When you travel to the Disney Parks as often as we do, you get pretty good at packing. Not only packing our luggage, but also packing our bags for a day at the parks! The three of us each have our ‘must have’ items that are with us on every trip. It’s time to share them with you!
I hate packing. No, I mean it. I HATE packing. To the point that my husband often winds up doing it for me, just so I will stop whining about it. I simply do not possess the visual spatial skills necessary to fit everything I want to bring, into the small amount of luggage I can actually take with me. That is, until I discovered these little beauties….
These have been life-changing for me. Why? For some reason, my brain finds it much easier to pack multiple small things rather than one big thing. But more than that, it makes it so easy to organize items. Work clothes in one cube, play clothes in another. Pajamas and “delicates” go in another cube! Shoes even get their own cube so my clothes stay clean.
Not only does it keep my clothes organized but it makes everything fit so nicely in my suitcase. And makes it easier on the TSA agent when they inevitably search my bag later… (Every. Time.) And these are clear, which makes it super easy to see what is in each one!
Must Have Hand Sanitizer
Let’s face it – germs are an inevitable part of travel. From the airplane with God-only-knows-what on the tray, to the hand rails in the queue of Toy Story Midway Mania (when you watched that kid wipe his nose and then grab the rail), It is no wonder that so many guests bring home a virus as a “souvenir.” Sharla’s favorite way to combat those germs is Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer.
The easy-to-use spray bottle means that you can use it not only on your hands but also spray surfaces such as that tray table on the plane, the phone in your resort room, or the table you snagged at the food court during the breakfast rush.
And this 2-pack means that you can carry one with you and leave the other in the room!
Must Have Sleep Mask
Hotel rooms are great, but they can be hard to sleep in. If you are like Heather, a sleep mask can be a key part of getting that all important beauty rest, so that you can be ready to hit the parks in the morning! This adorable Minnie Mouse version comes with earplugs – even better! (Sara is still looking for one that says, “Wake me for Mickey Bars!”)
Must Have Phone Charger
There is no panic like looking down and seeing the “Low Battery” warning on your phone. And when visiting the Disney parks, you are using your phone for EVERYTHING. Taking pictures, capturing videos, making FastPass+ on your My Disney Experience app, playing Candy Crush in line while waiting for Slinky Dog Dash…. (Guilty!) Not to mention keeping your kids entertained with that 1000th viewing of Frozen while they wait.
All of this means that at some point in your trip, likely at a critical moment, you will need to charge your phone. Walt Disney World has some locations when you can charge up (and we’ll cover those in a future post) but for those “OMG!” moments when you need a quick charge, these battery packs are a lifesaver. And my favorite one can charge two phones at once, giving you the chance to be a hero to someone else!
This is the actual charger I use and I love it. Not only is it my favorite color, but it is FAST! And this one charger gives me multiple full charges. Plus I can charge two devices at once!
Must Have Sunscreen
The Disney Park Princesses take our sun safety very seriously. Because I have already had a small skin cancer removed, I now take it VERY seriously. And while we all use different sunblocks for our first application of the day, this mineral sunscreen is used by all three of us for touch ups throughout the day!
Why do we all love it so much? Because it is a powder, it is super easy to apply and doesn’t leave us feeling sticky. It is easy to transport, and if we are traveling carry-on, it is one less liquid to worry about! But also it lasts and provides great coverage.
Thanks to our reader Douglas for pointing out a truly critical category we missed – items that help you stay cool in the Florida Heat! Douglas suggested cooling towels (bonus points to him for suggesting coordinating the color of the towel to your MagicBand!). These are the ones I have bought for my son for sports!
Another item we love that helps you stay cool – a misting fan! This one is small so it easily fits in your park bag. Fill it at any water fountain, and recharge it with a USB cord! Plus it comes in cute colors.
Sharla never travels anywhere without a back scratcher- these little beauties come in very handy (pun intended) after a long day in the parks!
Must Have Blister Prevention
The average person walks about 7-8 miles a day at Walt Disney World. A DAY. Which means that blisters are a likely part of a Disney vacation. I am particularly prone to blisters. I am at Walt Disney World as I write this and this product is my new favorite thing EVER.
I put one of these pads on a blister on the ball of my foot – a tricky spot! The pad was still there 10 hours later. It had not budged! I was able to do an entire day of walking when initially I thought I might be stuck at the resort all day. These are a lifesaver!
Want to see some of these items in action? Check out this video from our recent trip to Disneyland!
So now we want to know – what are YOUR must-have items? Share with us in the comments!
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