Ten Things to Pack in Your Disney Carry On

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Published on September 19, 2013 at 3:00 am with 37 Comments

Whether you’re headed East and using Disney’s Magical Express (and won’t see your checked bags until a few hours after you arrive) or you’re going out West, there are a few important things you should slip into your carry-on baggage just in case your luggage decides to take a vacation of its own.

1. A Change of Clothes

Each of us packs at least one entire outfit down to the unmentionables.  A friend of mine arrived at Walt Disney World only to discover her bags did not.  She and her son are now the proud owners of Walt Disney World underwear and pajamas because she didn’t have any extra clothes with them.

2. Swimsuits

It’s become a tradition for our family to hit the pool soon after arrival at our Disney resort.  With the swimsuits in tow, we can jump in the water as soon as possible.  Consider getting a travel sized sunscreen that follows airport guidelines and throw that in there, too.  No sense in getting sunburned on day one.

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Get Pool Wise: If your little one uses a lifejacket in the pool, no need to try to cram that into the bag.  They are readily available for use free of charge at resort pools.

3. Medication

This is very important if you use anything daily.  We also keep a couple packets of pain reliever and allergy meds in our carry-on bags.

4. Snacks

Some airlines have eliminated those nostalgic little bags of peanuts and even the more recent pretzels, so depending on your carrier, there may or may not be anything to nosh during your flight.  Cheez-its, fruit snacks and Goldfish tend to always show up in our carry-on luggage, and any extra gets transferred to the park bags.

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Flat Stanley guarding our snacks

Get Packing Wise: If packing crunchable snacks, move them into a hard-sided container.  Treats aren’t much fun if they’re a fine, orange dust by the time you decide to munch.

5. Cameras and Supplies

I’m one of those who starts snapping pictures the minute we arrive at our home airport.

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It would drive me crazy if I had to wait on my bags to start photographically documenting our vacation.  My camera bag (camera, memory cards, chargers, etc.) is one of the first things packed in my carry-on suitcase.  Speaking of electronics…

6. Chargers

Phone chargers, handheld video game chargers, tablet chargers, camera chargers, etc.   I know our family plugs in once we get on a plane.  Angry Birds and Minecraft definitely make a flight go faster for the little ones, and I make sure my Candy Crush lives are all stocked up before I board.  Chargers allow us to re-power during a layover or get a little juice once we arrive at our resort.

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7. Activities

Of course, even video games can get a little boring (or the batteries can die mid-flight).  We also pack books, small toys and even homework if we’re missing school.  On my last few flights I was studying for a test myself, and I got a lot of it done on the plane because there was nothing else to distract me.  It’s also much easier on the kids to get the bulk of their work done before they arrive at the Happiest or Most Magical Place on Earth.

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Get Plane Wise: Magazines are great for flights because they can be read and left or passed on to another passenger to enjoy.  Play dough is a fun option for the kids (ok, I like playing with it, too) and doesn’t tend to roll away as easily as little cars do.  Not that we know from personal experience or anything.

8. Blanket/Stuffed Animal

Even at eight, my little mouseketeer still travels with a favorite blanket.  Since we often leave home on the earliest flight possible to make the most of arrival day, we throw the favorite blanket in his backpack along with a soft toy/pillow.  He often catches a few ZZZs on the first leg of our flight.  Again, some airlines no longer provide blankets or pillows, so if you or the kiddos plan on napping, consider packing your own.

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A blanket is also a good visual boundary to keep those toys and books corralled during a layover.

 

9. Laptop

I bring my laptop to Disney mostly to upload pictures to my hard drive and my online storage site each evening.  If I have a little downtime, I also try to do a little live blogging.  This always goes in my carry on simply because I feel better knowing where it is at all times.  Make sure to pack all cords, as well.

Get Airport Wise: Laptops must be sent through the machine on their own.  Have it packed in a handy spot so you don’t get flustered and hold up the line of oh-so-happy travelers behind you while trying to pry it out from underneath all of the other nine items I mentioned all while trying to take off your shoes and remove your Mr. T jewelry.

10. Autograph Books and/or Trading Items

If you’re making and bringing your own autograph item (book, frame, pillowcase, etc.), add it to the carry-on packing list.  If you decide to tour the parks upon arrival or have a character meal planned that evening, you’ll be ready to roll!  I also pack the kids’ trading pins and Vinylmations.  This allows them to start trading as soon as we step off the Magical Express if they so desire.

