Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Walt Disney World Ultimate Packing List and Three Packing Tips



There comes a time in every traveler's life where hard decisions must be made.  A time when panic starts to set in.  I am of course referring to the art of packing.  How many suitcases should we bring? Did I bring enough underwear?  Are shoes really necessary (yes, of course they are).  I am of the opinion that packing should be an Olympic sport.  There should be a packing channel offered on the satellite dish.  There should be a reality TV show in which Gordon Ramsey calls an unsuspecting traveler a donkey because they forgot to enclose their shampoo bottle in a plastic bag.


I remember a time not that long ago when I was a single gal with a single suitcase and packing was a "10:00 p.m. the night before I leave" activity.  A time when I was thinking more clearly (toddler mommy brain is real and it's not kidding around) and was not bothering with anyone else's travel needs.  Fast forward a few years and my situation is a bit different.  I have a husband and toddler who could really care less about what they're wearing and could REALLY care less about how it all gets from point A to point Disney World.  Packing the night before our trip simply won't do anymore. I've narrowed down three tips to make packing a less stressful chore in anticipation of an awesome vacation.


  1. Start soft packing several months before the trip.  Yes, I said months.  My definition of a soft pack is pretty loose.  Namely, get an empty box, label it "Disney World" or whatever, and start throwing things in there.  Keep your eyes peeled for little things you might want to take with you on your trip and start collecting.  My soft pack box currently holds cooling towels, water bottles, glow in the dark necklaces/bracelets/wands, etc. for night time activities; wipes; pull ups; ponchos; a luggage scale; activity packs with crayons, coloring sheets, stickers (you can find these at Michael's or sometimes the dollar stores-great for keeping kidlets occupied in lines, on planes, in the car, etc.).  If you start collecting these things little by little in the months before your trip, you save yourself time and will also spread out the expenses that seem to come out of nowhere right before your trip. 
    Photo taken from Amazon.com
  2. Consider packing cubes.  If you haven't seen these little beauties yet, go to Amazon.com and search for packing cubes.  You'll see several varieties to choose from but I like the 3-piece set that contains a small, medium, and large "cube".  The idea is to get a set in a different color for every person.  I use the large size for jeans/shorts, the medium for t-shirts, and the small size for underwear/socks.  The different colors make it very easy to differentiate what belongs to whom.  For the larger families, I imagine this would be especially helpful in avoiding rifling through piles of clothing trying to find the right article for everyone.  You can throw the cubes in the dresser drawers when you reach your destination if you believe hotel furniture is icky and would rather avoid contact.  I'm also told that these can keep your suitcases from ending up in total disarray if the TSA decides that your luggage resembles that of a drug smuggler and decide to give it a nice, thorough look-see. 
  3. Pack snacks and/or breakfast foods into a decent sized Tupperware container.  These items can be stupidly expensive to purchase in the parks or gift shops.  At the end of your trip, you will hopefully have an empty Tupperware container in which to safely pack breakable or mushable souvenirs.  And if you have a toddler or infant, go ahead and pack those diapers and pull ups instead of having those overpriced lovelies delivered to your hotel. Once those are gone, you'll have another nice empty space in which to pack souvenirs. 
Now, about that Ultimate Packing List.  I don't remember where I came across this thing but I refer to it before each trip.  Do you need to pack every single thing on this list?  Absolutely not.  But, use it as a guide.  It may remind you of things that you would never have considered packing.

