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Old 02-14-2011, 07:51 AM   #391
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We bring our hepa-air filter. DS had an anaplylactic reaction to something in a hotel room(not Disney) so when we travel the hepa-filter and safe cleaners come with us. We talk to hotels ahead of time to see what cleaners they use.

We also bring a bread machine with to hotels that allow cooking in the room.Again we call first to make sure it is okay. DD has PKU and we can make her bread to eat.Some hotels ask that it plugged in at the food area where breakfast is served rather than in the room.That is fine with us as we do not want to bug anyone else.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:31 AM   #392
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We bring our hepa-air filter. DS had an anaplylactic reaction to something in a hotel room(not Disney) so when we travel the hepa-filter and safe cleaners come with us. We talk to hotels ahead of time to see what cleaners they use.
That reminds me... We always have to travel with a set of sheets and special detergent. (Have I mentioned this on this thread already?) DD is allergic to parabens, and it seems to be in most laundry detergents, so she'll break out in an itchy, puffy rash from sleeping on hotel sheets.

When we stay DVC, it's pretty easy just to put their sheets through the in-room washer when we get there, but Disney has also been wonderful about letting us take those sheets that we have washed to another resort. (Sometimes we have a 7 day DVC stay but layover one additional night at another Disney resort.)
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:17 PM   #393
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I have read through this thread and most of my ideas have been mentioned, but here are a few that I don't think were mentioned.

If you have a Lactose intolerance, take plenty of Lactaid pills. You never know what meals may have milk. CM's at restaurants are very helpful, but with lactose intolerance, it's better to be safe.

If anyone needs to meet a daily Pepsi quota, bring it with you. (Wife won't drink Coke or coffee, so she gets her caffeine from Pepsi).

We bring our Passporter book that contains all of our important Disney itinerary details.

Here is one that I haven't done myself (so I can't vouch for their effectiveness), but I have heard good things about. They are vacuum water bottles. I have seen some made by a company called Hydro Flask. I also saw some Thermos brand ones at Target. The do not sweat and can keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours.

Lastly...To those that get looks for using the backpack leashes, just tell people that you don't like it either but your spouse wouldn't let you put your children in handcuffs.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:33 PM   #394
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My new addition to my must haves is a hole punch and a carribeaner. I punch a hole in our photopass on the first day and attach it to my backpack with the carribeaner. The CM's love holding up their scanners easily to it and have commented on how handy it is.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:54 PM   #395
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........ but probably the strangest thing I bring is my bubbling/massaging foot bath. Nothing feels better after a long day in the parks!
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:11 AM   #396
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I think I had already posted about CLS....so, the next item that I would bring that is a little different is a toaster. (With bagels of course.)

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:29 AM   #397
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After spending bundles of money on this product so not to look like you living out of a suitcase for 10 days, my Mom taught me this little saver. Buy yourself a spray bottle, or use your empty WR bottle (pack it empty of course) and get yourself a few travel packs of Downy fabric softener. I got mine in the travel goodies at Target. Use one packet per larger bottle, and ta-da!! you have yourself a bottle for about a buck, you look great, and smell April Fresh!!!
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:59 PM   #398
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I'm a wipes for all occasions type of gal, so I bring plenty

Also, Dh and I pack cereal, granola, and packets of instant oatmeal to save money by eating breakfast in the room...preferably on a balcony with feet up and sun on the face

I find it helps to bring travel sized sunblock to the parks as well as facial sunblock in a travel container with a screw top cap. They take up less room and can be grabbed quickly. I tend to pack a small universe in my backpack, so the smaller the better

Natural, mineral spray antiperspirant is a must for my feet! It helps tremendously with blister prevention as well as bodyglide.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:44 PM   #399
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I take a stack of lids from take-out drinks. If you turn it upside down and insert a popsicle or mickey bar through the straw x-cut, then the lid will catch any drips!
OMG that is the single most brilliant thing I have ever read. Genius idea!
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:06 PM   #400
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i bring pacifier wipes and extra pacifiers to the park.you can get them specifically for pacies. even when they are on a clip they still get knocked against stuff when they arent being sucked ...gross and take and toss baby spoons. i dont always toss but if they need to be or you happen to forget it on the table its not your good ones. disposable bibsters and stick on table mats for babies. they are great for little ones eating finger food. i pack a ziploc bag with a spoon, a bib and placemat then i dont have to go digging around for them all.

love the lid idea for ice cream drips....thats added to my list

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Old 02-27-2011, 07:02 AM   #401
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The Monistat Anti-Chafing gel mentioned a few pages back also works as an AWESOME makeup primer. Just spread a tiny bit on your face before you put on your base and eyeshadow, and it will make them go on much smoother, and they will last longer. Really, it's like a liquid powder.

We also use the over-the-door shoe holder, but instead of actually putting it over the bathroom door (where it blocks the mirror), we bring a couple of those plastic tie-wraps and DH hangs it from the clothes rod. Works fine.

A couple of things that we used to bring when DS was little was a container of bath confetti and some colored bath tablets. After we had run his bath, we'd drop a colored tablet in the water then sprinkle a handful of the soap confetti on top. When he came in the bathroom to bathe, we'd tell him that Tinkerbell must have visited his bath! He loved it. Sigh. He's 13 now, and I think if Tinkerbell visited his bath at this age he'd have a stroke.

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Old 02-27-2011, 08:23 AM   #402
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:51 AM   #403
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Originally Posted by Ariel Wanna-be View Post
When he came in the bathroom to bathe, we'd tell him that Tinkerbell must have visited his bath! He loved it. Sigh. He's 13 now, and I think if Tinkerbell visited his bath at this age he'd have a stroke.

Thanks, that made me chuckle!

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Old 02-28-2011, 03:14 PM   #404
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Thank you!

My BF and I just got back from our first vacacation together in DISNEY and all of your suggestions were great. It def made for a smooth sailing trip! So THANKS everyone!
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:50 PM   #405
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This might sound petty or silly but I hate the soap that is left by mousekeeping. It's a circle bar of soap that always makes my hands feel gross after washing. I take my own hand soap. I actually don't use any of the products mousekeeping keeps stocked in the rooms.
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