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Krazy 4 da Mouse
04-27-2010, 08:41 AM
We are going to Disney for a week. Arriving May 29th. I am counting down the minutes!! I have been to the World many times always carrying my backpack. I am a packer and planner. If we needed anything I had it in my backpack; snacks, sunscreen, mole skin, water, etc. I have never stayed onsite or had the dining plan. This year we are staying onsite and having the dining plan!!!:thumbsup2 So now to the question...Should I just put my sunscreen, a small poncho, and KTTK in my pocket and tour without my bag??? My kids are older now they don't need so many things. I will have the dining plan so my snacks and meals are covered. A cup of water is free. IDK!:confused3 I think I am going to try it! Have you ever gone to the parks without your bag? Do I dare?

HermanTriplets+1
04-27-2010, 11:50 AM
Sounds pretty extreme, but I'd say GO FOR IT!:cool1: Only thing I'd make sure of is that you drink enough. If you don't have a water bottle, you might "forget";) HAVE FUN!!:drinking1

tobikaye
04-27-2010, 12:06 PM
If any of you burn easily, you may want to include a small tube of sunscreen. I have gone to the parks before without carrying a bag and usually that is the only thing that I forget to take that I really need.

dmartin69
04-27-2010, 02:02 PM
Personally I like the storage option that the backpack provides. But with you staying on site it allows you to send purchased items directly to your room. But if you can see your self carrying anything around the park I would use a bag instead. I think it may be a convenience issue. Even if it is not as full as you used to need it to be.

GaSleepingBeautyFan
04-27-2010, 06:00 PM
I do it alot! I wear cargo shorts so I have space to put all my gear.

I bring:

camera, spare battery, spare SD card
poncho
travel size advil
quarters and pennies usually in Mini M&M container half full
travel size sunscreen
insurance card
tickets/room key
cash
credit card
moleskin
blister block small (near the bandaide aisle)

And I think that's it. Lately I've had to bring a small cross body bag since DD wants autographs so I carry her autograph book.

3floridarays
04-27-2010, 08:46 PM
I do and I love it!

I found a little cell phone pouch with a carabiner clip that is just big enough for my iPhone, Driver's License, Resort key, and lip balm. It also has a little zip pocket so I can carry some cash. It's great not having to carry anything around! Very liberating!

New Wave Dave
04-27-2010, 09:21 PM
my DW used to carry the backpack but now she has switched to a smaller purse, I think its Vera Bradley. It is roomy but she said it is much lighter than the backpack. Is there one called the Hipper? or Hipster? something like that. anyway, you might want to try it

KY*Figment
04-27-2010, 09:41 PM
My kids are 8 and almost 6 but accidents still happen such as an entire drink down the outfit or a nose bleed all over the shirt. It has gotten lighter but it will probably be another two or three years until we have the backpack burning!

Swimnoid
04-27-2010, 11:16 PM
Our family goes twice per year. We havent carried a back pack for the last 15 of them probably. We just take what we can carry in our pockets; tiny, thin wallets, pass, maybe a camera, phones. Thats about it. Sometimes DD22 will carry a small over the shoulder bag we got at rainforest cafe several years ago. Just big enough to carry a couple of ponchos.

Do it! It really frees you up.

jenksdj
04-28-2010, 03:05 PM
Oooohhhh, I don't know. My backpack to me is like a blankie to a two year old. Let me know if you do it and how it goes. Not sure I can give mine up! :confused3 I'd love to go without it, but haven't got the courage up yet. I often throw left overs in the bag for later. Do you think they will send a 1/2 eaten turkey leg and pretzel back to my on-site room for me?:lmao:

ancestry
04-28-2010, 03:05 PM
I love not having to carry a bag around. When DH and I go by ourselves I don't carry one. Although with the kids I usually have to carry a smaller bag but refuse to carry a large backpack anymore. It is refreshing and freeing to not carry one around!

AmberHeartsDisney
04-28-2010, 03:43 PM
I thought about getting a fanny pack LOL silly i know.

TheBeadPirate
04-28-2010, 06:01 PM
We too do the cargo shorts...and on the off day I fold up a nylon backsack and shove it in a pocket- just in case.

I HATE the wait at bagcheck.:laughing:


(also have the Vera hipster- but I can't shove it in a pocket to skip bagcheck- did I tell ya I hate bagcheck lines?!?)

dopeynme
04-29-2010, 06:14 PM
Gotta say, New Wave Dave, I am impressed that you came up with the name of the Vera Bradley Hipster!!!!! Your DW should be proud, she has educated you well!:lmao:

I carry a Baggalini wallet bag. It is pretty lightweight and I can squish a lot of stuff in there: KTTW card, license, health ins card, credit card, cash, small sunscreen, lip balm, tissues, sunglass case, poncho, cell phone. (No camera because DH handles the photography but I think I could fit a small one). I use cheap ball caps, with the velcro opening in the back, so I can velcro it around the strap of the bag when I take it off. Good caps don't have the velcro opening, so more tricky to carry after dark.

