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I have exactly 4 fridays until I leave which means I have 3 days to plan, wash and pack. I am terrible at packing. Does anyone have a packing list for 7 nights?

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I have a packing motto:

"When in doubt, leave it out. You can always buy one when you get there."

A maxim that can be added to this motto for WDW trips.... "and it will say Disney on it, and it will be cooler (and more expensive) than the one you would have packed."

Not so seriously, as a guy, for a 7 night trip to WDW and not planning on using a laundry facility I'd go with the following in a carry-on bag:

7 tee shirts (Disney shirts preferred, no Universal or Sea World)
1 golf shirt (for the Cali Grill)
3 or 4 pairs of shorts (1 pair should be suitable for Cali Grill)
1 pair of good comfortable sneakers (may be worn while travelling)
1 pair of sandals (may be worn while travelling)
14 pairs of socks (I double up when walking a lot and these are not to be worn with sandals)
1 hoodie sweatshirt (optional - see motto above)
1 bathing suit (surfer baggy type, so they can be used as shorts and washed while in the pool)
1 hat (not trucker type " this is sun protection for the melon)
7 days worth of personal linen (avoid chaffing - nuff said)
Travel size toiletries including sunscreen and bandages (shaving gear optional)
Plastic bag for laundry (used socks can be considered disposable)
Personal electronics (camera, cell, mp3 player, reader)
Meds and spare glasses

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I've only been for 5 nights, but these are my general go to items. All of them fit into a shoulder trapped carry-on bag and backpack.

Clothes:
T-shirts for as many days
A couple pairs of shorts
Sundress (last time I went I actually wore my sundress several times because it was so comfy in the heat)
Sun hat
Bathing suit
Socks for as many days
Sneakers
Sandals
Plastic bag for dirty clothes

Toiletries:
Mini first aid kit
Toothbrush/paste
Medicine
Sunblock
Bug Spray
Baby powder

Other:
Phone
Camera
mp3 player
Charging cables
Book
Umbrella (do not like ponchos)
Water bottle

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We travel by car, so our motto is " just enough that scrappy has enough room to bring all the stuff she buys home!"

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So my carry on should be go but I'll probably check it so I don't have to deal with it.

Does it get colder at night? I know in Cuba in feb I had to add a layer after 6pm.

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dontthrowsand wrote:
So my carry on should be go but I'll probably check it so I don't have to deal with it.

Does it get colder at night? I know in Cuba in feb I had to add a layer after 6pm.

Best thing to do regarding the weather is to just watch it on the weather channel or something the week before you go. Florida weather can change back and forth. Just looked and saw your going in August, ha ha, no doubt very much it will get cold at night.

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LOL... If I wasn't packed by your point I would be having a nervous break down!

Great lists posted already!

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Kristen K. wrote:
LOL... If I wasn't packed by your point I would be having a nervous break down!

Great lists posted already!

I'm a student so I really haven't had time to even think about packing yet. Friday my one class is done so I will have Fridays free after that but really, I don't even know where to begin other than considering buying fabric to make the pillows for the plane.

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This will show off my obsession wit h packing, but here are a few links all about packing!

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Most of what has been said and a rain poncho (can be purchased at Disney also). A cool wrap. It is a handkerchief type neck wrap that has Gel in it. You run water over the wrap to activate the gel that keeps your neck cool.these can be purchased at sporting goods store and on some well known shopping channels.when the wrap stops cooling, you can re wet it to reactivate it. Oh! Rain ponchos are handy for wet rides like splash mountain. I bring two pairs of walking snoes and alternate them daily.

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Does someone want to come pack for me? Haha.

I think I'll be okay, I just have to actually do it after some more procrastination

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Does someone want to come pack for me? Haha.

I think I'll be okay, I just have to actually do it after some more procrastination

Ill gladly do it if I can go with ya! awesome

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Mase wrote:
dontthrowsand wrote:
Does someone want to come pack for me? Haha.