What do you pack in your Disney carry on?

About Jessica Ma'ilo

Jessica is a special education teacher by day and blogger and Fairy Godmother Travel agent by evening. When not supervising play dates or sleepovers, she can be found creating, sewing or singing. She loves hitting the Disney Parks, and she and her family escape to the World and Land as often as they can. She can be contacted at [email protected], and you can also check out her family blog, Magic, Memories, Mayhem.

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  1. I have to wear a lanyard with a name badge at work. I don’t normally have to help at the register, but we got really busy. I always have a Disney pin on my lanyard. One day I was ringing and a guy saw my pin. He asked me if I wanted to trade and he ran to his car and grabbed a pin.

    I think it’s my favorite pin I own.

    Always carry at least a few pins to trade.

    • That’s so fun! We were staying at a local hotel for a staycation and great fireworks view this past July 4th. We had an issue with the shower, and the maintenance man came up to work on it. His soft-sided tool kit was covered in Disney pins!

  2. I actually don’t check any bags for our family when we travel. I stopped doing this about five years ago because I my DS12 gets a little anxious waiting at bag check. He had one meltdown too many and I just realized that checking bags is a nightmare for us that I can avoid with some planning.

    When my husband and I travel with our two boys, we have two carry-ons that pretty much follow the tips outlined above regarding the change of clothes. I also make sure I have all our swimsuits in the carry-ons because this way we can hit the pool when we get to the hotel, even if our room is not yet ready (every hotel we have ever stayed in with Disney has allowed us to enjoy the pool and change into swimsuits it the restroom while we waited for our checkin).

    I FedEx our vacation clothes to the hotel and pick them up at the front desk when our room is ready. I send the vacation clothes well ahead of time and I send them Ground, which is the cheapest. I usually do this about two and a half weeks before our arrival. This does take some planning but it has been wonderful for us. I can track the package and know that everything has gotten there and is ready for our arrival. On the package, I make sure to clearly label our check-in date and the name of our reservation so that the hotel employees who receive the package will be able to process it easily and then retrieve it for us when we checkin.

    Some of my friends ask me how I can do this, and it’s just a matter of having “vacation clothes” that I can ship ahead like this. For me, it’s a few tops and some shorts and any nice things I want to wear to dinner. For my DH, it’s his polos and some golfing gear and workout clothes. For my boys, it’s comfy stuff they can play in and wear in the parks. My sons never got into dressing up as pirates or anything so they don’t wear costumes, but I have a bunch of Disney shirts for each of them that they like wearing in the parks. Also, before we go to the parks, I buy them each a new Disney tee shirt online (where I can get them really cheap). This way when we get to the hotel and open our FedEx the boys get a surprise: a new shirt. I bet I save myself $40 or $50 on shirts by doing it this way, because if they have a new shirt the day we get there they don’t want a shirt from the parks.

    I have a rule where if they see something they like in the parks, we take a picture of it. Then when we get back to the hotel I see if I can find that same thing online or via Amazon or whatever. If I can find it cheaper and they really want it, I can order it so that it will arrive when we get back home. I swear, nine times out of ten after they have taken a picture of it in the store they forget about it. I call this “photo shopping” because all we end up having is the pictures of this stuff. The kids’ need to “have it” is satisfied by having that picture of it.

    Using FedEx Ground to ship our clothes to us also lets me put snacks in there for our hotel room. I learned the hard way not to put juice boxes or Capris Sun in there (one year some of these leaked). I just like having peanut butter crackers, candies, and snack cakes that I get cheap at home and I don’t have to pay Orlando prices on. I think my savings on just the snacks alone pays for the FedEx cost of shipping that package to myself at the hotel.

    One more tip from my past mistakes: only ship one big box to yourself. Don’t ship multiple boxes. This confuses the hotel. One time, I did three packages because I thought that would save me money. I think it saved me $15 or less. When we got to the hotel, the front desk had them bring up the boxes and they only had two of them. One got misplaced in their shipping/receiving room. It took several hours and lots of hassle to find the missing box, but they eventually did. I don’t think that hassle was worth saving $15. After that, I just used one big box for our stuff.

    • Good call Mom…I no longer check bags anymore either. Of course it’s me and my 14 year old daughter and we’ve learned to travel light which is nice if you can but any way to avoid potential baggage fees and waiting (or losing) luggage is a prime goal.

