I was wondering, what do you all take to the parks (waist pack or backpack)? I really need to know which would be best because I am GOING TO WDW FOR THE FIRST TIME this summer and I want to be most comfortable. SO:
For waist packs, are they ever uncomfortable at any time? Do they make your waist sore?
For back packs, don't they get your back hot and sweaty???
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I usually use a waist pack, more hands free than a purse, but I don't carry much, ID, money, c cards, family's tickets, cell phone and camera, when your back gets tired from the extra weight on the front you can always turn the pack around.
We always take a backpack....it is necessary with young kids. We do also have a stroller with us too, so the backpack does spend time in the basket underneath. My Mom and Hubby both wear Disney waistpacks to keep wallets, cell phones, tickets, FP's and such in.....
As of the last trip, i take my sling bag (ie. "Man Purse") for all my gear
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I like to take one of those "light" backpacks.They have very thin material,(but they don't feel cheap!) Adidas makes them, (and other comapanies too) they don't make you sweaty. They're nice and light. I prefer them over waist pouches and lugging arounda big heavy backpack, your not staying the night IN the PARK for crying out loud! -Chloe
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I usually bring a backpack. I need it to carry my extra camera equipment (spare batteries and memory sticks), a waterbottle and my lunch (i'm cheap, and bring a lunch to save about $10-15/day), my wallet and passes and keys and those kinds of things (I hate having things in my pockets, rubbing and chafing against my legs all day if i can help it), and if weather looks sketchy or possibly unusually cool, a poncho and/or sweathshirt. Not everyone will need all that stuff, but I like to be overprepared rather than caught off guard. And none of it is really all that heavy, so it doesn't bother me to carry it. The only disadvantages to carrying this is that yes, sometimes if it's really warm I get a little sweaty under the straps and a bit on my upper back, and the fact that it doesn't fit well in a lot of the ride vehicles (Space Mtn and Expedition Everest are two that come to mind right away as rides presenting storage issues). But if all else fails and you don't want to lose your bag on a ride, just put your legs in through the straps and make sure you don't lift your feet. This works just fine for me.
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I usually take a waist pack with camera, purse, comb, sunglasses and lip balm. My husband also takes a waist pack with wallet, glasses, sunglasses, cigarettes and keys. Then we take one small backpack with rain ponchos and sun cream in them. However we sometimes use the lockers available for hire at all the WDW parks, and we can get anything out of them when needed.
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Personally I prefer a waistpack.......I got a great one that converts to a normal bag if you wanted to do that.............".KIPLINGS" bags .............,not sure if you get them anywhere near to you but you could try online .They do a huge variety ,all organiser type ,big & small,travel specialists.
My waistpack leaves you free to go on rides & I felt safer having my cards/money/tickets in front of me & not on my back...........also the backpack hurt the top of my shoulders after a while........probably me .as I put just everything in it.
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I always take a back pack, but I never go during the summer so I don't have any problems with sweating. I usually pack a sweat shirt for night time and video camera. I bring a small purse with long strap to hang across shoulder to side with camera in it and just money.
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I actually choose NOT to bring a bag at all! I keep my park tickets, ID and credit card all in a (Mickey Mouse) business card holder in my pocket. I carry a water bottle and wear my sunglasses. The entire purpose is to be able to walk through the "No Bags" line at all the park entrances! Granted, we have no kiddos yet, so, I know these days are numbered. Another tip: if you end up needing something (ie: band-aid, suntan lotion) look for a friendly mom with a big bag. They have everything in there and are usually more than happy to help you out!
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Well lets see. Stroller with diaper bag/rain ponchos. Hip packs for me and wife.
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