Over the years my list of items I pack for our trips has changed drastically. Now there seems to be less room for shoes and more room for diapers and other essentials. Who’s with me?? Today I am sharing with you a list of “MUST HAVE” items I typically provide clients with when they ask me for ideas of what they should pack! Besides a good pair of walking shoes, and a great backpack, here is my 10 things to buy before going to Walt Disney World! (In no particular order)
Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or a holiday with the family. Decorating resort rooms and windows has become a very popular activity, especially at the Value and Moderate resorts where windows are visible to all guests who walk by. Disney Floral and Gift Department even offers “In room Celebrations” where they will decorate your room and leave goodies for your kids to discover upon check in. Of course that comes with a pretty hefty price tag. You can easily purchase things like window clings, lights, disney themed garland and other decor from Amazon and have it delivered directly to your resort! Once you check in, have the hubs take the kids to the arcade or explore the property while mama pretties up the room for once they walk in! How fun!
Disney Pins & Lanyards:
My family is not personally into pinning yet, however Donald and I did it all the time as Cast Members! I still have a stash somewhere of my favorite princess pins that guests would trade with me. It is so fun to see how excited the kids get when trading and you will see MANY adults in the parks who are even more into it than the children. However, these little guys can easily be $10 or more a piece not including the lanyards. It is sometimes hard to trade away a pin you spent a decent amount of money on too! So my advice is to buy a few before you go! That way, when you see a Cast Member or other guests wearing one that you REALLY want, you are ready to trade without any huge investment in the pins you have!
Not much explanation is needed here.. If you are going to Florida, especially in the summer, you NEED a rain jacket or Poncho! While I personally can’t stand the gross smelling ponchos, but it is way too hot for a full fledge rain jacket sometimes. I like to purchase several cheap ponchos and just ball them up and throw them away at the end of the day. No need to hang out to the gross smelling wet ball and stuffing it back into your bag.. Eww. Just grab a new one and hit the road jack! (Not everybody will agree with this, but after spending months in Florida, trust me, you won’t regret it!
If you are trying to stick to a souvenir budget with your kiddos, I recommend buying packs of glow sticks from the dollar store or online prior to hitting the parks. Every night in most of the parks they will roll out carts full of glowing, spinning, trinkets. These are designed to drain your wallet and hopefully entertain your kids while waiting for the parades and fireworks. So to avoid this whole ordeal just pack your own! They are small and lightweight so they won’t take up a ton of room, and your kids will be so excited when you break them out once the sun goes down!
Another one that needs no explanation. You are going to Florida and will be spending about 10+ hours a day outside. While Disney has tons of this in their gift shops as well as bug spray, I always recommend bringing your own. Buy a few mini bottles from the dollar store to put in everyone’s bag or one jumbo option to share!
You will see these around everyones neck and attached to so many strollers in the summer. They do sell these all over the parks for about $20 – $25 each. Save your money and buy them online or at the dollar store! You can get everyone a different color and even some that come with clips for the strollers.
Cups of water are available at most quick service restaurants for free and there are water fountains around the park. However, lines can be hours long and that heat will take a toll on you fast. Make sure everyone in your group stays hydrated and bring along a good water bottle for each person.
Disney knows we are all addicted to our technology these days. So they have provided multiple stations for you to re-charge your phone and portable charges. They have also started selling portable charges and renting out cell phone lockers in the park! Now this will cost you at least $30 and honestly isn’t the best quality option. You can spend the same amount of money and buy one online that will recharge your phone multiple times before needing to be plugged back in.
First Aid Kit:
I never found this necessary until I started traveling with kids… well and my husband. It’s amazing the things they seem to find that can hurt them! Disney has a great first aid station at the front of each park and they sell some items at the gift shops. However, this isn’t always convenient or practical. Recently I found a mini travel size First Aid kit in travel section at Target (similar to the ones below) and I LOVE IT! I can fit it in my diaper bag or backpack and it has everything I need. I did have to go in and add a little extra motrin and advil for the adults.
Hand Sanitizer and/or wet wipes:
Even if I didn’t have kids this would be a MUST. Germs, Germs, Germs, people! There are people from all over the world visiting these parks daily, you have no idea what type of sickness they are battling and decided to bring it with them to the park! Also, wet wipes or baby wipes are great for those quick wipe downs are messes that need to be cleaned up in a jiff.
WHEW. Okay, there you have it. My top 10 must have items you should buy BEFORE going to Walt Disney World.
Is there a “Must have” you like to pack that I left off my list?? Share with me! Maybe I will need to add it on my next trip!
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