In Which Jenn Packs For WDW Three Weeks In Advance

Yes, I own this luggage for realsies.

Look, I don’t know you. I don’t know your packing habits. But I can tell you my usual ones, which some might describe as anal-retentive: I have a spreadsheet. Everything I need to pack is in that spreadsheet, and once it’s in my suitcase, which happens at least a day in advance, I mark it off. I save every individual trip’s packing list so that I can go back and consult it to check for items I may have missed. And of course I check the weather to make sure my clothing items are appropriate.

Yeah. About that last bit…

So this time around my WDW Marathon trip is but one leg of my personal Grand Circle Tour of the east coast. Next week I fly to Baltimore for Christmas with my husband’s family; the week after that, we drive down to NC to visit my family; and then, the week after THAT, I fly down to Orlando for the Goofy Challenge.

Which means I am packing all the portions of my trip at once… including for Orlando weather. In January. Let me tell you from experience: NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE WEATHER IS GOING TO BE LIKE IN ORLANDO IN JANUARY.

I mean, sure, once you close in, your local weatherperson can give you an idea. But three weeks out? Total crapshoot. I’ve been down for the marathon and been already warm at the start line. I’ve been down and FREEZING TO DEATH. Hell, one time it was even delightfully moderate. Do I know what I will be encountering in 2020? Nope. Not a clue. Zilch. Nada.

And here I am. Packing for it.

Obviously I can make some educated guesses. Some contingency items. Knee socks to wear with my dresses. A pair of running shorts to supplement the pants, just in case. Arm warmers and gloves, for safety. Those shake-em-out hand warmer pack things.

In an extreme worst case scenario, I can always go to Target or something while I’m in NC for emergency supplies. But man, I sure wish I was working with more information while I have access to the stuff I already own, ya feel me?

To make a long story short: YES I will be making you look at my Disney Dandy wardrobe and running costumes for this trip! … Just as soon as I figure out what that looks like. >D

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In Which Jenn Commandeers Elizabeth’s Race Prep

Hi guys! As you may recall, Elizabeth and I are running the Run & Ride Kings Dominion 5k and 10k, respectively, on Sunday. I thought you might like to see this email I sent her on the logistics of our trip and races. Not that you’ll be running this precise race, probably, but it’ll get you in the headspace of a destination race, right? Onward for some advice! Note: Please always check before using my futon.

Okay, as promised, here is a Logistical Email & Race Packing List! Full of information you probably already know because I’m a paranoiac like that! Divided into sections with unnecessarily high levels of verbiage!

What time do you plan to get here? I’m thinking with our early wake up call we’ll want to be hitting the proverbial hay by 10pm, but it’s up to you. We could grab dinner or something beforehand or not; again, your call! We have a fold-out couch AND a futon plus plenty of blankets and pillows so you should be good on that front (although feel free to bring your own stuff if it would make you more comfortable).
Packet pickup has thankfully been extended to 7:30am. It takes just over an hour and a half to get to Kings Dominion from my place with no traffic – and there shouldn’t be any this early in the morning on a Sunday – but I still want to make sure we have plenty of buffer. I’m thinking we get up at 4:30am with an intended 5am departure time. This will also give us time for a quick coffee pit stop if you want one. 🙂
We’ll be able to park free with our confirmation email (I’ll pull mine up on my phone). According to the most recent race email, packet pickup is in the bus parking area, pavilion entrance. We need photo IDs and race waivers to get our packets, although the latter can be done online in advance. If you need me to print one for you, let me know! 
Our park tickets and t-shirt and stuff will be included in that, so we’ll want to use some of that extra time to walk our stuff back to the car. We might want to eat a snack at this time too.
The 10k starts at 7:40am and the 5k starts at 7:45am. I’m not 100% sure what the means in terms of how time will shake out but my guess is you’ll finish before me. I guess shoot me a text when you’re done, I’ll do the same, and we’ll find each other in the post-race food area?
It’s still a ways away, but right now Weather Underground is showing Sunday as partly cloudy with a low of 52 and a high of 73; small chance of precipitation listed as possible showers/storms, but percentages are pretty low. Hopefully that DOES NOT come to pass. Well, at least not the storm part; I’ve run in the rain and survived just fine, but lightning generally means less or even no race at all. Regardless, it doesn’t look like it’ll be cold, per se, but the morning will be brisk. Good for running, but we’ll want to take that into account when packing. Which brings me to…
This list will be a long series of DUH moments, but I like to be thorough because, as I mentioned, I am a crazed paranoiac. This is race-related only; I trust you already know to bring, like, your wallet and bag and stuff. If there’s something on this list you don’t have let me know; I may be able to lend you something.
For the race
– Snack
– Running shoes
– Running pants
– Running shirt
– Running jacket OR throwaway jacket (depends on how warm you expect to get. If you think you might want to toss your jacket mid-race, bring something old or hit a thrift store for a cheap sweatshirt you’re comfortable never seeing again; alternatively you may simply wish to wear a long-sleeved shirt)
– Running socks
– Running bra
– Headphones (optional; these are “allowed” but “discouraged” officially, but I like to run with music); along with an iPod if you don’t use your phone for music
– Hair ties/bobby pins/headband/etc.
– Vaseline or some such to lubricate potential chafing areas
– Hat if you want one; ditto sunglasses depending on how the weather is looking
– Plastic sandwich bag to cover your phone in case it’s raining
– GPS watch if you have one (this may be just a me thing)
Post race
Change of:
– Shoes (optional but you may want to change them, especially if the race is at all rainy)
– Socks (again, optional, but see above)
– Shirt
– Pants/shorts
– Bra
– Underwear
– Hoodie/jacket
– Deodorant and/or wipes for post-race cleanup
I hear we need to ride a roller coaster called Volcano.
That’s all the word vomit I have at this time. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Extreme regret that you agreed to do this with me in the first place?

