A few days ago we returned from the most magical place on earth: Walt Disney World. The purpose of the trip was to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, an invitation-only event held once a year offering behind-the-scenes opportunities and details on all-things-Disney. This is the fifth time we have been invited, the fourth time we have been able to attend, yet each invitation has been a welcome surprise.
There was a lot to do at Disney’s Yacht Club, the host location of the event. However, we opted to extend our stay a few days beyond the conference to take in as much of the fun and sun that our schedules would allow.
Preparing the conference itself is like packing for any other business trip. A mix of business and casual attire depending on the events, business cards, a 2-in-1 device and power banks, along with normal carry-on items. But packing for a leisure trip is completely different, especially when it’s a destination like Disney. I received such great feedback to my post about “10 Things to Pack for a Cruise” that I thought I would do one for Disney, too. Here are 10 Things to Pack for Disney.
(1) Sunscreen. I’m a redhead with fair skin. This is always priority one for me. When you’re having fun at the Disney parks or in the resort pool, you may not even realize how much sun you are getting until it is too late. Load up on travel size sunscreen then keep one with you at all times… especially if you find yourself on water rides often!
(2) Shoes: I cannot stress enough the importance of proper shoes. Sandals and flip flops are great for heading to the resort pool or to Blizzard Beach/Typhoon Lagoon, but at the parks you’ll want (read: need) something comfortable FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. We wear tennis shoes to Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Lots of walking means our feet will be comfortable and ready/willing for more walking. It also means less blisters.
Our one exception is for Animal Kingdom. Since we always hit Kali River Rapids multiple times and never stay dry, we wear waterproof sandals there.
(3) Snacks: If you’ve signed up for the dining plan, you won’t necessarily need this because there’s no shortage of food. But if you plan to have freestyle meals and graze, packing some granola bars, beef sticks and trail mix can go a long way to warding off hunger pangs.
(7) Dish soap: Disney’s refillable mug is a great deal. Maybe it’s silly of me to want to pack dish soap, but I’m not a fan of my hot chocolate tasting like pop or vice versa. I used to pack a travel-sized bottle of dish detergent but now I simply pack a stack of the paper towels with dish soap built-in. Speaking of cleaning; a few laundry pods can come in handy as well and don’t take up much space in the suitcase.
(8) Electronics: For the love of all things gadgety, don’t forget to pack your cords and wall chargers. Your phone is a lifeline to communicating, but you’ll also probably be using it for pictures, video and to look things up on your My Disney Experience app. You’ll want to make sure you don’t run out of juice! There have been a few times that I remembered the cord but forgot the wall charger so now it’s on my list so I don’t forget again!
(9) Medical: When you’re on the go, the last thing you want is to be taken down by a common cold or some other ailment that decides to join your vacation. Be sure to pack a thermometer along with some basic first-aid supplies such as Ibuprofen, cold or allergy medicine as well as band-aids for the inevitable blisters.
(10) A sense of patience. Lines can be long. The heat can get to you. Disney does a great job of incorporating interactive activities in the lines to help pass the time, but kids can get impatient. Remember… you’re on vacation so make the best of it!
What is your favorite activity when you visit Walt Disney World?