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What to Pack for a Successful Summer Trip to Disney

With Memorial Day Weekend coming quickly, the start of summer is almost here.  Schools will soon be out and those summer vacations will be just around the corner.  If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this summer, there are some packing tips that will help you have a magical time.

As you think about the Florida weather, we have found some items that are essential to battle the elements.  Take a look at what to pack for a successful summer trip to Walt Disney World.

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First and foremost, make sure you pack sunscreen and a lot of it.  The Flordia sun is no joke and you will want to make sure that you have sunscreen to protect you from the rays while in the Disney Parks or hanging out at the Resort pools.

Make sure you have some specifically for your face and don’t forget chapstick that has SPF included as well.  The heat and humidity can do numbers on your face and lips.

If you do forget to pack sunscreen, or if you go through yours faster than you anticipated, the Disney gift shops throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property sell sunscreen.  Although the cost will be a little higher than you expect, it will be well worth keeping your skin safe.


Sun Protection

Not only do you need to make sure you bring sunscreen, but you also need to make sure you bring other protection from the sun.  We mentioned chapstick with SPF is super important.

You will also want to make sure you bring a hat and sunglasses to keep your head, face, and eyes protected from the UV rays.

Hats are extremely important for those little ones as they are super helpful in keeping them a little bit more shaded.

We also recommend bringing both cooling towels and a portable fan.  These are great at helping keep your body temperature down.  A lot of the queues in the Parks don’t have a lot of air circulation and having a personal fan can be a game-changer.

The cooling towels are also fantastic at keeping your body cool.  You can wrap it around your neck or tie it around your head.  There are many ways you can use these to keep yourself cool while waiting in line or waiting for the parade.

These few items are key to summer packing as they truly make a huge difference in taking on the weather.

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Rain Gear

The other weather element you will want to be prepared for during the summer is rain.  We often see rainstorms come through daily in the summer, but this doesn’t have to slow you down.

Make sure that you have ponchos or rain jackets for everyone in your group.  These are easy to throw on when that storm comes up and allows you to keep on moving.

You can also toss in umbrellas if you prefer ponchos or jackets.  These can be tricky if the wind comes up so keep that in mind.

Another item we like to have with us when we know rain is coming is shoes that do well in water.  We hate having wet socks and shoes, so we often will toss in flip-flops or crocs that we can easily throw on when those Disney puddles start to form.

Having rain gear with you can be a huge help when those summer storms come up.  You can keep moving and enjoy the Park without having to hide.

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We did mention flip-flops before; however, we do not recommend them for your whole trip.  Walt Disney World is huge and most Guests find themselves walking 8 to 11 miles PER DAY.  Now unless you do this at home normally, this can be a lot on your feet.

Come prepared by having reliable walking shoes.  Pack tennis shoes that you have worn before and know won’t give you issues.

We also recommend having a backup pair because they might get wet and even the most trusted pair of shoes can give you blisters after so much walking.

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Light Clothing

When packing for the summer months light is key.  We suggest skipping the cotton shirts for lighter or breathable options.

If you can find dry-fit clothing for the family that is a great option.  We also suggest short sleeves and shorts or a dress.  Keep in mind all the walking you will be doing, so if you are worried about chaffing (real talk) consider bringing biker shorts or something similar to wear under dresses.

Because of the air conditioning, you might also want to toss in a few layers.  You shouldn’t have to worry about too many cold evenings, but you might want something in the air conditioning.

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Portable Charger

This isn’t just a summer thing, but we wanted to make sure to bring it up.  As important as My Disney Experience is to a Walt Disney World vacation, you will want to make sure that your phone stays charged.

Look into bringing portable chargers along with you for everyone.  This can save a lot of stress while enjoying the Parks.

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Water Bottle

Finally, do not forget that hydration is key during a Disney vacation and becomes even more important during the summer months.

Consider bringing your own refillable water bottle along with you.  You can get free water to add to it at quick-service locations as well as the refill stations throughout the Parks.

Hydration packs are also a fantastic option for the hot and humid months.  Most of us aren’t used to these conditions and add in a lot of walking, our bodies struggle to stay hydrated.  Hydration supplements can really help.

We are thrilled that summer is just around the corner.  Use these packing suggestions as you prepare for your summer vacation to Walt Disney World.  Check out more of our packing suggestions HERE.  Or how to beat the heat HERE.

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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