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Turtle31 07-13-2008 12:55 AM

THINGS TO PACK -Let's Pack Together
UPDATED Sept. 6th, 2013

Leaving for the world in 33 days so I am going through to add to the list - if I have missed something important feel free to message me as this list has sure continued to grow !!

The most EXCITING thing I get to add to the list this year is : MAGIC BANDS !!! Woo HOO ! We get to test out the new system and the will arrive at my house in the next week ! So excited ;)

Okay so I thought it might be fun and helpful. Let's start a list of important things... that we always seem to forget or not think of until it is too late.... it will help us all !!! I have started a box in the closet.

Here is the amazing list we have compiled so far :

1.) Misting Fans (2 for a family of 4)
2.) Pin trading landyard to hold disney tickets and fastpasses.
3.) Cell phone charger - suggested to put in carry-on
4.) Camera ...( Camcorder and still )
5.) Anitbac wipes
6.) pop-up hamper
7.) Passporter, Hidden Mickey Guide Book,Scavenger Hunt book etc.
8.) Disney Stuffed Animals and Room Decorations
9.) Over the door shoe organizer for toiletries
10.) Ziplocs - ( to keep things dry on water rides, multiple other uses)
11.) Imodium- D / Tums / Gas- X
12.)Advil /tylenol/aleeve
13.) Band-Aids/ blister block band-aids
15.)Backpack or tote- (to carry all the %#@* in) LOL --- I LOVE my Vera Bradley one because it is small yet has a ton of pockets and compartments.
16.) Every medicine known to mankind - ward off evil spirts !! :rolleyes1
17.) Extension cord/ power strip
18.) small pack of laundry detergent. small bottle of Tide. Good for 2 loads. It was $1 at Target or Purex all in one laundry sheets
19.)spray deodrant for your feet
20.) chapstick
21.) sunblock (at least SPF 50)- and water/sweat proof
22.) sunblock face stick
23.) aloe gel for after the burn- when you forget to use 21 &22
24.) chewing gum (disney doesn't sell this )- probably don't want to find it on the bottom of Dumbo !!
25.) ipod/ ipod charger
26.) hand held video games (Nintendo gameboy,DS,DS lite,PSP) and the charger for said unit
27.) Extra AAA batteries - for misting fans, and camera
28.) Ponchos
29.) watershoes
30.)extra shoes - (for when normal shoes become water-shoes)
31.) glowsticks
32.) sunglasses
33.) homework/journal for kids- flash cards,voc. words,math, anything to keep the little brain going
34.) extra contacts & contact solution, contact case
35.) to- go coffee cups,coffe and filters
36.) cooler bag to bring in drinks and snacks
37.) Big metal clips (to keep curtains closed to keep it dark)
38.) pop-up baskets for various items on desk or table
39.) Pre-made envelopes for mousekeeping
40.) Lysol (for bathroom) :scared1:
41.) koolaid/crystal lite singles,tea bags, hot chocolate ( anything to cover taste of nasty water lol)
42.) snack foods- dry cereal
43.) Big sun hat - visor or hat to keep the head from getting burned !
44.) Cork screw
45.) M&M's container fo pennies and quarters to use pressed penny machines & pressed penny book
46.) Autograph book (if you already own this item)
47.) Chunky Pen/Sharpie for characters to sign
48.) hand sanitizer
49.) hair scrunchies
50.) glasses & hard eyeglass case, repair kit for glasses -hard case recommended because of things getting squished
51.) list of credit cards and 800 #'s in case of lose of cards
52.) Pal Mickey - (I do remember reading something about ripping the poor guys head off LMAO) :rotfl2:
53.) paper bowls and plastic spoons for cereal in room
54.)stroller & clear shower curtain w/ large clips - (to keep stroller dry = dry bottom :) )
55.)underwater camera -( for either rain or typhoon lagoon :) )
56.) earplugs- for loud fireworks or to prevent swimmers ear
57.) antenna balls - one to help find your rent-a- car ( Wal-Mart smiley or something different)
58.) anything you use to collect autographs - (t-shirts,hats)
59.)Dramamine (non-drowsy) (motion sickness tablets)
60.) beach towels (for waterparks)
61.)book to read on plane or during down-time ( I can't believe we even uttered the words "down-time" :) )
62.) SD cards for camera
63.) boarding passes if printed ahead of time / airplane tickets
64.) small size bottle of Dawn dishwashing soap (for washing out re-fillable mugs and sippies at hotel room)
65.) List of ADR's - (these can be printed out at disney resort upon check-in)
66.) sheets and air-mattress if driving-
67.) nail clippers & tweezers - manicure kit with everything - can be purchased at Wal-Mart at Christmas time.
68.) tide to go pen or shout stain remover, Spray and Wash stain stick
69. )powder
70.)Body Glide- or anything for chaffing - vaseline - Bord. Butt Paste
73.) dental floss
75.) Disney Dollars/gift cards
76.) Princess costumes to be worn to CRT or Norway Princess Breakfast
77.) portable dvd player for car/plane ride
78.) Suction cup hooks for any tile area
