To Get Home From Disney With Your Souvenirs, Bring Less of This…

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Getting to and from a vacation seems to be the worst part of the whole deal, and don’t get me started on the depression that can set in once you are back home. Either flying or driving to Walt Disney World Disney, chances are you will over-pack, especially if you are traveling by car. You know Disney Princesses – we overpack for everything! My husband commented for years that we looked like the Clampetts from the Beverly Hillbillies as we pulled into our hotel. Well, it’s tough to pack light with a family of five. But as our children have grown older, we have tried to take along just the necessities. He swears on the next trip, we can make it it in just two large suitcases. The number one thing we always over-pack?


Today’s Cheapskate Princess tip? Cut back on the amount of clothing you bring.

One good question to ask when you make your Disney reservations is, “Where can I wash clothes?”  Many hotels and resorts, both on Disney property or otherwise, have laundry facilities. You can find out if your accommodations have washers and dryers in one quick phone call or with a little Internet research. This will leave room in your suitcases for fabulous Disney souvenirs.

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If you’ve packed lighter and don’t have access to a washer and dryer, there’s always a sink and a bar of soap. I readily admit, this is not my number one choice. Faced with no room for my new Mickey sweatshirt in the suitcase or washing out a few socks pairs of socks, those socks are headed for the sink, pronto. It’s not the ideal situation, but hey, you do what ya gotta do to get it all home!

Multi-pack. If you have a big t-shirt, use that as a bathing suit cover-up and pajamas.  Bring a light jacket, as this can serve as both the jacket and a raincoat.

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What can you do while you wash clothes?

Take a little nap.

Take a walk around your resort/hotel.

Grab a light snack.

Prop up your weary feet and watch some TV.

Take a dip in the cement pond. (see above Beverly Hillbillies reference)

Window shop without your wallet to avoid overspending.

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One thing about vacation is that most people find themselves toting too many items, which in the long run just causes additional stress. Vacations can be stressful enough just fighting crowds and worrying about finances without sitting on your suitcase to get it packed, or paying those extra fees at the airport when your luggage goes over a certain weight.

There are definitely an abundance of packing lists floating around, but with all that stuff crammed in your suitcase, there may not be enough room for the important things, like bringing home your new Mickey Mouse ears hat or a coffee mug. Stuff that shirt/pajamas/beach cover-up in the mug for extra travel protection.

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So to get home from Disney with all your souvenirs, you will definitely need more cash and probably less laundry!


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Thanks for stopping by for a quick Disney tip, and we’ll see you in the resort laundry mat with a roll of quarters.


  1. Raye W says:

    Another tip I’ve found helps. if flying, don’t pack a lot of toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo. Most hotel rooms supply this, so unless you have allergies, save that space. If you need something once you get there, you’ll find most prices on this kind of thing are worth just buying them there.It saves a lot of suitcase space. If you really want to take your own, sign up for free samples and use those little packets rather than travel bottles. I save them thru the year for camping.

  2. Joy F. says:

    I find that flying an extra suitcase down to Disney, filled with snack and drinks to conserve sacred snack credits which allows for easy breakfasts and munchies, will then turn around and become souvenir storage for the return trip. It really depends how much flying an extra suitcase will cost you…but at $20 each way…filled with food and drinks at a fraction of the price you would pay at Disney, and then filled with treasures on the way home, it seems like it’s worth the $40 round trip it costs you!

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