Ok, my title may be a little dramatic. I am an over-packer. As Edna Mode says “Love favors the prepared.” I know the world won’t end if I forget something. However, I hate spending money on something that I left on the kitchen counter.
Disney Confession Time: we have unfortunately forgotten many items — children’s pain medicine (Disney has it), underwear (Disney has it), and our stroller!!!! (Disney has that, too). Forgetting our stroller was the worst! We are team stroller all the way. Read more about strollers in Nicole’s post here. (Also I would have turned the car around for these items… if I knew I had forgotten them!)
Back to the items I try not to forget:
- Stroller Rain Cover
I mentioned we are team stroller. So, if we are lucky enough to remember it we also remember the rain shield we have for it! This is essential. You may be able to dodge the rain, or perhaps you felt like you parked your stroller in the perfect rain-proof place, but my stroller seems to be relocated every single time I get back to it. You need a cover for your stroller to keep it from being a squishy mess after the rain. If you don’t want to invest in a rain shield, just get an extra poncho. Cover up your stroller every single time you leave it… if it looks even remotely like rain is on its way. Which is nearly every day in the Orlando summer.
- Dental Floss
So we are also team Popcorn Bucket. Read more about what is so great about popcorn buckets here. Nothing is more “classic Disney” than freshly popped popcorn. What’s not so great is having some stuck in your teeth for the rest of the day. Dental floss is easy to pack, and I bet you already have some.
We have other posts dedicated to ways to keep cool here and here. I won’t
try to over-do it, but these fans are so worth it. Do yourself a favor and skip the necklace fan. There is a reason so many on Instagram sing the praises of the handheld fan. Or you can just take my word for it since I have tried both…
Yes, I know Disney has snacks. But, I live in a house with two growing boys and one hungry husband. They are snack monsters — the kind of snack monsters that eat all day and still devour a kids meal at lunch. The Disney popcorn bucket is again a good option here. ($1.50 refills. Enough said.) One of our other go-to snacks is a frozen pouch of applesauce, like the Go-Go squeeze pouches they handed out at The Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Throw these pouches in the freezer and put them in a lunch sack or cooler to take into the parks. They will thaw to a wonderful icy type treat without the sugar high. Added bonus: they will keep water or whatever other snacks you have brought along cool. #momhack
- Phone Charger
I don’t have time to find a plug and charge my phone. My boys are on the go. You can purchase and swap out endless Fuel Rods at the parks. (Once your purchase your first Fuel Rod, each subsequent swap at a kiosk is free!!) There are kiosks located in the parks, hotels, and at Disney Springs. You can order a Fuel Rod ahead of time for less money online. Even though I want to go to the parks all the time, my husband reminded me I can’t go every time I want to charge my phone. So he purchased a cheaper portable charger online for me. It was a third of the cost and works great. I just can’t swap it out on the go. But, my phone can still charge from the comfort of my backpack.
What are your go-to items in your park bag? Anything you would turn the car around for? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks to @magicalshannonmarie and @apopkapete for the use of their pictures in my story.