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  • On Nov 19, 2019
    Evelyn from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Does anyone have a simple reference for a packing list as well as a good map to use for the general area where all 4 parks are vs the central 'downtown disney' type area? I just want to get a sense of distance between places...

    Hi there, Evelyn! 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. When I'm not packing for the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm dreaming about packing for a vacation there, so you're surely at the right place!
    I have 4 essential checklists for every trip. First, I think of the items I need for the plane. Usually pack a comfy coat, sunglasses, extra glasses, headphones, phone and notebook chargers, a travel pillow, hand lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and medication. I also like to pack my MagicBand on my airplane luggage, but, to be fair, I always put it on before I even get to the airport! 

    My checked luggage always includes park outfits, clothes to wear in the room after I shower, pajamas, flip-flops, at least two pairs of sneakers or other comfy shoes, and swimming attire. I also carry a sun hat, a cooling towel, a poncho, and a rainproof jacket. My dear friend Anne Marie always takes her Toms and Keen sandals, and she loves them. I'm curious to try them, so I may pack them on my next trip, too! 

    I also pack some evening clothes to wear at places that have a dress code (like my favorite restaurant, Jiko - The Cooking Place). It doesn't have to be fancy, so I pack 2 or three dresses that go well with flats, and I'm good to go.  

    Finally, it's necessaire time! The most important item on my Disney necessaires is sunscreen, so I take a big tube to use in the morning, a small one to use during the day, and two facial sunscreens: one stays in the bathroom, and the other one goes in my purse. 

    If you're traveling with kids or a big group, your packing needs may change a bit, so it's also smart to Google packing tips for your specific needs, Evelyn!  

    Finally, to get a sense of distance between places, my best tip is to use Google Maps to test the routes. Not all maps follow a scale, so you may be deceived even by the best options out there. Google Maps can be very helpful, especially if you're planning on renting a car! 

    I hope that these tips help you plan for the most amazing days at the Walt Disney World Resort. A well-planned suitcase usually means no worries for the rest of your (vacation) days. With this problem-free philosophy, you're going to be singing Hakuna Matata for the rest of the trip!

    May the magic be with you, 

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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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