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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Williams Family: Traveling Medicine Cabinet

A fellow Disney traveler asked out what we take with us on our Disney vacations.  In addition to a Park Bag and a "MacGyver Bag", we also have a traveling medicine cabinet.  The list below contains many items, but not all of them are packed together in a luxurious gallon size ziploc bag, some are in a toiletry kit that is in the checked luggage and some are in our quart-size bag of liquids that is in our carry-on.  I also want to note that there are many of these items available for purchase at Walt Disney World Resort gift shops, it just may not be the brand, size, you want/need and it may be expensive.

For prevention and/or care of various maladies, check out the list below:

  • Ibuprofen (in my purse, too.)
  • Ibuprofen PM
  • Tylenol
  • Allergy/decongestant tablets
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Antacid Tablets
  • Naproxen (I take 2 daily)
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Flonase
  • Vicks Vapor Rub
  • Cough drops
You would be amazed what the items below can cure!  Upon arrival, these items get transferred to either my purse or the park touring bag.  I remember bandaging the boy after he fell and cut his forehead while we were waiting for a cruise port adventure.
  • Triple-antibiotic ointment (this is in the quart size bag in carry-on)
  • Hydro-cortisone cream (also in carry-on)
  • Bandaids
  • Moleskin (either already cut into appropriate size pieces of with scissors for cutting--scissors need to be in checked luggage)
Well, the Epsom Salts are great for putting in warm water and soaking sore feet as well as other ailments.  I also pack any needed menstrual supplies and a Good Nights bed mat that sticks to the mattress/sheets that you can find in the diaper/pull-up aisle.
  • Thermacare menstrual cramp heat pads 
  • Epsom Salts (put some in an empty plastic container, like butter/sour cream)
Since we typically travel to a warm, tropical climate:
  • Suncreen
  • Aloe/after sun cream
And, the requirements!
  • Vitamins
  • Prescription Medicines (We/I forgot one of the husband's prescription medicines and we learned about Turner Drug that delivers to Walt Disney World Resorts.)
For a treat for the feet:
  • Peppermint Foot Cream
  • Fuzzy socks
We've heard that some guests appreciate bringing some sort of anti-chafing cream/powder, foot fungus cream, and any other creams for frequent rashes.

Here's our "Must Pack" list.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Williams Family: Our "MacGyver" Bag

What you see in the photo above is a gallon size plastic bag that our family refers to as the "MacGyver" bag and it goes with us on every trip.

Some background.  MacGyver was a seven-season action, mystery television show from the late 80's where the hero, MacGyver, solved problems using everyday objects.  Our bag is full of everyday items that have come in handy on many of our trips, hence the name.

Items in the bag include wooden clothespins--the pinchy kind.  We use these to keep curtains closed in hotel rooms, hang bathing suits for drying, even hang up towels if needed.  We also have magnetic clips.  These are used when on the cruise ships as the stateroom doors are metal and we use them to hang paper items like excursion tickets, list of cruise activities, etc.  Horizontal space is a premium in staterooms, so this allows us to hang items, even lanyards. 

The roll of duct tape is to repair broken suitcases, broken shoes, and even once, used to keep the toilet lid up.  The hotel had remodeled and installed a shelf behind the toilet, but the shelf was so wide that the toilet lid, when up, did not have enough room to make a 90 degree or more angle and therefore would either fall down after each use or require to be put down.  Let's just say it was tricky and the duct tape kept the lid up. 

In the middle of the duct tape roll is a baby jar with powdered dish washing soap.  The soap is for use to clean any dining items, such as mugs or cups and it's in a glass baby jar to be protected from moisture or leaks.  It can also be used to wash clothing items in a sink or bathtub if necessary.  The fact that it is powder rather than liquid helps with TSA screenings, too.

Other items include samples of laundry pods--a variety of brands.  There are also rubber bands!  Rubber bands have been used to keep the boys pants/shorts up when they have been too small and too big!  One cruise, the boy put on his nice pants for dinner and they wouldn't button!  I whipped out a rubber band and weaved it through the button hole and the button.  Voila!  On another trip, the boy's shorts were too big around the waist.  Rubber band used to cinch up the back belt loops.  Problem solved!  Rubber bands can also keep shoes together and even attach suitcase zipper ends if they won't come together.

You may ask if the the bag goes in our checked or carry on luggage.  The answer is either.  Whatever bag has room.

Our "MacGyver" bag stays ready to go into a suitcase at all times.  We have to be careful not to go to the bag for situations that occur at home as it would be easy not to replenish the bag and be left empty handed while traveling.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Williams Family: Our Four Parks; One Day Adventure--December 31, 2018! (Part 2)

Click here to read Part 1 of Our Four Parks, One Day Adventure.

Let me remind you of the rules that we set for ourselves:
  • A park icon photo at each park.
  • Use only Disney transportation system.(Could we use all forms in one day?)
  • Ride at least one ride at each park with a ride photo
So far, we had broken one of the rules as we didn't get a ride photo at EPCOT, just selfies in the line for Soarin'.

We strolled from Future World to the International Gateway at EPCOT and took the Friendship Launch from EPCOT to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
While on the boat, I used the My Disney Experience app to order lunch at Woody's Lunchbox using the mobile order function on the app.  It was easy!
Do you see the 2019 in our picture?  

When we got closer to Woody's Lunchbox, I used the "I'm here" button on the app and proceeded to the mobile order window to pick up lunch.  Did I say this was easy?  It automatically used our Quick Service Dining credits!
Soon it was time for our Slinky Dog Coaster Fastpasses.  Everytime this ride is fun! Also, as soon as we exited the attraction, I was able to snag a Fastpass for DINOSAUR!

The lines for the Star War Characters were a bit long, but Disney Chase Visa has a character meet & greet in Launch Bay so we stopped.  Good thing the husband had his wallet and photo ID!

We exited the park and made our way to the bus stop for Disney's Animal Kingdom.  This was the longest walk of the day!  The bus was full and we had to stand for the ride.  

Just inside the entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom, Terk and Meeko were greeting guests.  We stopped to say "Hello!"

The photo above met the criteria for park icon photo!  You can also see by the sun that it was later in the day.
On our way to DINOSAUR, we stopped to greet Russell and Dug and met a family from our hometown in the line, too!  It really is a small world!
Since we were right there, we decided to see "It's Tough To Be A Bug" before making our way to Dinoland.

We rode DINOSAUR and the husband was so scared he forgot his part of the 2019 using his hands.  Oh, well!

Time to exit the park and take a bus to Disney Springs.  We had a dinner reservation!

Our reservation was for Enzo's Hideaway.  Seafood and pasta favorites were on the menu.  What was even cooler was the trip to the bathroom which is shared with The Edison.  

After dinner, we took a bus from Disney Springs back to our resort.

We did it!  We hit all four Walt Disney World Parks in one day, along with Disney Springs.  We used Disney transportation throughout and rode buses, the monorail, and two different types of water launches.  We even squeezed in a character meal and met characters at three of the four parks.  We got attraction photos at three of the four parks and icon photos at all four.

December 31 is one of the busiest days of the year for the Walt Disney World Resort.  Knowing this, we tried to move opposite the crowds in the order we visited the parks.  

We saved time traveling without bags.  The husband had the camera, portable phone charger w/cord, and wallet in his pockets.  The boy and I each had our phones and sunglasses.We made no purchases other than food throughout the day.

Would we do this again?  Sure!  But now we're thinking both water parks on the same day!