I try not to overpack but you really do need more than just a sets of clothing when you head to Disneyland or Disney World. Unless of course you’re rich and can just blow extra money on random stuff once you arrive. If you do have random extra cash, please buy me a sweet R2-D2 suitcase. Thanks! 😉
Here are 5 things we always bring on a Disney trip (and you should too!). Your wallet will thank me.
Disney is expensive enough without having to completely rely on their restaurants and snack options. At the very least pack a few of your favorite snacks to bring into the park or eat in your room. We always plan on eating breakfast in the room, you’re guaranteed to find cereal, granola bars, and bagels in our suitcase. On our last trip we ordered a few fresh items from Garden Grocer like bananas, lunch meat, and milk. We opted to bring our own crackers, apple sauce pouches, and bread because the Garden Grocer was pricier than groceries from home.
If you travel with delicate items or anything you don’t want to squish, then opt to use a hard sided suitcase like the Ricardo Roxbury 2.0. I was sent it to review and found it to be perfect for our family trip to Walt Disney World. It kept anything we didn’t want from getting smashed like our Mickey Mouse ears and bagels, safe and sound!
2. Laundry Soap
I know doing laundry doesn’t sound like a fun vacation activity but you need to be prepared with traveling with kids for 7 days. Bring your own laundry soap (I prefer these laundry packs to liquid or powder that might spill in my suitcase) and you will definitely save money vs. the crazy gift shop prices. By the way, at Walt Disney World you can monitor the status of washing machines and dryers via the Laundry View website! Check to see if there are any available machines BEFORE heading to the laundry room or while lounging at the pool waiting to switch the loads around!
3. Water Bottles & Drink Packets
Disney will give you free cups of ice water, so there is no need to buy bottled drinking water at $3 each inside the parks. Simply refill your own water bottles with the complimentary cups of ice water. If you like a break from water all day, then throw a couple of drink mix packets in your bag! We really like the drink mix packets!
I ALWAYS pack ponchos on Disney trips. I swear it rains every time I go to Walt Disney World and quite frequently in California as well. Having a couple of dollar store ponchos stashed away in your bag will make you feel like a money-saving genius when the rain clouds roll in. Plus you can wear the ponchos on exceptionally wet rides like Kali River Rapids and HOPE it helps keep you from getting soaked.
My boys are 5 & 7 and I think a stroller is still necessary for Disney trips. We do A LOT of walking in the parks and it’s inevitable that one of them will need a break from time to time. We just upgraded to a BOB Revolution FLEX a few months ago, it’s perfect for our Disney trips. The weight limit is higher than typical strollers, so it can accommodate either boy. Plus they can squeeze in together in a pinch. If you don’t visit Disney often, consider renting a stroller.
While on vacation I don’t like wasting money or worrying about things back at home. In fact, I tend to not worry enough, my husband is the worrier among us. I was also sent a Panasonic Home Monitoring System to try out and it gave my husband peace of mind to have it installed. He could open the app on his iPhone and see what’s going back at home!
And if you’re looking for souvenir ideas, don’t miss my top 3 Disney souvenirs. These are the ones that give you a great bang for your vacation buck!
What do you pack to save money at Disney?
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