2024 Disney World Packing List, Everything You Need to Bring
Our Disney packing list for Disney World has you covered with everything you need for your Disney vacation. You want to make sure you're prepared for your trip to Walt Disney World and we have you covered with everything you need to pack on our packing lists. Take a look at our packing checklist so you arrive at the Most Magical Place on Earth prepared!
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What to Take to Disney World in 2024
What to bring to Disney World? This is one of our most common vacation questions for guests planning their visit to any of the Disney Parks. Here are our musts for our Disney packing list.
1. Backpack/Comfortable Park Bag
Make sure that you bring a backpack or purse that is comfortable for you to wear for hours at a time. I always advise guests against packing too much into a giant backpack in the parks though, you want to make sure that you're not loaded down with a huge bag on your trip to Disney. My favorite purse that I pack for Disney is one that switches between a crossbody and a handbag style which gives my back a break throughout my Disney trip. If you need to travel with a diaper bag, consider what bag will work best to carry your kid's supplies and your own.
2. Water Bottle
Whether you order groceries and include bottled water or bring your own, this is a top item on our packing tips list. You can get dehydrated fast walking in the hot weather and you want to stay as hydrated as possible.
3. Phone and/or Camera
Most people these days have high end cell phones that take great pictures but some guests like to bring their professional camera as well. But just remember- you will have to carry it all day!
4. Battery Pack
You'll be surprised at how much you'll need a battery charger on your trip and having one on hand will be a lifesaver. You will often be using the Disney World app along with taking pictures that bringing one of these is a must.
I just purchased this Anker PowerCore battery pack and have really appreciated it. This battery pack is inexpensive, holds a charge well, and is very lightweight. Previously I had a different battery pack on my packing list that was far too heavy.
One thing you can count on is to experience rain on your Disney vacation and your family will thank you if you arrive prepared with ponchos. You can find packages of disposable ones on Amazon that come folded up nicely in small packages or buy durable ones to rewear throughout the trip.
These are a good option for discounted clear or colored ponchos from Amazon.
Not only are umbrellas handy for the heavy rains that can come and go on your Disney World vacation but they're also great for shielding yourself from the hot sun. Plan to bring a small umbrella that fits inside your purse or backpack.
7. Ziploc Bags
I always add a variety of Ziploc bags to our packing list because they're so handy for leftover food, keeping your essentials dry on water rides, and separating things in your backpack. These are super helpful to have packed with you.
This is something that I like to add to my Amazon order (really inexpensive plastic bags perfect for the park ) before I leave for the parks.
You can always find these essential packing list items in your hotel gift shop but you will save money if you arrive prepared with sunscreen. Especially if you're traveling with kids, this is an essential packing list item.
I personally like the sport sunscreen from Neutrogena because you are moving around and sweating all day.
9. Aloe Vera
Hopefully you can avoid any sunburns but if you're not so lucky, having this on hand will relieve any of your discomfort.
Sun Bum Aloe Vera Gell is some of my favorite. Made for surfers and also perfect for the theme parks!
Lanyards are a great way to display Disney Park pins so if you're a pin collector this is a must for your Disney World packing list. They can also work as a nice neck wallet to store your gift cards or credit cards in.
11. Hand Sanitizer
Disney will have plenty of hand sanitizer stations throughout the park but having your own means you always have some on hand so add this to your packing list.
12. Aquaphor Ointment
Aquaphor is a great way to keep your hands from drying out from using so much sanitizer so this is another small item to add to your packing list.
These little containers are a lifesaver ! I always end up with cracked skin after washing my hands so much – and that was pre COVID.
13. Gold Bond Powder
Even if you don't have problems with your legs chafing, you might experience it on your Disney World trip from all the walking. Add this item to your Disney World packing list so you're prepared.
Again, I like the small containers to stick in backpacks in case you have a long day.
14. Packages of Kleenex/Wet Wipes
Pick up some travel sized packages of Kleenex for your park bag as the toliet paper in the bathrooms are pretty scratchy in the park. I also carry a travel sized package of Wet Wipes to wipe down sticky kids hands and tables before we eat.
Most folks might have this ready to go in their bags anyways but if you don't, I recommend adding it to your packing list. Buy some here!
16. First Aid Kit
If you have a small First Aid kit on hand, bring it with so you're prepared with bandaids for any blisters that might be created from all the walking in the parks.
17. Pain Reliever
Pack the pain reliever of your choice so you always have this on hand if you get a headache or other aches during your trip to the Disney parks.
18. Tums or Pepto Bismol
You'll be eating out quite a bit during your trip so having some of this on hand for any stomach upset, especially if you have kids, is a wise move.
