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  • On Sep 2, 2008
    Cristine from PA Asked

    You are all terrific and I'm at ease about my first trip to Disney. I was wondering what I should pack? I know I saw this somewhere else but not sure where. It is just my boyfriend me and his family. Thanks

    Glad you are feeling at ease with your planning.  I think that's a great sign that you're doing things right!

    Regarding a packing list, it would be tough to tell you exactly what to pack, since it depends so much on your preferences/tastes, time of year, etc.  I can however provide some helpful tips, including...

    - Check the weather in advance, so you have a better sense of what you'll need (hot? cold? rain? etc.).  www.weather.com is helpful for 10 day forecasts.
    - You can find a great packing list at www.themouseforless.com (search for "packing list" and you'll find the page easily).  It includes suggestions for items to pack, bring to the parks, etc.  I find the lists a bit too all-inclusive, but are great memory joggers, and are easy to adapt to individual tastes.
    - If you have the PassPorter Guide to Walt Disney World (available at most bookstores), it also has a helpful list of suggested items to pack.
    - Especially important items that you might forget to pack:  sunglasses, cameras, extra memory cards for the camera, rain poncho (for rain, or perhaps on Splash Mountain!), very comfortable walking shoes, hats, bathing suit, cell phones, chargers for phones and cameras, and sunblock.  I also usually bring a good reusable/refillable water bottle, so I don't have to buy water at the parks (you can refill at any counter-service restaurant for free).
    - If all else fails, you can buy most common travel items that you might forget at the resort gift shops, but you'll definitely pay a premium

    Hope that helps you continue to feel at ease with your trip planning!!

    Bonus tip: Try to minimize the number of things you bring to the parks with you each day, as you'll have to carry it with you all day (or use a locker at the parks, if you find that convenient).  Keep track of what you don't use each day, and consider skipping those items the next day.
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