    • Wow!

      Now that airlines have changed all the rules regarding baggage, I need to relearn them. You’ve taught me a lot. Thanks!

    • What do you do with your boxes before your return flight? You’ll have to repack your boxes, relabel your boxes, locate a FedEx location, apply the necessary fees, and drop off your box. Or maybe trust the hotel staff to mail your boxes.

      Aren’t you restricting how much clothing you’re bringing? The rule of thumb is one medium sized luggage per person for a 7 day trip. If you’re a family of 4, that’s four medium sized luggage. That’s a BIG box. Are you shipping your toiletries too like shampoo, toothpaste, lotion or buying when you get there? That’s a lot of preplanning. I would presume you would make up the difference by bringing at least one carry-on per person, or 1 or 2 checked bags.

      • Hey Steve –

        To answer your questions:

        1. What do I do with the box when we arrive? Simple: I just put it in a corner of the room if it will fit, and if I want more room I use one of my keys and I cut the tape on the bottom and I fold the box up and it leans against the wall. I keep the box in the room (folded up or not folded up, depending on the space in the room) with us while we are there. We usually get two adjoining rooms, one for my husband and myself and then the other for the boys and we leave the connecting door open all the time.

        2. When we are ready to leave, I just call the shipping/receiving department in the hotel for some packing tape and they bring it up. Depending on the hotel, different departments handle packages. Some times it is Loss Prevention, sometimes the Business Center, and sometimes it’s security. I just tell the operator I need help in getting a package ready to ship and they direct me. I’ve never been charged for borrowing packing tape. I also ask for a FedEx Ground slip and they always have those for me at the hotel.

        3. I pack up our stuff, including souvenirs we have bought in the parks during our trip. Each boy is allowed to pickout one toy for himself during the trip and we always get our neighbors’ three kids one small thing each ($10 max each) because our neighbors watch our dogs for us while we are away and this is a little thank you to them. When I am done packing the box and filling out the FedEx form I just call the shipping department and have them come pick it up for me. The FedEx ground charge is just billed to our room and either a bellman or another employee comes to the room and they wheel the box away.

        4. The boxes I’ve used a few times have been computer-sized boxes, like a computer you ordered from Amazon and it came in a big box. I saved this from a computer we bought several years ago and I keep reusing it because it has worked so well. It’s sturdy and every time I use it I just put a strip of duct tape over our old checkin date under our name, so that I don’t have to re-write our name on the box, just change our arrival for the latest trip.

        5. I don’t know how much clothing you take on your vacations, but my family does not need much. We usually wear our nicest clothes on the plane ride, since that keeps the nicest stuff from having to go into bags and get wrinkled. I bring one really nice dress for myself if we plan on eating out — who cares if people see me in the same thing in one restaurant after another. I change it up with different jewelry or wear my hair differently. We don’t eat anywhere that requires jackets on the boys or my husband…so “dress up” while on vacation for them is a polo and khakis. The rest of the time they are in tee shirts and shorts. One pair of jeans each has been enough too, in case it’s cold one day and they want to wear jeans instead of shorts. They all sleep in soccer/workout shorts. Underwear for all of us doesn’t take up much room, but I bring a fresh change for every day plus two extra for the boys. All of this easily fits into the box I ship down to Orlando to the hotel.

        6. Toiletries consist of my makeup bag, our dental supplies, and our hairbrushes. My husband has a small shaving kit. I don’t bring soaps or shampoos with us because it’s fun to use the hotel supplied items in the room. None of us have any special allergies or anything that require special soaps. The toiletries take up very little room in the box.

        7. I actually end up packing too many snacks, I think, but better to have them than not. Just NO LIQUIDS ever again because they leak. I think when they are in the changing temperatures of the shipping containers something happens. I only had a problem once but I am the kind of person that says “once bitten twice shy” when it comes to this.

        I just can’t imagine lugging bags around. It’s such a breeze for us to just get in the cab we ordered to take us to the airport…with just my carryon and my husband’s carryon…and knowing that our big box o’stuff is waiting at the hotel in Orlando. Since I send it so far ahead of time, I have the confirmation it arrived and I always call the hotel a few days before our trip and talk to the person in the area where the packages are stored and make sure that person physically goes over and looks and sees that the box is there. I actually test the person because it’s a big computer box and on the phone I ask him what kind of computer it was from. Just to see if he has really made sure it is there of if he’s just looking on a sheet and saying “yah, it’s here” when it might not be.

