Tuesday, June 23, 2015

What to Wear to Disney in the Summer

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Hi, Friends! Sorry I've been away from the blog for a bit. With the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, it's been non-stop on-the-go. I have so many things on my mind to write about, but never get the chance to sit down to do it!

Anyhoo, we just got back last weekend from a trip to Walt Disney World with our youngest while our older son is on vacation with his grandparents. This is only the third time we've been to see the Mouse in the 11 years we've had kids. Atypical for a Floridian, I know.

I started thinking about what to wear when we booked the trip three months ago. I knew it would be sweltering in central Florida in mid-June and wanted to figure out a cool (temperature) outfit. At first, I thought an athletic dress with a built in bra would be the ticket. 
Athleta Pack Everywear Dress
It's lightweight, non-constricting, and cute. It would be a great choice for walking around while staying cool. But then I thought about climbing in and out of all those rides and decided against it. I surely would have given the people in line more than they bargained for.

I decided to go with cotton shorts in a fun bright color and a lightweight, loose cotton tank.
Me and my happy camper
The tank was thin enough that I stayed cool and the embroidery detail gave it some interest. I debated wearing a dry fit athletic t-shirt, for comfort and sun protection, but fashion won out. Not that I was the fashion plate for Disney or anything. However, I do strongly recommend wearing a jog bra that dries quickly from all the sweating you will inevitably do. I wore no jewelery or accessories because I didn't want anything sticking to my hot skin.

Comfortable running shoes were a good decision as well, with all the walking we did. I usually like to restrict my running shoes to workout clothes, but the exception was warranted. I did not regret it at all. A cute pair of walking sneakers would have worked too.

A hat was a must! Okay, so the visor's not that stylish, but it needed to be something that would stay on during rides and could be stashed in my daypack. A crushable wide-brim hat would have been good too. I also wore my hair back in a fishtail braid to keep it from sticking to my sweaty back. Ahh, so cool. (Again, in the temperature sense. I am in no way suggesting that I am cool.)

The best thing we had was our Camelbak backpack.
My ever-so-chivalrous husband was our camel for the day and carried our supply of water. We dried it up twice and refilled it with cold ice water during lunch. Without it I surely would've had a heat stroke. I had a smaller backpack for some essentials, including:
  • spritz bottles 
  • cooling towels
  • snacks (almonds, cereal bars, Uncrustables) 
  • sunscreen
  • anti-bacterial gel
  • sunglasses
  • cell phones
That was really all we needed. Had there been rain forecast we--okay, I--would've thrown in ponchos. We like to travel light. A cute cross-body bag could have worked too. With the Magicbands, we didn't need our wallets, which was awesome. We also downloaded the Disney app, which was pretty helpful for checking wait times and restrooms, etc.

And to finish up, let me include some things not to wear to a theme park on a hot summer day that I saw:
  • black pants with a sweater
  • work dress with heels (I don't know why this woman was wearing that...maybe she was on break from a conference?)
  • high heel suede sneakers with a white shorts suit with lots of grommet detail (oh, how I wish I'd taken a picture!)



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