The next time you are headed to the happiest place on earth, focus your efforts on planning an itinerary of in-park fun and keep packing for your trip simple. Here are three must-know packing hacks for your next Central Florida Disney World vacation.
1. Less Is More
There are many theories and countless websites dedicated to the best way to pack your luggage. Whatever specific method you follow, the basics are the same: limit yourself to carry-on luggage only when possible, pack flexible pieces that can be used multiple ways throughout your trip, and arrange items in your bag in a way that makes the most efficient use of the space–either by rolling, using travel cubes, or bundling.
Since it’s likely you’ll be bringing some little ones on your Disney vacation, help them keep their packing light by adopting the same versatile-piece philosophy from your own bag and encouraging them to keep their toy and entertainment selection light (perhaps with the promise of new souvenirs from the park!). Also, keep in mind that Central Florida, and often your hotel’s own on-site pantry, will have most of the staples you need once you arrive, so there’s no need to waste valuable packing space bringing loads of diapers, snacks, or other daily essentials.
2. Save Your Skin
It’s hard to have a fun time if you or any member of your party is nursing a sunburn. Whether your in-park fun is scheduled for the balmy winter months or the height of summer heat, the Central Florida sun will be a factor. Your best bet against the sun starts with covering up, so the hack here is to pack UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) shirts, hats, and pants as your base-level sun protection. Not only is UPF clothing your first barrier against the sun, but the garments are also light, easy-to-pack, and wrinkle-resistant.
Beyond clothing, and no matter your complexion, the American Academy of Dermatology encourages everyone to wear sunscreen to guard against UV rays. When it comes to packing liquid sunscreen, be sure to adhere to the TSA 3.4-ounce limit on liquids and pack compactly, check larger amounts, or plan to purchase sunscreen once you are in Central Florida.
3. Team Up with Technology
Gone are the days of travel folders and printed tickets. Now, everything you need from your airplane ticket to your hotel check-in and your park tickets can be loaded up on your phone. Take some time before your trip to connect to your tickets, boarding passes, and hotel reservations. Many airlines and hotels encourage the use of their branded apps, and Disney makes it especially easy to have everything you need at your fingertips with their My Disney Experience Mobile App.
As you pack for your next Disney World vacation, take time to find the perfect resort to reside in. There are plenty of amenity-filled resorts near Disney, including the Crowne Plaza Lake Buena Vista and the Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Farther from the park but close to all the action of International Drive, check out Aloft Orlando International Drive, Comfort Inn International, Element Orlando International Drive, and Best Western International Drive. Other great Central Florida lodging options include the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center/Celebration, Staybridge Suites Orlando Royale Parc, and Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport.