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Winter Packing Tips for the Theme Parks

by Mommy Frog on December 15, 2010 14 Orlando

Packing for any vacation is a chore, but packing for a winter vacation in Orlando is especially tricky. Weather can go from sunny and 70 degrees during the day to windy and 40 degrees at night. I'm passing along a few packing tips if you're headed to the parks during the winter months...

Clothing

“Layering” is the keyword. You'll need a jacket while the morning temps hover around 45 degrees. By lunchtime, you'll be fine in a long sleeve t-shirt. Then when the sun goes down, you'll need that jacket again and maybe even a hat and gloves. (I usually dress the kids in a short sleeve t-shirt, then a long sleeve t-shirt, then a jacket.)

Sunscreen/Skincare

The Florida sun and its UV rays are just as strong during the winter as the summer months. So even if it's cool outside, sunscreen is a must. And don't forget the lip balm and lotion for dry skin and chapped lips!

Blankets/Towels

Throw a small blanket in your backpack to cuddle up with while you're waiting for parades and fireworks shows. I also bring a towel or two to wipe down wet benches and to sit on. (Leap and I usually rent a locker to stash the blanket and jackets during the day, but we carry the towels with us.

Cold Medicine/Vitamins

The wide range in temperatures from daytime to night can sneak up on even the sturdiest of immune systems. Pack your multi-vitamins and some over-the-counter cold medicine. On that note, I always bring hand sanitizer and wet wipes with me, too.

Raingear

Winter isn't known as a “rainy” season in Florida, but Florida weather can be unpredictable. Even if it’s not raining you can use the poncho to cover up with so you don't have to skip awesome wet rides like Splash Mountain® Attraction and Kali River Rapids® Attraction. No one wants to walk around in damp clothes when the weather is chilly!

Swimsuits

Yes, you read that correctly. There are days when it's plenty warm enough for a dip in a heated pond...I mean, pool!

Read more about planning your visit in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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peggy record Dec 15, 2010 at 4:07 p.m.

The rain poncho also serves as a good "windbreaker"/another layer against the cold or can be used to sit on to keep some of the cold from seeping through a cold seat.

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FrogBlog Dec 21, 2010 at 5:14 p.m.

That's a great point, Peggy. Thanks for your tip! -Leap

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ismartypants Jan 15, 2011 at 8:47 p.m.

Good read i think your website is fantastic with superb content which i like to add to my bookmarks.

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FrogBlog Jan 18, 2011 at 6:52 p.m.

Thanks! We are glad you made it here. -Leap

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Milda Denten Aug 30, 2011 at 1:36 p.m.

you can also give your baby some antibacterial baby socks to ensure that your baby is always clean`

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Kacie Mcquillan Jan 29, 2012 at 7:06 a.m.

As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

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