19. Ear Plugs
Ear plugs are always a must for my Disney World packing list so that way I don't get woken up by others I'm sharing a hotel room with or noise at my hotel.
20. Power Strip
Consider adding a power strip to your Disney World packing list so there are plenty of outlets for everyone to charge their devices. I particularly like this power strip because it has built in UBS plugs for your phones and other Apple devices.
21. Autograph Book and Sharpie
You can also buy an autograph book in the parks for a reasonable price but any small notebook will do for character autographs. I like to bring a clickable Sharpie so it's easier for the characters to use when they sign.
22. Glow Sticks
If you have kids, this is a great way to avoid the begging for high dollar glow in the dark toys you will see for sale during nighttime shows at the parks. Have some glow sticks on hand to give out instead. There are a couple of fun combo packs for sale that I like.
23. Pennies and Quarters
If you want to collect the pressed pennies during your trip then add these to your Disney World packing list. Be sure to get shiny pennies!
If your kids need a stroller during the day you might want to bring your own or you can also rent one from a third party. You might find your kids relying on a stroller more than they usually do in the parks because of all the walking they will do.
25. Travel Documents/Cash
Plan to pack any essential documents you need to travel with (insurance cards, ID, etc.) and consider bringing some cash along with you too. There will be ATMs in Disney World but the fees will be more than it would cost to just run to the bank before the trip.
26. Disney Pins for Pin Trading
If you plan on trading pins, you can find larger quantities for less online before your trip.
27. Kid Necessities
Your kids might need their at home comforts to keep them happy on a trip. You don't want to arrive at your hotel and realize you forgot the stuffed animal they cannot sleep without! Bring whatever they need to be comfortable at night or in the parks, especially if you have smaller kids.
28. Pocket Size Travel Blanket
Pocket size travel blankets can be found on Amazon for under $15 and they are awesome to have on hand for parades or nighttime shows. You can take them to the beach as well which make them a great item for your Disney packing list. I never go to the parks without mine!
29. Travel Size Shampoo/Bodywash
Depending on what hotel you're at, you might not want to use the free shampoo/conditioner that is provided. I tend to be more picky on what shampoo I use so I always bring my own. You can also buy plastic smaller shampoo bottles at the Dollar Store and fill with your higher end shampoo at home.
30. Extra Room in Your Suitcase
While we encourage you to prepare yourself a Disney World packing list, you also want to leave some room in your suitcase for souvenirs! There's a fine balance between being prepared in your Disney World packing and bringing too much. Do a test run at home with your suitcases and make sure you have extra room to spare. If you forget to pack something, it's not the end of the world in most cases- you can usually find those items in the hotel gift shop.
What to Wear to Disney World in 2024
Planning what clothing items I need on a Disney trip is one of my favorite parts! I love coordinating outfits with my family and while it's important to be comfortable, you also want to look nice since you'll have these pictures to treasure forever.
There's a fine balance between comfort and style in the parks so here's some tips to help you decide what to pack in your carry on bag and for your family.
I always bring at least two pairs of walking shoes for our trips so I can alternate days to give my feet a rest. Don't purchase new shoes without breaking them in, you want to be sure the shoes you wear work well for your feet during your trip. You will be doing a lot of walking! Throw in a pair of flip flops too for the resort pool. Make sure your entire family has comfortable shoes to bring, especially your kids.
Florida weather can be chilly in the evening with the humidity depending on the season. It always helps to have an extra hoodie on hand or jackets for the kids, just in case. Having an extra change of clothes for colder weather can't hurt if the weather suddenly changes on your trip.
3.A Nice Outfit
I always bring a nice outfit for each member of the family so we can dress up for one of our dining reservations. The only places in the parks though with a dress code are signature restaurants. Their dress code states, “The dress code for Signature Dining restaurants is Resort casual. Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimsuits or swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cutoffs, torn clothing of any kind or T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.”
Even if you don't plan on dining in a signature dining restaurant, still add a nice outfit to your Disney World packing list for each family member.
4.Hat and Sunglasses
You will want to have a plan to keep the sun off of you in the parks. I always bring sunglasses that have strong UV protection while my son prefers hats. Again, go with your own level of comfort on this one. Sunglasses are a item I always pack for Disney World in advance because I'm picky about what style I wear. Everyone has their personal preferences on clothing, so keep that in mind on what is essential to bring with.
Don't forget to bring your bathing suits for everyone in your family to enjoy the pool at your resort. Taking a break in the afternoons to cool off is an essential way to make your trip more relaxing for your family.
Disney World Fashion Tips
When it comes to style, it can be hard to sacrifice that for comfort when you're planning what to pack for Disney World. But you don't want to show up in heels either and find yourself having to buy a pair of shoes in the parks because your feet hurt! Here's some tips on how to maintain your style in the parks with everything you should prepare for.
