Kids say the darnedest things, right? Well, kids have fashion advice, too. Below, I have an abridged (and edited) set of guidelines for fashion straight from the mouths of my babes.
Always wear comfyish clothes in the parks. While it may not be a fashion show, whether you’re Disney Bounding or a first timer, you still want to focus on comfort. There almost is never a day (even on our half days) that we don’t end up walking 5+ miles in a day. Hot, humid air combined with a lot of walking mean you’re going to need to focus on what’s going to be comfortable for you for a number of hours. That means different things for different people, so think about how you feel the most comfortable and go from there.
Try on your princess dress before going to the parks to make sure it isn’t itchy. Pack extra clothes if you wear your dress to the park because you’ll probably want to take it off later. Don’t wear it all day, especially if it starts to get uncomfortable. Cut off all the tags and labels because those rub against your skin and it hurts. Sometimes a little camisole or small tank top will help with dresses that rub.
Check the radar before you leave for your vacation. The worst mistake is wearing socks and shoes in the rain. Walking in soggy socks is the worst and can lead to painful blisters – which lead to whining and complaining and I don’t need any more of that in my life. I have never seen one of my children in pants at DisneyWorld except on the random cold days in spring break. Check the weather before you go, because it totally could be frigid, even on spring break. There’s always a random cold week in March that has us packing jeans and hoodies for DisneyWorld.
Bring a jacket for cold restaurants. Consider layering pieces if you get cold in the air conditioning. If you have a child who always gets cold, bring them a jacket or sweater. Hubby sweats constantly so he doesn’t need a jacket ever, but my daughter is always cold so we started grabbing her a sweater and jacket for dinner and it’s made my life immeasurably better.
Sweat wicking socks are a necessity. T-shirts and shorts in the same materials are equally useful. Husband loves his sweat-wicking golf gear (golf polos and golf shorts) are what he’s most comfortable in. The cotton t-shirts and shorts tend to be much more uncomfortable for him when they get wet (whether it’s rain, ride water, or sweat) and absorb it like a sponge, making it very uncomfortable for longer periods of time. The Mickey golf polos from Nike Golf are his favorites now and keep him cooler and more comfortable, even in the August heat.
Bonus tip from mom: The chafing is real. I’ve been to the parks at nearly every size imaginable (skinny, pregnant, not pregnant, average size, a little overweight, and back to average) and I can tell you that when I’m heavier and my thighs rub together, the chafing is no joke. Know that if you’re in jean shorts, you may find yourself stealing your infant’s diaper cream or gold bond for your own needs. Be safe and just pack some Desitin. Workout clothes, Spanx, and other items to reduce chafing can be your friend. Men, watch out for the mesh netting in your bathing suits because you’re not immune to the same problems.
Do you have any other rules, guidelines or plans that you keep in mind when you go to Disney World? What keeps you cool across the park and warm when it gets windy? Let us know in the comments.