There is a LOT of planning that goes into a Walt Disney World vacation – and one of the things that’s always on my “Disney to-do” list is to figure out what I’m going to pack – and more specifically what I want to WEAR while I’m at WDW! Weather, comfort, and style all come into play here – and I have come up with a pretty solid list of things to bring and wear that will actually help make your WDW more enjoyable:
Things To Bring: These are things that you will 100% want to pack, as they will be invaluable as you spend long days at the Parks. Sunscreen is #1 on the list (and make sure you USE it – like multiple times a day – as that Florida sun can be a killer – even if it is overcast), sneakers – which you’ll want to wear pretty much all the time so make sure if they are newer sneakers you break them in before your trip, rain ponchos – which can be purchased at Target, Walmart, and there are even disposable ones for sale at dollar stores (you never know when a rainshower might hit, and you will want to be prepared! The stores sell ponchos, but it’s cheaper and more convenient to bring them along). Sunglasses – as no one wants to spend all day squinting, am I right? And last but not least – make sure to pack a hat – whatever style you prefer, as long as it protects your head from the sun (I know, I know – not everyone likes or looks good in hats, but it’s better than a sunburned scalp – trust me!)
Things To Make: I love LOVE the shirts and other clothes for sale at the WDW Parks, but let’s be honest – some of it can get pricey, and if you’re at all crafty this is a great chance to create some unique shirts for you and your family – check out some DIY shirt ideas here, or check out Pinterest for ideas too. “First Trip” ones are cute for kids, and this is also a great way to make sure your kids have bright, colorful shirts that stand out in a crowd should they get separated from you
Things To Buy: Disney merchandise is EVERYWHERE these days – I tend to see a lot of it at stores like Walmart and Target – and these are great places to stock up on cute clothes and accessories for your trip! T shirts are often available in mens, womens, and kids sizes, as well as plenty of other kids clothing featuring their favorite Disney characters (especially if a Disney movie was recently released, for example, stores are full of Frozen gear right now!), and accessories like socks and sunglasses are often for sale too. You can also pick up fun trinkets for the kids to keep them entertained on the trip to Disney – coloring and picture books, stickers, little toys, and more!
Things To Skip: Ok so there are some things you should definitely NOT bring with you to WDW, and number one on this list for me is sandals/flip flops – they are cute and I know no one wants to put on socks and sneakers on a 90 degree day, but you will definitely regret it if you decide to spend 12 hours walking around the Parks in flip flops – they are uncomfortable and offer no support, and this tip is especially important for parents with small kids – don’t even pack them for the kids – as no one wants to hear the temper tantrum that blisters and sore feet will bring – trust me on this. I also don’t generally bother with dress clothes or sundresses or anything of that sort – as there really are few places to wear them (plus, they don’t really go very well with my sneakers…), and the only real exception to this is if you’re heading to a fancy celebratory dinner, in which case I would pack only one nice outfit, wear it to dinner, and then repack it – no need to be fancy or dressed up at the Parks! Tank Tops/Halter tops are another item I stay away from toting along, since it just is basically inviting a sunburn to plant itself right on your shoulders and back, and then I also skip thick or dark shirts – as they tend to absorb heat and increase sweating – light, loose, and thin are the best kind of shirts to wear
For those of you who have already visited WDW, you probably can relate to at least some of these tips, and hopefully those of you who haven’t been to the most Magical Place On Earth – what are you waiting for? But seriously – I hope these tips can help you be better packed and more comfortable on your WDW vacation
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