1. Spandex Biking Shorts
You can still wear a dress at Disney World! Just throw on a pair of bike shorts underneath it so when you climb off and on rides you don't have to worry about any fashion emergencies.
2. Braid Your Hair
Instead of going to a ponytail in the hot afternoons, consider braiding your hair so when you take it down it's wavy and not dented. You can always find scrunchies that don't leave dents in your hair so that way you can alternate between having it up and down.
3. Splurge on the Good Hair Spray
If you're like me with hair that goes flat in humidity, try Bumble Finish Spray. It's a more expensive hair spray but it keeps my hair intact through a day at the parks.
4. Use Makeup Setting Spray
If you plan on doing your makeup, don't forget to use some makeup setting spray. My favorite is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It's a miracle product- it's kept my makeup intact after a 12 hour park day including a trip on Splash Mountain. This item is a must for my packing tips list. I don't leave without it in my carry on bag!
5. Get Disney Accessories
Don't forget to grab yourself a cute pair of Minnie ears. You can find them in the parks or if you're sensitive to hair bands (they always give me headaches) try looking on Etsy. You can find a huge variety with headbands that are more gentle on your head. Etsy also has a fun variety of trip shirts and tanks that are more fashion friendly for women- meaning they're less bulky and more form fitting than the ones you get in the parks. I always like to tie a side knot in these and throw them on with cute shorts. Add my Minnie ears, and I'm good to go!
Grocery Delivery for Disney World
Ordering groceries to be delivered to your hotel is a popular choice for many folks visiting the parks. This will help you save on purchases made at your hotel store or in the parks for snack items and drinks. You can place your order before you arrive and have it arranged to be dropped off at Bell Services at the Disney World Resort hotels. They have a large fridge on hand to keep your perishables cold for you until you arrive.
You can have groceries delivered through Garden Grocer, Amazon Prime Now, Walmart, Instacart, WeGoShop, Dizzy Dolphin Delivery, Shipt.com, and Gooding's Supermarkets. Most places will require a minimum order amount and charge a delivery fee. Here are some must add items to add to your grocery list.
1. Prepackaged Snacks
I like to buy the boxes of prepackaged snacks so they're easy to grab and throw in our park bag. Try to opt for more protein friendly options to give everyone energy but if you have picky kids, just grab the Goldfish crackers. Keeping your kids happy in line should be your first order of business over health if you value your sanity.
My favorite option is purchasing some of the pre-packed Trader Joe's snacks for a healthy bite to tide you over in the morning.
2. Breakfast Items
Your hotel will likely offer a breakfast option but if you're like us, we prefer to arrive to the parks early to get on the rides before the crowds show up in the afternoons. Get some easy breakfast items for your hotel like cereal, granola bars, fruit, donuts- whatever your family's preference is.
3. Case of Water
Add a package of water bottles to your grocery order so you have fresh water to drink in the hotel and in the parks. I like to get the mini bottles of water because they're small enough to not weigh down my purse but some people prefer to bring their massive hydro flask so this might just be personal preference.
4. Bottles of Soda/Juice
Let's face it- if you're a soda addict, you will find yourself paying almost $5 per bottle of soda in the parks. Offset that crime to humanity and get yourself some soda to have on hand to bring with in the mornings. I cannot live without my Coca-Cola so I always get some for the hotel.
5. Powdered Starbucks Coffee
You can find awesome powdered Starbucks coffee to throw in your park bag to add to water in the parks or in your hotel room if you don't like the coffee provided.
While we like Walt Disney World coffee, check out these easy powdered Starbucks options for your room.
6. Coffee Creamer
I'm a coffee snob and I always struggle with hotel provided coffee. One thing I do to try and make it more bearable is to buy a flavored creamer to offset the taste.
7. Paper plates/bowls
These are handy to have in the hotel especially if you're eating cereal in the morning or eating meals in the evenings. This is the kind of thing I always forget so I just add it to my grocery order.
If your kids drink milk or you want it for breakfast, add this item to your grocery list. Usually you can only find the small cafeteria style milk cartons in the Disney World resort hotels which don't usually cut it.
I'm all about keeping my kid happy at Disney World and one way I do this is to have some treats in my park bag for crucial moments like when the line is too line or a favorite character is hard to find.
10. Hot Chocolate
You can get hot water from your coffee maker in the hotel which makes for a great way to enjoy hot chocolate in the evenings. This is a fun treat for kids to enjoy before bed and make the vacation feel special.
What Can You Bring into Disney World
Most people are often surprised when they find out you can bring food into Disney World! It's a common misconception that you can't bring your own drinks or snacks. For a list of prohibited items, you can cruise the Disney World website to see what isn't allowed.