79.)Extra nightlights
80.) bath tub mat for slick bottom of tub
81.) Your own pillow
82.) Clothing of all kinds - ( Shirts,pants,jeans,skirts,underwear,pj's,bras,sock s,jackets,hoodies,shorts,costumes,swimsuits)
83.) Shaving Cream,razors and lotion for those dry legs after shaving
84.) Hair gel/mousee
86.)make-up of all sorts
87.) cash / travelers checks / credit cards-(I would suggest leaving these at home actually :) )
88.) Kleenex
89.) Q-tips
90.) body lotion
91.) Drivers License or state ID - needed to board plane
92.) Magic Express Tickets
93.) First-Aid kit - in case we haven't covered all the meds lol
94.) Swimming diapers
95.) Tear-free shampoo
96.) Personalized Maps of the parks
97.) Small travel sewing kit (97 cents)- for scissors,needles and thread
98.) Extra disposable cameras (let the kiddos take some pictures)
99.) Insulin,heart medication, and any other prescription meds that your family needs !!
100.) Small screwdriver... for putting new battries in misting fans and light up toys
101.) AZO,cranberry pills ... any pres. drugs to ward off bladder infections
102.) Solarcaine
103. )clothespins -laundry bag for delicates
104.)liquid hand soap for the sink (softsoap pump)
105.) couple air freshners. (the kind that just sit, not plug in)
106.) packets of Sweet N Low
107.) network cable (cat 5) & USB cables (so you can dump digital camera to laptop everynight)
108.) Don't forget the laptop !!
109.)bottle of Fabreeze
110.)glasses cleaner
111.) hair straightener & anti-frizz shampoo
113.) Blankets- (especially if you have a long car drive ) -airlines have also discontinued having blankets available post swine flu out-break
114.)feminine products
115.) midol- (we don't want anyone getting arrested at dumbo do we !!)
116.)Cue cards so we can write down our ADRs for the day, any special tour/parade times, brief itinerary, etc. ** great idea
117.)Printouts of our touring plans
118.)Light sweaters to bring into the parks with us because some air conditioned restaurants can get pretty chilly!!
119.)Change for the laundry machines
120.) Calling cards, so we can phone friends and family at home without paying crazy long distance rates from cell phones
121.)Fanny pack
122.) Passports (if flying internationally).
123.)dryer sheets (good to keep clothes in your suitcase smelling nice too)
124.)body wash and body puff
126.) deodrant
127.) perfume
128.)make-up remover
129.) wrink release spray
130.) individual cereal boxes
131.) case of bottled water (delievered to room by grocery service)
132.) Travel Games : Rummykub, Uno,Deck of cards
133.) water bottle carabiner
134.) Snacks for the plane - (now you don't even get the peanuts for free )!!
135.) Microfiber cloths- (for drying of the ride seats after a hard rain- or for drying your feet.)
136.) AXE bodyspray "bullets"
138.) Noodles or floaties for the resort pool
139.) Stamps and labels with addresses already printed on them or address book
140.) Bars of soap for face and body if you prefer a certain type or are allergic
141.) Temp. Tattoos with your phone number to put on young kids in case they get lost.
142.) 3M hooks and a dark shower curtain from the dollar store to create your own privacy curtain early in the morning at the value resorts.
143.)Leatherman all-in-one tool to fix anything and everything !
144.) Gloves or mittens if going when it is chilly.
145.) Anti- itch cream
146.) Small flashlight in case lights go out. (Never had this happen - knock on wood)
147.) Small folding stool so little ones can reach the sink.
148.) Great tip - Cut up a sponge into smaller pieces and put soap onto sponge, let it dry,then put into ziploc and when you arrive use sponges as needed to clean mugs or whatever needed !
149.) Lint Roller
150.) Fast food or any coupons for resturants if driving to DW.
151.) Small disposable bathroom cups for rinsing
152.) Disney Visa - needed for special meet n greet
153.)orthodontic equipment, such as retainers, containers for retainers, wax for new braces or newly tightened braces, elastics for braces etc, as well as a number for your orthodontist in case there's an emergency (broken braces or your retainer gets thrown out etc).
154.) Reusable water bottles - CM's will fill with ice for you :)
155.) Brita Water Pitcher - make your own great tasting water and save on plastic.
156.) Shout Color Catcher
157.) Birth control ( in case screaming kids in line isn't enough LMAO )
158.) Candied Ginger for nausea.
159.) Small set of battery operated christmas lights to illuminate your stroller ;)
160.) Corkscrew
161.)Bug repellent or citronella bracelet
162.) Clear Backpack to make entry quicker
163.) Dog tag or temp tattoo for young children in case they get lost and don't know phone number etc.
164.) MAGIC BANDS !! Remember to keep in luggage as these will be replacing our Magical Express tickets once the systerm goes live for everyone !!


