Your Ultimate Vacation Planning Checklist

Woman and child on inflatable rings at the pool

You may be feeling those need-a-vacation blues and can’t stop dreaming about where you want to go next (hint…Kissimmee). We can definitely relate…which is why we channeled our expertise into this helpful Vacation Planning Checklist to inspire excitement when preparing for your next travel. 

Whether you’re thinking about lounging poolside or getting in some roller coaster thrills, Kissimmee has the perfect change of pace you need for your next well-deserved getaway. And to get you started on the right foot, we’ve compiled a few tips, tricks, and reminders to make your trip planning as easy as possible. 

√ Start with Some Trip Inspiration

Sometimes a little inspiration can go a long way, especially when it comes to vacation planning. Luckily, the Experience Kissimmee website has everything you need to start laying out your perfect getaway. The blog is a one-stop-shop for all things Kissimmee — from tips on the hottest new restaurants to the best spots to snap insta-worthy photos (of course, if you’re reading this, you probably already know that!). Speaking of, lots of families use #MyKissimmee on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest when posting vacation photos and it’s a great way to see those unique suggestions. Spend a little time on our website, and you might just feel like a local expert!

√ Find the Perfect Home-Away-from-Home

If you ask us, a vacation should come with all the comforts of home (in addition to amazing weather), and Kissimmee has more than 70,000 local accommodation options, including the largest collection of vacation homes in the world. (That’s why we’re called the Vacation Home Capital of the World.) With so many homes to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect spot for your budget and style.

Prefer a more traditional hotel experience? We have plenty of hotel and luxury resort options. Traveling to Kissimmee in your home on the road? Book a spot at one of our many campgrounds or RV parks. Whether you're enjoying a romantic trip for two or an entire family experience, there's that ideal oasis waiting for you. 

√ Pack All of the Essentials

Packing can often leave you thinking, “Hmmm, did I remember that?” So before zipping up your travel bag, make sure it includes these essentials:

  • Passport (if you’re visiting us from outside the United States)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray (especially if you’re camping or venturing into nature)
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Gadget chargers
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun hat
  • Comfortable clothes

This one may come as a surprise, but we also recommend packing a light sweater or jacket for your sojourn. Whatever the season, temperatures drop at night and many attractions have air conditioning, which can be a little chilly for some. A casual additional layer will help you stay comfortable anywhere you go.

Is everything packed? Sounds like you’re just about ready to go!

√ Build Your Must-Do Itinerary

Start planning with confidence as you build out your ideal itinerary. We’re excited to welcome you back to our sunny destination and want to ensure your favorite spots are ready to welcome you back, too. If you’re visiting Central Florida for the theme parks, you’ll want to stay up to date on all things parks related including capacity changes, safety precautions, and the most recent updates on our Latest Theme Park Updates page. For an overall view of reopened restaurants, attractions, and more, visit our Reopenings Page before making your itinerary. 

And while you’re making your list, check out the latest deals and discounts to see if any of them are on your must-do list. You never know when a new deal is available – so keep visiting the page before you finalize that plan.

√ Always Plan Ahead

We love the whimsy of playing a vacation by ear as much as anybody but booking in advance is easily the most important advice, we can offer for mapping out an escape to Kissimmee. Planning ahead often saves time and money. It also offers the peace of mind of knowing everything is taken care of. Before leaving on vacation, here are a few things to consider booking in advance:

  • Theme park tickets
  • Restaurant reservations
  • Tee times
  • Spa appointments

Then, you can just show up and enjoy. After all, one of the best parts of vacation is not having to worry about a thing.

√ Check It Off the List

Are you in full planning mode yet? Whether you’re thinking of a weekend getaway or a well-deserved extended stay, you can print off this checklist, grab your favorite pen, and get started. When everything is checked off, vacation is on!