There’s a LOT to think about when planning your Disney World vacation!
You have to choose a resort, book your dining reservations, and make your Park Pass reservations all ahead of time! But on top of that, you have to think about what to pack for your trip. Today we’re sharing a list of items that you should bring with you — NEVER buy these things in Disney World if you can help it!
First Aid Supplies
Between all of the walking and overindulging in sweet food, it is likely you may need some first aid items on your Disney trip.
Sure, you can find bandages for blisters and knee scrapes, medicine to settle your stomach after “just one more bite”, or aspirin for the inevitable headache — but it will be expensive. You will pay as much for a travel pack of bandages, aspirin, etc. in your resort’s gift shop as you will for a “normal” size at home.
Pack a basic first-aid kit and you’ll be prepared for most incidents on your trip — and save some money!
Poncho and Umbrella
Florida may be the Sunshine State, but it rains often and randomly. It is likely you will encounter at least a few showers on your Disney vacation.
Bring, or buy, a light raincoat or poncho and umbrella that fit in your park bag. You will save more than a few dollars by bringing these from home instead of buying the Disney ponchos and umbrellas in the park.
Pick up a bottle of your favorite sunscreen at home. Sunscreen is another overpriced item in the resort shops. Plus, the brand and strength selection is lacking.
We’ve also seen occasions in the past where Disney World has completely sold out of sunscreen, so it’s best to be prepared!
Sweatshirt or Jacket
In the fall, winter, and spring the mornings and evenings can get chilly in Florida. Pack a jacket or sweatshirt so you don’t have to buy one “under pressure” because you are cold.
Sure, we have all bought sweatshirts in Disney to wear at home, but unless you consider it an expensive souvenir, buying the first one you see just because you’re freezing doesn’t make sense! I mean, you may not even LIKE Frozen — you don’t want to have to wear that sweatshirt forever, right?
Bring your favorite water bottle from home. There are water fountains all over the Disney Parks that you can use to refill your bottle. You can save a significant amount of money using your own water bottle over purchasing a $3.50 bottle of water every time you need to rehydrate. Plus, you’re being eco-friendly!
We’ve started to notice more bottle refill stations popping up in Disney World, especially in the newer areas of the parks, like Galaxy’s Edge.
Bring snack packs of your favorite crackers, chips, pretzels, etc. or a large bag and plastic bags to pack your own snack packs. You can find snacks in the resorts and parks, but will pay as much or more for a smaller size bag as you will for a full-size bag at home.
Disney Parks Souvenirs or Park Essentials
Many of the Disney Parks souvenirs or park essentials (such as autograph books) can be found on shopDisney. The bonus — shopDisney has sales on a regular basis. Before your trip watch the site for sales and offers to get your park essentials and save money.
During your trip, if you see something you want, be sure to check these two sites first. You may be able to get them online, have them shipped to your home (no need to cram that last souvenir in your suitcase), and maybe even save some money!
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What items are on your must-pack and never buy at Disney World list? Let us know in the comments below!