Packing for Disney

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Packing for DisneyWe’ve done all the planning, gathering and added Extra Magic.   Now it’s time to throw it all in a suitcase.  Here are some tips and ideas on packing for Disney.

Make A List

As a list maker I suggest starting a running list of things you don’t want to forget but seem obvious.  Those are always the things you tend to forget.  I found some great lists on Pinterest and our agent, Heidi with White Glove Destinationsprovided a very exhaustive list as well.  

Items You Might Not Think to Pack For Disney

Here are a few items you might not think to pack:

  • Portable Cell Phone charger – a lifesaver if you’re using the app all day at the park and taking pictures on your phone
  • Snacks, breakfast items- To cut down on food costs I brought along breakfast items like mini muffins, powdered donuts and turkey sticks. I also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make Mickey Munch.  I made ours with pretzels, marshmallows and M&Ms (red, yellow, black).  You can buy single color bags of M&Ms at Party City.
  • Sunglasses, hats, Sunscreen, Chapstick- The sun is bright
  • Backpack- to take to the park. More on your touring bag below.
  • Nightlight
  • Garbage bags- we use for dirty laundry
  • Wipes- very useful, after the 1st day I thought I was going to run out but we had enough.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band-aids– I used to prevent blisters on my feet.
  • Advil/ Advil PM
  • Kid’s motrin & cough medicine- just in case. It’s no fun to have a kiddo that’s not feeling well and nothing to give them.
  • Ponchos- As my dad says, It’s Florida, It rains everyday. We did make use of our ponchos. We packed thick ones which were a little heavy, for future trips I’d probably select a thinner poncho to lessen the load.
  • Glow sticks- Save yourself some money by bringing your own and not purchasing from the park.
  • Autograph book- This was one of B’s favorite things about our trip.
  • Sharpie fine point click pens- I brought these but never used them. The autograph book from B’s My 1st Visit gift package included a pen. At one point it looked like it was running out of ink and one of the cast members told me to take it to any gift shop and they would swap it out for FREE.
  • Quarters and pennies – I got this tip about Pressed Pennies from Pinterest for a cheap souvenir. B loved making the pennies. There are a number of locations throughout the parks to press pennies. We brought enough coins to do 10 pennies and I wish we brought more. We used a small zippered coin purse to hold our coins.  Check out my coming post on saving the memories to see how we displayed them.
I Wish I Packed

Here are some things I wished I had packed but didn’t.

  • A Soothing Peppermint Foot Cream- seriously, you will do a lot of walking and your feet will feel it at the end of the day.
  • My Journal– I ended up writing down notes on my itinerary every night and transferred them to my Journal when we got home.
Park Touring Bag

Luckily I read up on this and knew what to bring to the park. I was surprised how easy they make it to bring your backpack with you on every ride. Here’s what we packed in our park bag:

  • Ponchos
  • Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Portable Cell Phone charger
  • Cell Phone
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Band-Aids
  • 20 Questions Game– this kept us quite entertained in line. How does it know?
  • Small toys/glowsticks- from the fairy that went with our day
  • Quarters & Pennies
  • Refillable Mugs –we would fill them up in the morning and again when we got back to the resort for the night. More about this in next week’s Disney Dining post.
Other Packing Tips

I was able to pack all of our things in one checked bag and two carry-ons.

When I packed B’s clothes I laid them out by outfit, shirt, shorts, undies and socks.

Animal Kingdom Outfit

I laid the shorts on the bottom, socks and undies on top of the shorts then placed the shirt on top and folded it around the socks, undies and shorts.  Packing by Outfit

When I unpacked at the hotel I stacked each outfit by day and then just pulled the whole outfit out in the morning.

I packed the fairy gifts for each day in individual ziptop bags. For more on fairy gifts checkout my Extra Magic post.

Packing Extra MagicWe use kitchen size garbage bags for laundry bags while we’re at the hotel. I brought one for our laundry and one for B’s, since that’s how I sort our laundry. At the end of our trip I put all the dirty clothes in one suitcase and all the clean unused clothes in another.

*One note on packing. Check your airline carrier’s rules for checked bags. We flew one airline there and a different one back. The weights for checked bags were different. We were good on the way there (45 lbs)  but ended up having to transfer items from our checked bag to our carry-on on our return flight (40 lbs). Not the most fun thing to do at the airport. Also, don’t forget to leave room or pack an extra bag for souvenirs.


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