Good luck!!!!!!

bearlyanne
04-30-2010, 12:01 AM
I say go for it, but bring your usual bag with you on the trip just incase!!!

I learned the hard way switching bags on a trip once that my planning did not work, and spent the whole trip pining for my trusty old friend...lol!

If it doesn't work for you , then you will only need to go a day without and not a whole trip.

Krazy 4 da Mouse
04-30-2010, 01:21 PM
I think I am going to try it! I will definitely bring my usual bag to the hotel then if I chicken out I can use it! :rotfl2: My husband said Go ahead, but he is carrying his bag. He likes to have snacks and a water bottle at all times.
I'm thinking I may try half a day without my bag. baby steps...baby steps

XtrickXphotographyX
04-30-2010, 04:56 PM
I think I am going to try it! I will definitely bring my usual bag to the hotel then if I chicken out I can use it! :rotfl2: My husband said Go ahead, but he is carrying his bag. He likes to have snacks and a water bottle at all times.
I'm thinking I may try half a day without my bag. baby steps...baby steps

There's the simple answer to your problem!
Sneak your things in his bag when he's not look. ;]

Krazy 4 da Mouse
04-30-2010, 09:50 PM
There's the simple answer to your problem!
Sneak your things in his bag when he's not look. ;]

I like the way you think!!!:teacher:

Britgirlus
05-02-2010, 07:33 PM
I have a fanny pack and don't care what anyone thinks !!:rotfl:

perfectparanoia
05-03-2010, 02:19 PM
My husband and I bring a backpack when we don't have the kids...I am not sure how anyone would do this.

I am not even going to try it (though we only have one between us so we each get breaks).

delaneyc52
05-03-2010, 05:07 PM
Cargo capris a must! Little Canon Powershot in one pocket (in a sandwich bag so it doesn't get wet). KTTW(w/charging ability $$$) in another pocket along with $20.00 (for the Margaritas I might encounter) and a tiny compact collapseable brush/mirror (about 3 inches round) that I found in Target (for when you get off Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids). Oh....and I'm terribly pale (that darn Irish heritage) so a couple of packets of sun screen wipes. Good to go....no baggage checks for me!

seadd67
05-03-2010, 11:31 PM
On top of wearing cargo pants, i bring a shoulder bag and a back pac to store In the locker. I want to be perpard for anything,extra change of clouthes in case we get caught In a rain storm!,or get just to wet on SM or KRR. snacks,water and pop frist aid kit. I am Diabetic so I have to have lots of extras. I store the Back pac In the locker and just switch lockers when we goto another park. The shoulder bag has any Imediate things I might need at a spur of the moment. Its probally alot of over pacing but I am ok with It, I will carry It and feel good knowing I have It with me.:goodvibes

cm8
05-04-2010, 09:28 AM
Oooohhhh, I don't know. My backpack to me is like a blankie to a two year old. Let me know if you do it and how it goes. Not sure I can give mine up! :confused3 I'd love to go without it, but haven't got the courage up yet. I often throw left overs in the bag for later. Do you think they will send a 1/2 eaten turkey leg and pretzel back to my on-site room for me?:lmao:

:rotfl:, now that's a good one!

cm8
05-04-2010, 09:31 AM
There's the simple answer to your problem!
Sneak your things in his bag when he's not look. ;]

I'm going to tell your husband on you ( in my kiddie mocking voice);) :rotfl:

lumpy08
05-04-2010, 09:45 AM
What I did for my last trip was to get a caribinder clip for each person in our group. They are $1.00 in Walmart in the camping section. One side is a clip (looks like what rockclimbers use - although these are not strong enough for rock climbing). On the other side is the clip that will attach to your water bottle. We all still use them now at home. This way everyone is responsible for their own water.

I did have one smaller backpack for us that we all shared in carrying. It was the kind that had a cooler on the bottom. I would put an extra coupole of waters, ponchos and suntan lotion. during the day as we went thru things that backpak turned into a fanny pac. The backpak came from a company that my friend worked for. Or if you want have the kids drink one water before leaving for the park. Then have the one on the caribiner.

