THE HOT LIST: WHAT TO PACK

THE HOT LIST: WHAT TO PACK

Our evergreen list of what to bring on your trip and what to bring into the parks each day. 

Don't miss Episode 4.0: Pack it up. Pack it in. 

Packing for your trip

Don't leave home without these items.

Moisture-wicking socks

Take care of your feet! Wear socks like these to keep your tootsies comfy and dry. 

2 pairs of the most comfortable sneakers you can get your hands on

We love these Saucony Women's running shoes. It's like walking on a cloud. Don't forget to pack 2 pairs so you can swap them out after your siesta. 

The greatest sandal ever sandaled

For when your feets need some air but you still want to beat those mean Disney streets. 

Packing for the parks

Don't leave your Monorail Resort without these items.

Small-to-medium day bag

We like something like this. It's large enough to hold your essentials and easy to shove beneath you on rides. We also like that this type of bag keeps a hot backpack off your back but we won't be caught dead wearing it like a fanny pack! Find one with a cross-body strap. Also, keep in mind that the larger your bag the more tempted you'll be to put stuff in it. Keep it on the smaller-side. 

What should you carry in your park bag?

  • water
  • snacks 
  • hand sanitizer wipes
  • ibuprofen/acetaminophen 
  • quart and gallon-size zip-lock bags 
  • sunscreen 
  • phone charger
  • ponchos 

Bobble

Remember when we talked about drinking water every time you stand in a line to stay hydrated? Well you're certainly not going to be doing it at $5 a pop of Disney Water. This lightweight, cute and effective waterbottle with built-in filter will keep you on your feet and ready for all the Disney-action without the heafty Disney-cost. 

A Poncho or two

Yes, the poncho is the dorkiest of all rain gear, but they do come in handy for those random Florida-downpours. They also keep you and your stuff dry on Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids. 

 

External Phone Charger

 Your iphone (or whatever you happen to use) is your constant companion while touring. You need it to update your Touring Plan, check wait times, monitor any incoming weather, manage dining reservations, and of course take pictures and text. So make sure you don't run out of juice with one of  these handy external chargers . And of course, don't forget to charge when you're back at your room for siesta.    

Your iphone (or whatever you happen to use) is your constant companion while touring. You need it to update your Touring Plan, check wait times, monitor any incoming weather, manage dining reservations, and of course take pictures and text. So make sure you don't run out of juice with one of these handy external chargers. And of course, don't forget to charge when you're back at your room for siesta. 

 

Other items to pack in your suitcase 

  • plenty of t-shirts (two per day isn't a bad idea) 
  • one nice outfit per day for dinner (button-down shirt for guys, blouse or dress for ladies, shoes that aren't sneakers. Note: If you're going to Victoria & Albert's, they do require that men wear a jacket). 
  • two bathing suits (because nobody likes to put on a damp suit...ewwwww)
  • flip flops/sandals for hotel and pool 
  • SUNSCREEN! (because Florida is probably as close as you're going to be to the equator all year)
  • foot-aid (moleskin, tea tree oil, band-aids, powder, lotion)

Wild-card items

  • Vitamix. If you're driving down, and you normally have a smoothie for breakfast, taking the Vitamix with you can save you time and money each morning and allow you a healthy, nutritious, and not-overly-filling breakfast to get you ready for the parks. 
  • Costumes (if you're planning on attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party)

 

 

 

Jaci Lund partner, creative director, designer Jaci’s quick wit and native intelligence comes across as soon as you meet her—and carries over to her design, where she fuses fun and sophistication in just the right doses. With a dual focus on creating original branding for new concepts and revitalizing the look and feel of even the most-established brands, Jaci approaches each project with a fresh and thoughtful perspective. While she recognizes the relevance of current trends, she’s hyper-conscious of the fine line that separates “trend” from “fad,” and tends toward more timeless and classic looks for her clients. Before founding Treebird, Jaci was instrumental in growing the design department at Atlanta’s The Reynolds Group, Inc. Through a five-year tenure that saw her quickly ascend to senior designer and then become the company’s first creative director, Jaci worked on design and branding projects with visionaries, entrepreneurs, and business leaders whom she admires greatly and whose own passion elevates her sense of what’s possible through new design, branding, and communication. Jaci has won nine ADDY Awards (and counting) for her design and branding work and has twice been featured in the national design blog “Art of the Menu.” She holds a B.A. in communications from Michigan State University and completed the graphic design program at The Creative Circus, where she also teaches a quarterly course called “Introduction to Creative Thinking.” To see Jaci's previous work please visit jacilund.com.