With airlines charging higher and higher fees for luggage, many travelers are doing everything they can to pack light when heading off on vacation. If you can pack into carry on bags, you can often save a considerable amount of money. Casual is almost always appropriate for a WDW vacation and with a little planning you can create great outfits with minimal luggage.
For a 5 Night/ 6 Day vacation you can get away with relatively few clothes. Each member of your party should try and pack into their own carry-on bag. To decided how much you need to pack, add up your number of days, and divide it by 2. For a 6 day trip you actually only need to pack 2 outfits.
Choosing a color palette that can mix and match, can give you the feeling of having more outfits with you. To create a greater number of outfit options, choose only one or two colors to pack. Mix & Match creates the illusion of greater variety. For my last vacation, I packed in Khaki, Blue & Red and was able to create several different outfits from minimal base pieces by changing accessories.
First plan the outfit that you will be traveling in. Since it will be worn you won't need to worry about packing it. Your travel outfit should be comfortable and it's a good idea to include a couple of layers. By layering your travel outfit you allow yourself more options later in the week. Example: Don't just wear a t-shirt, layer the t-shirt with an Oxford and perhaps a light jacket.
Next pack your bag with the remaining outfits. For a 6 day trip, you only need to pack clothing for 2 days. Adding small accessories can change up the look of an outfit. Ladies may add a scarf or unique necklace, men may want to layer another shirt, or add a vest. Hats are a great way to change the feeling of an outfit too!
In all of the pictures in this post, I'm wearing a blue shirt and jeans. Yet by layering and changing up my accessories I had several different looks.
For guests who don't wish to wear an outfit more than once, or are staying at Walt Disney World for more than a week, there are several options available to wash the clothes that you've brought along with you. Washers and dryers in Guest Villas, Guest Laundry Rooms in all Resorts, Dry Cleaning & Laundry Service offered at Deluxe Disney Resorts.
Do you have any tips for packing light? Let me know what your secrets are for cutting your baggage costs!