Welcome to the rainy season! Essentials for a trip in Florida's wet weather

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Welcome to the rainy season! Essentials for a trip in Florida's wet weather

As a Florida native mickey , I always have visitors tell me "wow, you came prepared!" when it rains, so I wanted to just share my experiences with those who are visiting during our rainy season. First, be warned that it may start off rainy and then randomly monsoon in the middle of the day, then turn lovely again afterwards.... or it may on and off rain the entire day. Florida weather is like that. I hate lugging around a lot of stuff when I visit the parks, and I think I kind of have this down to a science. Please share your suggestions as well, as I would love to hear from others!!! clapping

1) Shoes: If you even suspect that it will rain, do NOT wear sneakers!! There is nothing worse than walking around the entire day in shoes that go squish-squish-squish all day. It will make you feel uncomfortable and cold (and make children cranky). I suggest buying the best quality sandals you can. Also, sandals dry quickly, so you will feel dry and comfortable must faster! No sense in carrying around multiple pairs of shoes in the park.I wear orthoheel because I have plantar fasciitis and these things are as supportive as most sneakers; and my feet being comfortable is priority #1. PLUS, they are cute (for women, this may be important). Here are the pair that I wear because they are nice in photos and comfortable. http://www.amazon.com/Vionic-Orthaheel-Technology-Womens-Sandal/dp/B00DZPVJLG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1412271617&sr=8-7&keywords=orthaheel+women%27s

2) Ponchos: Don't buy the ones at Disney. They are really expensive and you will feel compelled to keep them. CVS or Walgreens sells ponchos for $1- $2 (or a little more if you want one a bit more sturdy, but plastic is going to keep water out regardless of how thick it is). Wear them and dump them when it's dry. Plus you can get clear ones so that you can still see yourselves in photos (nothing is worse than a blob of bright yellow plastic in photos). Most importantly, new ponchos come folded up in a tiny package that you can keep in your back pocket! Space is important when you're walking around Disney World!

3) Clothing: Wear clothing that is short enough to be covered by the poncho, such as shorts or skirts/dresses. This way when you are in the rain, your pants aren't getting water-logged and you won't feel damp and uncomfortable the rest of the day. With a poncho and shorter clothing and sandals, you should be able to quickly dry off once the rain stops (and then walking around in the rain is not really that bad).

4) Umbrella (optional): I saw a woman with a baby at Disney with a clear bubble umbrella and it was the most brilliant thing I've ever seen. You can easily cover yourself from head to your mid-chest area and still see out of the clear umbrella (for most adults, or for this particular mother who had both herself and her baby completely surrounded by the umbrella and could still see out while walking around). For someone petite, like myself, or a child, I have on several occasions sat and watched a parade crouched inside my bubble umbrella and it doesn't impede the viewing of people around/behind me (and I am almost completely covered from head to toe). The bad part is, it is not collapsible like some smaller umbrellas (which I often will carry in a purse with my new poncho so that my head doesn't get wet when the wind whips the poncho off my head). If you are ok with carrying around an umbrella, or are carrying a stroller anyways, these may be a great option for you. I got mine at Target. http://www.target.com/p/futai-clear-bubble-umbrella-with-purple-trim/-/A-13328292#prodSlot=_1_3 It was big enough that me and a friend could cuddle close enough (very close) together under it the last time I went, but it really is more of a single-person design.

5) Rain boots with inserts: This is more of an option for me, because I live locally. Most people don't travel with heavy rain boots. However, if you do, I would recommend buying them a little larger than you think, so you can put inserts into them to make them comfortable for the miles you will likely be walking in them. Also, in the past, I have purchased foot warmers and put them into my rain boots (for when it is cold). They're relatively inexpensive in bulk on Amazon, and if you are prone to be cold like me, they are worth it (http://www.amazon.com/HotHands-Toe-Warmers-40-pairs/dp/B0007ZF4PE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412272376&sr=8-1&keywords=foot+warmers). You need to wear socks with them though!