So what should you bring into Disney World each day? Here's a list of everything you should have in your park bag each day:
- Magic Band (this will have your park tickets and FastPass+ reservations linked to it)
- Park Tickets – see our info on finding discount Disney World tickets here and the current cost of a Walt Disney World vacation
- Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat
- Masks – during COVID we like to bring multiple masks with us each day in case it gets hot and we want to switch to a fresh mask at the end of the day
- Jacket and/or poncho
- Trading pins
- Water bottle
- Phone charger and battery pack
- Dry socks in case you need to switch after rain or a water ride
- Extra makeup/hair ties
- Pocket sized blanket to sit on for parades or nighttime shows
- Autograph book/sharpie for character autographs
- Pennies/quarters for penny machines
- Ziploc bags for leftovers and to protect your phone/autograph book on water rides
You can also rent a locker if you don't want to carry extra jackets or your park bag throughout the day which is a great option if you want to save your back.
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are certain items you should not bring to Disney World like glass containers, loose or dry ice, artificial noisemakers, suitcases or bags larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high, selfie sticks, strollers that are greater than 31″ in width and 52″ in length, and remote-controlled toys, to name a few. See the items that are allowed into the parks that we would recommend bringing above!
There are a few essential items you must bring to Disney World, like a battery pack, ponchos, extra layers in case it gets cool, and items to protect you from the sun like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Beyond these, there are some other items you should consider packing, which we detail in our guide above.
The easiest way to carry stuff at Disney is to bring a small backpack or purse that will be comfortable to wear around the parks. While you want to make sure you don’t overpack the bag, as you’ll be carrying it around all day, it will come in handy for carrying smaller items you might need throughout the day. See the items we’d recommend bringing in your bag above!
Yes, you can bring a water bottle into Disney World as long as the bottle isn’t made of glass. There are a few water bottle refill stations throughout the parks.
You cannot wear costumes if you are age 14 or older, masks for guests 14 and older (unless they are for a medical purpose), clothing with objectionable material (like obscene language or graphics), loose clothing that may drag on the ground, clothing that shows an excessive amount of skin, or clothing with several layers that can be difficult to search. See our recommendations for what to wear to Disney World in our guide above.
We recommend bringing a purse or backpack to Disney to carry smaller essential items that you may need throughout the day like tissues, chapstick, hand sanitizer, snacks, and more. You shouldn’t overpack this bag so that it’s too heavy to carry, and we recommend considering a bag that is small enough that it won’t inconvenience you on rides.
You can bring food into Disney World that doesn’t need to be reheated as long as it is not stored in a glass container. You can bring a small cooler with snacks or foods like sandwiches as long as it doesn’t contain loose or dry ice. See some of the food we would recommend packing above in this guide.
You can bring a small cooler into Disney World as long as it doesn’t contain loose or dry ice. Coolers must not be larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high.
You can pack food that doesn’t need reheating and can be stored in a small cooler. Because loose or dry ice is not allowed in coolers, you can use reusable ice packs as a good alternative. Make sure that the food you’re packing won’t be too heavy to carry around all day in your bag. See some of our snack suggestions that are easy to carry above in our guide.
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30 Top Disney Packing List Items for 2024 + What to Wear & NOT to Bring
Since I was about eight years old, I have visited Disney World almost every year.
I know the parks like the back of my hand and have tons of insider tips for all types of visitors. I’ve been there dozens of times in every season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Summers in Disney World are hot, rainy, and can be brutal if you’re not properly prepared, while winters can be surprisingly cold.
Having the right gear can take your trip from disaster to magic! I’ve also included what to wear at Disney and what NOT to bring.
What to Pack for Disney – 30 Essentials
1. wearable neck wallet.
A neck wallet is an essential item for Disney to ensure your valuables are safe from sticky fingers (or when you’re going 60 mph on a roller coaster!) The simple but beautiful idea behind these pouches is to keep your items tucked away securely. It can be worn underneath your shirt to minimize the risk of pickpocketing and prevent valuables like your I.D. and phone from flying away on high-speed rides. It’s also RFID-blocking to prevent e-thieves from scanning your wallet for credit card info as they stroll by.
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2. Handheld Fan
Sweating profusely in the direct sun can ruin an otherwise perfect day, so I recommend bringing a personal fan with you to help keep yourself and your kid(s) plenty cool in the theme-park heat. This little gem is USB rechargeable battery operated and packs a cooling, gentle breeze when you need it most. Especially during peak season, you’ll be waiting in long lines that can consume hours of the day. Skip melting like an ice cream cone or feeling held back from the pure joy of Disney!
3. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
As you can imagine, there are A LOT of visitors at Disney every day ( approximately 250,000 at each park ). That also means there are a lot of strangers connecting to public Wi-Fi networks in the park, hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants. Even if it seems like a safe location, you could potentially be putting your digital information at risk by joining one of these unsecured networks.
A VPN is the best way to keep private information safe from hackers who may try and steal your passwords, credit card numbers, or identity. Our go-to provider is NordVPN for reliable security of our online information that is extremely easy to use.
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4. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
You’ll be snapping photos and managing vacation plans on the Disney Experience App , so you will need a well-charged device. Never worry about a dead battery again with a portable charger – this one is a family favorite because it’s about the size of a tube of lipstick yet powerful enough to charge several devices (phones, cameras, and other USB-standard electronics). We throw it into our backpack and forget about the rest.
5. Quick-Dry Travel Towel
A quick-dry towel has infinite possibilities and will be handy in so many ways. You can sit on it, dry off with it, use it as a sun shield, keep sweat off your skin, dry off the little ones after playing in the water, etc. These towels are perfect for a day (or days) at Disney because they dry extremely fast, 10x quicker than cotton, and weigh next to nothing. No more lugging around soggy, stinky towels!
6. Travel Insurance for Disney
As much as we hope everything goes smoothly on vacation, accidents happen. If traveling internationally, you don’t want to pay out-of-pocket when you realize your domestic provider didn’t cover you overseas (and self-pay medical bills can get very expensive!)
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While wagons are against the park rules, you ARE allowed to bring in a stroller. But! There are size limitations – all single strollers at Disney parks must not exceed 31 inches in width and 52 inches in length, and all double strollers may not exceed the same width but 60 inches in length.
This 2-in-1 Convertible Stroller by MomPush is an awesome, lightweight option that falls within Disney’s approved parameters. I like that you can use it as a bassinet, parent-facing, or outward facing so it grows with your little one and folds up easily for ride storage.
8. Cooling Towels
One of the lesser-known facts about Disney parks (and really most amusement parks) is that they can be incredibly hot even when the weather isn’t blistering. The combination of crowds of warm-bodied people, reflective surfaces, and very little shade can cause some seriously intense temperatures. This cooling towel feels heavenly on a hot day, dropping to 30-degrees colder than the outside air temp. It’s easy to use and can be worn throughout the day to keep you cooler for longer. I highly recommend bringing one – just wet it at a sink or drinking fountain, squeeze excess water out, and enjoy the pleasant chill.
9. Waterproof Backpack
Okay, this is a seriously non-negotiable item for me when going to places like Disney. When you bring items onto rides like Splash Mountain, you’ll have to store them on the wet floorboards of the ride, where they’ll get absolutely soaked! Protect your essentials with this waterproof backpack. It folds up into its own tiny storage pouch when not in use so it won’t take up much space when packing and offers a compact (yet high-volume) design.
10. Children Safety I.D. Bands
It is easier than you think to lose someone in the buzzing crowds of Disney. In fact, about 11-15 kids get lost in Disney parks each day (don’t worry, Disney is aware of its mayhem and has precautions in place, so children typically find their parents in under 30 minutes).
Regardless, I can’t stress this enough – you can never have too many precautions. These bands are waterproof and reusable, so you can write your contact information on the blank line and have your little one wear it as a bracelet. If a child strays, an adult can easily contact you.
If you have a runner, also consider these child wrist links to keep a close eye on them.
11. Packing Cubes
Staying organized while with your family at Disney is critical for the enjoyment of all. These cubes make it easy to know exactly where everyone’s belongings are because you can keep all t-shirts in one cube, all pants in another, etc. They also have an index card holder on the back so you can write precisely what’s in each cube. If you’re going as a family, we recommend getting a different color set per family member so you’ll never be confused about where everyone’s things are. A TOTAL GAME-CHANGER!
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12. Discounted Daypasses & Transfers
Get Your Guide is our preferred booking service for excursions and authentic tours. They even have Disney Daypasses for the most international parks ( Paris , Tokyo , Hong Kong , etc.) along with transportation options to simplify your planning! You can also choose between single-day passes or multi-day passes. The Disney site may be best for booking the U.S. locations.
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13. Blister Balm
This stuff is GOLD and has saved my feet on more than one occasion. I try to bring blister prevention with me whenever I know I’m going to be doing a lot of walking, even if I’m in trusted shoes. Excessive walking is hard enough on my feet, I don’t need blisters adding to that and slowing me down! This balm is fantastic – it glides on smoothly and stays on for a long time using vitamins A and C to help protect my feet from the friction that causes blisters. Be sure you have good walking shoes in the first place!