Disney World Vacation Ultimate Packing List

Clothing & Accessories

q Shirts                                
q Shorts/capris                                  
q Pants                                
q Suit/evening outfits     
q Underwear                      
q Bras                                 
q Pajamas                          
q Belts                                 
q Socks                                  
q Panty Hose                     
q Comfortable walking shoes (2 pair)          
q Sandals                              
q Dress shoes        
q Pool shoes                          
q Flip flops                            
q Hair bands/clips
q Hats/visors                     
q Sweatband/bandanna
q Jewelry/Scarves
q Watches                             
q Sunglasses w/strap         
q Swimsuits
q _________________    
q _________________

Travel with Babies, Toddlers & Kids

q Bottles
q Baby food
q Sippy cups
q Plastic pool cups w/top & straw
q Portable high chair        
q Bibs                  
q Diapers            
q Swim diapers
q Baby wipes
q Diaper bag      
q Portable crib
q Stroller
q Car safety seat
q Room intercom/baby monitor      
q ”Special” blanket/toy
q Board games                  
q Handheld games            
q Car window shades
q Kids ID tags   
q _________________    
q _________________

Toiletries

q Toothbrush                      
q Toothpaste
q Soap/bath gel                 
q Shampoo                         
q Hair conditioner   
q Deodorant                       
q Contacts/glasses            
q Contact lens solution    
q Sunscreen
q Lip balm w/sunscreen
q Face wash                        
q Face lotion
q Body lotion
q Q-Tips                           
q Makeup                             
q Make-up remover          
q Nail polish
q Tampons/pads               
q Foot spray                      
q Foot powder      
q Cornstarch or talcum powder
q Razors                                
q Shaving cream                  
q Tweezers                          
q Nail clippers    
q Nail file                               
q Hair brush/comb
q Hair gel/mousse
q Hair spray                        
q Blow dryer         
q Perfume          
q Kleenex
q Kids shampoo
q Kids toothbrushes
q Kids soap/ bath gel
q Kids hairbrush/comb
q _________________    
q _________________



Other Items

q Batteries                             
q Cameras                             
q Camera batteries, charger, data cable       
q Film                   
q Camera bag      
q Disposable cameras for kids
q Camcorder w/charger
q Camcorder batteries & tapes
q Cell phone w/charger    
q Cell car charger              
q Palm/PDA & charger    
q Music/CDs         
q MP3 player or CD player & headphones
q Laptop computer, charger, Ethernet cable                  
q Walkie talkies                
q Umbrella
q Waist bag/day pack     
q Neck lanyard for room key/tickets
q Beach bag                       
q Collapsible cooler           
q Large zip top bags            
q Sewing kit                       
q First Aid kit
q Safety pins                     
q Earplugs                             
q Insect repellent                 
q Antibacterial hand gel                     
q Wet wipes          
q Stain wipes/stick             
q Pillows                             
q Workout stuff                 
q Water sports bottle        
q Waterproof case             
q Night light        
q Pen flash lights
q Pennies for pressing
q Pins for trading
q Books/magazines
q Playing cards                   
q Games     
q Frisbees                           
q Roku/cables    
q _________________



Travel Paperwork        
                       
q Plane tickets (make copies)
q Hotel confirmation
q Rental car confirmation   
q Cash/credit cards          
q Dollar bills for tips & tolls
q Checkbook        
q Travelers checks (make copies)
q Passports/birth certificates (for cruise)       
q Drivers license/IDs         
q Health insurance card                  
q Guidebooks       
q Maps/directions
q Discount coupons          
q Membership cards (such as AAA, DVC)                   
q Theme park tickets (make copies)
q Address book
q Address labels                
q Stationery/notepad       
q Pens
q Stamps                            
q Envelopes for maid tips                    
q _________________    
q _________________

First Aid

q Prescription medications                 
q Moleskin                         
q Band-Aids                          
q Antibiotic ointment        
q Anti-itch gel/spray
q Aloe vera gel
q Antacids/stomach remedies
q Pain medicine                 
q Kids pain medicine        
q Motion sickness remedies
q Midol                               
q Sinus/allergy medicine                                  
q Eyedrops                         
q Vitamins                            
q Cough drops
q _________________
q _________________

Car Trip Stuff

q Maps/directions
q Proof of auto insurance
q Guidebooks                    
q Coupons for road meals & hotels   
q Flashlight                          
q Paper towels      
q Wet wipes       
q Cooler               
q Bags for trash
q Umbrella                         
q Snacks                                
q Drinks                           
q Pillows                             
q Blankets                              
q Portable VCR/DVD player
q Movies
q Drawing boards
q Travel games
q New small toys              
q _________________
q _________________