Great tips that have also been collected :

1.) You can pre-ship your stuff to your resort to avoid paying extra baggage fee on plane.
2.) Make sure you have left emergency contact info with neighbors/family members
3.) Don't forget to make arrangements for pets in advance. Make sure all shots are up to date at least 2 weeks prior to leaving.
4.) Take updated pictures of your children and have all the info (height,weight,age,hair color) handy just in case.
5.) Write down all credit card info and 800 numbers - keep in place other than purse/wallet in case these items get lost.
6.) Make photocopies of your tickets in case of lose.
7.) Take photos of kids in a couple "same places" every trip to show how much they have grown since the last trippie.
8.) Bells to put on the door, so in case kiddos decide to try and make a run for it while your fixing your hair :9.)
9.) Do not leave chairs on balcony when you are not outdoors - so young children will not stand on them..
10.) Garden Grocers can deliver food to your hotel room.

I will update the list as each person adds what they think we all need in our basket of must takes........

jheigl 07-13-2008 02:23 AM

Cell phone chargers, cameras, toiletries...just to name a few!

3"Mouse"keteers 07-13-2008 02:30 AM

Ziploc bags, pop up hamper, antibacterial wipes, over the door shoe organizer for toiletries, passporter or other guide books, disney stuffed animals and other room decorations........

Turtle31 07-13-2008 02:36 AM


Originally Posted by 3"Mouse"keteers (Post 26200468)
Ziploc bags, pop up hamper, antibacterial wipes, over the door shoe organizer for toiletries, passporter or other guide books, disney stuffed animals and other room decorations........

Nice... I would have forgot the wipes for sure ! Mine are 9 and 4 but always making a mess. Hadn't given any thought to an over the door shoe organ.for toiletries... does this really help? And total dumb question... but what are you using the ziploc bags for ?

3"Mouse"keteers 07-13-2008 02:46 AM


Originally Posted by Turtle31 (Post 26200495)
Nice... I would have forgot the wipes for sure ! Mine are 9 and 4 but always making a mess. Hadn't given any thought to an over the door shoe organ.for toiletries... does this really help? And total dumb question... but what are you using the ziploc bags for ?

Lots of great uses! Use ziploc baggies to put cell phone and wallet into for water rides and/or rainy days at the parks. Also the gallon size are great for putting wet clothes into when your kids change until you get back to the resort. Some people have even suggested putting a wet washcloth into them and taking into the park so that you can take them out and cool yourself down when it gets so hot. I'm sure there are other uses, but I'm about half asleep right now!

