I’m excited to be sharing a list of “Unique Things to Pack for a Disney Trip” on the Exclusive Travel Partners blog today! Check out my list and see if there is anything you’d like to add. I always like good ideas of things you find unique to pack.
Packing for your Walt Disney World trip should begin way in advance. I say this because there are several things I suggest packing that may not be on your mind. If you wait until the last minute, you may end up spending more money than needed. Be on the lookout for sales in stores and online. Look for travel size items instead of full size, especially if you are flying, and to keep in your park bag.
Previously, I have shared an extensive packing list our family uses before each Disney trip. This is overkill, I know! But, it may give you an idea of the types of things your family may need on a trip.
I’ve also posted 15 Things To Pack For Disney. Here is the list, but be sure to follow the link to find out why we pack these items!
- Dish Soap.
- Laundry Detergent.
- Clorox Wipes.
- Noise Machine.
- Over the door shoe holder.
- Power Strip.
- Skirt Hangers.
- Glow sticks.
- Ziplock Bags.
- Sharpie Pens.
- Plastic Stroller Cover.
- Diapers and wipes
- Extra change of clothes & bibs
- Bottles/ sippy cups with formula/ juice
- Toys- for comfort (a favorite blankie, stuffed animal)
- Entertainment for long lines and waits
- Blanket for cool weather and cooler attractions
- Favorite snacks
- Autograph book/ pen
- Fat pen for autographs, or a sharpie, but not green!
- ABC scrapbook
- Coins for pressed pennies (2 quarters and a penny)
- Jacket or poncho for weather
- Small flashlight on a keychain for dark rides
- Chap stick
- Sun block (travel size)
- Hand sanitizer (travel size that hangs on a zipper)
- Safety pins
- Water bottle & powder drink mix
- Candy and gum (you can’t buy gum at WDW)
- Camera and accessories
- Cell phone
- Glow sticks
- Trading pins/ lanyards
- Mini fan during hot months
- Guidebook & park maps
Traveling to Walt Disney World is nothing new for our family. I have been lucky enough to travel to Walt Disney World 22 times and Disneyland once. Currently, we are planning our first Disney Cruise for 2017. Of the 22 times I’ve traveled to Walt Disney World, 17 were by car, 3 by plane, and 2 by church bus! I’ve been as a child, teenager, and adult. I’ve also traveled with children, teenagers, adults, and alone. I’ve planned a solo trip, a trip for my immediate family, trips with friends, trips with multiple generations, and trips with up to 37 people on a youth mission trip.
While each trip is completely unique and different, one thing is the same- you have to travel to get there! While flying is SO much easier, I’m too frugal to do this. I’d rather spend the extra time to travel and have the extra money to spend on meals, souvenirs, or extra days at the parks.
Planning is crucial with traveling to Walt Disney World- especially with children in tow. While an airplane trip is easier, as I mentioned above, you still have to keep the kids entertained during a flight with potential lay overs or driving in the car. Below are a few of my tips for traveling by car to Walt Disney World.
- I always pack surprise goody bags for my boys with Disney themed games, books, coloring books, movies, snacks, candy etc. Consider going to the Dollar Tree or the dollar bins at Target for cheap Disney themed goodies for the kids. Party themed stores also have inexpensive Disney themed treats.
- When you do have to stop, make it a multi-purpose stop! Get gas, stretch, and use the restroom all at the same time. Stop for lunch and let the kids play on the playground if you are eating fast food. Plan a picnic at a rest stop and make time to run around in the grass.
- Pack easy to eat, non messy snacks for everyone to snack on while you travel. Don’t forget wet wipes for hands and faces.
- Play group games in the car: I spy, car bingo, the ABC game, the color game, mad libs, or the license tag game. Include as many family members as possible.
- Make a Disney themed playlist or CD for the car ride. Include your favorite movie songs and park attraction songs.
- Watch a Disney movie in the car or listen to a Disney book on CD.
- Bring “crafts” for the ride such as crayons, paper, coloring books, stickers, dry erase markers, and pipe cleaners (twist them into different shapes and creations). Don’t forget a lap desk or clip board to provide a hard surface for the crafts.
- If your kids are older, bring a hand held game system for them to play or download Disney themed games onto the iPad, Kindle or whatever tablet or phone you own.
- Bring a small pillow and a Disney themed blanket for each child. This will help cut back on fussing when everyone wants to nap at the same time. Don’t forget each child’s favorite “thing” such as a lovie, stuffed animal, passy, etc.
