By Amanda of Mouze Kateerz.com.
Some of you have been clipping coupons and saving money to get to Disney for a long time, and hopefully you’ve done your research on the best resorts, restaurants, and park rides to enjoy when you get to Orlando. Arranging a Disney vacation can be a complicated matter, with multitudes of decisions to be made and more entertainment choices than you could ever actually enjoy.
Overwhelmed by your Disney vacation planning? This can help.
Let’s talk about packing.
Packing for the actual Disney vacation is a big deal, both the luggage you pack and the bag you take into the theme parks. Take a bag into the Magic Kingdom that is too heavy, and you’ll be carrying extra weight for what will already be a long day of walking. I hope you’ve been putting in some miles in preparation for Disney, because it’s definitely a lot of walking, especially if your bag is overpacked or you had to walk back to pick up something you forgot.
Frances Hedrick is a veteran of over 150 days in Disney parks. This means she has spent some quality time with a back pack. She related her woes with toting a bag all day long.
“My husband and I used to haul in two back packs for us and our two children every time we entered into the parks. Faced with bag check lines and sore shoulders, we narrowed it down to one with room to spare.”
Here is Frances’ must-have list for the Destination Disney back pack.
- Condensed wallet: Driver License, room key with charging capabilities and a few dollars cash.
- Two bottles of water. Freeze them during the hotter months.
- Small bottle of Hand Sanitizer.
- Baby Wipes. Even with older kids, it’s nice to be able to quickly clean your hands.
- Sunscreen & lip balm with SPF. Some people don’t realize you definitely can get a sunburn in December while in sunny Florida.
- Granola bars, trail mix or goldfish, some nice quick snacks to tie you over till your reservation. Avoid chocolate because it melts.
- Inexpensive rain ponchos for everyone, like the $1 kind at Target and Wal-Mart. Because they are small, just toss them in the trash after use. Buy 8 to 10, and only take in 4-5 at a time.
- During summer months, pack a washcloth in a Zip Lock bag. If you wet it down, it can help keep you cooler. Zip Lock bags can also keep your camera dry.
- A hairbrush for any mid-day hair emergencies.
- Your camera, extra batteries, and maybe an extra photo stick.
- Don’t forget your tickets; these may be the most important thing you take besides #1.
Frances cautions, “The well-planned backpack, or any sort of bag, is essential for your day at the parks.”
Packing everything you need for the day can keep your trip costs down and make your life far easier, your vacation much more fun, when you don’t have to worry about everything you forgot.
When should you plan that trip to Disney, now that you have your list to get it together?
Thanks to Frances for her great packing list, and thank you for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride. We’ll see you in the parks toting the world’s best backpack!
You will also find her articles on Meet the Magic.com.