In case you hadn’t figured it out we at Babes in Disneyland are always thinking about our next visit to Disneyland (probably much like you, if you’re reading this blog!) – and we are always planning ways to make our trip the absolute BEST it can be. Life happens, and like can sometimes make you feel miserable, but when you are in the Happiest Place on Earth that’s just not an option! So we’ve put our heads together to come up with our list of “kind of out there,” not-your-basic life-saving items we pack with us for a full-day in the parks. And the best part is that all of these items are good for the whole family – not just the babes! (Click here for our complete packing guide.)
In no particular order…
1. Plastic baggies –
We’ve been known to say that we should own stock in plastic baggies. Seriously – they are so multi-purpose that we’ve used them for anything from saving meal leftovers, to protecting your camera or phone on Grizzly River Run, to containing a “messy” pair of infant clothes until you can wash them again. They come in SO handy! *Terrific Tip: You don’t want to use a gallons-sized baggie (i.e. Ziploc, etc.) for a child’s small snack or only have a sandwich-size bag for the wet/dirty flip flops you want to throw in your bag – pack them in all sizes – snack, sandwich, quart, & gallon! Jumbo (7.6 liter) bags are great for older kids and adults clothing.
2. Ponchos –
While the water rides are a TON of fun, walking around wet for a few hours (especially when it’s not a blazing hot day) just isn’t and can lead to chafing (see #3) which is totally miserable. Check out this old Tip Tuesday, we may look silly, but we enjoy the ride and enjoy getting off a lot more than the folks who got soaked sitting behind us. Ponchos not only protect our clothes or hair, but if they are long you can also wrap them around your shoes to keep them dry and makes you feel better about your electronics you might have on your person. *Terrific Tip: Don’t have ponchos? Use large trashbags instead!
3. Body Glide or GoldBond powder –
Thankfully I do not suffer from this problem, but I know several people that get terrible chaffing on their
legs from walking a lot in the heat, it ruins their day! To prevent this from happening you can use a BodyGlide stick or some GoldBond powder before you hit the parks and throughout the day. *Terrific Tip: Feel a blister coming on? Swipe some body glide on your foot and it can even keep your feet pain free!
4. Wet wipes –
Gracious, what are wet wipes not good for? Everybody will want to use one on their hands before eating a snack or meal and on their face afterward. They clean up a dirty table at a busy restaurant so you can feel comfortable eating there, and just generally clean up spills and messes that may occur. *Terrific Tip: Since you may already be carrying baby wipes with you, just use these instead of sanitizing wipes – they feel wonderful on a sweaty hot day to wipe off your face and neck and are more gentle.
5. Motion-sick medicine –
Consider yourself very lucky if motion-sickness does not affect you, because it is no bueno! But because we don’t want that to get in the way of enjoying our favorite rides we’ve found that motion-sick medicine can turn our frowns upside-down! *Terrific Tip: While the First Aid at the Parks don’t have motion sick medicine to share, they DO have pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen for your headaches, muscleaches, etc.!
6. Ride wait time apps –
What a convenience these are! It’s so nice to take a few seconds to check how long a line is across the park or even across the esplanade before making the long-trek there only to be disappointed to find the line too long or even a closed ride. *Terrific Tip: While some cost a fee to download there are several free ones if you don’t mind ads on the screen!
7. Water misting fan –
Because it’s hot, and kids and adults can get cranky in the heat, and a mister feels like heaven. Enough said. *Terrific Tip: WITH PERMISSION, if you see some worn out kiddos near you or in line, send a mist their way – I’ve never been sorry when a new friend shared their nice cool mist with me.
8. Protein / Snack bar –
You all know what hangry is right? When you’re so hungry that you’re angry? I get this big time, and what makes it worse is when I’ve had a whole lot of sugar (I love me some churros and cotton candy). I like to have snacks on me, but particularly snack bars that have protein in them – they really help to take the edge off my hunger and balance out some of the sugar I’ve eaten. I love Kind Bars (check the label for ones with more protein) and for the kids (or myself, who am I kidding?) we like ZBars.
9. Portable electronics charger –
Raise your hand if you’ve ever missed out on taking that perfect picture with Mickey because your battery died. Or you were supposed to meet up with half of your party, but since your phone was dead you wandered for 45 minutes before finding them? Or just needed the battery to last 10 more minutes to get your tired kiddo through the last line, but no. Oh yes – it’s not our favorite thing. Packing along a small portable electronic charger can be a total life-saver during a day at Disneyland! Don’t miss out on your selfie with Snow White! We’ve reviewed this Trent iCarrier charger before…
10. Flip Flops –
Now a lot of you probably are already wearing flip-flops, so you can disregard this, this tip is for people that wear tennis shoes for most of the day in the parks. Bringing flip flips to change into is a lifesaver for these reasons: a) it feels amazing to change your shoe situation after walking for hours, b) it can seriously cool you off to let your feet breathe in flip flops, c) you can go on wet rides or play in the splash park without worrying about soggy sneakers.
11) Sunglasses/Hat – to shield you from the harsh sun, 12) Water Bottle – to keep you hydrated and feeling good, 13) Backpack – so you don’t have to carry something in your hand all day, or have something slipping off your shoulder constantly.
Yep, we’ve lived through each and every one of these lame situations – but they’ve made us all a little wiser and hopefully a little more helpful to you, so you can avoid the grouchies and enjoy your magical day in the parks!
Photos, with the exception of the ziploc photos, from Amazon.com.