I think I'll be okay, I just have to actually do it after some more procrastination

Ill gladly do it if I can go with ya! awesome

Tempting but looking at my pile of laundry, I should probably do this one myself.
Though if you find yourself in WDW between Aug 19-26, I'll take you on a tour of AoA and ride space mountain with you.

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dontthrowsand wrote:
Does someone want to come pack for me? Haha.

I think I'll be okay, I just have to actually do it after some more procrastination

Ill gladly do it if I can go with ya! awesome

Tempting but looking at my pile of laundry, I should probably do this one myself.
Though if you find yourself in WDW between Aug 19-26, I'll take you on a tour of AoA and ride space mountain with you.

I wish. My trip isn't till the end of November... hitting that 4 month mark biggrin

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Does it get colder at night? I know in Cuba in feb I had to add a layer after 6pm.

dontthrowsand wrote:
So my carry on should be go but I'll probably check it so I don't have to deal with it.

Does it get colder at night? I know in Cuba in feb I had to add a layer after 6pm.

As a lifelong central Floridian, I am beleive I am qualified to answe this, Florida anytime between April through August, a jacket is always overkill. Leave it at home.

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dontthrowsand wrote:
So my carry on should be go but I'll probably check it so I don't have to deal with it.

Does it get colder at night? I know in Cuba in feb I had to add a layer after 6pm.

As a lifelong central Floridian, I am beleive I am qualified to answe this, Florida anytime between April through August, a jacket is always overkill. Leave it at home.

Fair enough. I'll bring a light cardigan just in case and some capris leggings if I'm wearing a dress but I won't worry about packing a second wardrobe!

See without you guys, I am lost.

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I would like to add hair conditioner to this list.

Depending on what hotel you're staying at, they may provide 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner instead of separate containers. On day 6 of my trip a few years ago, I had a total hair failure in the Florida humidity which could have been completely avoided by bringing (or buying!) some friggin' conditioner! I'm sure you'll be swimming frequently so your hair will dry out more than usual.

Don't let your hair turn into a bushy tangled mess!

Great lists listed so far! I'd also add tweezers and nail clippers to the list. I'm surprised to say that I've actually used both those items every time I have travelled for more than 5 days.

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You will not need a jacket or sweatshirt at night here. The only thing is if it rains and you are wet, it's so cold inside with the air conditioning. I always have a light sweater in the car just in case. The LOW last night was 81. When I got up at 8 it was 84 already. It's HOT all day and all night through August.

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thanks for all the tips everyone! Keep them coming. Today I found 2 pairs of sunglasses and some extra toiletries to bring so I guess that is progress!

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I would like to add hair conditioner to this list.

Depending on what hotel you're staying at, they may provide 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner instead of separate containers. On day 6 of my trip a few years ago, I had a total hair failure in the Florida humidity which could have been completely avoided by bringing (or buying!) some friggin' conditioner! I'm sure you'll be swimming frequently so your hair will dry out more than usual.

Don't let your hair turn into a bushy tangled mess!

Great lists listed so far! I'd also add tweezers and nail clippers to the list. I'm surprised to say that I've actually used both those items every time I have travelled for more than 5 days.

I always bring my own shampoo and conditioner. I hate 2-in-1 or cheap stuff. And I will definitely pack tweezers and nail clippers. You never know!

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You will not need a jacket or sweatshirt at night here. The only thing is if it rains and you are wet, it's so cold inside with the air conditioning. I always have a light sweater in the car just in case. The LOW last night was 81. When I got up at 8 it was 84 already. It's HOT all day and all night through August.

81 F is about 27C if my math is correct. This is going to sound silly but at night, I will probably want a cardigan. I am ALWAYS cold.

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dontthrowsand - What would we do without these people?? They're the BOSSES of everything Disney, including ridiculously impressive packing lists. LOVE these folks!!

Have a GREAT trip! And let us know whether you ever whipped out that cardigan on your trip!! Smile

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I am always cold too, that's why I live here. I was born and raised up north and was cold all the time. I don't mind the heat here, I hate being cold.
Have a great trip! We won't be over there much when you are, that's the week we all go back to school, busy busy.