14. Filtered Water Bottle
Carrying a refillable water bottle with you is always a good idea when you’re at Disney or any similar park. They charge out the wazoo for bottled drinks, but if you bring your own water bottle and simply fill it at drinking fountains, you’ll be set for the day and have extra cash to spend on more enjoyable things. I personally like to have the filter in my water bottle to be extra sure that the water is clean and tasty enough for my family and me.
15. Windproof Travel Umbrella
It’s funny, but the way the weather behaves around Disney World makes it hard to predict when it’s going to rain. Spoiler alert: It rains A LOT (sometimes 15 days a month!) Storms can pop up out of nowhere, even when it looks like a sunny day. If you’re unprepared, this can leave you soggy and cold for the rest of the afternoon. Carrying around a windproof travel umbrella (or two) is a smart precaution for staying ahead of moody weather.
16. Motion Sickness Relief
While kids tend to have iron stomachs against all the spinning tea cups and looping rollercoasters – sometimes the adults need a little help! These motion sickness patches are my go-to. I recently field-tested a bunch of brands and this one came out on top (by far!) as the most effective for relieving any motion or seasickness.
17. Universal Waterproof Cell Phone Case
I am beyond in love with this phone case! It’s waterproof, dust-proof, and dirt-proof. But most of all, it actually works. I can seal my phone inside and still have access to the touchscreen and the camera so I can snap pictures at the hotel pool, on the rides, and at the attractions without any worry. It’s super affordable and designed in Hawaii by a woman-owned company – what more could you ask for! Don’t forget the flotation straps to keep everything buoyant and sinkproof!
18. Packable “Just in Case” Bag
When leaving the happiest place on earth, you may want to bring a little magic home with you. You’ll inevitably do a bit of shopping on your trip and souvenirs make excellent gifts! This “just in case” bag is the best way to save yourself carry-on fees because it counts as a personal item bag, folding to the size of a sandwich when empty and fitting neatly under your plane seat when full. Some of the best trinkets to collect at Disney parks are Lightsabers, hats, mugs, Mickey ears, ornaments, toys, snacks, sweets, art, etc.
19. Luggage Locks
While the park does have lockers available, these combination locks add an extra layer of defense. Simply attach it to your bag or backpack and you won’t have to worry about anyone rummaging through your stuff in the chaotic crowds. This is especially important if you wear your valuables behind you or in a purse at your side because they are out of sight. These locks are TSA-Approved so you can use them for air travel, and they’re 10x harder to crack than typical 3-digit locks.
20. Picnic Blanket for Parades
One of the most fun parts of any Disney park experience is the parades. They’re colorful, entertaining for all age groups, and a wonderful way to see all of your family’s favorite characters. These performances can last a while and I prefer to find a central viewing spot before parades start, so I always bring a comfortable blanket to sit on while we wait. This one is very small when folded, and you can easily carry it with you or store it in a backpack until showtime.
Long days in the park can lead to a ferocious sunburn, not to mention the black-top pavement reflecting light back at you more intensely. You don’t want to look like a walking tomato or be in physical pain on your trip, so use this natural sunscreen with a high UVF of 50. It’s waterproof and reef-safe so you can use it for future beach vacays or snorkeling trips too!
22. Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are a necessity if you’ll be staying after dark for any park festivities. Trust me: if you’re going to bring your kids to a nighttime parade, restaurant, or show, everyone seems to have them and you don’t want to be the odd-one out. The park sells them at exorbitant prices, but you can always bring in your own and save a TON of money! That way, you can be the kids’ hero without breaking the bank.
23. Sanitizing Wipes
About 60 million people visit Disney parks each year, and harmful bacteria can spread quickly at a theme park! While they have sanitizing stations in some areas, it’s nice to carry your own for before meals, wiping down rides, or simply cleaning everyone’s hands. These wipes are pocket-sized and individually wrapped, I love that they kill 99% of germs to keep our family safe from preventable sickness.
24. Mesh Slip-on Water Shoes
We found out the hard way that walking around Disney in soggy shoes is horribly uncomfortable and can lead to blisters. My solution was to wear these top-notch mesh slip-on water shoes. They’re built like sneakers so they’re very comfortable and supportive for walking around the park all day, but they’re also made of breathable mesh that allows both air and water to flow through them. Water doesn’t get trapped inside, so you don’t have to slosh around in wet shoes after riding the Kali River Rapids at the Animal Kingdom!
25. Official Autograph Book
With stars like Mickey, Anna & Elsa, Cinderella, Gaston, Chewbacca, and more – an official autograph book is a beautiful way for your kiddos to document the memory of meeting their favorite characters. You can ask almost every lead for their autograph or request a love note for your little tot. Each signature is distinct to that specific character and your kids love seeing their names written uniquely by each idol. Autograph books are sold at Disney theme parks for a significantly higher price tag, so buying your own ahead of time is a much better value.
