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5 Packing Hacks that are Sure to Make Your Day

5 Packing Hacks that are Sure to Make Your Day

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Some Disney planners start packing their bags at the same time they book their trip (I’m guilty!) while others stuff that bag as they’re running out the door. Whichever camp you belong to, you will be glad when you remember these tips.

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Resealable bags

This one will save you so much time in the morning. Although good for any of us, I particularly like this one for the kiddos. In each bag, place the entire outfit including socks, undies, and the cute Mickey and Minnie accessories. In the morning, hand out the bags and be sure that everyone is camera-ready.

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We love every Disney resort, but the one thing we always find to be lacking is the ease in which we can hang our towels. Solve this problem by packing a few extra pants hangers. The clips will keep your towels off the floor if you are going to use them more than once. If you use a sharpie to write a name on each hanger, everyone keeps their own towels without argument too.

Contact case

This isn’t what you think. Even if you don’t wear contacts, you will want at least one of these handy little items with you if you are considering going bagless to any of the parks. I love that you can get some over-the-counter medicines at each park when necessary, but so many of us have other medicines that we need to keep with us. A contact case is big enough to hold a few doses of many medicines and small enough to fit easily in your pocket.

An extra suitcase

We all know how easy it is to lose track of all those souvenirs until you suddenly need to figure out a way to get them all home. I have two favorite easy ways of traveling with an extra bag. Sometimes, I pack a smaller or medium suitcase and then place that full suitcase in a larger one. Make sure that larger suitcase still fits the requirements if flying. Other times, I take a small suitcase and pack it with some snacks and breakfast items that travel well. Of course, you could always combine these two methods. Either way, at the end of the trip, you have an extra bag to fill with goodies.  The ones pictured above are available online at Walmart.

Magic band

Finally, you will want to start making magic as soon as possible once you arrive. So make sure that everyone has his or her magic band ready. Why not make it one of your travel day accessories and wear it while flying or driving? It might even make the trip feel shorter!

Bonus hack

Make sure your subscription to the Character Locator is current and that you have a shortcut ready to go on your phone.  A good plan is always the most important item to pack!

What do you do to make your packing fun? What are some of the unique items you take on vacation? Tell me about it below or on Facebook.

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Monday 7th of October 2019

I have a sturdy Disney tote that folds flat. Put it on top of everything in the suitcase. Then I have a tote for the pool or to take to the parks with extras like sweaters or jackets or an extra bag that can be checked or carried on for the plane trip home


Sunday 6th of October 2019

I actually printed up maps of the 4 parks before hand. This way we could decide ahead of time where we'd go first & what we didn't want to do, like the kiddie rides. We're older. Marking notes on them & highlighting things was a big help.


Saturday 5th of October 2019

I bring an extra pillowcase for laundry, disposable rain coats, and a power strip. There are never enough outlets for the family.

Rebecca Davis

Saturday 5th of October 2019

I bring a nylon zip-out bag rather than an extra suitcase. We put all of the laundry in it as we go and then check that bag separately. Then the suitcase has room for all the souvenirs.

I also always bring ear plugs, clothespins and glow sticks to light the way to the bathroom. The night lights are too bright for me, glow bracelets work great.


Saturday 5th of October 2019

For people who drive, I think my smartest packing tip was taking the black heavy-duty trash bags. What we did was every night we threw our dirty laundry in one of them and as soon as it was full my husband would take it and just throw it in the car where it would stay until we're ready to leave! It reduce the amount of bags we had to take down on check out day tremendously!

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