Planning Ahead

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Planning Ahead

Many of us go through that daunting phase of where to begin with planning for a trip or how to plan effectively. Travelling on holiday, especially with young children can be challenging enough so you want to avoid the extra stress of not having a proper plan. To help you get started, we provide some general planning tips below that will ensure you make the most of your vacation to Orlando. Our tips include ways you can save money on excursions as well as important items you may wish to pack with regards to the season your visiting Orlando in. Deep breath, and lets get started!

What should I pack?!

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Worried you might leave something essential at home?…  Don’t be! The easiest way around this is by making a simple check list.

Here are a few suggestions of items you may wish to pack to help you get started:

  • Sun lotion/Sun screen – Apply all times of the year; don’t be fooled by the strength of Orlando’s Winter Sun! 
  • Passport
  • Light rain jacket/folded umbrella – (prepare for the daily rain showers)
  • Camera
  • Medication
  • Photo card ID and DVLA access code (if planning to drive/proof of insurance)
  • Electronic devices and chargers
  • Printed copies of important paperwork and documents – e.g. hotel confirmation, car rental papers, tickets
  • Money
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Mist fan – useful for helping to cool you down during the day
  • US adaptor plugs – can buy these at a US supermarket if you need
  • Insect Repellent
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Small first aid kit – e.g. plasters, Band-Aids
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Sanitary products
  • Hand sanitizer/wet wipes/antibacterial wipes
  • Cooler bag (can pick these up cheaply at your local supermarket – comes in handy keeping your water cool throughout the day, e.g. at a theme park)
  • Jumper – Yes, the weather is hot and humid. However if you intend to visit Orlando during the winter months, the evenings tend to be quite chilly outside.
  • Poncho – prepare for the unpredictable weather and purchase a poncho! whilst the rain storms do not last long, they can be heavy and its no fun getting soaked!

By planning ahead, you can ensure you make the most out of your vacation!

If you intend to spend your vacation immersed in the attractions and theme parks, make sure you pack and plan accordingly. See below for a few ideas of how to plan effectively:

Dress for the occasion –  you can’t go wrong with wearing Shorts and a T-shit. However, if you are more comfortable wearing long trousers, then try and wear loose trousers that are a silk/cotton to help you keep cool throughout the day.

Consider bringing two comfortable pairs of shoes as the theme parks are big and you are likely to spend a lot of time walking around or standing in the queues for the rides.

Packed snacks come in handy (sounds silly), but especially if you have young kids. Also, theme parks charge a fortune for food – you wouldn’t want that ruining your holiday now would you!

Bring small toys if you have young kids – queues in the theme parks are often fairly long, especially during the summer season, so having toys handy for your kids may help keep them preoccupied whilst waiting to go on the rides.

Change of Clothes – because between the heat/sweating and the water rides, you are sure to get soaked!

Whereas if you are planning to spend a lot of the time at the beach, it may be worth buying:

  • Cooler bag
  • Parasol – Guarantee you get some shade as not all beaches provide them
  • Deck chairs
  • Change of clothes – The sand gets EVERYWHERE
  • Towel

Depending on which season of the year you visit Orlando, you may wish to bring different clothes.

For example, during the winter months you may wish to bring:

  • A light rain jacket
  • A few jumpers/cardigans – 
  • Long trousers (evenings can get quite cool)
  • A small umbrella
  • Sunglasses – you still get that winter sun!

and during the Summer months, having the following will be useful:

  • Hats
  • Flip-flops
  • Swim wear

What about Money?

Knowing how much cash to take with you on holiday can be a tricky one, and often we take far more money then we need! To avoid this, see below for a few general money tips and suggestions of how to get the most out of your holiday!

Currency: it is good idea to covert some of your money into dollars before you leave for your holiday. However, you don’t need to carry lots of cash on you as there are numerous cash machines (ATMs) available for you to exchange your money once you reach the states. 

Be sure to check out our currency page to learn more about your currency conversion options.

For safety and money protection, it is recommended that you take a credit/debit card that is isolated from your main bank account/s in case you lose your card or someone gets hold of your card so that your main account is not affected back home.

To save money, try and book your tickets online in advance rather then buying them on the day or at an excursion itself as it will not only save you money but also a lot of time queuing for tickets!