We recently discussed tips on how to prepare your phone and home for travel to Walt Disney World. The missing item? How to Prepare for Your Disney Trip
The COVID era has changed many aspects of travel, and after a year of hibernation, muscle memory of how to travel may have atrophied. So now more than ever it is important to prepare for the holidays. And keep in mind that while some people are ready to travel again, the timing may not be the best for everyone. These points will also help you determine if you are ready to embark on new adventures.
- Get vaccinated. If you are eligible and can be vaccinated before the trip, this will increase your safety and that of those around you during the trip.
- Check with your doctor. Even if you have been vaccinated, there may still be medical factors to consider. Need to refill recipes? Need more contact lenses? Touching the base with your medical equipment before traveling is generally good practice.
- Learn about the safety and health protocols of your airline, car rental service, hotels, or other travel service providers. If you haven’t been to an airport or rented a car in a year, keep in mind that many procedures have changed. Spend a few minutes on the websites of each of the services you use to make sure you are familiar with their current practices.
- Learn about current Walt Disney World safety and health protocols. Many procedures at Disney World have changed over the last year. Some hotels, restaurants and attractions are temporarily (or permanently) closed. Travel boarding procedures may have changed. The times may be different. Check out our blog and Disney website for relevant information. A critical element not to be missed … reservations are now required to enter the theme parks, so be sure to make your own in advance.
- Update the memory of Disney’s list of prohibited items. You don’t want to bring something confiscated to the parks.
- Confirm all your travel arrangements. Airlines are famous for playing with flight times and this is doubling now as routes are added and subtracted and the capacity of the aircraft is constantly changing.
- Provide masks, disinfectants, disposable wipes, etc. Disney’s standards are a moving target, but several company executives have said they expect masks to be required in parks in some places until at least 2021. Disney sells things like masks and hand sanitizers in parks and resorts, but after a year of practice, you probably now have a favorite protective mask fit and style. Be sure to bring extras in case they get dirty or wet during one of Florida’s inevitable downpours.
- Work out your fitness. Some people have used their time during the pandemic to work and get the best out of their lives. If it’s not you (it’s not me either), you may want to start increasing your physical activity to prepare for the rigors of travel. Will you have to lift a heavy suitcase into an air compartment? Work the strength of the upper body. Have the most recent walks been from the TV to the fridge? Remember that a typical Disney World guest walks at least seven miles every day, often much longer. Now might be the time to start taking long walks in the evening so that your body is not surprised by your holiday movement.
- Evaluate your wardrobe, especially your shoes. Has she gained or lost weight during the pandemic? If you haven’t worn shorts or swimsuits in many months, do they still fit? During a closet purge in the middle of COVID, did you throw away the lid and flip flops? Do they need to be replaced? As you evaluate your clothes, pay special attention to making sure you have shoes to walk more than 7 miles a day without getting blisters.
- Inform your bank or credit card provider that you are traveling. If you haven’t been out of your home state for some time, you may want to call your credit card company to let them know that your cards have not been compromised when used away from your home. usual regional configuration.
- Toiletries for travel. You can buy things like toothpaste the size of a trip to Disney World, but they will certainly cost less at your local grocery store or discount store. If you do a grocery store anyway, you can save a few bucks by buying what you need in advance.
- Portable snack shop. Would having a quick granola bar be a better way to avoid hunger pangs? Do you now feel less comfortable eating in indoor restaurants? Maybe skip breakfast and bring a packet of oatmeal to your room before you go to the parks.
- Preparing for your return home. If you turned off the heat or turned off the air conditioning before the trip, do you want the neighbors to put them back to a comfortable temperature before returning? Do you need to call your kennel to confirm what time you will pick up your dog? What does it take to restore or restart your home to return?
- Think about the food you need at home when you return. This could take several forms:
- Have the number of your favorite dining place on your phone so you can pick up an order back home from the airport.
- Put an easy-to-prepare meal in the freezer to eat on the first day back. A couple of frozen pizzas can even do the trick.
- Store stable items that you can eat / drink on the first day of return.
- Set up a supermarket or grocery store to deliver your essentials or prepared meals shortly after you arrive home.
What else do you do to prepare for your vacation trips? How has this changed over the last year? Let us know in the comments.
First published on March 22, 2021. Updated on September 26, 2021.