First the Business stuff……. All opinions in the following post are my own (just as they always are!) and have nothing to do with my employer or it’s subsidiaries.  I am writing as a guest/fan and not as a Cast Member.

And now for the fun stuff!

I checked so many Blogs and travel sites before we left, just as I did last year before our Disney Cruise, that my head swam. Some of the advice I took, some I didn’t. Here’s what worked and what I’ll probably do next year (yes, we already have our dates picked out and I’ve requested vacation time).

Pants/Shirts/Dresses

  • 3 pair Jeans   Next time: I would take just 2 pair; 1 tight, 1 a bit looser for the flight home
  • 2 pair of black leggings  Next time: I might add a pair of yoga pants
  • 1 pair black clamdiggers  Next time: good, but better with pockets
  • Sun Dress, Long flowing Dress, shorter dressy dress  Next time: This I did well with, maybe another sun dress, stay away from restrictive clothing
  • Shirts: hand-full of T-shirts, 1 button up, 1 fancier pull over  Next time: You’ll buy t-shirts there so maybe a few less
  • Shorts: 4 pair  Next time: because of recent weight loss all fit awkwardly and looked terrible on me (I have pictures to prove it) Better planning next time 
  • Bathing suit  Next time: If you plan on swimming a lot, bring 2, I may even bring a beach towel as they don’t give them at the pool so you need to bring the bitty ones from the room

Lingerie:

  • 4 bras in various colors  Next time: at least a couple more 
  • Underwear, the number of days staying +1  Next time: whatever you think you need, you need more, because of the heat,  focus on breathable materials, opting for functional, and not cute
  • Socks: I pair for each day, a couple of long pairs, a few ankle length, mostly short bootie socks  Next time: all ankle length all the time, 1 for each day + a few extra (The bootie socks kept slipping beneath my heels, and it was painfully annoying. I’ll avoid them from now on)

Shoes

  • Flip Flops, mine are dressy, these will work when dressing up provided you’re not in a dining location that bans them altogether
  • 2 pair converse (I normally live in my converse, but next time, I may just bring one pair)
  • dress flats (I didn’t wear mine at all, and I bought a Chinese silk pair in EPCOT’s China Pavilion that I loved better and wore twice)
  • I almost took a pair of UGG’s, in retrospect, that would have been stupid
  • I didn’t bring heels because of the resort nature, but if I was planning a special meal I might
  • Next time: Very lightweight running or hiking shoes, regardless of how ugly I might think they are  

Haircare/Cosmetics/Body care

  • Hair Conditioner (I’m picky, the stuff in the room doesn’t cut it, the provided shampoo is ok)
  • Moisturizer (bring a good thick lotion for your arms and legs too)
  • Foundation (something that can survive the deep moist heat, or a tinted moisturizer if your skin can get away with it)
  • Eyebrow pencil (that’s because of my deep eyebrow obsession) and eyeshadow
  • Something to keep the hair frizzies at bay, but much more isn’t needed
  • Hair-ties, bands, barettes – I was constantly trying to keep my hair off my neck because of the heat
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash (Duh)
  • Facial cleaner (again, the provided soap doesn’t cut it for me)
  • Lipbalm for daily use, lipstick for dressing up
  • Face powder, blotting papers
  • Disposable wipes and/or hand sanitizer (to carry in your bag, there will always be a call for them)
  • Flushable wipes for the bathroom (do I even have to explain this)
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file, clippers
  • hair brush
  • hand mirror (I like to sit while I’m doing my makeup)
  • Baby powder
  • Razor
  • Aloe or skin soother

Electronics and Accessories 

  • Laptop and charger (free wi-fi!)
  • Kindle and charger (mostly for the plane, I didn’t end up reading at all on my trip – maybe if I spend more time at the pool)
  • iPhone and charger
  • Portable back-up battery for electronics (specifically my iPhone in the parks)
  • fitbit charger (I wear it on me all the time.  I walked over 70 miles on this trip)
  • Power strip (extra outlets to charge my many electronics)
  • Camera / standard and long lens/ battery charger

Suitcases / Purses / Bags

  • large checked bag (with room to add stuff on the return)
  • My inflight roller bag  including : 1 change of cloths for arrival, makeup remover, pajamas, all electronics and chargers – essentially, anything you might need if your checked bag doesn’t arrive with you
  • Personal carry-on (I take a large purse that I can fit my laptop in, but a good backpack will work too)
  • Backpack or daypack – I would have liked something lightweight with a cellphone pocket on the strap
  • lightweight purse for nights out

Misc.

  • Gum (you can’t buy it anywhere on the resort)
  • I would have loved a case of bottled water, Tom goes through it like, well….. water. You can have groceries delivered and I may do that next time
  • candy or snacks that are portable and cost prohibitive on the resort

I feel like I’ve missed a bunch of things, so I’m sure I’ll add to this later

I would love to hear other suggestions in the comments section 🙂 

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