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Been to WDW 12times in December and temp is all over the place. One day coat ,hat, scarf and coat weather. Three days later people were wearing shorts. In the summer, I never need a long sleeve at WDW.

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I think I have the title of my trip report...
"Did I need my cardigan or not?"

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Wonderful information!

Have a great trip dontthrowsand!

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Thanks! I am actually doing my water and grocery order later today as well. Talk about being proactive!

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dontthrowsand wrote:
I think I have the title of my trip report...
"Did I need my cardigan or not?"

That is so hard to decide. My mother in law carries a sweater everywhere, because she gets cold easily. I am not cold 99% of the time she is cold.

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Why do you guys need a different t-shirt for every single day? Better (for women anyway) to bring 2 tank tops and 2 tshirts that's max. You know you will buy another t-shirt when you get there (well I always do). Bring enough clothes for a week and wash them (every resort has laundry facilities and I wash nightly in the sink in my room) oh and two pants and one dress and skirt,shorts, or skort. Note I am saying OR not AND. That's how you keep it light and right. silly Look at your itinerary what are you doing each day. Plan your wardrobe based on a capsule and on what you will be doing each day. Then you don't have to get caught up on the "just in case" items. On the other hand, if you are driving down-you can take whatever you want! clapping

This is my list for September 8th-23rd this year (yay!):

2 short sleeve t-shirts or tops (wear 1 on plane)
2 tank tops
1 camisol
1 pair jeans (wear on plane)
1 pair technical pants (quick drying and light and cool)
2 cardigans (old navy-wear 1 on plane)
1 swimsuit
1 pj/swimsuit coverup (it looks like a dress)
1 k-way rain jacket
1 skort
1 sunhat
1 pr watershoes(for typhoon lagoon) and maybe 1 pr flipflops
1 dress (for the signature dining ADR's we have)
3 pr wool socks (wear one pr on plane)
1 scarf and 1 kerchief (wear scarf on plane)
1 pr sandals
1 pr sneakers (vans-wear on plane)
3 unders (ex officio)(wear 1 on plane)
2 bras (wear 1 on plane)
1 very lightweight fleece (wear on plane)
That's all my clothes. I am not listing the non clothing unless you want me to.
Make a list. Stick to your list. When you return from your trip, make a note of anything you didn't use and why and what you may not have had and why you felt you needed it (it's good reference to keep for next time). Good Luck!

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Why do you guys need a different t-shirt for every single day?

Because I get sweaty and a little stinky but don't want to spend a minute of vacation doing laundry. I'd rather do it all before I leave so when I get back there is only those few days worth of clothes already piled up. Just my personal preference.

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LuvSnowWhite wrote:
Why do you guys need a different t-shirt for every single day?

LOL! Sometimes I bring more than one entire outfit for a day. We frequently dress for dinner on vacation.

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I need something without scarves and pearls. Don't get me wrong I have pearls but I afraid I might lose them and J bought them for me overseas. I am more causal then that.

I saw where you wrote your family dresses for vacation, but we just go as we usually dress. Shorts and tees for J and Capris and tee's for me. We have been to some signature dining places (Yachtsman, Narcossee's, a couple of others) that people were dressed in everything from suit and ties to mickey mouse tee's and shorts. J wears chinos and a polo and that is the best I will get out of him. I guess I might have to think about Bistro de Paris because we were just going to go in our park clothes. I don't want to have to wonder Epcot dressed for Dinner. hmm

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The Cookie Crumbler wrote:
LuvSnowWhite wrote:
Why do you guys need a different t-shirt for every single day?

Because I get sweaty and a little stinky but don't want to spend a minute of vacation doing laundry. I'd rather do it all before I leave so when I get back there is only those few days worth of clothes already piled up. Just my personal preference.

I agree with this too. I always pack one shirt for each day. It's vacation. Its Disney World! Laundry is for the real world not Disney World. That is just me though.

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