Here are the 10 Mistakes Not To Make With Your Disney Park Bag:
1. Packing too much – If you are staying in a Disney Resort and plan to use the bus transportation, you are going to have to deal with all your bags when you get on and off the bus since you have to fold the stroller. Keep in mind how much you can physically hold as you work on what you will bring to the parks.
2. Not taking a change of clothes for the kids – If your little ones could have a potty accident, food accident or might get overly excited in the pop jet fountains, make sure you pack them a change of clothes. You don’t want to have to pay Disney’s prices for clothing!
3. Not taking sunglasses – The sun shines brightly in Florida. Your eyes will appreciate it if you bring your sunglasses.
4. Not preparing for cool weather – It’s one thing to be hot at Disney but it is a completely different experience to be cold. Make sure you check the forecast and prepare for cold weather. Bring hats, light jackets and even gloves. It can get as low as 30-35 degrees in the winter months and it is difficult to wait at Rope Drop in those temperatures if you aren’t prepared.
5. Not preparing for rain – Buy some cheap ponchos at The Dollar Tree that you can toss in your bag on days it will rain. That way if you are caught in the downpour you can protect your clothing from getting drenched. Then you can just toss the ponchos away instead of having to deal with toting them around.
6. Not packing snacks – All the walking at Disney will make you hungry. Pack some snacks instead of depending on the snack locations around the parks. Your wallet will thank you! We like to toss in some 100 Calorie Pouches to much on as needed.
7. Not bringing water – Bottles of water are $3 each in the parks now. Bring some water bottles with you for the morning and then ask for FREE ice water at the Counter Service and Snack Service locations (just remember that they have to serve fountain soda in order to have ice water).
8. Forgetting the sunscreen – The sun is brutal at Disney World. Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen. Set a timer on your phone to remind you to reapply it.
9. Carrying the wrong bag – You want a bag that you can wear on your body. Backpacks are a great option. So are crossover bags and slings. You will take your bag on the ride with you so make sure it isn’t too big to deal with stuffing by your feet.
10. Not repacking the bag nightly – I always suggest dumping out all of the contents of your park bag and repacking it each night. This way you can remove any trash, clutter and items that you didn’t end up needing. It will also make the bag organized for the next day in the parks.