Call me crazy, but I love finding new gadgets and gizmos that will make my life easier. And with Amazon Prime Day in full swing, I thought it was the perfect time to let you all know what I consider to my top picks when it comes to traveling.
These are items that I personally own and have traveled with. Most of them I’ve even gotten off of Amazon. And although the main reason for purchasing a few of them was for our latest family vacation, I thought they were so handy, we now use them in our every day life.
If you have any tried and true items that you can’t seem to travel without, I’d love to hear about them!
As a mama of 3 boys, Travel Agent, and entrepreneur, if it can make my life easier, and more organized, I want to know.
Who knows, maybe they’ll find themselves in my suitcase for our next trip.
I’ve had this charger since 2020. And I absolutely love it.
Whether I’m going on vacation, spending the day at the zoo with my kids, or just trying to make sure I have enough battery life during a power outage, this charger has never let me down.
My husband knew this was the only charger I ever bring with me now. But, it wasn’t until this past week that he finally knew why. He had to go out of town for business. But, he forgot his power bank at work. So, he asked if he could borrow mine.
While on his trip, he asked how the boys and I were doing, quickly followed by a comment about how fast his phone is charging with my Power Bank. I immediately followed up with “Yeah…I know!”
I loved this power bank years ago, when I reviewed it for this site. And I still love it now.
I don’t know why it took my so long to get in on the Packing Cube trend. But, let me tell you, they are the way to travel.
I had no idea how much these would improve my packing game.
Everything is separated into its own category. All of my pj’s were in one cube. All of my shirts were in another. I even had one cube dedicated to Mickey ears and my Mickey Mouse baseball cap.
I always worry that my ears will get crushed in my suitcase. You just can’t go to Walt Disney World without Mickey ears.
But, somehow, keeping them all together somehow seems to make them “smush-proof.” I don’t know the logic behind it. The bags don’t have hard sides. All I know is that they looked exactly the same as they looked when I packed them at home.
Long gone are the days when I’m reshaping an ear that got bent out of place or trying and fix a piece of decor before ultimately cutting it off and pretending it never existed in the first place.
You know when your kids put their dirty clothes back into their suitcase and everything ends up smelling like a gym shoe?
Yeah…that’s I got a travel hamper in the first place.
While I appreciate my boys putting their things away, I also don’t want their clean clothes smelling like their dirty clothes.
Whether or not we end up doing laundry while on vacation, at least all of our dirty clothes are in one place now. And if we do wind up doing laundry, a hamper or laundry bag makes it easy to transport laundry from the room to the laundry room.
All Disney Resorts have self-service laundry facilities on site. They are usually located by the pools and you must have a MagicBand to enter.
However, if you’re staying in a one bedroom (or more) Villa, at a DVC Deluxe Resort, you will have one in your room.
If you want your own private washer and dryer, without the hefty price tag, you can book a Condo in Reunion Resort, like we did.
I love a good Mickey and Minnie ear. But, do you know what I don’t like? Spending $35 in the Parks for one.
That’s why I rely on the internet to show me some cute ears with a lower price tag. And surprisingly, Amazon has some cute ones. Who knew?
If you’re looking for high quality ears, then this may not be the place for you. I do think that the official Disney ears are more sturdy, in many cases. But, for the price, I can’t complain.
Do they pay me to endorse their product so much? No.
So, why do I do it? Because I absolutely think you need one.
If you’re wearing a MagicBand on your trip, there is a good chance that you’ll accidentally lose it. And with so much information stored on your MagicBand, why would you want to take that chance?
I’ve told the story so many times about the time I grabbed my MagicBand, mid-fall, in the queue of Big Thunder Mountain. I was lucky that time. But, next time I may not have been so lucky.
Now, I never go to the Disney Parks without a BitBelt. I’ve also given them to friends and family who were going, as well.
With MagicBand+ being released soon, I hope that they’ve decided to upgrade their clasp. But, if they didn’t, at least I know I have my BitBelts to back me up. And, Amazon sells packs with quite a bit in them.
We always bring water bottles with us to the Parks. It can be a pain to carry them around all day. I won’t lie about that.
But, when the heat is unbearable and the lines at the Quick Service restaurants are too long to wait for free ice water, you’ll be glad you have your water bottle with you.
There are many companies who will deliver to your Disney Resort, including Amazon Prime Now. We buy gallons of water at the beginning of the trip to refill our water bottles all week. We never buy bottled water in the Parks.
A gallon of water at the Publix near our condo was less than $1.00. A 16.9 oz bottle of water in the Parks is approximately $4.00. This way, we save money and stay hydrated.
If you have a little one who still uses bottles, these are a must-have.
I bought them on Amazon for our latest trip to Orlando. The thought of mixing formula on an airplane or in the Theme Parks did not seem like a fun time.
And I’m so glad I did. I love these so much that they’re now the only bottles we keep in our diaper bags now.
The water and formula are kept in the bottle, separated by a round disk. When your baby is ready to eat, you press the button, which releases the disk, allowing the formula to mix with the water. No mess, no fuss. It’s so easy.
For anyone planning to travel by plane: You CAN put water in these bottles ahead of time and bring them to the airport. The restrictions on water does not apply to passengers with a baby. The bottle we have come in a set of 3. We had water in all of them. They did get tagged for additional testing by TSA. But, once they saw we had a baby and verified (with a machine) what was inside the bottles, we were on our way.
Speaking of traveling with a baby, if you have a child who will be using a stroller at Walt Disney World, get a fan. You’ll thank me later.
Unless you go on the 3 days per year when the weather is cool, it’s likely going to be hot and humid. Sitting in the stroller can quickly become hot and uncomfortable.
I bought our little fan off of Amazon before our youngest was even born. We live in Houston right now, so we run into the same problem with the weather. It’s either hot or “OMG I’m melting”. So, we absolutely needed anything that could help cool him down.
We’ve only had it for 9 months. But, I’m continually impressed by its battery life. We had the fan on him whenever he was in the stroller. And even after being in the Parks all day, it never ran out of power.
We’d bring it inside at night to charge. So, I’m not sure now many days we could get out of a single charge. But, considering the low cost, it has completely blown away my expectations.
Whether you’re Team Poncho or Team Umbrella, you’re probably going to want something to keep you dry during the inevitable Florida rain showers.
Now, we don’t wear ponchos anywhere other than the Theme Parks. They’re not the most comfortable thing in the world. And if you wear them too long, you start to feel like a bag of microwavable vegetables.
But, they’re also much easier to walk around with than a bunch of umbrellas or rain jackets. And Amazon has large packs of Ponchos for decent prices. It’s certainly easier than purchasing them separately in the stores.
Whether or not you have kids, you really can’t go wrong with a good waterproof bag.
Of course, we primarily use ours to hold the baby’s wet, dirty clothes. But, that’s not all we’ve used it for.
Go to a water Park? That’s where our bathing suits go when we’re done. Get caught in the rain in the Parks? They hold our ponchos, so they don’t soak everything in our bookbags.
Yeah, they’re handy. But, they’re also cute. Of course, we have a Mickey Mouse bag. But, we also have Nintendo and Mario. And best of all, if they start to smell funky, you can throw them in the washing machine. They come out looking (and smelling) brand new.
I’ve seen them sold in other places. But, I do think that Amazon has the best designs that I’ve seen.
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