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It’s no secret that I love a Disney World vacation. I would love nothing more than to move to Florida, take up residence in Cinderella’s Castle and spend my days at the place “where dreams come true.” We all know that will never happen but when it comes to planning a Walt Disney World vacation, there isn’t much that gets me more excited. I even love helping other people plan their vacations. What can I say? Disney is my thing.
After going a few times, I’ve narrowed down my packing list to the things that we really need to have for a family of four: two adults, a preschooler and a baby. Below are ten things that we never leave at home.
Sunscreen is so important to guard against the hot Florida sun. I recommend the Babyganics 50 Spf Sunscreen Lotion, 6 oz. It is mineral based, fragrance free and non-allergenic which makes it perfect for my babies’ sensitive skin. Babyganics also has a sunscreen spray, if that’s what you prefer.
If your kids are anything like mine, they hate having you rub sunscreen on their faces. The Babyganics sunscreen stick makes applying sunscreen to kids’ faces relatively easy. It does go on pretty thick so there may still be a little smoothing involved.
I always like to have a hat with me while I’m in the park. I am not a hat person; I don’t like the way I look in them. But at Disney World, I make an exception because it really does help shield my eyes from the sun. Hats are especially important to have for kids to protect their sensitive skin.
You don’t want to forget your swimsuits when traveling to Orlando. It’s nice to bring two if you have them so that one can dry while you’re using the other one. An afternoon at the hotel pool is always a good way to have some relaxation time away from the parks.
4. Mister fan
A mister fan like the O2 Cool 2059 Squeeze Breeze Misting Fan is a life saver during a summer trip to the Disney parks. Bring a few so the kids can each have their own to minimize fighting. Misters are available for purchase at the parks but they can be costly so you’ll want to bring your own to save money.
5. Small 1st Aid Kit
A small 1st aid kit is essential for minor scrapes and blisters that sometimes happen wherever you go. I recommend this Johnson & Johnson Products Mini First Aid Kit. It’s small enough that it won’t take up too much room in your suitcase or park bag. Toss in a small tube of neosporin and you’re all set for any small scrapes that may come up. The last thing you want to have to do is visit the 1st Aid Station at the park for something minor, like a blister.
6. Hand Sanitizer
I am a total germ-aphobe. I don’t go anywhere without hand sanitizer. Disney World is a cess pool of germs so it’s a good idea to bring something to clean your (or your children’s) hands before you eat. It also works if your child touches something questionable. I recommend The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer in spray form. You just spray it on, rub it in and it evaporates quickly. I don’t go anywhere without this hand sanitizer. What I love about this brand is that the smell is more pleasant than other brands and it is free from most chemicals.
7. Gallon ziplock bags
I recommend throwing a few Gallon Ziploc Storage Bags into your park bag to use for various purposes. They’re nice to have in case your child plays in the Casey Junior Splash n’ Soak station and they need to change their clothes. Ziploc bags are also nice if you want to keep your phone or cash dry on rides like Splash Mountain- where you might get wet- or during a spontaneous Florida rain storm.
Glowsticks like the 8″ LumiStick Brand Glowsticks make the after dark hours at the parks fun and exciting for little ones. Stick a pack of them in your luggage to break out when the sun goes down. You can even bring extras and make friends with the people around you by sharing them while waiting for the or fireworks.
9. Water bottles
Do not forget to bring water bottles. You will want to drink lots of water while at the parks to stay hydrated. I would bring a few, in fact, as drinking fountains are sometimes hard to find and bottled water is expensive at the parks. You can ask for free water in a cup at any counter service restaurants but water bottles make it easy to get a drink whenever you need without taking time out of your schedule.
10. Autograph book + pens
If meeting a character or two (or 21 in our case) is in your plans, don’t forget to bring something for them to sign. You can purchase an autograph book like this one before your trip to save money. Or you can bring a picture frame, pillow case, or something else for them to sign. We made our own autograph book with space for a picture with the characters on the left page.
Sometimes it feels like you need to pack so much for a Walt Disney World vacation with kids. Amidst all of your luggage, make sure to pack these ten items in order to make the most of your magical vacation.
What do you have to pack for your Walt Disney World vacation?
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