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Old 07-26-2008, 11:15 PM   #91
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taking a picture of the photopass number with your camera is an easy way of making sure you are ok incase something happens to the card. Chances are if you just write it you'll misplace the paper.

These tips have been so great, I must say I don't have much to add except:
extra pair of sunglasses- always lose mine!
individual portion cereals for mornings in hotel - so much easier than having to walk to counter service and much cheaper too on mornings without dining ADR
Slippers for hotel room: just feel scuzzy walking on the carpet in there!
Raincover for stroller (has been mentioned but is invaluable)
we take the laptop to watch movies on in hotel room when we need a break from kids to do showers and stuff. the t.v's in hotel don't show Disney movies....just the same repetitive park info over and over and some sitcoms that are appropriate for tweens and older. My kids like their movies, and it's a great way for them to wind down also..

Keep these tips coming guys!
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:38 PM   #92
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Ductape

Ductape is also great for blisters on the feet. I used to be a wildfire fighter and hike miles a day and this is the ony thing I use. Just dont try to take it back off, let it come off on its own in the shower. If you dont want to take a whole roll just wrap a good length around a pen then you have both handy in you bag.

Great ideas. I have several lists now and need to get to a Dollar store and stock up.
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Old 07-27-2008, 04:19 PM   #93
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Thanks for all the great BTDT ideas! I'm making a list!
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:05 PM   #94
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We don't go until December but I just broke out my little first aid kit and was checking to see what is actually in there. I was a bit surprised - there is only several types of bandaids, antibac wipes, neosporin and some gauze - there's no aspirin or immodium - I'm going to have to add some things to it!

I am also laminating my ADRs on post cards and also laminating my touring plans.

Today I went to Michael's crafts and got a pair of cheapie flip flops for $1 for the "can get wet" rides or the sudden rain storm. They only had one pair in my size and none in any of my families size! Gotta keep an eye out for that before the summer is totally over.

Carabiner water bottle clips and lanyards with a ziploc pouch for the cards and ID.

A small pair of binoculars for Animal Kingdom

On one of the forums mentioned to take a pic of your locker number at each park in case you lose your key or forget where it is.
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:18 PM   #95
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Bumping and starting my dollar store list!!! I've got 5 months, but it's fun to accumulate everything I need over that time!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:38 PM   #96
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This isn't necessarily something to pack, but it is something to do before you leave each morning for the parks.

Take a picture of your kids right before leaving the room. That way you have a picture w/ whatever they are wearing for the day. It DOES happen - kids get lost at Disney and you can get panicky. (I know, my niece wandered away from her parents and was missing for about 10 minutes. But we found her - at the ice cream cart!) If they get lost, you can show a CM or security what they were wearing, instead of trying to remember if it was the purple tink shirt or pink princess shirt she was wearing that morning.

Also, write your address/phone number on an index card and make it your first picture on your memory card. If your camera gets lost or the card gets misplaced, the person who finds it will be able to see who it belongs to and (hopefully) get it returned. Then you don't lose all those wonderful Mickey pictures!
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:07 PM   #97
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I always thought the "clothes in a ziploc" was overkill - but I tried it this year and it was amazing! The kids would pick a bag and get dressed all by themselves!! Yeah! One or two bags I labeled for a certain special day, like HSM clothes for DHS. The best part was I didn't have to fish around in each kids shirt-pile, short-pile, etc. etc. Now I just have to motivate myself to make the bags again when I do laundry there..!!

Someone mentioned vaseline... I wanted to add that it works on Door hinges.. so if you get a squeaky bathroom door that would wake a sleeping child - use a tissue, grab some vaseline and spread it all over the hinge. It will work itself in and stop the squeak. We use this at our house all the time. (DH is concerned that WD-40 is unhealthy to be used inside the house)

We pack alot of what was already mentioned. The Dollar store has so many useful things - night lights, inexpensive zip loc bags... and, if you are flying, they sell headsets that will work on the airplane. (many airlines are charging for them now)

Michael crafts store has a tube of 15 glow sticks for a dollar. They seem to last longer than my Dollar store glow sticks.. I don't know why!! We always bring a lot and then our kids share them with other kids around. The tube is also easy to carry. DH and I can fit them right in our hip/waist bags.

Hope this is helpful!!
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:23 PM   #98
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Wow. There are some really great ideas in here.

I'd better start making a list and get to my local Dollar Tree. :D
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:41 PM   #99
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I love my lightweight, plastic, medicine lock box. We always bring over-the-counter medications but hotel rooms rarely have a space high enough to keep them out of my toddler's reach. The lockbox is light enough and small enough to pack but secure enough that you can have piece of mind that your child won't get into the medications.

I bought mine from One Step Ahead and subsequently bought 3 more - we like them that much!
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Not sure if this was mentioned but we always bring a nightlight. It makes finding the way to the bathroom easier in the middle of the nite.

Also, after this trip I will always pack Clorox or Lysol wipes. We all got very sick on this trip with a nasty stomach virus and housekeeping couldn't give us anything to clean up the messes. They either sent a housekeeper out to do an extra cleaning or told us to put a towel over a mess on the carpet until housekeeping could come the next morning.
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