6) Extra battery/ external charger for your phone: If you are using your phone while you wait in line (or to pass the time while it rains) I would suggest having an extra battery for your phone. I have an external charger that has a built in plug and it is one of my must-haves in life now. I have Sprint and I seem to get awful reception at Disney, so my cell phone's battery drains really fast (especially if I am taking photos with it!) when it is constantly trying to connect to the wifi or cell towers. I always carry an external battery charger for emergencies (you never know what character you will suddenly see!). Here's one similar to the one that I have. http://www.amazon.com/6000mAh-Ultra-Slim-External-Battery-Devices/dp/B00CEZJT2E/ref=sr_1_58?ie=UTF8&qid=1412272563&sr=8-58&keywords=cell+charger+portable+anker Just don't forget to charge it a day or two before you need it!

Does anyone else have any suggestions? I'd love to hear what others have done to help manage the weather! beach

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Great tips! It took me several years of living in Florida to get used to the crazy rainy season! Some of the tips I also share with friends from others states, you already listed above. My favorite tip is to buy cheap ponchos and throw them away after it rains. I hate carrying wet ponchos.
Here are a few other tips that we've learned through the years:
1. Bring extra socks in your bag. Sandals are a great idea if you can wear them. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have trouble walking anywhere, especially WDW. I MUST wear certain sneakers to WDW or I would be in a wheelchair within a few hours. I always bring a few pairs of dry socks in my bag. If my sneakers(which are RYKA mule sneakers) are completely drenched, just changing into dry socks helps immensely!
2. Bring a cheap, thin pair of flip flops in your bag. I am not able to wear flips flops at all myself but for anyone who can wear them for an hour or two with no problems, bring a pair in your purse or bag. If you don't want to get the regular shoes you are wearing all day wet, you could take the good shoes off when it starts raining, throw on flip flops, and change back when it's done raining. As I said, this tip won't work for everyone but it will work for some. If I were physically able to walk in flip flops I would do definitely do this!
3. Bring Quart size ziplock baggies: I always have a few quart size baggies in my purse for phones, camera, DH wallet and anything else we don't want to get wet. We put everything in the Baggie and put it back in my bag. We also do this for all the thrill and wet rides too.

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Oh cheap flip flops are a great idea! They're really light too (at least the ones that are like $2 at Walmart). My father only wears closed toed shoes, and just bringing a pair of cheap flip flops may be a great way to get him to wear something water-friendly for the hour or so that it rains (plus, I could always throw them out after he wears them if they're that inexpensive).

I've also recently discovered that you can use the phone through the zip-lock bags (not sure if that was common knowledge... but I just found this out).

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Great tips! We are planning on going next September so these are great! I love that bubble umbrella muchlove

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Oh, this was wonderful! Now, if only I could figure out how to deal with my hair..... waiting

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Agree with the shorts (I usually wear 3/4 cargo pants) and crocs. I don't bother with rain gear - I'm used to the wet stuff coming from England and it's usually warmer than here when it does rain in Florida!

Defo agree with the external power for your phone, especially if you switch between that and a bigger camera for pics and videos.

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Just as an aside, I am going in November, will it be rainy?

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I have a Disney pancho collection from prior trips. I pack one every day in the rainy season. When you store them they must be completely dry or they will get mildew.

Crocs or flip flops are good as they can get wet and just be wiped off.

Webbed feet help a lot too.

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The Colonel wrote:
I have a Disney pancho collection from prior trips. I pack one every day in the rainy season. When you store them they must be completely dry or they will get mildew.

Crocs or flip flops are good as they can get wet and just be wiped off.

Webbed feet help a lot too.

I usually wear my crocs flip flops while touring in summer. Enough support for the whole day and they wipe off easy after some rain!

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Shorts and sandals are mine too. I hate those ponchos! I feel like I am in a sauna while wearing one!!

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I like a sun hat while touring, but there's so much rain in the forecast I'm bringing two umbrellas instead. One for steady rain, the other to double as an umbrella and a parasol on those off-and-on rainy/sunny days.

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I have a small bag or case that is waterproof for electronics. That's it. I will risk the trench foot I guess lol!