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The Disney Dozen: 12 Things You Can’t Forget to Pack for Disney World

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Disney World is the happiest place on earth, say many families. That is, if you pack appropriately! Don’t make the mistake of touring the “World” without these essential items—many of which can make the difference between a simply magical trip and an unnecessarily uncomfortable one. Here’s what to pack for Disney World.

Day of the Week Closet Organizer; Courtesy of Amazon

1. Day of the Week Hanging Organizer

Steal this seasoned Disney mom tool to streamline packing for kids ages 2 to 12: hanging day of the week clothes organizers. Everything your child needs for a week of touring—from Mickey ears to underwear—can be stored in five day-of-the-week pockets for easy organization.

Colorful Sharpie Markers; Courtesy of Amazon

2. Retractable Markers and Autograph Book

Collecting autographs from favorite characters is a breeze with this clever hack: retractable Sharpie markers. Available in classic and “fun” colors, these permanent markers are easy to retrieve and easy for characters to grip. Chip and Dale will love them, and the kids will, too. Order a Disney autograph book to pair them with, and you’ll be fully prepared for magical encounters.

Personal Misting Fans; Courtesy of Amazon

3. Personal Misting Fan/Battery-Powered Fan

What’s hotter than the Sonoran desert? A concrete Florida desert in summertime. Save the sweating for Sonora—and save your vacation budget—by pre-ordering personal misting fans for the entire family. You’ll spend a lot less on Amazon than you will at the kiosks around the theme parks. Use them when standing in line for rides, when sprinting to the next attraction—or to give siblings a playful soaking.

Minnie Mouse Headband; Courtesy of Amazon

4. Parade Bling

Flashy light-up toys are like kid magnets—and if you’re a victim of the theme parks’ merchandise “bling” pull at parade time, you’ll find they can quickly zap your vacation budget. Buy a few ahead of time and repel the last-minute urge to splurge.

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5. Rain Poncho

Florida showers come on fast and furious in the summertime. Thankfully, they’re generally fleeting, but it’s no fun to be soaked OR soggy on vacation. Skip the dollar store ponchos and purchase these practical, easily portable ponchos in advance. A little seasonable weather can’t rain on your vacation parade!

Disney's "Cars"-Themed Hat and Gloves for Boys; Courtesy of Amazon

6. Winter Hat and Gloves Set

Contrary to popular belief, it actually gets cold in the winter in sunny Florida! During the months of December and January (and sometimes February), you’ll need to bundle up a bit in order to stay comfortable while touring the theme parks. There’s nothing more annoying than having to dole out your hard-earned Disney vacation dollars on overpriced winter gear. Save cash and frozen fingers when you pack these Disney-themed hats and gloves. Then, like Elsa in “Frozen,” you can let the cold weather go!

Girls Puffer Jacket by Amazon Essentials; Courtesy of Amazon

7. Packable Warm Jacket

Packable jackets save precious space in your luggage for souvenirs, while helping you to stay comfortable while touring the theme parks. These lightweight models by Amazon Essentials are easy to pack and don’t take up a lot of room. You’ll stay warm and toasty in windy, cool and even frigid weather.

Mickey Mouse Ziploc Bags; Courtesy of Amazon

8. Ziploc Bags

What one packable item will help you keep cameras and autograph books dry, organize touring gear by day, and store your snacks, drinks, souvenirs and bathing suits for later use? Let us introduce the versatile, economical, and disposable Ziploc storage bag! A Disney parent trick-of-the-trade, Ziploc bags are invaluable tools for keeping the kids clean, dry and nourished while on-the-go. These themed storage bags are imprinted with a cute Disney Mickey Mouse logo and are available in quart and gallon-size.

Anker Portable Charger; Courtesy of Amazon

9. Portable Charger

Disney apps can quickly deplete your cell phone battery, and a dead device (we’re speaking from experience here!) can take your trip on an unplanned (and unpleasant) detour. Keep all your devices charged on-the-go, and enjoy uninterrupted access to Fastpasses and dining reservations, with a handy mobile charger.

Travelon Messenger Bag; Courtesy of Amazon

10. Well-Designed Storage Bag

When touring the Disney theme parks, you’ll need a carrier to keep your photo ID, credit cards, cell phone and autograph books at-the-ready in one convenient spot. Whether you’re visiting with only the bare essentials, or else toting a day’s worth of necessities for the entire family, choose a well-designed bag that will help you stay calm and collected, while storing your collective gear. These are some of our picks:

Keen Walking Shoes for Girls; Courtesy of Amazon

11. Comfortable Walking Shoes

A few words of warning about Disney theme park touring: you WILL walk a lot. If you want to avoid cutting your vacation day short due to feet that can’t go any further, skip the flip-flops and invest in some comfortable sneakers or walking shoes. Your feet—and your family members—will thank you!

Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bars; Courtesy of Amazon

12.  Snacks

Save money and stave off “hangry” meltdowns by packing plenty of non-melting, easily-portable snacks. Granola bars, crackers and dried and fresh fruit are all great on-the-go between meal options. Get food items, drinks and essentials delivered directly to your hotel or vacation accommodation with Amazon Prime Pantry.

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