Things TO DO Before Vacation: Packing for Disney

Headed out on vacation and afraid you will forget something? READ this list: Packing for Disney World & Beyond.

Hey guys, I am headed on vacation here in a few weeks. And one thing I always worry about is forgetting something. And I don’t mean, just packing items. I know many of you also have “nightmare” like dreams before a trip. READ this list of things not to forget to do BEFORE vacation: Packing for Disney World.

Hair and Nails:

I find this to be a COMMON item that people want to do before a trip, but often forget as time draws closer. So ladies don’t forget to spruce up your color, get those “Disney” nails and make sure those feet are cute shoes ready. Guys – don’t forget to trim your hairs too. And don’t forget the kids, they need beauty maintenance too. Now for those that might be wondering, why?? Why do I need to get my hair done – PICTURES. Most people on vacation take TONS of pictures and often are seeking out that amazing family pic.

My Disney Toes. Sorry if toes gross you out – eek.
Toiletry Shopping:

I can NOT tell you how many times I ask my husband if he needs anything at the store…just to have him write items on the list AFTER I went shopping. As annoying as this is on a week basis…its very, very frustrating ONE day before your trip. So make sure EVERYONE looks in their toiletry bags, bathroom cabinets, etc and shop for all your beauty items BEFORE you go. These “oops” I forgot to pack items can be costly. This majorly includes Sunscreen, Aloe and Deodorant. So make a list, check all your bags and shop ahead.

Clothes:

So I don’t just mean packing clothes…I mean making sure you have the right clothes for the right vacation. AND I also mean, clothes that fit. I have this issue every trip. Based on temps, location, style of trip and if I added a pound or two, certain items might need to be replaced. And KIDS, make them try on their summer shorts (especially if winter) and see if you need to purchase the next size up. Bathing suites and shoes too. Do this in advance, 2 days before your trip just adds more stress than needed.

Park Bags:

I find it VERY helpful to pack my “park” bag BEFORE the trip. I do this for a few reasons. 1 – make sure you OWN everything you need. 2 – helps you see if you are bringing too much and perhaps need 2 backpacks. 3 – it prevents you from forgetting something at the last minute. Rushing to the parks in the morning it tough enough, but finding you forgot an item is worse. Practice and pack ahead.

RANDOM:

I get many emails about people forgetting certain things…so to prevent vacation “nightmares” and I mean during sleep time. Label your suitcases NOW. Add your luggage tags NOW. Pack your swimsuits, sunscreen and such items NOW. Put your Magicbands in your bags NOW. Make lists and cross of items as you pack.

Hope this helps prevent any packing drama incidences. I have become a PRO at packing, travel in general and traveling with kids.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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My FAVORITE 5 Snacks to pack for Vacation – Disney

Headed on Vacation? Worried about cranky kids, hungry picky kids or have Food Allergies? READ my TOP snacks to pack for Vacation, especially Disney.

Hey guys, after yesterdays post, I thought I would continue some packing TIPS. I love snacks, kids love snacks and even though Disney is FILLED and FILLED to the top with snacks…its not always the type of snacks I want to eat 24/7. Sometimes I want something healthier. Or something for a quick breakfast on the go. So whether you have Food Allergies or not, or on the Meal Plan (which I LOVE) packing some park snacks CAN save the day.

Cereal:

OK – you heard me. I 100% pack DRY Cereal. Its great for breakfast, a simple snack, finger foods for tots and it can be on the healthy side. Its dry, lasts forever and doesn’t melt. Cheers for Cereal!! Place in a baggie and you are good-to-go.

SUGAR – YUM – Erin McKenna’s WDW
Protein Shakes:

Since I work with hundreds of families every year, one common concern I find is parents worried about protein for the kids. My kids just eat junk, all they want is pizza, pasta and more starch. How about packing protein shakes to have in the morning with your dry cereal? I actually do this for myself, along with green juice. With all the yummy, surgery goodness that Disney can offer, why not fight it with healthy, vitamin filled protein shakes? Mine has 16 grams of protein; vegan, allergen friendly protein.