26. Natural Deodorant Wipes
Even though rides like “Journey to Imagination” and “Stitches Great Escape” are purposefully stinky for ambiance (the aromas of chili cheese hot dogs and straight-up skunk) – you don’t have to be stinky too! The heat and activity combined can leave you feeling fragrant and sweaty. Instead of just dealing with it or trying to clean up with paper towels in the public bathroom (hey, we’ve all been there), try these lovely deodorant wipes that can be carried with you for on-the-go use. Made with pre and probiotics to protect your skin’s barrier, they leave you feeling fresh as a daisy.
27. Hanging Toiletry Bag
No matter where you’re staying (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, DisneySea, etc.), this hanging toiletries bag is a perfect solution to limited countertop space. Instead of having the whole family’s toiletries sprawled out across every inch of the hotel, use this hanging toiletry bag to consolidate everyone’s liquid products. It saves our routine (and our sanity!) by hanging on any door or hook to expose 4 giant, leakproof pockets.
28. Childs’ Sun Hat
It’s harder than you think to find a quality kid-friendly sun hat, so I’ve scoured the internet to find a viable option. Especially if you have fair skin, a good sun hat can be a lifesaver on warm, bright days. It’s always good to stick a sun hat on the little ones so that they don’t overheat and the UV rays don’t harm their eyes. Plus, bucket hats are a 90’s classic for a reason – they look good on everyone. This one is inexpensive and comes in all sizes. Here are equally cool options for mom and dad .
29. Stroller Clips
Don’t underestimate the power of stroller clips, they are a must-have for anyone traveling with kids. These nifty little clips will keep all of your loose items attached to your stroller or cart. They make life so much easier when little ones are trying their hardest to scatter blankies, sippy cups, toys to the four winds while you’re navigating the chaos of Disney! Even your purse, camera, daybag, and other heavier items can be secured with these sturdy clips.
30. Rain Poncho
Rides like Jungle Cruise and Splash Mountain are known for getting you absolutely soaked! Magic Kingdom is brimming with water rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and The Pirates of the Caribbean. And if they have the jets turned up high, you are likely to get drenched. In any case, you won’t regret bringing these light-as-a-feather ponchos to protect your clothes and bags on any super soaker.
Other Packing List Items for Disney World
- Child Wrist Links
- Walking Shoes
- Silicone Straws
- Neck Pillow
- Kids’ Neck Pillow
- Noise-Canceling Headphones
- Polaroid Camera
- Compression Bags
- Mosquito Bracelets
- Baby Travel Gear
- Travel Multi-Tool
- First-Aid Kit
- Hand Sanitizer
- Granola Bars
- Juice Boxes
- Mouse Ear Scrunchies
- Adults Sunglasses
- Kids Sunglasses
- Kid’s Sunscreen
- Tide To-Go Pen
- Steripod Toothbrush Cover
- SPF Lip Balm
- Kids Swimsuit
- Swimsuit Cover-Up
- Travel documents
What to Wear at Disney
To fully enjoy your Disney experience, it’s important to stay comfortable and cool in the summertime and warm in the winter. Wear comfortable walking shoes , breathable clothing, and definitely nothing that will chafe. Always bring a sun hat , and be ready for rain with a poncho .
You may also want to bring or wear a swimsuit and swimsuit cover-up if you’ll be visiting the water park or riding a lot of water rides. Walking around in soggy clothing is miserable, and a swimsuit cover-up will alleviate this problem since it dries quickly and stays comfortable while wet. Along these same lines, mesh water shoes that you can also comfortably walk around in all day may be the best shoe option for those who will go on any water rides at all. Wet shoes are miserable and can cause blisters, so quick-dry water shoes will save you a lot of discomfort.
What NOT to Bring to Disney World
1. don’t bring perfume or body spray.
A lot of people get headaches from strong perfumes. Since you’ll be in close quarters in the crowded park, be respectful and stick to neutral smells!
2. DON’T PACK Uncomfortable Shoes
A day at Disney involves a lot of walking. Ditch the sandals or trendy boots and opt for sneakers, tennis shoes, or Crocs.
3. DON’T BRING Drones
Drones are also not allowed. Although it might be tempting to capture the awesomeness of Disney World with a bird’s eye view video, drones can be dangerous with the rides and crowds in the park.
4. DON’T TAKE Skateboards
Skateboards are not allowed in the park. Leave it at the hotel and explore the park on foot.
5. DON’T PACK Shoes with Wheels
No heelies allowed here! Accidents are bound to happen when you mix kids, roller skates, and big crowds.
6. DON’T BRING Wagons
Unfortunately, you cannot bring wagons into the park. If you have little kids who might not be able to walk for very long, bring a carrier.
