What is your not so normal item to pack, which is helpful while at WDW ?

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  1. ImarriedGrumpy

    ImarriedGrumpy AKA Miss lady who isn't my mommy

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    One of my "must bring" items is the stall stopper - it's a great little invention to keep a restroom stall door closed if the latch is broken. It was very handy on our last trip to Disneyland when one of the bathrooms had two stalls with broken latches and a line of people waiting - I was able to skip the line and use the stall stopper to secure the door, and got my then-3yr old DS on the toilet in time to prevent an accident.

    It's great for also keeping the door securely closed if you have a small child who likes to fiddle with the latch while you're going to the bathroom. I use it for that more than I've needed it to fix a broken stall door, but I'm always thankful to have it when I do need it.

    Here's the link if you're curious about it: http://www.restroomsurvivalkit.com/index.htm
     
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  3. AllieV

    AllieV DIS Veteran

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    Oh my goodness, I remember seeing this on an invention reality show several years ago and thinking, "wow that's a good idea, I hope someone picks that up." It didn't make it far in the show (some new-age baby seat won) but I've been looking for it ever since. Thanks for the link.
     
  4. ImarriedGrumpy

    ImarriedGrumpy AKA Miss lady who isn't my mommy

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    Glad I could help! My friend saw that show and started hunting online for the stall stopper, and as soon as they were available she gave them to everyone for Christmas one year! I ended up buying another one so I'd have one in my purse and one in the diaper bag.

    It's not something I need every day, but when I do need it, I'm always very thankful I have it!!
     
  5. ZoZo

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    It's like a Swiss Army Knife on steroids. Some of these knives have 30 or 40 different tools on them. Pretty impressive!
     
  6. Mom24Princesses

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    I have bought nightlights at the dollar store and left them behind. Sometimes the bathroom light is too much.
     
  7. ImarriedGrumpy

    ImarriedGrumpy AKA Miss lady who isn't my mommy

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    The nightlights reminded me of our "not so normal" item we bring with us now - a string of multi-colored LED christmas lights! Our son has a strand of these in his room that we use for a nightlight, and we bought an extra set that we bring with us when away from home. I like that they are LED so they don't use as much energy and don't get hot to the touch. They're also not as bright as some LED's we've seen, so they work well as a gentle, cheerful night light. Plus they add a festive touch to the room! :)

    We usually just drape them up somewhere, although I've thought about packing a few of those 3M command adhesive hooks to use, too.
     
  8. IowaTater

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    Whenever we go camping, we hit up a website that sells travel size products. It's called Minimus.biz. They have everything from toiletries to food items to pharmaceuticals. It's awesome.


    Also, I'm not sure this is still recommended or not but when we were planning our trip a few years ago, we bought a clear backpack. We obviously won't keep valuables like my camera or room keys or anything like that in it but it's a lot easier to get through security with it.

    An unusual thing I'm planning on taking with me are little packets of lemon juice. I get hiccups really bad so I just chug one real fast and they're gone! I also like lemon in my water so the packets have a dual purpose.
     
  9. disneylove1021

    disneylove1021 Earning My Ears

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    Finally made it thru the whole thread. Whew. Lots of info. I've been copying and pasting ideas into my phone's notepad.
     
  10. BigPumba

    BigPumba Earning My Ears

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    Why not
     
  11. lillyshelle

    lillyshelle 2nd Generation Disney Lover

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    Not sure if these tips have been mentioned i am trying to go through the thread right now.

    i use a mommy clip for a stroller (we are renting one from applestrollers) it is a gigantic rock climbing clip that is great for hanging bags, etc on to the stroller. i always use it when i go shopping at outlets.

    i also have a strap that i use to strap my 2yo dd's cup, toy etc onto the stroller with. it beats not having to realized she threw her item out the stroller.

    this isnt something u bring exactly (depends on how u look at it)...... but i made a folder in my email account called disney reservations. i put all my reservations there that way i can pull up my confirmation # on my smart phone and not have to keep up with another piece of paper. i also put my cancel reservations in there until the trip is over just in case......
     