I also carried my camera bag. Here is my bag http://www.tamrac.com/welcome.htm

I love this camera bag. I don't wear it like the guy in the photo. THe strap wraps around your back and the bag sits in front like a sling to one side. I can fit my DSLR and two lenses, and extra battery, manual, and there is a pouch for all the cards money fastpasses etc. I also put a big HUGE ziploc in case of rain I just take out the ziploc so camera doesn't get wet. I don't even feel like I am carrying a camera. The best part is -- while I am walking around I can literally unzip the bag, pull out my camera take a photo and put back into the bag without anything falling out.

clarabelle13
05-04-2010, 09:50 AM
Maybe I'm high maintenance but I always bring a bag for myself! Last year I packed a mini-backpack that was nice and light with very padded straps. It fit nicely into all the security nets on the rides. I needed a place for my water bottle, chapstick, sunscreen, camera, phone, wallet, and poncho (yes, I am one of those poncho nerds on the Kali River Rapids.) :rotfl: For me, I'd rather be over-prepared!

Krazy 4 da Mouse
05-05-2010, 08:48 AM
I, too, am a Kali Poncho Nerd. The more I plan, the more I think I will need my back pack. I am such an over planner and over packer. My backpack is an extension of me. :lmao: I won't be in the parks until May 29th and I am already packing.

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:rotfl2:

LuluLovesDisney
05-05-2010, 09:53 AM
I like to take a wristlet bag that clips to my belt loops, that I can tuck in my pocket if the need arises. I can also wear it around my wrist, but I usually only do that when we have left the parks or are going to a restaurant.

In it, I stash lipbalm, lipstick, mints or gum, id, insurance card, card with ADR's on it, cell phone (which is also a camera), cooling stick and sometimes a small pot/tube of sunscreen. Also, usually a folded up napkin in case I need a quick tissue. I keep my sunglasses on my head or clipped to my shirt.

Disneybuckeye
05-08-2010, 06:21 PM
We go bagless because we hate waiting for bag check. DH wears cargo shorts with several pockets and holds the camera in a ziploc bag, small sunscreen, and his wallet with tickets. I always wear shorts with pockets and carry a small amount of cash and chapstick. It is so nice not to have to worry about losing anything. We have never been there in the rain so have not had to deal with the poncho issue yet.

Shih-Tzu
05-09-2010, 08:05 PM
Oh, how I remember the back pack...THE FIRST DAY ONLY.....Luckily, each of us had shorts, pants or capris that were sort of cargo style....After that, it was down to one of us carried the camera (Sony Cybershot) in a zip lock baggie, we each had a lanyard with KTTW and insurance card and we had two rain ponchos from Dollarama that were folded up REALLY tiny - the one who didn't have the camera had the ponchos in their pocket - that was it....I hated how the backpack kept the heat in, and it was something that was on/off/on/off to visit the attractions. And it seemed to get heavier as the day went on (although we didn't buy anything...) For a couple of days, we clipped water bottles on our belt loops but I found that was even a nuisance....

When we took our son, we used the locker and put the pack in there with an extra outfit, etc - we figured it would be easier for one of us to go get it if we needed it than to carry it around all day in the heat.... but our last trip we didn't even use the lockers at all....

I also noticed on the last trip that people are carrying bigger and bigger back packs, and when they turn around, they actually hit people....and I saw one lady in one of the shops back up (must have forgot how big it was) and hit a display and knocked over some mugs, etc which got broken....but did she stop and apologize....noooooooooo - left quickly.......

Figmificent
05-12-2010, 06:33 AM
Well I started with backpacks of everything recommended on the Dis... and now I am down to a Vera Bradley all in one wristlet. DH keeps the camera in his pocket... I only carry the backpack if there is SERIOUS rain predicted since I'll need ponchos. Oh and I carry medications in a little carribeaner I have but that's only my emergency meds for my allergy and migraines. Other than that, we fly by the seat of our pants now! :rotfl:

alloyd1170
05-14-2010, 10:11 PM
Cargo shorts!! Also, I carry a retracting lanyard that I clip to a belt loop. I have a plastic sleeve attached that carries my credit card, kttw, cash, fp. I just saw this in Solutions which looks do-able. Belt that expands in one section to carry things-not so fanny packish looking. http://www.solutions.com/jump.jsp?itemID=15627&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C4%2C494%2C539&iProductID=15627

I also have this, but not sure I want to wear it in the middle of a FL summer.
http://www.solutions.com/jump.jsp?itemID=12452&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C4%2C494%2C539&iProductID=12452

powellrj
05-15-2010, 11:15 AM
Its been years since I took a backpack. I got a passporter thingie I wear around my neck and it holds a camera, ticket, cell phone and money and I am set!