August is the hottest month in Central Florida. But, it’s also one of the best times to plan a cheap Disney vacation. That’s because there are tons of deals and promotions to encourage guests to visit Disney World during the most hot and humid time of the year.
With this in mind, you might be wondering just what to pack for a trip to the happiest place on earth during the hottest month of the year.
Well, I’m here to help! In this article, I’ll be breaking down some of your best bets and go-to strategies for packing clothes, shoes, and other accessories for the whole family to keep you cool and properly prepared for your upcoming August trip to Disney World.
The Weather in August
The weather in Central Florida in August can be brutal. Average temperatures soar to the low and mid-90’s degrees Fahrenheit with lows in the mornings and evenings in the high-70’s. On top of this, the humidity levels are at a record high for the year, making the high temperatures feel even hotter.
With this in mind, staying cool and hydrated is the most important part of park touring at Disney. And, the first step in making sure you and your family stay cool throughout your vacation is what you pack to wear along with other accessories.
The biggest rule of thumb? Plan to pack items that are cool and lightweight.
When it comes to packing clothes that keep you cool, plan to pack the basics. This means lots of shorts, capris, skirts, summer dresses, tank tops, and t-shirts. If you can, look for clothes with lightweight and breathable fabric. This means avoiding thick cotton or polyester and looking for fabrics that won’t feel too bulky or warm.
One of our favorites is moisture-wicking fabric that can help keep you dry and won’t be too heavy. Because August is such a warm month, you’ll also want to make sure you pack plenty of extra clothes, so that you have lots to change into — just in case you have to change clothes a few times throughout your day and don’t have access to laundry facilities on your trip.
With such hot weather, chances are you’ll want to wear sandals throughout your Disney vacation. And sandals can be a great choice — if you choose the right ones. Since you’ll be walking around the Disney Parks and Resorts a lot, make sure to bring sandals that are supportive and work well for outdoor activities.
We love hiking sandals like Teva or other brands that make sandals specifically for lots of hiking and walking. Of course, you’ll want to bring some other sandals, like flip flops, but keep those for pool time instead of park time. Even though it’s really hot out, we also recommend bringing a few pairs of sneakers or tennis shoes. They’re always good to have on hand to keep your feet comfortable and blister free throughout your trip. Worried about the heat and sneakers? Pack some moisture-wicking socks. These will help keep your feet as cool and sweat-free as possible during the hot days in the parks.
It goes without saying that when you visit Disney World in August, you’ll probably plan on doing some swimming. It’s such a hot time of the year that it’s perfect for lounging at your resort pool, visiting a Disney water park, like Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, or enjoying Disney’s many water-based attractions. Bring lots of swimwear if you plan on spending a lot of time in the water. This means several pairs of bathing suits, water diapers for small children, and swim shirts for your kiddos wanting to get a little wet (or soaked!) while in the parks.
Outerwear and Other Accessories
August is the hottest month out of the year. So, this means the chances of you wanting to wear a jacket — even at night or in the early morning — are pretty low. If you need to bring any outerwear, we recommend a light sweater that can be worn over your clothes and taken off easily. Of course, there are a lot of other accessories and essentials you might want to pack for the trip. Here are some non-clothing accessories to consider bringing with you in August.
- Ponchos and Umbrellas
If you have space, consider bringing ponchos or a small umbrella with you if the weather is predicting a lot of rain on your trip. Of course, even if you don’t have space for these, you can easily pick up ponchos in the parks themselves, at your resort, or a local store too. August has almost daily thunderstorms that start and stop quickly. So, if you do need a poncho, you may want to buy them in the park instead of taking of packing space in your bag.
With sunny and warm weather, you’ll want to make sure you have hats on hand to keep your head from getting sunburned and to avoid direct sun. If you’re prone to sunburns, look for SPF hats that add coverage and additional sun protection in one. Overall, hats are great for both adults and children, so pack a few for everyone in the family.
Of course, you can’t forget sunscreen. Having sunscreen on hand for your trip is a must-do. August is extremely hot and sunny, so pack plenty of sunscreen for the whole family. Look for waterproof and sweat resistant sunscreen too, which helps a lot in the hot weather. If you need to, you can buy sunscreen cheaply near Disney World, if you have a rental car. And, in a pinch, you can buy it at the Disney Parks and Resorts too.
