I was thinking yesterday about how my packing style has changed dramatically over the years while going to Walt Disney World. When I first started going I was young enough that my mother would pack for me! Somedays I sure do wish I had someone to pack for me now! But once I got to my second trip to WDW at 16, I was in charge of packing my own suitcase for my trip. I remember I would be packed weeks in advance, with my bags waiting at the window, and every time I looked at them I’d smile a little knowing where I was going soon.
Shortly after that trip I took my first vacation to Walt Disney World alone, as an “adult”. I was 17 years old, almost 18, and going to the Orlando theme park was my high school graduation gift. I remember my parents paid from some of the trip and I paid for some so I felt like I had “paid my own way” and was so grown up. During that trip I again packed weeks in advance only this time I recall I bought all new makeup (fancy stuff from the department store, not the drug store)! I also back then would buy all new toiletries and sometimes even all new clothes. I remember buying a new stick of “Teen Spirit” deodorant and from that point on, if I ever smelled that certain type, it took me back to my Disney trip (unfortunately, that brand has been discontinued now). I don’t know how I afforded all this “brand new” stuff honestly at 17… yes, I was working, but my parents must have pitched in too.
Now that I’m married, and a mom, packing is completely different. Not only am I packing for myself, I’m packing for a 19 month old and all the stuff that goes with it. I remember our first Disney trip this past February with the little one. Pshew, it was like having to take a whole house with us! Do we have enough diapers for the flight? What about wipes? Don’t forget the stroller. We’ll need toys for the plane and a portable DVD player to keep him entertained. Bottles! Can’t forget those and how do we get through security with them?? Ugh!
With all that planning and thinking about the baby, I’m lucky I remembered to bring anything for myself. Thankfully I leave my husband to pack his bags for himself, and he does, usually the day before the trip though. LOL. I try to stay relaxed about it all and just remember that if we forgot something we can always buy it while on vacation, at vacation prices!
So my upcoming trip to WDW by myself is less than 30 days away now and I’m starting to get into “packing mode” into my head. I guess you could say all the different packing techniques that I’ve used throughout the years are now all rolled up together and that’s how I’m dealing with this trip. Yes, I’m buying myself some new products. I bought a small, sample sized deodorant just for fun and I’m planning on buying some new makeup that I don’t really NEED at this point but it will be fun to buy it for the trip (and eventually I’ll need it when my current stuff runs out). I bought travel sized containers to fill with face wash, shampoo, conditioner, etc since I’ll be doing all carry on’s on the plane, my first time ever doing that! I’m also planning on going out the weekend before my trip and having a shopping day to myself in which I will get the obligatory vacation pedicure (that’s something I do before every trip) and will hopefully find an outfit or two to bring along so I’ll feel pretty in new clothes. At the same time though, since I’m so busy day-to-day with the baby, I’m not packed up at all at the moment. I’ll probably physically pack my suitcase 2-3 days before the trip itself.
So what about you? What’s your packing style? Are you ultra organized and neat? Do you do carry on or check your luggage? Do you buy new items before your trip or wing it and throw stuff in a bag and hope you have what you need?
Leave me some comments below and let me know! As always, thanks again for reading! I know I’m not as prompt with these blog entries as I should be, but I really do love blogging and talking about Disney and travel with you and I hope to continue for a long time!