Just about a month to go! Time to pack!

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My Disney trip is a little less than a month away, and my Croatia trip is just over a month away.  Needless to say, I’m so freakin’ excited!!!!  Haha!  😀

I posted awhile back about putting things aside as I started to think about what I was going to pack for my trips, but now we’ve made it to the final stretch – it’s almost time to go.  So it’s now time to pack for real!  Yay!  (Wow, I’m such a dork – does anyone else get this excited about packing?…)

I also mentioned before that for both trips I was going to be using just carry-on luggage.  For the Disney trip, I honestly just don’t want to pay the baggage fee.  It’s only a six day trip, and we have a washer and dryer in the villa, so I’ll just take a few items and do laundry while I’m there.  No biggie.  My normal Disney routine is go to a park in the morning, swim at the resort after lunch, then head out to dinner and another park in the evening.  It’s SO hot there, so I do need two outfits per day.  (I sweat a lot.)  Morning outfits are super casual, while evening is usually a fun sundress to wear out to dinner.  (You all know how much I love my pretty dresses!)  Fortunately, summer clothes take up hardly any room in a bag, so I should be a-okay.

I’m still a bit concerned as to how I’m going to make the packing for Croatia happen with just a carry-on.  (I leave on August 1st, and fly home on August 13th.)  I mean, I don’t NEED to do carry-on only, but I think it will be SO much easier to not have to worry about going to baggage claim at any point, AND it should also make it easier with all the extra travel I’ll be doing once on land.  There’s the bus ride from Zagreb to Crikvenica, then the journey from Crikvenica to Zadar.  I don’t want to have to worry about a big ole’ giant suitcase.  (‘Cause believe me, I could easily fill it if that’s what I was taking.)  I plan to mostly wear sundresses or my bathing suit everyday, so again, that stuff shouldn’t take up too much room.  BUT deciding which dresses to take is proving tricky.  It’s going to be hot there as well.  (Thank goodness I’ll be in Disney first, so I can get my body conditioned to the hot weather.   Sigh… I’m SUCH a northerner…)  So I want dresses that keep me as cool as possible.  I also want the dresses that are the prettiest and make me look the cutest.  (Come on people, when I get there, it’ll have been four months since I’ve seen Miloš – I want to look fabulous!  Duh!  Hahaha! 😉 )  I do have a fantastic maxi dress that I’m going to wear on the plane.  It’s SO pretty, but also insanely comfortable.  (Like wearing pajamas that make you look like a cross between a princess and a greek goddess.   Awesome, right?)  And since it’s long, I can tuck my legs under the dress and curl up in the seat when I want to sleep on the plane.)  But narrowing down the other dresses is so challenging.  Although I have a feeling I can’t go wrong with whatever I take.  🙂  Fortunately, I’ve had my shoe situation figured out for this trip for months.  Nude-colored tall platform sandals for anything dressy, brown strappy lower heeled platform sandals for that in between look, and my brown Reef flip flops for super casual.  (And cheap Old Navy rubber flip flops for the beach.)

I haven’t gotten to planning my shoes for Disney yet.  I better get on that.  ‘Cause when it comes down to it, the shoes you take can really influence which outfits go along too.  (One of my pairs of Reef flip flops will definitely be making the cut, of course.)

At the end of the day, the packing is just one element that adds to the excitement and anticipation of a trip.  Packing makes it feel real and close.  (Hence me liking it so darn much!)  I’m so excited for my nieces to see Disney World for the first time – they are talking about it almost constantly now.  And I’m SO excited to see Miloš and have some amazing adventures together!  And of course, I can’t wait to share the highlights with all of you!

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Jennifer was initially drawn to Europe for two reasons: music and love.  She lived in Vienna for four years, and now calls Croatia home for much of each year, as she married a native Croatian. Since 2015, Jennifer has worked as a tour director and cruise director on European river cruises for a major American travel company, and has become an expert in all of the cities along her routes on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. She also has traveled to Disney World almost every year since 1985, and knows Disney World inside and out. As a travel agent, Disney World is her primary specialty, and she has helped many Disney newbies and veterans have amazing trips with her insider information.

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