By Amanda, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess.
Flying or driving to your Disney Destination? Chances are you will over-pack, especially if you are traveling by car. My husband complained for years that we looked like the Clampetts from the Beverly Hillbillies as we pulled into our Orlando hotel, and he was right. It’s tough to pack light with a family of five. But as our children have grown older, we have tried to take just the necessities. The number one thing we always over-pack? Clothes.
Today’s Disney tip? Cut back on the amount of clothing you bring.
One good question to ask when you make your Disney reservations is can you wash clothes at your resort? Many hotels and resorts, both on Disney property or otherwise, have laundry facilities. You can find out if your accommodations have washers and dryers in one quick phone call or Internet research. This will leave room in suitcases for fabulous Disney souvenirs.
If you’ve packed lighter and don’t have access to a washer and dryer, there’s always a sink and a bar of soap. Faced with no room for my new Mickey sweatshirt in the suitcase or washing out a few socks pairs of socks, those socks are headed for the sink, pronto. It’s not the ideal situation, but hey, you do what ya gotta do to get it all home!
If you have a big t-shirt, use that as a bathing suit cover-up and pajamas. A light jacket can serve as both the jacket and a raincoat.
What can you do while you wash clothes?
Take a little nap.
Take a walk around your resort/hotel.
Grab a light snack.
Prop up your weary feet and watch some TV.
Take a dip in the cement pond (see above Beverly Hillbillies reference)
Window shop without your wallet to avoid overspending.
One thing about vacation is that most people find themselves toting too many items, which in the long run just causes additional stress.
There are certainly an abundance of packing lists floating around, but with all that stuff crammed in your suitcase, there may not be enough room for the important things, like bringing home your new Mickey Mouse ears hat or a coffee mug. Stuff that shirt/pajamas/beach cover-up in the mug for extra travel protection.
Keep clipping those coupons, and we’ll see you in the resort laundry mat with a roll of quarters!