  12. PGHDisneyfan

    PGHDisneyfan Im a lawnmower, you can tell me by the way I walk

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    We always pack a small blinking light and a keychain flash light. The small blinker goes on our stroller and another goes on my 5 year old at night. I hate when they move my stroller for parades! Especially in adventure land since its so dark back there! The blinker shows up very easily on a dark moonless night and makes finding the stroller a snap. Same reason for peewee my 5 year old. You can get one at any target or Walmart in the outdoors section. Some people call them jogger safety strobes. The flash light, well you just never know when you will need one and it makes peewee feel better on dark rides!
     
  13. Dragontears

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    Since I have my iPod touch with me at all times, I usually record these sort of reminders as I go along. When we get home I just transfer the files to my computer (in the vacation folder right next to the photo folder:)) so I don't wast time trying to find where I put them. Most cell phones also have a record function.

    I have gotten so many great ideas from here..Thanks to everyone who takes a moment out of their busy dayto share. :woohoo:
     
  14. HappyGal

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    I have PhotoPass+ this time and I'm so excited to get all the ride pics. I don't want our pics to get bent or wet in the backpack so I've fashioned a protective case by cutting the cover off an old binder (it has the clear plastic cover that you can insert paper in) and will put the pics in there.
     
  15. tjmj9801

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    Unless I misunderstood your post, I think you're under the impression that with PhotoPass+ you'll get a physical copy of your ride photo upon exiting the ride. That's not the case. Your ride photo's will be included on the PhotoPass cd that you'll order. You'll receive a PhotoPass card in the mail before your trip, as with all prepaid PhotoPass cd's You'll just present that card at ride photo kiosks and they'll be in with all your other photos on the cd. :goodvibes
     
  16. Malakaiii

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    Phew! I got through the whole thread! SO many great ideas! Thanks to all who shared.

    I'm a really light packer, and we're coming all the way from Canada's west coast, so I'll only be bringing things that are extremely useful. I got a few great ideas for my list!

    My 2 cents:
    - No need to bring post-it notes for the toilet's auto-flushers. Just drape a piece of toilet paper over it. We do this all the time for our 2 year old who doesn't like the flushers.
    - Pack all your toiletries in ziplock bags. I've had shampoo leak and ruin a whole bag full of stuff.
    - Bring electrolyte powder to add to your water instead of just flavour crystals.
    - Bring stuff to keep tummies on track (miralax, tums, gas pills, digestive enzymes)
     
  17. AudreyKThompson

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    Wow! just finished the entire thread, and picked up some great new ideas-
    A couple I didn't see-
    we bring an Apple slicer/corer for quick snacks/breakfast etc.
    We take canned cokes to the parks, but used to hate it if the kids don't finish it (goes flat/spills/etc) so I got these great can lids that snap open and closed so you can drink out of the can, they pump up to keep drinks fizzy, and they are color coded so we know who's drink is whose.
    Happy Travels!
     
  18. Shelly F - Ohio

    Shelly F - Ohio Disney Extraordinaire

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    The Basin store and both DTD and GF sell the bombs for much less. No need to pack them with you:thumbsup2
     
  19. pellsphish

    pellsphish Earning My Ears

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    Gold Bond powder. Always slap some on in the grundle area before heading into the parks. Helps stop the chaffing and keeps the entire area cool for an hour or so.
     
  20. bagsmom

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    Love your post! I too am a HUGE fan of the folks at the UnOfficial Guide! LOVE their books and website. I'm going to look for the bag you mentioned right now!
     
  21. bagsmom

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    Strange and BRILLIANT! ;)

    We are staying DVC this summer and I was just thinking of the vast quantities of STUFF we will need to carry. Food, both non-perishable and stuff in coolers, lots of clothes (don't want to do laundry at all while we're on vacation) -- just tons of stuff.

    We have a handtruck and it may be coming with us!
     

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