As far as the organizer, I haven't tried it out yet but several others highly recommend it especially in resorts with limited sink space such as the contemporary.

Turtle31 07-13-2008 02:50 AM

Okay I am SOLD on the over the door organizer. I just thought about those pedstal sinks at the POR mansions.. where would I put all our stuff ... See I knew this would help !!!
I will also add ziplocs.... I may need them to keep stuff dry !!

Harambe 07-13-2008 07:16 AM

Imodium-D! I never leave home without it. I refuse to get all the way to Disney and be side-lined with stomach troubles!

Advil. The cost of any OTC drugs at Disney is ridiculous. Each gift shop has Advil or Tylenol in back where the CMs are. A small pouch with one dose is like $2, so I always bring my own. At the end of the day this Pooh-sized gal needs some help with the ol' joints!

Scottneon 07-13-2008 07:45 AM

Things to bring
Band-Aids ( for boo boo's )
Backpack ( to carry all the *%*# in ) LOL
Every medicine known to mankind ( if I forget it you know I will need it ) LOL

smnornes 07-13-2008 07:45 AM

last year I bought a toiletries organizer that has a hook to hang from a door, shower curtain, door hook,etc. It is one of the best items I travel with now! It keeps the mess off the small vanity area (a lifesaver on our last cruise!). I found it at Walmart for $9.
Also, I also always bring a pop-up hamper. Again, it keeps things organized.
How about an extension cord for all the electronics that need to be charged at night?

vbarnett06 07-13-2008 08:07 AM

We always pack a small pack of laundry detergent and take half the amount of clothes we would otherwise.

A few hours rest while washing clothes is most welcomed around my camp.


scanne 07-13-2008 08:20 AM

I second the Immodium! In fact, I just bought it yesterday.

I also bring advil (the liquid gels are great!), Tylenol for the kids, band aids, neosporin, blister block bandaids, spray deodorant for your feet - if you spray your feet before you put on your socks and shoes, your feel sweat less and you are less likely to get blisters, I SWEAR THIS WORKS!!! Chapstick, sunblock, sunblock sticks, aloe gel, gum (Disney does not sell it), ipod charger and ipod, hand held video game systems (Nintendo DS/gameboy) and CHARGERS! Extra batteries for misty fans (along with the fans, of course), tums or rolaids, hats, extra pair of shoes for each family member - you never know if you'll get caught in a major Florida rainstorm. We did last summer and our shoes took 2 days to dry out! Water shoes, beach towels...

OK, I can't think of anything else at the moment. I like the over-the-door shoe organizer for toiletries. GREAT idea! And zip lock bags....awesome!

buzzgirls&dad 07-13-2008 09:00 AM

extra sunglass- mine fell off on Star tours and a new pair cost $42
small container to take meds into park-Excederine/Pepto
new game/toy for plane ride
homework/journal for kids-we go in Dec. doing HW on the plane is a great way to get it over and done with before the fun start
Thank you cards/candy bags for the CMs

That's all I can think of right now besides the basics.:)

Disney Crazy Debbie 07-13-2008 10:32 AM

Everyone talks about a fold-up hamper but what we do because we are old campers (BSA) we seal each days clothes in the 2 gal ziplock bags. This works great for kids because when they pull out a bag it has underwear, shorts and top for one day. I put the clothes in and zip up except for about a couple of inches then I roll the bag to express the air and when the roll gets to end where the zipper is I finish zipping it up. You'd be surprised how compressed the bag can be. Also, this leaves the bag to put the dirty clothes back in so you're not mixing the clean with the dirty.

Just an idea!

BeckWhy 07-13-2008 10:39 AM

My personal packing list is very very very long. But my most commonly forgotten items include:

Contact solution and case (along with my glasses for when I take my contacts out and an extra pair on contacts)
Face lotion (I used one with a good SPH because sunscreen on my face makes my face break out)

I just went on a mini holiday... we were lucky we had drove there because we could run to Target for whatever we forgot.

Perditamarie 07-13-2008 10:44 AM

Here's my must haves:

* to-go coffe cups for use w/in room coffee maker (I also bring my own coffee and filters)

* Cooler bag to bring drinks and snacks into the parks

* rain ponchos

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