Packing For The Unpredictable Disney World Weather

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Packing for your Disney World vacation can be a formidable task – especially if you’re packing for yourself AND your kids (and maybe even your significant other too?!). I recommend making a list and starting well in advance of your departure for WDW – but even if you aren’t into planning ahead, you’ll want to read on and make sure you’re including these in your suitcase:

Rain Gear: Bringing your own ponchos is a MUST – I cannot stress this enough! It is pretty likely that it will rain sometime during your trip to Disney World – and you’ll want to be prepared for when it does! The Parks sell ponchos and umbrellas of course, but it’s much easier and cost effective to bring your own – local dollar stores sell thinner ones, and more durable versions can be purchased at stores like Wal-Mart or Target. Ziploc baggies and shopping bags in assorted sizes can also be a lifesaver to help protect valuables (wallets, cell phones, cameras, etc) from the rain. I like to also bring along a smaller hand towel, to help dry off exposed areas like arms/legs once the rain is done – not a necessity but certainly something that’s nice to have!

Keeping Comfortable In The Heat: Make sure you and your family are packing outfits that are loose, comfortable, and light colored as they will be the best at keeping you cool when the Florida sun makes its appearance. Sunscreen (multiple bottles) is also a must-have – I prefer the spray on kind – I find it more easily applied and absorbed, but whatever your family prefers, make sure to stock up ahead of time so you can bring it along to Disney. You’ll want to tuck a few empty water bottles in your suitcase alongside the sunscreen, as staying hydrated is really important, especially when it’s so hot out (bonus – you’ll save money by bringing your own water bottles and not having to buy bottled water at the Parks!)

It just might get cool at night: While it’s not likely that you’ll need a parka or mittens, you’ll want to make sure you’re packing at least a pair of jeans and a hoodie/sweatshirt in your bag. It can get cooler once the sun goes down, and you’ll be grateful for that hoodie, believe me!

Bag It: When heading to the Parks, stow all these items in a comfortable, easy to wear bag (since you’ll be carrying it around all day!) – I prefer a backpack with padded straps, and I like to choose one that’s gender neutral so that my husband and I can switch off carrying it and he doesn’t have to be embarrassed to tote around a pink glittery Minnie backpack (not that I own one of those…)

The weather in Orlando can change quickly – it can go from being hot and sunny to cold and rainy in a flash, so be prepared and pack for the WDW weather to save time, money, and frustration and help ensure your visit is the happiest it can be!


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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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