        Shipping our stuff ahead of time is such a breeze with FedEx Ground. They pick up at my house. I never have to drive the box anywhere. And when it’s shipped back to me from Florida, I just wait for it to arrive. It usually comes three days after we get home. There’s nothing in there that we desperately needed to have the instant we got back. Anything important like that is in our carryons.

        And when I say carryons, I don’t mean a big rigid thing jamming in the overhead compartments. I mean just a backpack or messenger-bag style carryon that fits under the seat. I have my purse too, for the money and credit cards. My husband has his wallet. My DS12 carries a very small backpack with just books and the Kindle he shares with DS9. I have the electrical charging things for our phones and the Kindle in my carryon. There’s no need to bring a bunch of other stuff, especially since I can look everything up online. The one thing I do write down in hard copy and I keep it in my purse and my husband keeps it written on a slip in his wallet are all the confirmation numbers for the hotel rooms, the flight home, etc. Just in case all our gadgets have died and we need the info and can’t access it electronically.

        You could not pay me to go back to lugging luggage around and checking bags. No way am I ever going through that stress again.

      • Hi Brady: Thanks for you reply.

        With #1, you misunderstood. I didn’t want to know where you leave your box in your room. I was interested in knowing what you did with your box on your return flight. Your answer to #2 provides the answer.

        #5 is suggests you don’t bring much clothing. I already said my rule of thumb is one medium sized suitcase per person for a 7 day vacation. If this is NOT the case with you and you don’t bring much clothing, then why not just have your family bring one LARGE suitcase that weighs less than 50 pounds. You can check this bag at the airline. I know that you hate the baggage claim process.

        However, the disadvatage of not having luggage is you’re restricted to staying in one place. Moving a box just doesn’t work.

        I wasn’t suggesting you bring a suitcase style carry-on, but I think it is only prudent since you’re not bringing much clothing in a box.

        Everyone has their own stresses. You substitute one stress for another.

    • Love your “photo shopping” idea!

      • Tielo —

        I swear, “photo shopping” has saved so much money and even more tears. We make a game of it. I call it “price detectives” and my boys just know that before we buy something our family has to make sure we get the best price on it. I tell them that we need to do this so that we can afford to save up for a Disney trip.

        I don’t just do this on vacation but also in “real life” too. They see me do this at the grocery store too. If it’s not on our grocery list and they want it, we need to take a picture of it, read more about it, and decide if our family really needs that thing. 9 times out of 10 the boys don’t even want to take it any further when we get home. And they always, always, always look back on the photos they took of different things and say “yah, that was dumb…I don’t want it” or “we don’t need it”.

        But this saves me from having to say no in public to them and hurt their feelings or admit we can’t afford something in the store. If it’s something my boys REALLY want and it’s something I know is a fair price and I’ll never find it again anywhere I look, I also have been known to be a little sneaky and distract them while I tell my husband to buy it. Texting is a marvelous way of coordinating from across the store or park. Let’s just say that Santa Claus seems to always find a thing or two in the Disney parks to surprise my boys with at Christmas…long after my boys have forgotten about the thing since we do our Disney trips in the summer. But, it’s a fun way to have a little Disney magic at Christmas especially since we usually end up watching either the Disney parade or Disney movies on Christmas Day.

    • That’s great that you’ve found something that works well for you! I’d only be concerned about lost packages, mail delays, etc., but it’s really not any more worried than I’d be about lost luggage.

  3. One other thing to pack in the carry on…TICKETS! Never pack those out of your sight.

    • Great addition!! Until we did annual passes, I always did will-call. Haha!! Less for me to keep up with during travel. ;) Of course, with annual passes, they can be quickly and easily replaced at guest relations (at least in our experience).

  4. I don’t think it hurts to pack printouts of park hours, entertainment schedules, character locations, dining menus, etc. in your carry-on. It’s just paper, so it takes up zero space. If you have kids and they are taking turns picking where to eat, what to ride, etc., they can circle their choices in the crayon color of their choice. This way they can really see what’s going on and feel more involved in the vacation planning. If you’re not going that route, you can use these printouts to make a new friend. For every hundredth trip to Disneyworld or Disneyland you’ve taken, there’s always a first timer or a less-experienced traveler who does not realize just how many options he or she has, and these printouts can be very valuable to relieving a stress they may have ended up developing. Who knows? The karma you earned to make someone else’s trip exciting could come back in a walk-on to the favorite ride of your choice!