Green Juice 🙂
Healthy Bars:

This goes with the above thought…protein bars to combat the sugar. It’s also an easy item to toss in your park bag; pack a whole box in your suitcase and you are ready. Just be-careful about chocolate flavored bars…nothing’s worse then trying to eat a melted granola bar that gets everywhere and sticks to your fingers. I aim for high fiber and lower sugar.

Breakfast Bar – filled with Protein
Go-Go Fruit Pouches:

This is the perfect idea for littles. And its great for parents that worry about kids digestive systems, you know what I am talking about. Toss a few of these in your park bags to keep the kids regular and hydrated in the heat. They even make veggie ones and again I stick to low sugar, high fiber ones.

Chocolate:

OK – yep I said chocolate. I even said this after saying NO chocolate granola bars. This treat is more for the allergy kids. Disney, at one time, had an arrangement with Enjoy Life and sold SAFE chocolate bars on property. I am sad to say that I can’t find them anywhere, so I am back to packing them. When kids are offered just fruit for dessert, pop one of these out and enjoy. I am also known for sneaking 1-2 myself, mamma needs her chocolate too 😉

I hope these lists are helping you out, PLEASE remember to LIKE and COMMENT and FOLLOW along. You can follow my BLOG and receive email updates when I post, easy right?!?!

And of course, I would love to help with a vacation – Mahalo Nina

Gettin’ Organized…Making Lists

Ok…so I am about 6 months out from our Disney Vacation.  This is about the time that I start making LISTS…yes I am a crazy list person.  But I do this to not only stay sane and organized but to save a few too.

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I find that shopping last minute for specific items not only makes me want to tear my hair out, but also costs more.  Not to mention the dreaded…I must get XYZ (insert Bathing Suit, Formal Dress, Matching Clothes HERE).  Plan Early and shop the Deals!

Also considering it’s almost summer and in 6+ months it will be fall/winter…finding summer items and accessories will get harder and harder to come by, not to mention pricey.  So I make my lists and shop as I normally would and if I see something on my list when already at Target or the Disney Store – SOLD and DONE.  No more last minute trips for sunscreen, a suit that fits, cover-ups, backpacks, Disney Tees and so on.  Shop early and save yourself the Headache…here is a general, ever changing list.

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Summer Time Deals to LOOK for:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses, Summer Hats – for ALL
  • Bathing Suits, Water Shoes, Cover-up, etc – For ALL
  • Clothes for the kids…for when you go. Perhaps get the next size up?? THINK SHORTS.
  • Disney TEES, Princess Attire, etc – Shop the Halloween section, shop DisneyStore Deals
  • SNACKS…often Target has deals on BULK snacks during summer

Back to School Items:

  • 1-2 Backpacks – One per parent perhaps
  • Soft-Side Cooler bag or Tote – I just got a deal on one from the DisneyStore
  • Highlighter, note pads, locker Magnet boards with dry-Erase Markers (Cruise)
  • Black Sharpie Markers – Autograph signing
  • Post-it notes – Cruise and for taking notes in general

General Searching:

  • Formal Dress/Accessories and Attire for family…also Sundresses – Cruise
  • Pirate Gear – Cruise
  • Other random items: Blister Band aids, Nightlights, Alarm Clocks, Clothing Pins (Cruise), Ziploc bags, etc.
  • Kids Entertainment – Coloring books, Airplane fun, Tablet apps, Headphones, etc.
  • Disney Gift Cards – if you see a deal
  • Get NEW shoes and start breaking them in…DON’T wear straight from the box.
  • Camera and other Memory Making items…read manual, practice, practice, practice.

NOW is also a good time to search Etsy.com for Matching tees, embroidered outfits for the kids or any other Custom items.

**Also NOTE…I love to purchase lightweight Princess Night-Gowns verses Full-on Fancy dresses…DisneyStore and Kohl’s always has a cute selection and they are perfect for the sunny/hot weather.

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