Top 10 Things to Buy Before Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Planning every detail of your Disney World vacation can be overwhelming if not left to your On the Road Travel agent; however, your travel agent can’t pack for you.

There are a few important items you may want to consider purchasing before your vacation:

  1. Trip insurance--Travelers have differing opinions on this one.  If you are planning to travel to Orlando during hurricane season, you may want to consider purchasing insurance.  Just last year, Hurricane Irma closed Disney World for a day and canceled many commercial flights.
  2. Good walking shoes--You will walk 5-7 miles on an average day at Disney.  Flip flops will not cut it. It is absolutely necessary that everyone in your travel party has good walking shoes and possibly band-aids for potential blisters.
  3. Gum -- If you are a gum chewer, you will need to bring this item in with you.  It is not sold anywhere in the parks.
  4. Sunscreen -- No matter what time of year you visit the parks, you will be in the sun.  It’s better to prevent the possible painful sunburn that could haunt you for the rest of your trip, and save some money by purchasing it before your trip.
  5. Hand Sanitizer -- Thousands of people visit the parks every day.  There just isn’t enough time to wash your hands, so hand sanitizer can hold you over until you get to the restroom.  
  6. Ponchos -- It rains a lot in Florida.  It usually doesn’t last for very long, but ponchos will help make the time while it is raining a little more bearable.  There is plenty to do inside, so don’t feel like you need to leave the parks. You can purchase ponchos in the parks, but they will be exponentially more costly than the ones you can buy at home before you leave. Just check in the camping aisle, or sometimes even the dollar store!
  7. Baby wipes -- This is a quick way to get sticky hands clean after enjoying a snack.  Again, you can purchase these in the parks, but it will cost you a lot more.
  8. A backpack -- This may be the best thing you can bring on your trip.  We carry snacks, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, ibuprofen, ponchos, and long sleeve shirts (in case it cools down). This can definitely save you money daily in the parks, and it’s much better to have a backpack to carry around all day than a crossbody bag to better distribute the weight of your pack. Check out this post to see our recommendations for park bags!
  9. Memory Maker -- If you are considering buying this, do so before you leave.  You will get a discount for purchasing this in advance. This feature allows you to access all of the pictures you take during your vacation, and it is all in one place.  A nice feature is that everyone in your party gets to be in the picture including the fun ride photos. To learn more about memory maker, check out our post from last week!
  10. A portable charger -- If you use the My Disney Experience app, you will notice that you will go through your battery rather quickly while shuffling Fast Passes and dining reservations.  You don’t want to be caught with a dead phone.

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