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Tented1
10-14-2012, 04:03 PM
I know there is a thread in another forum but campers are special so i want to see what fort people carry with them into the parks.

4kids4karen
10-14-2012, 05:54 PM
I can make a list of things I "should" take into parks, or "have" taken into parks.

When my kids were younger, we always took daughter's jogging stroller with the camera, a towel, a tote bag of sun block, sun glasses, little kids change of clothes, change of shirt for mama (kids spill on me too), and jackets if we expected cooler weather. If I remembered, I would freeze half a bottle of water and fill up the other half of the bottle before leaving for the park. Oh Chewing Gum! It is not sold in the parks as Disney doesn't like to scrap it off the sidewalks. If the kids are small, maybe a few snacks to hold them between meals, but the smell of popcorn usually lures us to the popcorn snack stand. LOL.

NJRRK
10-14-2012, 06:17 PM
My significant other, camera, phone and KTTW card.

TheRustyScupper
10-14-2012, 06:24 PM
1) We believe an ounce in the morn is a pound in the afternoon.
2) We travel to the parks light, light, light.
. . . wife's fanny pack for small items *
. . . a tiny tube of sunblock
. . . the KTTW card for charging
. . . $5-$10 in cash
. . . we wear our sunglasses
. . . parasol for wife (helps with heat and sunburns)
. . . small digital camera in belt holster
3) We do not carry
. . . ID's or insurance cards, as you can get them later if needed
. . . cell phone , as we are vacation can can't see a benefit or need
. . . backpack, as the weight gets bad later in the day

* Works great. She now has carried this in seven different countries and
it always carries just enough of the stuff we need.

Tented1
10-14-2012, 07:14 PM
I need this info because in 2007 when I was there DD had just turned 5 and I brought her Jeep Stroller which had 2 side bags and an understorage.

Do I need a small flashlight for night time returns to our campsite?

2goofycampers
10-14-2012, 07:40 PM
Chap stick, germ lotion, wet wipes, rain poncho, gum, camera, batteries, sun glasses. If it might get cool a jacket, if it's hot a travel size deodorant.

TheRustyScupper
10-14-2012, 11:07 PM
. . . Jeep Stroller which had 2 side bags and an understorage . . .

CAVEAT:
1) Make sure you take the "friendship boat" cruiser to WL and MK.
2) You can roll the stroller on-board.
3) For the launch to Contemporary you MUST fold the stroller to get on.

KimIce
10-15-2012, 05:48 AM
I take very little & carry a small backpack (it folds up & fits in my pocket). In it I only have GermX (which we use a lot of there), small tube of sunblock, drops for my contacts, camera & a very small wallet. I also keep in our camper & take when needed packable/disposable rain jackets ( you can buy them in the camping section @ target, etc. ). They are packed very small & can fit in your pocket.
I have a lot of space in my backpack but by the time we leave it is almost always full because I stuff anything I purchase, etc. into it.

Tented1
10-15-2012, 07:14 AM
I take very little & carry a small backpack (it folds up & fits in my pocket). In it I only have GermX (which we use a lot of there), small tube of sunblock, drops for my contacts, camera & a very small wallet. I also keep in our camper & take when needed packable/disposable rain jackets ( you can buy them in the camping section @ target, etc. ). They are packed very small & can fit in your pocket.
I have a lot of space in my backpack but by the time we leave it is almost always full because I stuff anything I purchase, etc. into it.

Where did u find a backpack that folds to fit in ur pocket?

I need to add drops for DD's contacts! :-)

retired and happy
10-15-2012, 10:13 AM
2-4 strollers or wheelchairs
PB&J sandwiches
frozen water bottles
juice boxes
rain ponchos (we must have bought 100 or so over the years)
cell phones (to re-locate lost members of our party)
sweaters/jackets/coats (seasonal as needed)
small blankets
spoons, straws, baby food (AK does not have straws and our special needs daughter drinks her formula through one)
small flashlight (for late return to FW)
money
medicines (as needed)

Tented1
10-15-2012, 07:59 PM
Well I'm glad I'm not the only 1 who takes PB&J into the parks! :-)

I'm glad I bought that little flashlight too.

On the theme park and attractions forum I keep reading that I should take in body glide and moleskin. Any thoughts on this?

