Packing for a Disney vacation can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you have ever been on Pinterest. All the cute matching outfits, and hair bows, and Mickey ears, and shoes. The list could literally go on and on and on and…..on! I promise it does not have to be that complicated. I have developed a system and a packing list that makes packing for your trip a piece of cake.
The first thing you need to do is breath and grab a glass of wine because if you are packing for anymore than 2 people IT IS necessary!
Great, now that you alive and wine(ing) [like what I did there??] lets get to packing.
Go ahead and head → here ← and print out 2 copies of my packing list. The reason I recommend 2 is you will need one in the beginning as a general guide of what to bring and at the end to check off and make sure you have everything. If you are trying to save a few trees just print one. I myself like to mark all over things and then have a neat and final copy.
Now that you have your packing list[s] in hand, follow this simple structure:
- Plan for about 2 outfits per day for adults.
- Most days will consist of park hopping, some pool time, dinner, and more park hopping. Therefore you will want something to wear in the morning to the parks and then something for dinner and parks that night. You absolutely can wear the same outfit all day, but keep in mind Florida is HOT HOT HOT so you will get sweaty!
- Plan for about 2-3 outfits per day for kids + costumes.
- Fact: kids are messy. Don’t worry too much about them getting dirty and having to change their outfit, it isn’t worth it. However they may have an accident, or get unfathomably sticky that you will have to change them, so it’s always helpful to have an extra outfit for the littlest littles in your park backpack. Also, there will be days when they will [if you let them and you should because it’s Disney World] wear costumes to the parks, once they get tired of it or it gets too hot you will need an outfit for them to change into. They also need clothes for dinner.
- Pool Attire
- 1 bathing suit per person. There is plenty of time in between pool times for them to dry, especially if your room has a balcony.
- Kid’s Costumes
- Now this is where your discretion comes into play. You can choose to bring enough costumes that they can wear one everyday you are there. I personally do not recommend that, especially if you are flying. They take up way too much room. I like to limit it to 2 or 3 because not only do you have the costume, but the shoes and hair accessories. DO NOT FORGET to bring spandex shorts or other shorts for them to wear under the costume.
- Dress Clothes
- Although a change of clothes for dinner isn’t required it is nice to be able to shower and refresh before dinner. Plan to bring an outfit for each one of your dinner reservations. On days you do not have dinner reservations, plan to have an extra outfit that you can change into for the latter part of your day. Like I said, you will want to refresh at least once at the end of each day before you head back out for nights in the parks.
- Everything else you need can be found on the packing list that you printed out. However I will mention this- DO NOT FORGET TO BRING A PONCHO! You can almost guarantee that it will rain at least one of the days you are there. If you forget a poncho they are $8 in the park, not worth it since you won’t use it again after your trip.