These are all tips for traveling with my children who are 8 and 4 years old. Funny thing is, many of these tips will also work with teenagers as well! In July, 5 adults traveled with 32 middle school, high school, and college students to Walt Disney World. I encouraged everyone to pack their own pillow and blanket along with magazines, books, iPads, and iPhones. Everyone brought salty and sweet snacks along with drinks to share with the group- so we were never shorthanded on food. I did not pack goody bags for the group or provide craft items, but we did listen to many Disney songs and played many of the games listed above. I honestly believe teens still enjoy the “childish” games such as ABC game, I spy, and the license tag game. And if they don’t, they’ll just put their ear buds in anyway!
When school started in August, I was asked to review the new Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions. However, when my sample arrived, the box had apparently been on a rough ride! My samples were busted and the cardboard box was full of peach juice and squished peaches. I was sad that I couldn’t try this new snack! Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions is a blend of fruit in a lightly sweetened vegetable and fruit juice that equals one combined serving of fruit and vegetables in each cup (contains 1 serving (1/2 cup) that is 75% fruit and 25% vegetables, per USDA Nutrient Data).
The cups come in three delicious flavors: Peach Mango, Apple Pear Watermelon, and Cherry Fruit Trio. They are a great source of Vitamin C and do not contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or sweeteners. Available nationwide now for a suggested retail price of $2.99 for four 4oz cups.
|Craisin products- perfect snacks for lunchboxes or after school|
When school started last month, that meant packing lunches again. My son might buy lunch from the lunchroom 2 times a month. All the other days we are packing a lunchbox struggling to keep it creative, healthy, and interesting. While I’d love to be a “Bento Box” mom making fun, themed, creative lunches each day, I just don’t have the time or energy! However, I do have a few tips of my own for packing lunches.
- Pack the non refrigerated items the night before and put them in the lunchbox. Prepare and place refrigerated items in the fridge so they are ready to go in the morning.
- If your kids are old enough, let them help make and pack the lunch.
- Keep all of your lunchbox making supplies in one place: zip top bags, cookie cutters, napkins, straws, plastic ware, plastic containers, etc.
- Purchase freezable ice packs with your favorite characters on them to help keep lunch cool. Or freeze small water bottles to keep lunch cool. When the ice melts, it can be their drink.
- Try to have the following items in each lunch you pack:
- Carbohydrates such as bread, crackers, or a pita.
- Dairy food such as yogurt, cheese or milk.
- Protein such as lean meat, peanut butter or hardboiled eggs.
- Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, edamame, celery or cucumbers.
- Fruit such as apples, berries, grapes, citrus, or cranberries!
- Consider packing Ocean Spray Fruit Clusters, Milk Chocolate Craisins or Greek Yogurt Craisins as a healthy, sweet treat in lunchboxes!
- You can always visit Ocean Spray to find tips, recipes and nutritious offerings that will help you become a professional when it comes to packing a lunch.
|Ladybugs on a Log|
Are you looking for that perfect back-to-school snack? Try Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries. As the official fruit snack of Walt Disney World® Parks and Disneyland® Resorts, they’re a tasty, healthy snack that the whole family will love! “Ladybugs on a Log” is one of our favorite after school snacks. The crunch of the celery along with the sweetness of the Craisins mixed with peanut butter is perfect!
|great snacks to carry into Disney parks|
- Challenging Questions – As you go through each attraction’s queue, you will be given multiple choice questions to answer about things that can be seen while in line. Most of the questions are asked in the order you will encounter them while waiting in line. If “FP” is noted next to the question, you can even see these while waiting in the FASTPASS queue.
- Treasure Hunts – The Treasure Hunts give you a list of specific items to look for while waiting in each queue.
- Pop Quizzes – Pop quizzes direct you to look at a specific item (such as a display, a sign or a poster or a mural) before getting in line. While waiting in line you answer as many questions or list as many things about that item as you can remember.
- Collections – Collections are great to search for at any time at Walt Disney World- waiting on a meal, waiting for characters or waiting to get in the park. This book suggests looking for items like weather vanes, Mickey ears, girls dressed as princesses, and lots more! A full list is found on pages 16-17. See how many each person in your party can find throughout the day or for a specific amount of time. Don’t forget to keep track of your numbers!
- 1 point for each question answered correctly.
- 1 point for every item found while treasure hunting.
- 1 point for each item added to your collections.
- 5 bonus points for every collection in which you’ve gathered more than 10 items.
Thank you to The Intrepid Traveler for providing this book at no cost in return for a review on my blog.