I just returned from taking my family to the Happiest Place on Earth….Walt Disney World!
While that phrase can most definitely be up for interpretation depending on the time of day and the child (or adult) having an emotional meltdown, we had a wonderful trip visiting Mickey and his friends.
Being the promotional products aficionado that I am, I wanted to report back on how some of our items made my trip a little more manageable.
To begin with, the most important item that I brought with me was a portable battery charger for our phones. Being on the run all day with no place to charge your phone can be a problem no matter where you are, but throw in the fact that you are constantly looking up line times and where to meet Characters on the Disney App, and my battery was nearly dead by lunch time. Fortunately, I packed two of these. I went with our basic 2,200mAh batteries since they were in the office, but wished that I had ordered one of the larger ones as these barely got us through the day.
I also used this little cord to keep everything compact. This allowed me to keep the charger and phone hooked up in my pocket during the day.
We went to Warm and Sunny Florida on a weekend when it was not so warm and sunny. The weather went from a wonderful 80 degrees on Friday down to 55 with 20 mph winds on Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately, it got better on Monday….just in time for us to leave. Based on these temperatures, it was a perfect time to try out some of our warmer, lightweight clothing options.
I loved wearing this long sleeve quarter-zip shirt. It was fashionable, breathable, and felt great in the cold and inside the buildings.
When the wind picked up to that 20mph, I threw on this FootJoy Windbreaker and was well-protected.
I also packed this lightweight insulated vest that was easy to wear in the mornings and evenings and store in my backpack when it got warmer during the day.
When it got sunny, I wore my Ahead hat. It’s lightweight and folds up nicely into the backpack when you don’t need it.
Speaking of that backpack, I used this awesome High Sierra bag that I’ve used for more than five years now. It has held up perfectly over the years, and it was comfortable to wear while walking around the parks from 8am-10pm!
Of course we needed water, so this CamelBak water bottle came in handy. It kept our water cold most of the day.
Finally, since Disney uses a technology called MagicBands which allows them to track your every move like Big Brother... I mean, enables you to open your hotel room, enter the parks, board rides, pay for meals and gifts, etc... I didn’t need to carry any cash with me which was a nice change. So, I decided to try out one of the phone wallets that so many clients have been ordering recently, and I have to say that it was a great accessory. It freed up my wallet pocket to hold the trash my kids handed me, or anything else that I wanted to carry.
The one item that I didn’t bring and wish I had was a pedometer. Disney World is known as a place where you walk a ton, but it would have been nice to know exactly how many miles we covered. After all, we had to work off those Mickey Ice Cream Bars in some way. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to go back one day and try it again!
-- Jamie Cohen