I camped at Disney World for 2 nights. Here are 6 things I'm glad I packed and 4 I wish I'd brought with me.



arrow pointing to big blanket in a tent and an arrow pointing to a mosquito bracelet on someone's wrist
I'd never been camping before, so I didn't have a full understanding of what to pack.

  • I stayed at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground for 2 nights and tried to pack everything I'd need.
  • I'm glad I packed my first aid kit, towel, lantern, power bank, and mosquito-repellent bracelets.
  • But I wished I brought a hair tie, a second extension cord, an umbrella, and a skin-care kit.
We ended up needing a first aid kit after my friend got stung by a bee, so I was glad I packed it.

hand holding a first aid kit on the disney fort wilderness campgrounds
I almost didn't bring the medical supplies.

I was debating on whether it was really necessary to bring a first aid kit to the campsite. But I'm glad I did because my friend, unfortunately, ended up getting stung by a bee while we were assembling the tent. 

Luckily a stinger wasn't left in his hand, so applying some antibiotic ointment and a bandage did the trick to get him back into action. 

If I didn't bring the first aid kit, we likely would've had to go to one of the campground's stores to purchase materials, which probably would've been overpriced. 

I was relieved to have my own towel with me.

jenna holding a towl by the fort wilderness pool at disney world
Campground guests can still use the resort pool.

I've stayed at almost every resort across Disney World, and each time towels have been supplied at the pool area and in hotel rooms. 

I assumed towels would be provided at the pool, but I decided to pack one at the last minute just in case the campground was different. 

When we arrived at the Meadow Swimmin' Pool, I noticed there were no towel stations, which was disappointing. When I asked the lifeguard if there were towels available, she said there weren't any at either of the two pools at the resort. 

I was glad I had my towel with me after I went into the pool. I definitely needed it to dry off.

I was glad to have mosquito-repellent bracelets.

hand with pink nail polish and a purple mosquito-repellant bracelet
Bugs are an unfortunate reality of camping.

After visiting Fort Wilderness to dine at Trail's End a couple of weeks ago, I ended up leaving with at least five mosquito bites. And that was when I was only at the resort for a couple of hours. 

With that in mind, I knew I was going to need some kind of mosquito repellent for my two-night stay, so I bought the bracelet form. 

Although I still ended up with a lot of mosquito bites, I think I would've received plenty more had I not been wearing the bracelet.

I was happy to have packed a lantern, which provided our campsite with some light.

jenna wearing minnie ears and holding a lantern at the fort wilderness campgrounds
It was very dark across the campground.

I knew it would be dark at night, but I expected there to be some lights on the road. The only lights that really existed in our loop of the campground were those coming from other camper's Halloween decorations. 

I was happy I decided to bring a lantern from my hurricane-preparedness kit because it provided me with light when walking to and from the nearby comfort station.

The lantern was also beneficial for providing our tent and the surrounding area with some light.

It was a smart choice to pack a power bank to keep my phone charged.

hand with pink nail polish holding a black portable charger bank for a phone
Outlets were hard to come by at the campsites.

The portable power bank I packed was one of the best choices I made.

My phone easily loses power from keeping it on all day and taking photos, so I thought it would be best to bring one. 

Plus, the area of the campsite with outlets was not located near a table or a bench that I could rest my phone on, so it wouldn't have been easy to charge it without the power bank.

I was glad I brought my big blanket.

camping tent with two blankets and a pillow
Florida still gets a little chilly at night.

Although I loved how my lighter Chip and Dale blanket "Disneyfied" the inside of my tent, I was happy I decided to bring my bigger blanket as well.

I thought since we'd be outside in Florida it would be warm at night. But I ended up needing an extra blanket when the temperature dropped. 

On the other hand, I really wish I'd brought a hair tie.

hand holding an orange hair tie
I don't typically wear my hair up, but there were times it was in the way.

I have pretty long hair and usually like to wear it down. I feel most confident that way, and I like to show off its vibrant color. 

But I regretted not packing a hair tie when it ended up reaching nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the afternoons. My hair became sticky and filled with sweat, especially when pitching the tent in direct sunlight. 

It was also frustrating when I was unable to put my hair up at the pool.

I regretted not bringing a second extension cord.

hand holding a packaged up extension cord
Power was precious at our campsite.

The campsite was equipped with outlets we could use, which was nice.  

But as a first-time camper, I didn't accurately plan out where the best spot would be to pitch the tent in relation to the area with the outlets, which we needed to blow up our air mattress. 

Although I packed one extension cord, we ended up needing another one to properly inflate our mattress. Luckily, a neighbor had an extra one she lent us for a couple of minutes so we could finish blowing up the bed.

I wish I brought my skin-care products.

hand holding a package of skin-care products
I didn't think I'd be able to do my whole skin-care routine.

I thought I would be OK skipping skin care for two days, but I was wrong. 

I especially noticed my lips becoming dry without my lip balm, and I wished I packed it.

I should've packed my umbrella.

hand holding a black umbrella
You can usually count on rain in Florida.

Living in Florida for the past two months, I should've known that rain sporadically comes and goes. But since the forecast didn't predict rain when I was packing, I didn't pack my umbrella. 

Unfortunately, it started to downpour during the evening on our second day, and I proceeded to get drenched. 

My umbrella would've helped to keep me somewhat dry.

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