On a short trip into a Walt Disney World park with older children (or none at all), it’s possible to go in free of cumbersome bags or backpacks. The rest of the time? Not so much. Supplies are necessary. The right supplies…imperative. Personalized to your travel party’s particular needs, the well-prepared survival kit can save the day.
5 Disney World Survival Kits
Need one or need them all, survival kits are best packed in appropriately sized zip-lock bags carried within your backpack or carryall. This way your supplies are protected from rain and water rides alike and all contents are sorted by their respective purpose.
- Weather Warrior Kit – Think sunscreen, caps or visors, lip balm with high SPF, rain ponchos, hairbrush & barrettes/ponytail holders, blotting papers, and wet wipes. Sun or rain, this kit’s designed to keep you both comfortable and safe from sunburn and soaking rain (or Kali River Rapids). It also allows you to touch up a bit before sitting down for a meal.
- Tenderfoot Kit – If you are prone to blisters or sore feet, it’s best to think ahead. You may need a dry pair of socks, moleskin, anti-chafing balm (like Body Glide) or even an easy to carry change of footwear. No matter the park, you’ll be covering a lot of territory – best be ready to address the situation before those dogs start barking.
- Anti Hangry Kit – Hungry + Angry = Hangry. When you’re having fun, it’s easy to ignore the early signs of hunger until it’s too late…suddenly folks are starving and you’re right in the middle of the line for Expedition Everest.Not to worry if you’re prepared! Choose snacks that won’t melt in the Florida heat. We like granola bars, Goldfish crackers, trail mix, hard candies and mixed nuts. Consider some juice pouches if you have little ones along.
- Line Survival Kit – While Disney’s interactive queues have done wonders for the wait, there are still plenty of opportunities for boredom to set in (I’m looking at you, Soarin’). Think age-appropriate activities that won’t run down your smartphone or tablet battery. Trivia books, Hidden Mickeys Guide, small toys or puzzles, you get the idea. You know your family and what they like – be prepared for impatience an pack accordingly.
- Mini Medicine Chest – This one’s been my savior on many occasion. Skinned knees need a bandage, upset stomachs need an antacid, headaches and allergies need relief. Thinks basics in small quantities and you won’t be sorry you planned ahead.
How about you? Are you a Disney World veteran? What’s in your survival kit?