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What to Wear?

Everyone has their own identity that they show off with their fashion choices. There are basic packing dos and don'ts that we all follow, but what would you pack for grandma or grandpa? Is there any fashion advice you have for the older generation that's maybe not used to touring in the sun?

What would your packing list for grandma look like?

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big hats to block the sun, thin cool shirts and shorts for the heat and a sweater at night in case grandma gets chilli, depending on the time of year of course, and for heavens sake grandpa take off the black socks with the sandles an Bermuda shorts

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I second the floppy hat suggestion. Lots of sunblock & Sunglasses, too! Sleeveless shell tops or campshirts that will breathe. Have a light weight long sleeve cover up for grandma if her skin is delicate - a white cotton blouse or gauzy cover saved my sun-sensitive sister more than once! If grandma isn't a shorts kind of girl, then light Capri or cropped pants, or a light-weight long pant if that is required. (My mom's generation WOULD NEVER wear shorts!) The light jacket is a must, too. Keep everything easy on/off to keep stress down!

Sturdy shoes, no flimsy flip flops or thin soled sandals. Teva or Chako or Dansko could fit a grandma's sensibility!

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I third the suggestion. Big Hats! Maybe put some feathers in it for personality? awesome

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Mase wrote:
I third the suggestion. Big Hats! Maybe put some feathers in it for personality? awesome

LOL! Now I'm picturing grandpa in his zoot suit with the wide brimmed fedora an long pheasant tails.
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Kristen K. wrote:
Mase wrote:
I third the suggestion. Big Hats! Maybe put some feathers in it for personality? awesome

LOL! Now I'm picturing grandpa in his zoot suit with the wide brimmed fedora an long pheasant tails.
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Could be worse?

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Then then take her by Pirates?

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Mase wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
Mase wrote:
I third the suggestion. Big Hats! Maybe put some feathers in it for personality? awesome

LOL! Now I'm picturing grandpa in his zoot suit with the wide brimmed fedora an long pheasant tails.
rolling

Could be worse?

My eyes, my eyes!! Shock

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Well, my mom's not exactly a grandma...because I am an only child and have no children...but she's grandma-aged.
We were talking just last night about what she's packing to wear at WDW. She's taking a lot of capri pants (we're going in October, so it shouldn't be swelteringly hot), a pair of full-length jeans and a cardigan for when we go to La Nouba (in case it's cold), her broken-in sneakers, and sunscreen. LOTS of sunscreen. Also, her swimsuit! (My mom might be 63, but she's definitely not the Granny type!)

Luckily, she never wears any of those old-people horrible things...like the black socks with shorts and sandals...she's fairly fashion-conscious and, I have to admit, my packing list is remarkably similar to hers! (Does this mean I'm getting old? eek )

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I agree with the hats...Also I know my grandma likes to look nice so likes to bring her jewelry with her. Also, she gets her hair permed and wheres a rain hat type thing..so I would say maybe that too! (She is adventurous and rode Splash Mountain with us and wanted her rain hat for that..lol)

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I must protest black socks in shorts are not an old people thing its also a Navy thing. awesome Their was even a NBA star who was a prior Naval Officer that wore his black socks on the court clapping biggrin

on a more serious note anti chaffing stick by gold bond if you are uncomfortable nobody is gonna have any fun. Also if your lady has a big bag or even a purse be a gentleman and give them a break for a bit.

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Not so much a fashion suggesting.....a small folding camp stool - perfect when waiting for parades, shows, fireworks or when you can't get an extra person on the bench. I've seen more and more elderly guests bringing these into the parks over past trips and it looks like a great idea. You can get some pretty small lightweight ones now too that couldn't take up much room in a backpack!

Back to fashion.....can't agree more with wide brimmed hats, sunblock, and super comfortable shoes! I think whatever the age those things are a necessity! I just wish I looked good in the hat lol!

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campbell87 wrote:
Not so much a fashion suggesting.....a small folding camp stool - perfect when waiting for parades, shows, fireworks or when you can't get an extra person on the bench. I've seen more and more elderly guests bringing these into the parks over past trips and it looks like a great idea. You can get some pretty small lightweight ones now too that couldn't take up much room in a backpack!

Back to fashion.....can't agree more with wide brimmed hats, sunblock, and super comfortable shoes! I think whatever the age those things are a necessity! I just wish I looked good in the hat lol!

laugh must be a campbell thing. I don't look good in a hat either. biggrin

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I don't do the hats. I am just hotter in it and I've tried them all. My 80 yr mother is the same way. I hate the feeling on stuff on my skin, yet I need moisturizers and sunscreen. I use waterproof eye makeup so I don't look like a permanent member of the Halloween season.

I wear baggier clothing (lighter cotton clothing) that allows for pigging out at the food and feeling like the clothes are clinging in the heat.

I carry less crap and always water bottle.

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campbell87 wrote:
Not so much a fashion suggesting.....a small folding camp stool - perfect when waiting for parades, shows, fireworks or when you can't get an extra person on the bench. I've seen more and more elderly guests bringing these into the parks over past trips and it looks like a great idea. You can get some pretty small lightweight ones now too that couldn't take up much room in a backpack!

Back to fashion.....can't agree more with wide brimmed hats, sunblock, and super comfortable shoes! I think whatever the age those things are a necessity! I just wish I looked good in the hat lol!

Not sure if I agreewith this policy, but WDW does not allow folding chairs or stools in the park and definitely not along parade routes. They claim its a safety issue and I have seen them removed a number of times.

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The Colonel wrote:
campbell87 wrote:
Not so much a fashion suggesting.....a small folding camp stool - perfect when waiting for parades, shows, fireworks or when you can't get an extra person on the bench. I've seen more and more elderly guests bringing these into the parks over past trips and it looks like a great idea. You can get some pretty small lightweight ones now too that couldn't take up much room in a backpack!

Back to fashion.....can't agree more with wide brimmed hats, sunblock, and super comfortable shoes! I think whatever the age those things are a necessity! I just wish I looked good in the hat lol!

Not sure if I agreewith this policy, but WDW does not allow folding chairs or stools in the park and definitely not along parade routes. They claim its a safety issue and I have seen them removed a number of times.

I have seen some of the older people use those stools that are actually a camp stool that folds into a cane or umbrella look. When in long queues I have seen them with no problem. Never actually seen them in parades so can't answer for that. We actually thought about them for F&W but don't want to carry them, small as they are on rides.

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