(I guess I didn't notice that AK didn't have straws when we were there in 2007. Does this have something to do with the animals?)

sbnewhampshire1
10-15-2012, 08:43 PM
We take a backpac as well, Freeze the water bottles the night before and it keeps the lunch you pack,tuna,chicken or peanut butter & jelly cold.Water defrosted by then to drink.Snacks for later and jackets or sweaters for later.
Mom OR DAD carry a small purse over the shoulder for tickets, money,and camera.:cool1: Now your ready to go!:)

4kids4karen
10-15-2012, 09:26 PM
Well I'm glad I'm not the only 1 who takes PB&J into the parks! :-)

I'm glad I bought that little flashlight too.

On the theme park and attractions forum I keep reading that I should take in body glide and moleskin. Any thoughts on this?

(I guess I didn't notice that AK didn't have straws when we were there in 2007. Does this have something to do with the animals?)

Yes, straws pose a danger to animals if they happen to make their way into the animal cages (dropped on ground, wind blows).

iheartpeterpan
10-16-2012, 12:53 AM
My ID, my phone and KTTW card (or a credit/debit card).

JanL
10-16-2012, 07:55 AM
I take a sports bottle and powdered drink mix (Crystal Light Peach Tea, for instance) and refill at the water fountains. I also take nuts and chocolate to snack on. If you freeze a bottle of water as suggested, small yoghurts will stay cool for several hours. Hard candy is nice to have for long waits in line.

In hot weather, those small misting fans are great. In cooler weather, gloves and a hat for late night (ok, I'm a native Floridian, and we think anything below 75 degrees is cold!).

I take a rain poncho and a mini-umbrella. The umbrella can provide shade as well as protection from rain and wind.

It is also nice to have something cushiony to sit on, so you can rest wherever you find a spot. You can fold a small blanket for that, which can double as a picnic blanket, or have a small cushion that fits in the back pack. I don't go often, so when I do, I stay from opening to closing and that makes for a long day.

Tented1
10-16-2012, 09:50 AM
Is the water at Disney bad? I keep seeing where people ship water to there resort. I was planing on just refilling our drink bottles as needed in the parks.

kcp1377
10-16-2012, 10:11 AM
We bring a lot, but we're also packing differently than we would if it were just DH and I.

In a backpack goes:
Diapers/Wipes, water bottles (we bring 6 full sized Contigo/Camelback water bottles but only 2 go into the backpack), extra clothing for the 3 littlest, snacks, camera, tickets, room keys, a smaller bag with necessities (lip balm, diaper cream, sunscreen, bandaids, first aid kit, etc...), Ponchos, umbrella, . Everything has it's own pocket or is put into a smaller bag.

Then we have an extra bag that we put our lunches into (we love bento boxes for lunches). That hangs from the stroller. Then under the stroller goes any water bottle that wouldn't fit into the backpack. As we eat lunch we stack the bento boxes, which makes room in the large bag for anything we buy.

I also always have a wrap (or two) with me that we can carry the babies in, then use as a blanket or picnic blanket as needed. I've even used them as towels before. We have a Valco Twin Runabout triple stroller, so plenty of space to hang things from the back or put underneath. My favorite bags for Disney (just in case any other moms are looking for an awesome disney diaper bag backpack) are from Ju-Ju-Be. They have a backpack named BeRightBack (BRB) that holds everything, still has room for more and never gets heavy or uncomfortable. Highly recommended if you are looking for something to take into the parks with kids. They aren't cheap, but very well made and last and last. Then when we stop for a ride or something I grab the backpack from the stroller and everything else stays with it.

Shawna37
10-16-2012, 11:40 AM
If you don't like the water at the fountains, they will give a cup of water to you FREE at any restaurant or food stand. I use that to refill my water bottles and if I want something w/ some flavor, I add in a flavor pack such as Crystal Light or Mio. I freeze the Uncrustables pb&j sandwhiches for my 10yr old and then pull them out in the morning we go and put them in our backpack.....they are thawed by the time lunch comes. Uncrustables is what the park serves for the pb&j kids meal sandwiches and at $5-$6 for a kids meal, bringing the Uncrustables is MUCH cheaper. I also bring frozen grapes (WONDERFUL when it's hot outside-they're like little slushes), granola bars and chips for snacks. I would advise bringing a small flash light if you're going to return to the campground at night since the little critters come out and you don't trip on anything. We also go by the dollar store or Walmart and get rain ponchos.

bama_ed
10-16-2012, 05:30 PM
To us just about all Florida water has an aftertaste. We'll cook with it but we'll just drink bottled water.

