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Walt Disney World Dos and Don’ts of Packing

Getting ready to head to Walt Disney World and feel like you are packing everything in your house?  We have been there before and will probably be there again as we prepare for our next Walt Disney World vacation.

Although we provided some pro packing tips in a previous post, we wanted to take time to go over some big dos and don’ts of packing for a Walt Disney World vacation.

We hope going over these will help you be more prepared when it comes to Disney packing for a magical Disney vacation.

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Don’t Skip Weather Items

It doesn’t matter how many times you check the weather before your Walt Disney World vacation, don’t forget to toss in weather items.

Making sure that you have items for rainy weather no matter what is forecasted is extremely important as random rainstorms pop up all the time in a Disney Park.  Having ponchos, umbrellas, or rain jackets so you aren’t caught soaking wet in the middle of Magic Kingdom.

The same tips go for protection from the sun.  Make sure you have enough sunscreen for the whole vacation.  Even though you are able to purchase more in Disney, it isn’t cheap and sometimes hard to find.

Keep your body cool during those extremely hot and humid days by having a cooling towel, fans and water on hand.  These items can really make a huge difference when touring a Theme Park

Don’t forget that Disney World does have winter months as well. If you are heading down between November and February, you will want to make sure to pack winter gear. Make sure you have hats, coats, mittens, and even a scarf because evenings in the parks can be downright cold.

Make sure to put those weather items on your Disney World packing list so you are prepared when you head to a Disney Park.

Do Pack Layers

Just like with rain and sun, it doesn’t matter what the weather says, make sure you toss in some layers for the trip.

It can get cool in Walt Disney World and you will want something in the mornings or during fireworks to keep yourself warm.

Buses, Disney Resorts as well as indoor dining locations can be extremely chilly.  We enjoy having a light cover up to toss on on these occasions so we aren’t freezing.

You might not think you will want a light jacket or sweatshirt in the middle of the summer when temperatures reach upper 90s, but having it in those air conditioned spots can make a huge difference.

Don’t Pack It All

One mistake a lot of us make when packing for a Walt Disney World vacation is that we pack it all.  This leads to overpacking, lots of luggage to deal with and a lot of times things we don’t need.

Check out our list of how to pack like a pro to help narrow down your Disney packing list.  This can really help eliminate some of the items that 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 is something that can be extremely difficult to convince yourself to do, but in the end, it will be worth it.

We know that in the summer months each day might need two outfits because of the heat and humidity.  Consider taking time to do laundry one day to help limit what you need to pack.  It isn’t always fun to do laundry while on vacation, but if you can schedule it during a pool day it isn’t so bad.


Do Bring An Extra Bag

Reality is that you will probably be going home with more than you arrived with at Walt Disney World.  Souvenirs are something that you have to consider when packing even before you leave home.

If you stuff your suitcases full 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 that you could use for transport items home.

It never fails that everything doesn’t fit back the way you had it when you arrived and having an extra bag can be a huge stress relief.

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Don’t Forget Extra Shoes

A big mistake that people make when heading to Walt Disney World is only having one pair of shoes.  With all the walking that is done throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, it is super important to have a couple pairs of shoes for the trip.

Even if you have your most beloved pair of shoes, they can get wet because of a rainstorm, or start to cause blisters that you never had issues with before.  Making sure you have a second pair of shoes is a great way to give you feet some relief and make sure you have a dry pair ready to go.

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Do Pack First Aid Items

Something you might forget to pack is first-aid items. Like we mentioned, with packing extra shoes, blisters can happen. Having some moleskin, band-aids, or blister relief items can help keep you going.

Make sure that you pack some of your basic 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 as well.

If you are flying, make sure that you take these medicines with you on the airplane. You don’t want to run the risk of them being lost in checked luggage. Having these medical items in your Disney Resort room can help you feel better in multiple ways while in Walt Disney World.

These are some basic dos and don’ts of Disney packing for Walt Disney World.  We hope that they help you narrow down what you do and don’t need to pack for your upcoming vacation.

Need more help packing? Looking for a packing tip?  Check out our post on packing like a pro!    Also look at the items most Guests forget when packing HERE to make sure you don’t forget anything.

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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