In my time, I have visited Disney enough to know the general “do’s and don’ts” of a Walt Disney World vacation. It only takes one day of wearing the wrong shoes or not having something you need to never forget that item ever again. Here are my go-to tips of what to pack and wear to ensure a smooth Disney day.
Broken in shoes:
I have worn them before and I will never do it again. Wearing new shoes to walk around Walt Disney World will, no doubt, lead to blisters and aching feet. Making sure to pack well broken in shoes is a must for this vacation. Your feet will surely thank you. This theme park vacation requires more walking than you might think.
Quick dry clothes:
Especially for those summer months, (and remember that Florida is the “state of endless summer”), I recommend packing quick dry clothing. You’ll be happy you did. This includes spandex clothing, gym shorts, and super-absorbent shirts. When you walk outside and feel like you’ve entered Mordor, (excuse the Lord of the Rings reference), Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids, and water sprinkler stations will be your saving graces. To stay cool and as dry as possible, quick-dry clothes will be one thing you won’t want to forget to pack.
Dress in layers:
For colder weather, (yes, there are some chilly days here), I would advise you to wear layers. Mornings can be brisk, while afternoons may be hot and humid. Packing a light jacket for mornings and nights will be perfect for the wide range of possible temperatures. Disney, very thankfully, also likes their air conditioning, so having a light jacket with you for restaurants and indoor rides will save you from freezing on your vacation.
Bags for dirty/wet clothes:
For those days you’ll be riding water rides, (Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids, etc.), I recommend packing bags for your wet clothes if you plan on changing them. Instead of having your family complain about walking around with mushy, wet shoes and socks, just pack extras and change. Also, bring more of these bags for your dirty clothes that you wear on vacation. If you’re like me and tend to over-pack, I would advise you to put your dirty clothes in separate bags back at your hotel and keep your clean clothes together. It’s a great way to keep organized and lessen the amount of laundry you’ll have to do when you get home after your vacation.
Most days in Florida have warm and occasionally rainy weather, so I would definitely pack some cheap flip flops to wear when it rains. There’s nothing worse than walking around with wet sneakers and socks all day in the aftermath of a 30 minute Floridian “monsoon,” as I like to call them. Packing these flip flops in your bag will prepare you for whatever weather is in store for your vacation. These flip flops are also perfect for a trip to the pool or water parks.
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Speaking as a Florida resident myself, let me tell you that it rains in Orlando every day of summer. (You heard me right folks. Every. Single. Day.) In order to stay as dry as possible throughout the daily Floridian monsoon, I would recommend putting ponchos very high up on your packing priority list. Although you can buy these for a pretty penny inside each park, I would stop by a dollar store or Target prior to your vacation to pick some cheap, disposable ones up for a much lesser cost.