But here at AllEars, we’ve got years of experience under our belt. So today, we’re sharing what NOT to do when packing for your trip to Disney World.
1. Forgetting Rain Gear
It rains a lot in Florida, especially in the spring and summer! Always bring some form of rain gear, whether that’s a poncho, umbrella, or rain coat (or a combination of those).
Pro tip: ponchos can also double as protection on water rides, so you can conquer Splash Mountain with that extra layer. You can buy all this gear in the parks, but they’ll be a lot cheaper outside of Disney World — and you won’t be scrambling to buy one right as it starts raining.
Be careful not to overpack! You’ll want to save lots of space in your luggage for souvenirs. (Check out some packing hacks to keep your souvenirs in one place — here!) Packing minimally can also make decision time easier in the morning when you have to pick what you’re wearing or bringing to the park.
Not to mention, a lighter suitcase will make traveling around the airport and to your hotel a lot easier.
3. Not Bringing an Extra Bag for Souvenirs
Speaking of saving room for souvenirs…it helps to bring an extra bag just for them! Disney does have an option to ship souvenirs back to your house for you, but you’ll save big if you leave extra space for them in your luggage instead.
Having a designated bag for souvenirs can also help you put a limit on how much you spend. If it doesn’t fit in the bag, you can’t bring it home!
4. Not Packing Layers
The Florida weather can be tricky; you could have a really hot day followed by a surprisingly chilly evening. Dress in layers for the parks: you’ll find yourself shedding them in the afternoon and adding them on at night.
Make sure you bring a sweatshirt. You’ll probably need it at some point. And it’s so much better to bring your own than be forced to spend $60 on one in the parks because you’re freezing.
5. Only Bringing One Pair of Shoes
Sure, you want to pack as minimally as possible, but you’ll want to leave space for at least two pairs of shoes. Make sure they’re both extra comfy and broken in because you’ll be doing a LOT of walking.
If it rains (and like we mentioned, it tends to rain a lot), your shoes will get all soggy, and you may want to swap them out. You also may find that your first pair of shoes wasn’t as comfortable as you thought they’d be for a long day in the parks. It never hurts to have a back-up option.
6. Only Packing One Mask
According to Disney’s current safety guidelines, approved face coverings are required everywhere on property — both indoors and outdoors. And you’re probably going to get really sweaty throughout the day, so bring lots of masks so you can alternate them.
Pack a bunch in your luggage and a couple extra each day in your park bag. This way, you’re also prepared for dropping your mask, getting it soaked on a water ride, or losing it.
7. Forgetting First Aid
You don’t want to get stuck in Disney World without sunscreen, pain reliever, or bandages! Trust us, we’ve been there. It’s no fun realizing you have a cut, sunburn, or blister in the middle of the day and wishing you’d packed a solution.
While most stores in the parks do sell these things, and every park and water park has a First Aid Center, the items you require may be pricier than what you’d spend if you buy them at your grocery store beforehand. Sunscreen is a MUST all year long. Learn more about Disney World’s climate and weather here.
If you follow these seven tips, you’re on your way to successfully packing for your Disney World vacation! Check out some more of our packing hacks and stay tuned to AllEars for more Disney news.
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