    • Amyuilani — are you saying that you bring printouts of things to do and you pass them out to strangers somewhere? Or do you mean that when you are doing with your printouts you just leave them for others to find? I don’t understand what you do with these printouts you bring.

      I like the idea, but I don’t know if Disney even allows you to pass papers out to strangers in the parks. But your heart sounds like it is in the right place in helping less experienced travelers. I’ve never heard of anything like this before.

      • No, I am not talking about telling strangers what to do. I am suggesting printing a park map and giving it to the kids in my party so they can circle what they want to go on. I draw a crayon out of a bag and whatever I draw gets to go first (red crayon gets to pick where we have lunch, blue crayon gets to pick the next ride, etc.) Then they can look at the park menus I printed and see what sounds good to them (burgers vs. pizza; restaurant vs. walk-up, etc.) If I don’t have kids in my party and I happen to strike up a conversation with the person sitting across the aisle from me on the plane, and that person happens to be visiting the park for the first time, I can hand off those print-outs to them so they can see what restaurants feature what foods, that the Skyway is no longer there, etc. Papers don’t take up too much space in a carry-on, and can have added value to a trip.

      • BradyNBradleysMom,
        Not sure why you criticized a guy for talking about which park he chose to spend money in and that it was “odd to you” to be talking about money so much in one of the blogs 2-3 days ago? Your whole story is based around money. I don’t have a problem with your efforts to save money and be wise with your dollar, of course, but you suggested that it was odd for someone else to talk about choosing where to spend their money, like it was strange to you for him to mention it.
        What is the difference?

    • You’re passing them out on the plane or the Magical Express, right? I think the idea of the kids using time in the airport waiting room or on a plane or shuttle to play “Let’s Go to Disneyland” is great! I know that, as an adult traveling solo, I would love to meet up with a friendly family. As Dug from “Up” says, “I have just met you and I love you!”

    • I usually print out a few fun facts, “secrets of the parks”-type lists, etc. and throw them in my accordion folder (from the Five Weird Things We Take… article: http://micechat.com/27356-five-weird-things-we-take-to-walt-disney-world/). Makes for a fun read on the plane.
      Always nice to chat with fellow Disney travelers en route, too!

  5. the one item i wouldn’t pack—that would eliminate the need for this entire list—is children. ;)

    • There are several things on the list that aren’t kid-specific. I know I definitely took at least snacks, camera, laptop, meds, chargers, swimsuit and my own clothes when I traveled sans kids.

  6. I recently made a canvas tote bag that actually has a list of my Disney Park essentials printed on it.
    I also made a tutorial on how to make your own over at http://www.instructables.com/contest/printanddye

    Sorry if that reads like spam, I just want to share what i crafted with people who might find it relevant.

    • Very cute! I’m assuming that’s your packing list for the day when you head out to the park – otherwise 1. I’m in awe of your light packing and 2. I don’t want to be behind you in the airport line while you try to get your churro through security. :)

    • Adorable — thanks so much for sharing it! If it were being sold at Disney I would consider buying it as a souvenir carrier. Sweet!

    • Oh my gosh!! That’s adorable!! Definitely one of my favorite comments EVER on Park Wise! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. I don’t have kids, so what works for me is not having a carry-on at all. I just check the one bag and put everything in there. I know it’s smart to have a change of clothes in your carry-on in case the airline loses your luggage, but it’s more of a hassle then it’s worth (those of you who haven’t flown since airlines started charging for checked bags, fighting for overhead bin space is downright nasty now). I also make sure to fly Virgin America because they have a touch-screen TV at every seat, so I don’t need to carry things on to keep me entertained other then maybe my some headphones. Last time I flew to WDW I left on a Sunday during football season and flew back on a Saturday, so I got there in 1 1/2 NFL games and I got home in 2 college football games. It worked out really well!

    • I’m with you, Big D. The more you try to carry, the bigger the hassle. We only carry very small carry-on backpacks containing the bare essentials — medication, valuable electronics and park tickets. Often, everything fits in one backpack, so only one adult actually has to carry anything.

