfits that are appropriate for the weather, include a few extras. At least one extra pair of pants, a sweetheart, and maybe a long sleeved shirt or two if you’re traveling during the colder months. Lightweight options are best.
5. Pack a Carry-On Bag
When flying, what’s in your carry-on bag can save you time once you arrive. Guests who use Disney’s Magical Express will need to wait for their luggage to be delivered to their room, but by packing what you’ll need that first day in your carry-on, you’ll be all set to start the moment you arrive. Examples can be a change of clothes, flip flops, travel-size (3oz) sunscreen, swimsuit, and a poncho. If you have room, you can also include heavier items such as a sweatshirt and jeans to keep the weight down on your checked bag.
6. Pack Travel-Size toiletries
A great way to save space is to pack travel-size toiletries. Pharmacies carry flight approved 3oz bottles and even empty bottles you can fill up with products you already own. If you can fit them in a clear one-quart zip-lock bag, you can also take these in your carry-on. Be sure to check your local airport’s guidelines for more details. Disney also includes their own line of shampoos and soaps so you can even skip this step. Hair dryers are included in each room, so no need to pack those as well.
7. Pack a Parks Bag
A Parks Bag will be what you take into the Disney parks and is something you should have easily accessible whether flying or driving. If flying, usually you are allowed to bring a carry-on bag and a personal bag. This bag should include sunglasses, your wallet and ID, camera, and anything else you’d like to bring into the parks. This way you can grab and go as soon as you check in. For more info on what should be in your park bag, check out our article “15 Essentials That Should Be In Your Disney Park Bag.”
8. Leave Extra Space for Souvenirs
You’ll most likely be going home with more than you came with. Be sure to leave some extra space for souvenirs you may be buying.
9. Weigh Your Luggage
If you plan on flying, this is essential. Checked bags that weigh too much will be charged an extra fee, so put your suitcase on the sale in your bathroom and see if you are fine or if it’s too heavy. If the later, see if you can fit a few extra things in your carry-on. If you’re driving, this is also helpful as you will be moving your things around to get to your hotel room.
10. Bring Comfortable Shoes
This is absolutely essential. Previously worn comfortable shoes will minimize blisters and make walking around all day much easier. Brand new shoes haven’t been broken in yet and can hurt your feet even after the first day. Also, leave the high heels at home.
It’s Disney so include your character shirts and wear them with pride. Just keep things organized and you’ll be all set to enjoy a vacation to remember.
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