How to Pack for a Vacation at Walt Disney World
Packing for any trip can become a burden if you don’t plan carefully. Many airlines are now charging for first bags checked and charge even more if you have to check a second bag. This can add up when you are traveling with a family of four or more. The following will provide a few tips on packing for a vacation at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Inevitably people pack more than they will need while on vacation. With the expectation that being prepared can save you money in the long run will backfire with the days of free luggage on airlines long gone. Today’s vacationer needs to slim down and take into account any souvenirs that will be coming home.
Tip 1: Make a list of everything you think you will need to include all toiletries, medicines, and electronics. Everyone will have different needs, so try to think as broadly as you can when you begin to pack.
Tip 2: Have at least 1 clean pair of socks and 1 clean pair of undergarments for each day you are vacationing to include the travel days. Chances are you will get wet on a ride, rained on, or sweat profusely and will not be able to reuse these items during your trip even if you wanted to. We often make this a priority and pack 2 for each day.
Tip 3: Stick to one color scheme. Pick either navy blue or black if you are dressing up on more than one occasion and take only one pair of casual dress shoes for all dressy situations. You can take one pair of slacks and two or three coordinating shirts to reduce the number of items you are packing. Make sure all shoes are easy to walk in and are comfortable.
Tip 4: Avoid jeans or jean shorts. Clothing made of jean material takes up more room in your luggage and is heavier. Summer temperatures can be brutal in Central Florida, so try to wear light weight shorts and shirts. These will pack more easily and are more comfortable to wear in Florida. If you can’t live without your jeans, try to wear them rather than pack them to save space.
Tip 5: Plan to purchase toiletries, strollers, or other space hogs when you arrive at a local store such as Wal-mart (on is located within 5 miles of Downtown Disney). This will save you money in the long run. Most of these items have to be packed in a checked bag or you will have to follow the TSA guidelines on traveling with liquids, gels, and aerosols in carry-on baggage.
Tip 6: Plan to wear clothing more than once. This may be difficult if you perspire a great deal or the weather is bad during your stay. You can always run a load of laundry rather quickly while the family is playing in the pool or taking a short afternoon nap.
Tip 7: Leave room in your luggage for souvenirs helping to avoid additional baggage fees on the return flight.
Tip 8: Pack your bags and then think about what you have and what you won’t need. Taking everything is going to be more of a hassle than buying something if you happen to need it once you arrive.
Tip 9: Pack at least one carry on with a change of clothing, important medicines, identification, tickets, and a snack for the flight such as a granola bar or chips.
Tip 10: Have your child bring a carry on with all items needed such as coloring books, blanket, and toys for the flight and clothing for the trip.
What Not To Bring
- Towels/Beach Towels
- Really Dressy Clothing (unless you have a special occasion planned)
- Shampoo, Conditioner, and Soap (Use what is supplied by the resort)
- Coat or heavy sweater (you won’t need it in the summer)
- Expensive Jewelry (stick to one or two sets of jewelry)
As with anything, planning ahead can help to reduce the stress of traveling when on vacation. Review the airlines baggage requirements and restrictions to avoid issues once you arrive at the airport. Follow TSA rules regarding liquids, gels, and aerosols, travel light, and give yourself plenty of time to catch your flight. Don’t pack your bags too full or they may exceed the weight limits and this will cost extra.
Planning ahead can help you save money and avert problems at the airport. Enjoy your vacation!
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