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The Essential Checklist: Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Let’s face it; remembering what to pack for any vacation is never easy when you and your family are hustling to get on the road. Even if you are a longtime planner, there are bound to be a few things here and there that you will miss while packing your suitcases and backpacks. This can lead to emergency trips to the store once you get to Orlando, and frustrating purchases that you may only use for a few days during your Disney trip.

Luckily, using the help of a Walt Disney World checklist can allow smart vacation planners to make sure that all of the obvious (and not-so-obvious) things that they will need are packed and ready ahead of time. There are also plenty of important things that you should do with your home before leaving for Orlando, such as setting your home security system, making sure that the trash is taken out, cleaning out the refrigerator, washing dirty dishes, and more. However, this handy list has been crafted to remind you of the most commonly-forgotten things that you will need on your trip to Walt Disney World.

(1) All Needed Bags, with Labels

Packing for Disney World will first require a few different bags, and ways to carry all of your family’s stuff. While packing light is important in making sure that you aren’t hauling around too much, it is also just as important to pack smart. If you can, try to limit each person in your family to one suitcase and one easily carried bag. This way, finding luggage at the airport or packing everything into the car will be as easy as possible. In addition, it can be helpful to colorfully label all of your family’s bags, to make them much faster to find at the airport or in the hotel.

(2) Cash, Credit, ID Cards, and Passports

When heading out on your Disney vacation, there is perhaps no worse feeling than accidentally leaving your wallet or passport at home. This can be an especially big problem if you are flying to Orlando, and do not live in the United States. In order to cover all of the right bases, keep all of your family’s passports and important documents in a plastic bag, and keep that bag in a safe and memorable location (like in the front pocket of your carry-on bag).
Tip: Regardless of whether or not you are flying to Walt Disney World, split up your cash and cards between your wallet and a separate portable bag. That way, if you happen to lose your wallet on the trip, you will still have access to the money that you may need.

(3) Different Types of Clothes

Determining what to wear at Walt Disney World can be pretty easy, as Florida weather is usually warm, sunny, and fairly predictable! However, you should always pack on the safer side, and bring along a light jacket and long pants/jeans. Winters in Orlando are still often quite temperate, but nighttime temperatures can sometimes drop into the mid-to-low 40’s in degrees Fahrenheit. Bringing a jacket along to the parks can do wonders, especially if you are planning on staying late. If the weather is hot and sunny, having your own hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen will prevent you from having to spend a lot of money on those items at the parks.

(4) Rain Gear

On the same token, rain at Disney World can be a bit of a drag, if you aren’t prepared for it. Because the humidity can be so high in Orlando – especially during the summer – there are often whole days where the park will stay open during a rainstorm. While many rides and attractions at Disney World are indoors, bringing along a rain jacket, poncho, or umbrella is always a smart move if you would like to walk around the parks on a cloudy day. While these items can be purchased at Disney, they are often marked up pretty high, and may not be of the quality that you would prefer.

(5) Another Checklist for the Parks

Finally, your Walt Disney World planning cannot be complete without some ideas for what you want to accomplish while at the parks. Going into Disney blindly can still result in a fun family experience, but wouldn’t you prefer to hit all of the rides, restaurants and sites that you love? Since most families come to Disney World with a limited amount of time, making a checklist of the most desired places to go is highly recommended. Simply check off rides as you go to them, and be sure to get to all of your favorite spots!

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