If you're prepping for a trip to Walt Disney World, there's some extra things to pack that you might not consider for a normal vacation. Before you head off, hit up Amazon for these essentials!
If you plan on meeting any characters on your trip, you'll need something for them to sign. If you want to go the classic route, check out this Disney autograph book. It's similar to a photo album, just with paper pages instead of picture slots. If you're looking for something a little more "usable" in the future, we recommend this encyclopedia of Disney characters. Each character has his or her own detailed page, which you can have the character sign. We think this is a much more practical use for character signatures, as an autograph book may not be looked at much later on, but the encyclopedia could facilitate a trip down memory lane each bedtime!
Fumbling with lids to dangerous permanent markers is not a think you want to do. Winnie the Pooh will thank you.
We LOVE our chilly pad. This thing is some sort of sorcery that, when wet, is nice and cool but still dry to the touch. Get one for everyone in the family, or you'll be fighting over it all trip long.
Rain is one thing you can pretty much depend on each day at Walt Disney World. It often doesn't last long, but when it comes, it comes quickly, and often with a vengeance. You can buy throw-away ponchos for cheaper than this, but we prefer to have a more heavy-duty version that can be used again and again. And these have a hood! Ponchos are also useful if you don't feel like getting splashed on Splash Mountain.
There are a lot of uses for an outdoor blanket at Walt Disney World (stroller cover, wet bench-dryer, frigid bus blanket), but the main one is for a place to sit while waiting for a parade or fireworks to start without everyone around you encroaching on your space. This blanket has a water-resistant underside, which means you won't end up with a wet butt wherever you do choose to sit. You're welcome.
Never be thirsty while the hot sun is beating down on you in line for the Haunted Mansion again. We often use our Nalgene water bottle because of how much it holds, but we also like this bottle because it can be rolled back up and stowed away when it's empty.
Having an external battery charger is essential at Walt Disney World (and any other time, too!). This guy can charge an iPhone up to 7 times. And it's a great deal!
When you've got phones and external chargers to take care of each night, you'll be thankful you've got a few extra ports at your disposal.
I love to wear dresses at Walt Disney World because they're so airy, but I also hate chaffing. Cue body glide. It's also great for preventing blisters on hot feet!
My It's a Small World Le Sport Sac is my go-to for a day at Walt Disney World. The best part about this bag is that it is water-resistant, so I don't have to worry about Br'er Rabbit ruining my iPhone. It's roomy but still light, so it's the perfect place to store the in-park essentials without being too weighed down.
For all your necessities, you'll need some place to put them, and this backpack is also lightweight and water-resistant, plus super affordable!
Souvenirs take up a lot of room, and if you don't account for them ahead of time, you may find yourself in a real pickle. We like to bring a lightweight duffel with us that we can whip out when we're packing up to head home. It becomes a carry-on full of priceless souvenirs!
For a more detailed look at what we recommend including in your park bag, check out this post.
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