Well, we think what you carry with you to the parks depends on the person and the family. For example, if you are bringing toddlers to the park, you're obviously going to need much more than if you visiting the parks with your teen.
So today, we decided to help you out with your park packing decisions by listing what we always bring to the parks. We hope it helps!
1. Sunglasses-A Must! You don't want to be squinting all day and miss all of the amazing details.
2. Wallet-Be sure to use a secure wallet, so you don't have to be concerned about your stuff sliding out.
3. Ziplock Bags-If it rains, or you ride a water attraction, it's always wise to put your valuables in a ziplock bag so you don't have to be concerned about water damage.
4. Cell Phone-No need to explain this, is there?
5. Light Jacket-Believe it or not, it can get chilly at WDW, especially if you're not visiting during the summer; and even if you are, the intense A/C can get you pretty chilled, especially if you're damp from a drop down Splash Mountain.
6. Camera-For all of those magical moments!
7. Rain Poncho-Even if you don't mind getting wet, you will be glad you brought this. If it's a rainy day, damp clothes take a long time to dry and you will freeze in the stores, restaurants, and on the buses! Also, if you do care about getting wet, a rain poncho can enable you to ride the rides you want and save your hair from looking scary the rest of the day.
8. Pins-We are big pin traders, but we have learned through past trips to only bring the pins we are willing to trade and to leave the valuables or favorites back at the resort. This way you don't run the risk of losing them and it frees up extra space and weight.
1. All of the Above-When we visit WDW, we consider the items on the list above to be necessities; and we always strive to pack only necessities when we are without kids. However, if we do have kids with us, we also include the following items:
2. Snacks-Unless you want to be stopping a snack cart, and dishing out a lot of cash, every few hours on your trip, we suggest bringing some baggies of snacks with you. They're especially great for when you're waiting in line!
3. Water-You and the kids are definitely going to get thirsty. A lot. Again, if you don't want to be buying drinks every few minutes, we suggest bringing your own bottles of water. Many Disney Rookies bring the Disney free refill mugs to the parks, but they soon discover that they spill easily and are a pain to lug around. So we say save them for time at the resorts and bring water, don't risk spilling anything sticky in your bag or in the stroller.
4. Change of Clothes-Did the kids spill something? Did they get sick? Play it safe and bring a change of clothes that are light and can be easily carried in your bag. You will definitely appreciate this if something were to happen.
5. Kid Souvenir Fund-Want a way to stop the kids from begging for a souvenir or a new Disney pin? Set them aside an amount of money, keep it in a special envelope or container, and only let them spend that amount. Showing them how much they have, how much they use, and how much they have left will not only help you, but can teach them early the value of a dollar.
6. Suntan Lotion-A sunburn is almost inevitable at WDW, particularly if you are visiting during the summer. While some adults don't mind this, it can really have a negative effect on kids, especially when they're little. So be sure to generously apply suntan lotion throughout the day to keep them from burning.
7. Baby Wipes-You may not always be near a bathroom, so keep some wipes in your park bag for sticky hands, messes, and accidents! You will be happy you did!
8. Other Necessities: If your kids aren't potty trained, or they're babies, you are obviously going to need more stuff such as bottles, diapers, formual, and etc. Be sure to plan for these items, but we suggest you still try to pack as light as you can for more pleasurable trip. Also, taking breaks, and even going back to your resort during the heat of the day, can help you to pack light since you know you will be heading back to your room to refuel.
So what do you pack in your park bag? What are some of your necessities? Share with us!