Being prepared is the first step to having an incredible Walt Disney World vacation! Just like making dining reservations and Fastpasses before your leave are essential to your preparation, so is being fully packed. Sure, you can purchase just about anything you forget at the hotel’s gift shop. But no one wants to pay the upcharge when you can just bring it from home!
My first tip for you is a biggie! Make a packing list! A list is crucial to being fully prepared and ready for your trip. Start your list early. That way, you can add items to it as you think of them, without the stress of doing things last minute. Plus, realizing you forgot something important is a super bumming way to start off your vacation. I say that with experience. I’ve forgotten my pjs, my toothbrush, etc. My forgetfulness did not have lasting effects on my vacation, but it did dampen my excitement for a few minutes. Don’t make the mistakes I made! Make a list and check off the items as you pack them!
I’ve started a packing list for your here. You will probably want to personalize this list with your own stuff, and tweak it to suit your vacation needs. For example, if your family likes to hit the pool a lot, you will want to pack more swimsuits than I would (I don’t like to swim). Or, if you’re travelling anytime October through March, think about bringing warmer clothes. While northerners often like to vacation in Florida at that time to escape the snow, don’t assume that no snow means summer weather! Check the forecast in the days leading up to leaving. Otherwise, you might find yourself shelling out $50 for a new Mickey-emblazoned hoodie for everyone in your family! It pays to be prepared!
So, here is my ultimate packing list. I use this while packing for my vacation!
Clothes: make sure to pack one or two days worth of extra clothes, for any incidentals
- Shirts (tank tops, short sleeves or long sleeves depending on the season)
- Shorts/ skirts/ capris
- Dresses (I love cotton sundresses, they’re super lightweight and breathable)
- I suggest bringing at least two pairs of different shoes, like sneakers and flip flops. Make sure all your shoes are broken in and comfortable. You walk a lot at Walt Disney World.
Seasonal (jeans, sweater/jacket, swim suits)
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- Toothbrush/ toothpaste
- Floss and mouthwash
- Face/ Body soap
- Shampoo/ Conditioner
- Contact solution and case
- Glasses and case
- Feminine products
- Bonus Tip: bring allergy meds even if it’s not your regular allergy season, because the pollen season might be different in Florida than at home. Bring over the counter allergy meds if visiting during Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, even if you don’t normally have allergies, the heightened pollen count may affect you!
- Hair brush, ponytail ties and bobby pins
- Curling Iron
- Make up
- Razors and shaving cream
- Pop Up Hamper
- Power Strip
- Air freshener
- Over the Door Shoe Hanger (to free up counter space, and keep toiletries organized)
- Microwavable Popcorn
- Pillow (I love my own!)
- Blanket (I always get cold)
- Child’s favorite plush toy
- Window clings (decorating your hotel windows is fun!)
- Power cords for all electronics
- Breakfast foods (like granola bars)
Park Bag: being ready for anything while in the parks means little issues won’t keep you from the fun! I recommend bringing a sturdy backpack with padded straps for comfortable wearing.
- MagicBands/Park Tickets/ID
- Baby Powder
- Band Aids or Moleskin
- Tylenol or some other pain killer
- Eye drops (bright sun can dry out your eyes!)
- Tide pen (for when you drip ice cream on your Mickey shirt)
- Lens wipes
- External phone charger
- Mickey ears/ hat/ hair bows
- Personal fan (bonus points to you if it also mists you!)
- Snacks (make sure it’s a treat that won’t melt or spoil in heat, like pretzels, goldfish, or trail mix)
- Extra clothes (especially for kids, and if you plan on riding Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids!)
- iPad (or any tablet, for movies and e-books)
- Coloring books (or any other kind of kid’s activity)
- Sweatpants (comfort is key for long hours in a car or plane seat)
- That pillow and blanket will probably come in handy for travel too!
There it is, my ultimate packing list! Did your favorite items make it on my list? If not, what did I miss?