It is the most MAGICAL time of the year! School is out and summer vacation season has finally arrived. This weekend is the LAST weekend to bask in the sunshine at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. We had the most fantastic time exploring the festival’s new delicious treats as Hampton explored the festival’s pop-up playgrounds sprinkled around Epcot. The festival ends June 3rd, but not to worry! There will be more magic than ever this summer at Walt Disney World so buckle up as we countdown the TOP 10 MUST HAVES that will make parenting in the parks a little easier…
#10 – TRAVEL STROLLER
To stroll, or not to stroll? THAT was the question we continued to dance around leading up to our most recent Walt Disney World vacation. The answer is YES! A toddler that plays hard, often naps hard so be prepared to give your little one a comfortable spot to nap while you stay on the go!
Shopping for a travel stroller can be tough so I created 3 questions that may help make the process easier!
- Is the stroller comfortable for my child?
- Does the stroller fold easily / is it light weight?
- Can I fit my diaper bag in the storage compartment?
#9 – STROLLER FAN
I can confidently say I used this any and every single time I took Hampton would in the summer sun. I’m a fan of the FAN!
#8 – PORTABLE CHARGER
I love sitting and waiting for my phone to charge…said NO ONE EVER! Charge your phone and keep it moving with one of these portable phone chargers. The KEY is to keep the charger plugged in until you are ready to hit the park.
#7 – DRINK+SNACK COMBO CUP
This cup helps eliminate the clutter of snack bags and also is perfect for those quick “out the door” trips.
#6 – SKIP HOP DIAPER BACKPACK
Diaper Backpacks are the NEW diaper bags! Efficient, easy to carry and the modern-stylish design is also a plus. I take my Skip Hop Diaper Back everywhere I go because I can store all of my travel essentials inside with room to spare.
#5 – HATS
I love the Amazon baseball caps I found for Hampton on Amazon because the brim is wide and sturdy. It also comes in several colors.
#4 – SUNNIES
Hampton loves to wear his shades just about anytime we go outside. I have found several pairs on Amazon that we favor because they are affordable and some even bend without breaking!
#3 – HAND/FACE WIPES
Skip searching the park high and low for napkins and order a pack of these for post park meals, drool from teething and those surprise messy sneezes.
#2 – PONCHO
Fun Fact: It may be nicknamed, “The Sunshine State” , but the truth is Florida is also known for afternoon showers just about all summer long. Take it from someone who has been stuck “waiting it out” in a gift shop, one TOO many times…
#1 – FANNY PACK
The award for comeback of the century goes to…FANNY PACKS! Whether you want to face it or not, the pack is back and I AM LIVING FOR IT! I cannot think of a more appropriate place to sport a fanny pack than a theme park. Do yourself a favor this summer and get yourself a bag that can hold your phone, keys and mints…around your waist.