Even if you’re used to warm weather, spending all day in a hot theme park can be exhausting. Stay cool while you’re waiting in ride queues or while touring the park with a misting-fan. These fans spray a cool water mist and are easy to find at most stores, like Walmart and Target. Of course, you can even buy them at Disney World with fun Disney inspired themes — though they can be a bit pricey. If you bring a misting-fan, don’t forget to bring extra batteries!
- Battery Powered Fan
In addition to a misting-fan, bring along portable battery powered fans too. This way you have several options to help keep you cool.
- Towels or Cloths
Let’s face it. When it’s hot at Disney, you’re probably going to be sweating a bit. Bring along a small towel, washcloths, or cooling cloths to help wipe away sweat. These are really good for families and children.
Children and Young Adults
If you’re visiting with children and young adults, you’ll want to think about a few other additional considerations when it comes to packing the essentials — especially with the summer heat. Here are some things you’ll want to think about packing for kiddos and teenagers that include a few particular considerations for August park touring.
ID Tags or Card: While we don’t ever want to think about something scary like losing our children in a theme park, it can happen. Having an ID tag or card on hand is a way that you can help identify your children to Disney cast members and provide contact information on how to best reach you while you’re at the Disney theme parks.
Disney themed clothes: Kids love wearing their favorite Disney themed clothes when they’re at Disney. Let them pick out some of their favorites, so they have something fun to wear every single day you’re on vacation. August is definitely pretty hot, so be sure they have lots of Disney themed clothes that will keep them cool.
Costumes: Many children want to dress like their favorite Disney princess, prince, or pirate. With this in mind, be sure to pack a costume or two for the trip, if your kiddos like wearing costumes. If wearing a costume is too hot for your child in the summertime, bring some costume accessories like tiaras, pirate hats, or wands. These are a great way for your child to feel like they’re dressing up without getting overheated in a warm or bulky costume.
Dress up clothes: Disney’s signature dining locations are some of the best restaurants at Disney World. So, if you plan on going to any, you may want to consider bringing a few fancier clothes for your kiddos, for any signature dining you’re planning for the whole family. They don’t have to be too fancy either. Just something that will look nice for the meal.
Favorite toys: There’s no doubt that children get used to their favorite toys. So, don’t forget to pack their favorite doll, stuffed animal, or toys for the trip.
Wet Naps: Park touring can get messy. Whether they get dirty playing or make a mess with a Mickey Bar or any other frozen treat, having some wet naps on hand is a good idea for all ages, but especially for kiddos.
ID Cards: Do make sure your teenagers have their IDs on them at all times. This is especially important if they are park touring without adults.
Deodorant, Face Wash, and Personal Care Items: You’ll want to make sure that your young adults bring the personal care items that they need. This includes deodorant, face wash (especially for those suffering from acne), and even feminine hygiene products. This way they’ll feel comfortable having all the things they need without having to run to a store during the trip. Since August is so hot, you’ll want to make sure they pack all the extra toiletries they need, like deodorant.
Phones, Headphones, Phone Chargers: Most young adults like having their technology handy. So, do make sure that they’ve packed headphones, phone chargers, and any other technology they need for the trip. If your teens are going to be going on a lot of water-based attractions, be sure to pack waterproof cases too.
Bags: Chances are your teenagers may go on an attraction or park tour on their own. If this is the case, make sure they bring a back to pack all their essentials in when they arrive at the theme parks. Since the weather is so hot, chances are your teens will be going on water-based attractions. If this is the case, get them bags that are waterproof or water-resistant.
Young adults will likely have a lot of the same packing needs adults do, but these additional items are definitely ones that you’ll want to make sure they pack for the trip.
The weather in Central Florida can be brutal during August, with really high temperatures and humidity. But, with just a bit of extra planning, you’ll have a packing plan of action to keep you and your family as cool and comfortable as you can be throughout your vacation. This will help make any weather situation manageable while you visit the happiest place on earth.
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