      The kids don’t bring much from home with them, because they know they’re not going to be spending a lot of time playing video games or reading on a WDW or DL trip. They each bring a tablet, so they have access to games, ebooks, etc. When the kids were little, we NEVER brought stuffed animals from home — a trip to WDW was an opportunity to get a new one (if they wanted one).

      The best way to make sure your luggage isn’t delayed is to take direct flights. Even though we don’t live in one of the “hub” cities, there are still direct flights to Orlando from our city, so we take those.

    • Why is fighting for luggage space nasty? It isn’t nasty if you already found your space. Besides, not having any luggage will not insulate you from the fight since your seat is still there and others who have excess luggage will use your overhead compartment.

      Not having carry-on luggage will make going through TSA easier, but you shouldn’t be putting your valuables in your checked in luggage. This means your cameras, laptops, tablet, chargers, phones. If you don’t bring them, it is alright to be a luddite. Otherwise, bring them on the plane with you.

    • Even when I travel without the little ones, I still do a carry-on. In fact, I can get by with just a carry-on when I’m solo. It’s so nice to bypass bag check and claim, and I know I’ll have all of my stuff. However, I can also see the allure of navigating the airport without anything but your wallet.

  8. No one should ever pack expensive electronics, even if you don’t intend to use them on flight. This means your laptop, cameras, chargers, tablet, and phones should be brought in your carry-on bag.

    There are too many incidences of airline employees or TSA officials stealing valuables out of luggage. You could be a victim and it will ruin your vacation. Only use luggage to bring inexpensive clothing.

    You should definitely pack your swimsuit.

    I disagree about the stuffed animal unless the child absolutely must have it on hand. Stuffed animals should be stored in the luggage. They are too easy to lose in route to your destination.

    • Re stuffed animals — depends on how long the flight is, how much time might be passed in the airport, etc. Yes, they are easy to loose, but so are tickets and cellphones. A little extra work for mom might prevent a major meltdown in an unfortunate situation.

      • A major meltdown will not be helped with a mere stuff animal. If you compare a stuffed animal with cellphones and tickets, then you’re really stretching the argument.

        Stuff animals that are lost is not the same as losing a cellphone or tickets. It is actually worse. Cellphones and tickets are easily replaced. Tickets are barcode printouts. Cellphone can be bought used. Fussy kids will hate to lose their exact stuffed animals that are NOT easily replaced. You go from possible meltdown to real meltdown.

        Why are they easily lost? Because you’re expecting the kids to be responsible for them. Okay, if you can manage, then keep them with you.

      • Allowing kids to take responsibility for their own toy is a serious flaw in logic. A parent who loses The Precious Object can’t be trusted with, well, anything for the next eighteen years…

        To a kid, Binky or Stuffy IS as important as a cellphone or a laptop or a whatever is to grownups. Why take a toddler on vacation without Mr. Wiggy? New places, new people, new beds — but as long as Mr. Wiggy approves, it’s all okay.

        In the Disney movie “Peter Pan,” the youngest Darling child brings along his Teddy when he flies off to Neverland.

    • Yes, I always feel more comfortable with my electronics in my possession.

  9. Dobby The Chihuahua says Brady and Bradley are really lucky to have such a great mom. “I have just met you and I luuuuv you!”

    I have always been that person who buys so much stuff on vacation I have to buy an extra suitcase in which to haul it home. My grandfather ran a souvenir shop in the Denver train station during WWII so you might say souvenirs are in my blood.

    The price detective game is fabulous. Teaching your kids to use technology and learn financial management while looking up a Disney T-shirt is the most fabulous fun home schooling imaginable. Sure it matters where one buys stuff, hence the souvenir business, but kids who don’t learn impulse control end up being grownups who are owned by their stuff.

    I have also been the person who packs three times what she needs in case she has an unexpected day jaunt to Mt. Everest while visiting Oklahoma. But I have now decided to wear my swim suit under my clothes, pre-apply sunblock and carry on my flippers, just in case the plane is diverted to Hawaii, and ship the “cardboard suitcase” to my hotel.

  10. One more suggestion to your carry on list. An extra copy of all your reservation/check in #s for flight, hotel, rent a car, etc. that another adult also carrys. If one gets lost you have a quick back up, more likely though is one adult with the only copy taking them and the little ones to the rest room etc. while the other attends to business. No need to hand them off or remember “Who’s got them?”

  11. Don’t forget your Universal Studios Annual Passes!