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My family and I recently went to Walt Disney World® Resort for a vacation. Packing for myself and my kids always leads to some level of stress.

This time I tried to be ahead of the game and lay everyone’s outfits out and put the outfits together in the bags as such so the kids could whip them out easily without me and get dressed.

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I knew we would be doing a lot of walking (I’m not a walking girl) so I paid a lot of attention to our footwear and breathable easy-on pieces. We also wore sneakers and could not have been happier. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to have comfortable shoes on these types of trips where you are on your feet for upwards of five hours or more. Be smart and spend some time on quality footwear.

I made the mistake of wearing a lovely pair of flats one day to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and boy did I regret it! They are definitely made for more of a short spin vs. long hours of walking (painful note to self). I should have stuck to my sneakers!

After that I needed to give my feet a rest, so we headed straight for the pool and the cool water. Woosah!

Candace Montgomery, who blogs for Essence.com as Chic Busy Mom, is the brand’s Special Projects Director.