The most popular last minute travel question I’m often asked by family or friends heading off across the pond to Walt Disney World Resort is “What should I pack?”
My best advice is always –
- Be practical
- Do not over pack – after all you aren’t visiting a 3rd world country!
- Purchase a set of luggage scales to weigh those bulging suitcases
Above all – pack the most comfortable trainers you own!
Plus you might not get very far without –
- Passports – ensure passports have at least 6 months remaining after your scheduled return date to the UK
- At least 72 hours before travelling apply & purchase online ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation)
- Arrange appropriate travel and medical insurance cover
- Currency – for the best exchange rates don’t leave it until you’re at the airport
- Photo ID – such as a valid driving licence
Hints & Tips for Car Hire
It’s also helpful to know the fairly new UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Car Hire regulations – since 8th June 2015 new rules were introduced removing the paper portion of driving licences i.e: the bit which holds records of driving entitlements and/or endorsements
Therefore British travellers wishing to hire a vehicle whilst abroad need to acquire a check-code and print-out PDF of their driver licence records to show hire car companies; once obtained the check-code currently lasts for 21 days.
My Top Necessary Sundry Items
- Polarised sunglasses
- Small medical kit containing: elasticated plaster strip, nail scissors, cotton buds, pain killer tablets, insect repellant, bite/sting cream etc…
- High factor sunscreen & lip balm
- Wash bag containing make-up & everything needed for your daily ablutions!
- Power strip & cable
- International travel adapter plugs
- Spare charging leads for mobile phones, cameras etc..
My Capsule Case
I generally try to pack colour co-ordinating clothes making it simple to create different daily looks and easy mix & match outfits.
- Swimwear & sarong
- Teeshirts & vest tops
- Linen trousers
- Long sleeve, lightweight cardigan
- Co-ordinating jewellery
- Flip-flops & comfortable, well worn-in trainers
It helps me visualise my holiday wardrobe if I lay everything out on the bed….
Airing my Dirty Laundry!
Not everyone agrees with me on this point, but I always make time to take care of my dirty laundry whilst enjoying my jolly holidays. You will find conveniently placed self service, coin & credit card operated laundries at each Walt Disney World Resort.
My Top Holiday Laundry Tips –
- Pack a stain remover stick such as Vanish
- Pack a pop-up style laundry basket – I bought a great bargain kids one from my local £1 shop!
No need to worry about packing towels as they are included in all Resort rooms at Walt Disney World!
So What Happens if Anything’s Left Behind?!
Easy peasy as Walt Disney World Resort Guests are so very well looked after!
Disney Resorts each have well stocked merchandise stores selling toiletries & grocery sundries and Disney branded clothes. It’s also worth knowing that if you can’t find what you’re looking for ask a Cast Member who will be glad to assist and advise further.
Plus did you know that it’s possible to place an online grocery order which can be delivered directly to your Resort room? This is a super savvy, money saving idea for bulky items like bottled water or baby items. Previously I’ve used GardenGrocer.com with great success.
If hiring a car make a visit to the shops such as Publix, Target or Walmart. The Lakeside Village Centre Publix situated off Winter Garden Vineland Road or Vineland Premium Outlets (be sure not to miss the bargains in the Disney Outlet!) are my personal favourites.
What’s your top packing tip? Let me know by leaving a comment.