<3 <3 <3

P.S. This may be my all time favorite website ride description: “[Rebel Yell is] not the biggest, tallest or fastest ride at Kings Dominion, but certainly a ride with class.”
So what do you think? What advice would you give or alter along the vein of destination races? Am I completely insane individual you would never race with? Sure, but like, imagine having to BE me.

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In Which Jenn Makes WDW Packing Edicts

Step 1: Pack your Ruffian.

Hi there! In preparation for my December trip (21 DAYS), I recently sent my mother my go-to Disney packing list. This list was first compiled in 2008, and in the ensuing years I have tweaked, modified, and streamlined it for greater effectiveness. With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to share!

This is the list as I most recently formulated it, so it doesn’t include anything you’d need for a runDisney excursion. In fact, I slightly tailor the list every time to the particular trip, so every time I use it, it looks a little different. It may not be that I’ve forgotten to add something I’d normally need, but rather that I have chosen to leave the item out for this particular trip’s circumstances.

All that having been said – if you think of something you think is missing or want to comment on something that’s already included, I would LOVE to hear it in the comments!

And so, without further adieu, here is the packing list I sent my mom:


Not technically packing: Temperature and what to wear on the plane

Average high in Orlando for when we’ll be there is around 74 degrees, but we’ll of course see what they’re predicating closer to the date. We’ll want to modify the number of shorts vs. the number of pants we bring according to that predicted temperature, although I lot of the time in the winter months I end up packing a pair of pants in my bag and then changing out of my shorts when the sun goes down.

You should wear something on the plane that will translate to park touring, since our room doesn’t technically have to be ready until 3PM and therefore might not be ready when we arrive. I recommend sweatpants and a sweatshirt over one or two shirts (for layering), and your park sneakers, which should have strong arch support.

For your checked luggage (make sure this has the Magical Express yellow luggage tags before you hand it over)

O Socks
O Underwear
O Swimsuit (optional; I doubt we’ll use the pool but it never hurts to be prepared
O Hat (I have several if you need to borrow; you don’t HAVE to wear one but it’s a nice added layer of sun protection)
O Sweatshirt/light-medium-weight jacket
O Sweatpants and/or jeans
O Shorts
O T-shirts
O Pajamas
O Lotion
O Facial moisturizer
O Face cream or wash or whatever
O Sunblock
O Sunglasses
O Toothbrush/toothpaste
O Razor
O Shaving cream
O Deodorant
O Hairbrush
O Hair ties
O Chapstick
O Makeup (you don’t have to bring this if you don’t want, but keep in mind that pictures will be taken)
O Sunscreen
O Aspirin (in case)
O Any prescriptions
O Books/magazines (handy for waiting for parades, etc.)
O Water bottle
O Granola bars or similar breakfast items, non-perishable
O Drink mix packets (the water in FL tends to taste sulfurous)
For Your Carry On

I recommend a “double” carryon; that is to say, bring a large bag or backpack that can store a lot of stuff, then also include a small bag for park touring. That way we can check the big bag at the hotel and not have to lug everything around.

O Boarding pass
O Park ticket
O Wallet
O Digital camera and charger if you want
O Cell phone and charge
O Laptop or iPad if you want (WDW now has wifi almost everywhere, both parks and hotels, although service can be spotty)
O Your “nice” outfit for the fancy California Grill – anything business casual should be fine. I’ll probably wear a dress, flyaway cardigan, and nice shoes. Our reservation is that night and we won’t won’t to have to worry about getting it from our checked luggage. Don’t worry – if this takes up a lot of space we can stick it in a locker while we tour the park.

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