I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of any Walt Disney World vacation WDW Tip of the Week logois the “pre-game” planning. From placing the countdown on my phone, to ordering a new color of MagicBand, or nabbing that impossible dining reservation, it’s all part of the fun. When figuring out what to pack, I grab my go-to list. These essential items have always helped our family trips, and I wouldn’t do Disney without them! I always visit my local dollar store and stock up on supplies. It can save you money and make your vacation time a little bit easier and stress-free. So here goes, these are a few of my favorite things…

Bubble wrap. I always pack this in my suitcase. It folds easily and can be used to wrap mugs or some of those more fragile souvenirs for the trip home.

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Plastic sandwich bags. I usually bring a few different sizes on each trip. They are great for a wet bathing suit if you spend your last few hours poolside before leaving your resort. I use them to organize toiletries and keep things neat by the sink, especially when traveling with a larger party. But…my most favorite hack is putting my cell phone in a baggie for any “splash” ride. It’s just a precaution, but who wants to deal with a waterlogged phone on vacation?


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Rain Ponchos. I bring a bunch of these and dole them out as needed. Rather than buy a poncho in the parks, these dollar store finds do the trick each time. You can just throw them away when you are finished.

Sharpie. Bring a Sharpie with you! You can label your refillable mug, especially if two people have the same colored lid.

Glow sticks. These are great for nighttime in the parks, and they come in a bunch of different colors and styles. They are much cheaper than all of those fancy glow toys sold around the parks.

What are your trip essentials? Please comment below and let us know what your must-have items are!

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