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7 Little Items To Pack That Make A Big Difference In WDW

7. Chafing relief products

Even if you swear up and down that no part of your body has ever had a problem with chafing, you might have to go back on your word after a trip to Walt Disney World. The amount of standing and walking combined with the heat and humidity make Disney the perfect place for chafing to happen. I always pack Body Glide in my bag when I go to the parks just in case, because I’d rather be safe than sorry. Body Glide is primarily used for runners who chafe—it comes in a deodorant stick-like package that you can run along problem areas before starting your day. If you need relief from chafing that’s already happened, look around online for some of the best products, or bring some good old fashioned baby powder.

6. Band-Aids

While Band-Aids can be found at most gift shops and any first aid station, it’s not a bad idea to throw a few in your purse. Sometimes they’re super helpful in Walt Disney World if you’re wearing new shoes that cut up your feet. This is another, better safe than sorry sort of item, where I’d rather have them already in my purse than have to hobble to the closest gift shop to find some.

5. Poncho/umbrella

If you’ve ever been to Florida before you know the true importance of bringing an umbrella or poncho to Walt Disney World. Even though you can buy a poncho or umbrella at the parks, it is better for your peace of mind to bring one with you. By already having a poncho or umbrella ready to go, you’ll be prepared for those random Florida rain storms, and you won’t have to spend any time hunting down a poncho in the rain.

4. Sunblock

Florida is the sunshine state after all, so it should come as no surprise that you may want to seriously consider packing sunblock on your next trip to Disney World. Hats and sunglasses would fall under this same category, as sun protection items. All of these products could be purchased on your vacation, but you’d save money and time by bringing them with you.

3. Hair elastics

I never truly understood the importance of hair elastics until I stayed in Florida for an extended period of time. The heat and humidity at Walt Disney World will be your hair’s worst enemy, and if you’re brave enough to chance wearing it down when you leave your resort in the morning, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have some hair elastics ready to go for later in the day. Not only are hair elastics incredibly difficult to find in Disney gift shops, but they’re also hugely overpriced as they only come in certain designs featuring the characters on them, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re bringing them to the parks with you each day.

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2. Aspirin

Aspirin is another item that you could easily pick up from a gift shop or first aid, however I’d rather go to the parks already knowing that I have some in my purse. I’m the kind of person that gets headaches very easily, things like riding Space Mountain or just the heat, can easily give me a headache. I find it so much easier to carry some aspirin in my purse so that if I feel a headache coming on I can take care of the problem before it really even starts.

1. Money

Money might seem like an extremely obvious item to make sure you bring to the parks, but you should never underestimate how much money you’ll need not only to fully enjoy yourself, but for the extra things you weren’t initially planning on spending money on. If you budget carefully, you should not be coming home from a Walt Disney World vacation absolutely broke. I’d recommend setting aside a set amount of money, whether it be on a gift card, in cash, or on your debit card, and designating this as your park spending money. If you need to go over and dip into your checking or savings account, that’s fine too, but having a set amount aside will help you easily keep track of your finances while you’re on vacation.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.