How YOUR Packed Items Can Save you Money when on Vacation in Disney

English: Photo of luggage

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Wanting to save some on your packing when headed to Disney?  As you know, a vacation to Disney can be expensive!  There are many ways to save before you vacation to Disney or after you arrive.  Every week, I bring you Strategies for Paying for Disney where I discuss a variety of ways to save so you can get to Disney more often!  If you enjoy the article, you should grab your copy of the Strategies for Paying for Disney book now available at Amazon here!

Packing for Disney can be a fun task all within itself, as though you are living the fun before you have even arrived at the magical gates!  You may recall that Meet the Magic has an extensive Packing List here which includes about everything you can imagine!  When packing, there are items which can save you money while on your actual Disney vacation:

  • Breakfast items – Some quick and easy to pack items are breakfast or protein bars, drink mixes, such as chocolate add-ins for chocolate milk or carnation instant breakfast mixes.
  • Snack items – The imagination can run wild here but certainly items such as trail mix and dried fruits are easy to pack and do not weigh a lot.
  • Take only what will load on the flight for free – If you are planning on flying to Disney, find out what you are able to carry on your flight for free.  If you are flying an airline that does not allow free baggage check-in, you should consider carrying the allowed amount of luggage as a carry-on.  Be sure to read the restrictions on the bag sizes.  If your bag is too full for carrying on the plane, you may consider (laugh later) wearing the more bulky items you are packing such as tennis shoes (instead pack the flip-flops), jackets, and jeans.  These items take up a lot of extra space!
  • Leave items at home – If you are worried that you will have a bag weighs more than the allowed amount by the airline for free check-in or carry-on, be sure to take a second look at your items you plan to pack.  Items such as beach towels when staying at a Disney Resort (and most other Resorts) is not necessary but does take up loads of space in a suitcase.  You may find that you can take a smaller suitcase as a carry on if you eliminate the non-essential items such as the towels.
  • Get the items when you get there – There are many items you can get once you get to the Resort.  For instance, if you know you will be eating breakfasts in the room, you can head up front at the Resort and pick up many needed supplies such as paper plates, plasticware, bowls, etc.  Also know that many times you can get a variety of breakfast foods from the Resort shop.  This can help you save room in a overpacked bag as well.
  • Pack an extra bag – It is loads better to go ahead and pack two bags, if allowed by your airline, than to overpack one bag.  The use of two bags will help to reduce fears that your bag will be overweight!

Hope you can use these ideas to help you save some money while packing for your Disney vacation!  Be sure to comment on any additions you may have to the above list.

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