Laundry Items

q Laundry soap
q Dryer sheets
q Stain remover
q Laundry bags
q _________________
q _________________


Kitchen Items

q Bottled water                  
q Coffee
q Tea bags
q Sugar/sweetener
q Nondairy creamer         
q Instant soup mix           
q Cocoa packets               
q Juice boxes                   
q Powdered drink mix
q Microwave popcorn      
q Granola bars                                  
q Chips/pretzels                   
q Crackers
q Fruit snacks                     
q Small cereal boxes
q Pop Tarts                           
q Peanut butter                 
q Tuna pouches/kits        
q Pre-measured seasonings
q Travel salt & pepper     
q Dish soap                            
q Dish scrubber/sponge
q Dish towel          
q Paper plates       
q Plastic utensils                 
q Disposable cups              
q Zip top bags      
q Trash bags                        
q Paper Towels                     
q  Water filtering pitcher
q Straws                              
q Coffee maker                 
q Coffee filters                   
q Corkscrew                          
q Wine stopper                   
q Electric skillet                 
q Toaster                               
q Non-stick fry pan           
q Citronella candles  
q _________________   
q _________________  



Day Bag for Theme Parks

q Theme park tickets (make copies)
q Drivers license/ID for each adult                
q Cash/credit card            
q Membership cards (such as AAA, DVC)                   
q Meal confirmation #s    
q Guidebooks                    
q Park maps
q Camera, film & batteries                
q Camcorder, tapes & extra battery              
q Disposable camera for kids 
q Cell phones
q Walkie talkies                
q Neck lanyard for room key/tickets     
q Sunglasses w/straps      
q Water bottle w/strap
q Collapsible cooler           
q Snacks                                
q Autograph book            
q Fat pen for character autographs
q Rain poncho or umbrella
q Mister fan & extra batteries     
q Moleskin                            
q Pain medicine                 
q Sunscreen                       
q Lip balm w/sunscreen                   
q Insect repellant              
q Kleenex                           
q Antibacterial hand gel
q Wet wipes          
q Hats/visors/sweatbands/bandannas
q Plastic trash bags or rain ponchos for wet rides
q Large zip-top bags for wet clothes                
q Dry change of clothes for kids    
q Glow sticks & necklaces
q Pennies for pressing
q Pins for trading 
q Playing cards or handheld games to keep kids occupied in line     
q Kids ID tags  
q _________________   
q _________________

Day Bag for Water Parks

q Water park tickets
q Drivers license/ID for each adult                
q Cash/credit card            
q Waterproof camera      
q Cell phones
q Walkie talkies                
q Neck lanyard for room key/tickets     
q Sunglasses w/straps      
q Water bottle w/strap
q Collapsible cooler           
q Snacks                                
q Bathing suits
q Beach towels                     
q Earplugs                           
q Goggles                               
q Plastic pool cups w/top & straw
q Beach bag                       
q Floatation toys              
q Water toys
q Books/magazines
q Mister fan & extra batteries     
q Pain medicine                 
q Sunscreen                       
q Lip balm w/sunscreen                   
q Insect repellant              
q Kleenex                           
q Antibacterial hand gel
q Wet wipes          
q Hats/visors/sweatbands/bandannas
q Swim diapers
q Waterproof watch         
q Waterproof case
q Water shoes/flip flops  
q Large zip-top bags for wet clothes                
q Dry change of clothes for kids    
q Kids ID tags  
q _________________   
q _________________




I hope this information is helpful to you.  If you have any questions or would like to talk with me about planning your next Disney World vacation, you can email me at tracy@magicalvacationsbyme.com or message me on my Facebook page, Magical Vacations by Tracy.  Happy Travels, everyone!
              







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