We pack a lunch into the theme parks to save on dining dollars. We use a soft-sided backpack cooler filled with sandwiches, chips, sliced fruit, etc and rent a storage locker for it until mealtime. No glass bottles (except baby food is permitted), no alchohol of course. We do have to go through the bag inspection lines before entering the park.

It's worth it for us.

Bama ED

North of Mouse
10-16-2012, 08:33 PM
Is the water at Disney bad? I keep seeing where people ship water to there resort. I was planing on just refilling our drink bottles as needed in the parks.

We don't like to carry water bottles so just get CS ice water cups when needed (don't find the filtered water tastes bad). We also bring a couple *Pure Lemon* packets and sprinkle a little in the water to vary the flavor sometimes. We are not big soda drinkers.

DH's phone serves as a flashlight when returning to FW. I carry a small cross body bag with ID, AP, small amount of cash, lip baum, lotion, gum,and that's just about it. If the weather is threatening rain, also include mini umbrellas (hate ponchos). We are not big on running around in the heavy rain.

Tented1
10-17-2012, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the tips about the water. My family are also water drinkers. So CS water or bottled.

We are also bringing a soft backpack cooler for our lunch.

Does anyone take a rolling backpack into the parks?

Have you ever seen anyone sitting on a stool or using a backpack chair in the lines?

I really appreciate all the input and tips, including having something soft you can multiuse and sit on.

I also recently saw iPhone lanyards that you can wear around your neck and clip into the charging plug of the phone. Thought this might be interesting especially to access WWW phone apps.

awanatech
10-17-2012, 12:28 PM
We take the usual stuff that others have already mentioned (in a backpack), but we also take something to entertain our boys while we are standing in line. Small bottles of bubbles work wonders to pass the time. We also keep some quarters & pennies handy for smashed penny souvenirs.

KimIce
10-18-2012, 06:08 AM
Where did u find a backpack that folds to fit in ur pocket?

I need to add drops for DD's contacts! :-)

I bought 2 of them @ the MK, but I have a couple other ones that were given to me @ special events like Bikeweek, etc. from vendors like Allstate, one of the Bike companies & also my DH works for our city & they just gave them to the employees stuffed with things. They really are nice & very convenient. They fold small & are very packable. Like I said it will fit in my pocket.

Also, don't forget aspirin. I always have that to.

KimI

retired and happy
10-18-2012, 07:06 AM
Water is not all that bad at the Fort, but our motorhome has an external filter that helps ...maybe. I never really drank any unfiltered water there.

Tented1
10-19-2012, 09:56 AM
I bought 2 of them @ the MK, but I have a couple other ones that were given to me @ special events like Bikeweek, etc. from vendors like Allstate, one of the Bike companies & also my DH works for our city & they just gave them to the employees stuffed with things. They really are nice & very convenient. They fold small & are very packable. Like I said it will fit in my pocket.

Also, don't forget aspirin. I always have that to.

KimI

Thanks for the response. I think I know where I can get some. This will be handy for DD.

retired and happy
10-19-2012, 01:30 PM
By the way, is CS WATER from counter service (CS) or comfort stations (CS)? :rolleyes1

bandit90
10-19-2012, 03:38 PM
Does anyone take a rolling backpack into the parks?

I don't. I've seen only a few people do it and they're usually complaining about how many people end up kicking it or tripping over it because they aren't looking where they're going especially in crowds.

luckycharm19335
10-19-2012, 04:17 PM
We bring as little as possible.
KTTW card, some cash, cell phone and key to MH.
Hands free. Ready to go.

Tented1
10-19-2012, 09:56 PM
By the way, is CS WATER from counter service (CS) or comfort stations (CS)? :rolleyes1

Well, if it's as crowded at Christmas as EVERYTHING indicates it could go either way. If I can't get to counter service I may have to run and fill my bottle up at the comfort station. :rolleyes1

Tented1
10-19-2012, 10:00 PM
I don't. I've seen only a few people do it and they're usually complaining about how many people end up kicking it or tripping over it because they aren't looking where they're going especially in crowds.

Thanks I was just wondering. Makes since.

Tented1
10-19-2012, 10:02 PM
Thanks I was just wondering. Makes since.

Sense.

NJRRK
10-21-2012, 07:20 AM
Sense.

Common or non?

Tented1
10-21-2012, 04:29 PM
Common or non?

Common and cents too! LOL's