Sunday, October 19, 2014

Walt Disney World Winter Vacation Packing Guide

In just 7 weeks we leave for Walt Disney World!  

I am a crazy planner, especially when it comes to Disney.
I already began packing for this trip months ago. I started buying Lilly Belle outfits for this vacation while she was still in the womb. Now that the trip is nearing closer and closer, I have designated an area of our closet specifically for our Disney outfits. 14 nights is a long time to be away, especially with a 16 month old! 

I thought it would be fun to do a few posts on our Disney packing tips! 

Tip #1: Layers! 
We suggest packing outfits with layers: hoodies, cardigans, sweaters, and light jackets. We have both lived in Florida in December and remember many nights that it got pretty chilly! I specifically remember shivering while waiting backstage in my elf costume before Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade. Mornings are cold as well. The temperatures are in the 70's on average. We suggest jeans and a short sleeve shirt with a sweater or light jacket on top.

Tip #2: Dress comfortably!
I'm not suggesting you wear your sweats to the parks everyday, but you definitely want to be comfortable as you'll be walking and getting in and out of attractions all day long. If you want to wear a comfortable dress, wear some leggings or shorts underneath so you're not worrying about showing any skin while getting in and out of the ride vehicles. Also make note that you will be taking pictures all day, everyday. Dress comfortably while feeling good about yourself at the same time. 

Tip #3: Comfortable shoes are a must! 
You may want to pack some band-aids as well. I always find that by Day 4, my feet are usually killing me. We always wear tennis shoes and flats to the parks. I can get away with flip flops, but that is because when we lived in FL and in the summer, I basically live in them! I really do not suggest wearing sandals, heels or any kind of strappy shoes. You may look adorable in them, but your blisters are going to kill by the 2nd day in the parks. It would suck to ruin your fun just because you wore cute shoes. 

And remember, yes, you are going to Florida, but it is still December. It does get cold and you may get away with wearing shorts and tanks at times, but most of the time, it's not hot. 

Now, for our Walt Disney World Packing List!
(Based on a 7-night vacation in December)

-underwear/bras (packing extra in case we go swimming)
-black, white & gray tank tops & cami tanks tops (one for each day)
-matching Disney family shirt (totally for fun)
-4 short sleeve tops
-2 or 3 3/4 sleeve & long sleeve tops (just in case it is a colder December)
-2 sweaters
-sweatshirt, hoodie or light jacket
-2 comfortable dresses
-black leggings
-2 pair of shorts
-1 pair of jeans
-1 or 2 swim suits
-Toms, flats, tennis shoes & most comfortable flip flops
-3 pair of pajamas
-toothbrush & tooth paste
-hair brush & hair ties
-curling iron, blow dryer & straightener
-hair spray
-perfume & deodorant
-travel size shampoo & conditioner (hotels will have some but I always forget to ask for more)
-razor & a few extra razor refills
-feminine products
-water bottle

-underwear/socks (packing extra in case we go swimming)
-white undershirts (one for each day)
-matching Disney family shirt (totally for fun)
-4 short sleeve tops
-2 or 3 button down & long sleeve tops (just in case it is a colder December)
-3 sweatshirts, hoodies or light jackets (my husband will probably buy another while we are there)
-3 pair of shorts
-1 pair of jeans
-1 or 2 swim suits
-tennis shoes & a nicer pair as well
-3 pair of pajamas
-toothbrush & tooth paste
-hair gel
-cologne & deodorant
-razor, an extra razor refill & shaving cream
-phone & charger
-water bottle

Lilly Belle (Toddler)
-4 or 5 white onesies
-matching Disney family shirt (totally for fun)
-2 or 3 dresses with tights
-4 or 5 pair of leggings
-2 or 3 pair of pants
-2 pair of shorts
-4 dresses
-2 or 3 sweaters or hoodies
-warm jacket for nights
-princess dresses
-diapers and wipes
-diaper rash cream
-baby soap/shampoo
-baby washcloths
-swim suits & towel (Disney does provide towels of course)
-swim diapers
-comfortable shoes
-blanket to wrap up in for naps in the stroller
-water bottle/sippy cup
-lunch box for snacks & lunch (post on this later)
-stuffed Minnie (Lilly Belle's favorite character)
-plane ride, attraction lines & calm down/quiet time activities (post on this later)
-Stroller Tag
-Ergo (baby carrier)
-Nursing cover

General Family 
-medicine if needed plus Tylenol, Advil or Ibuprofen
-phones & chargers
-Disney journal (we have a Disney vacation journal that we bring on all of our trips and write in each night when we get back to the hotel)
-DSLR camera & charger
-video camera & charger
-stocked diaper bag (post on that later)
-pens & sharpies for character meet n greets
-autograph book, pillowcase or photo mat (your choice what you use)
-iPad & charger
-nail clippers
-thermometer & covers (for Lilly Belle)
-gift cards
-Magic Bands
-daily itinerary (we use TripIt but I will also print and laminate a schedule for each day)
-hand sanitizer


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