7. DON’T TAKE Other Restricted Items
Here is an official list of Prohibited Items at Disney World .
FAQs about Disney Vacations
1. what shoes would be best for children who are not used to walking around all day.
The best option is to have them wear these enclosed mesh water shoes which are comfortable for walking and will dry quickly. They are fairly easy to put on and take off, but kids can’t easily kick them off while riding or being carried. Crocs that fit well are also a good option. They’re breathable, comfortable, and easy to slip on and off if you think you’ll need to be able to do so.
2. Can I bring food and beverages into Disney parks?
Yes, guests are allowed to bring food items like snacks or foods that do not require heating into Disney theme parks. Non-alcoholic beverages are also welcome, so try to plan ahead and bring some juices and snacks for the kids and some water or other cold drinks for the grown-ups!
3. Will there be lockers available in the park?
Yes, Disney World offers lockers that are available for a (somewhat pricey) fee. You can rent a key-operated locker that you can access all day for a one-time fee. A $5 refundable deposit is also required for each locker key.
4. What are the best Disney movies to watch before your trip?
We have an amazing resource on the best Disney movies of all time . In this list, you will find timeless Disney classics but also more recent blockbusters. We recommend researching the parks that you’ll be visiting to see what movies inspired each attraction. Truthfully, there is nothing better than watching a few of the greatest Disney films to inspire the whole family for your upcoming trip!
5. Should I stay in a Disney park hotel? Or is it better to stay at an off-park hotel?
You can benefit from staying at an on-site hotel. Staying at a hotel on the park campus will get you extended park hours, exclusive experiences, and they’re good at matching competitors’ prices. This option is ideal for those who can’t (or don’t) want to travel between the park and an offsite hotel. The convenience of staying close to the parks themselves is hard to beat, and often saves money.
6. Can you leave and re-enter Disney parks in the same day?
Yes, but your park allowance depends on the pass. If you purchased a Base Pass for one park, you may leave and re-enter that particular park as many times during the same day as you wish. If you choose to go with the Park-Hopper option, you can enter multiple parks on the same day, so you’re less limited.
Some people choose to seek reprieve from the heat by taking a lunch or hotel pool break during the hottest hours of the day. Those folks often come back into the parks to enjoy the afternoon and evening festivities, such as the parades and fireworks. If you do this, don’t forget your glow sticks ! They’re pricey in the park.
7. Is foreign currency exchange available at Disney?
Yes, you can exchange your foreign currency for U.S. dollars at any Guest Relations (in the parks), or Lobby Concierge/Front Desk (in the resorts) on Disney property. I don’t recommend carrying around excessive amounts of cash, but a little is fine.
8. Can I use my own wheelchair at Disney parks?
Of course! Everybody has different needs, so your personal wheelchair is welcome at Disney parks. If you do not have your own wheelchair, the park has some that you can use, but they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis.
9. What kinds of non-ride and non-show attractions are there?
If you’re looking for something to do in between or instead of rides and shows, look no further than Tom Sawyer Island, The Pirates League, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. There are so many things to do that don’t involve riding rides or seeing shows, but these three are especially fun for all ages.
Tom Sawyer Island encourages all sorts of exploration and imagination. The Pirates League (for all ages) and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (ages 2-12) are Disney’s way of including you in the dress-up fun while at the park, so if you’ve got a family member who is a fan of costumes, these are the places to go.
There’s also the Swiss Family Treehouse if a bit of light staircase-climbing and treehouse exploring are on the agenda! Take a look at more Disney World attractions here .
Disney World Packing List
Walt Disney World is the ultimate travel destination. However, since there are so many exciting things to experience in a short time frame, vacationers often find preparing for their trip overwhelming. An easy way to reduce this stress is by reviewing the MagicGuides Disney Packing List . From clothes to snacks, our Disney World packing list covers just about everything you will need to bring.
MagicGuides Disney Packing List helps you visualize what to pack for Disney World and which items should be left at home. It’s always easier to check items off a list rather than raiding your dressers and closets at the last minute!
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Disney World Packing List Essentials
These essential items should be on everyone’s Disney packing checklist:
Wallet, Tickets, and Directions
Don’t leave home without your ID (license), credit card, and Disney gift cards (if applicable).
Having some cash on hand is always a good idea.
If you have Magic Bands or hard copies of tickets/ reservations , bring them as well. Hard copies could save you lots of aggravation if phone or internet issues arise.
Make sure you know the names and addresses of any destination you have booked. Also, a copy of a written itinerary, if you have one, will make things a bit easier.
A top recommendation on our Disney World Packing List is to bring comfortable walking shoes . Happy feet are crucial to happy Disney World vacationers!
A typical Disney vacationer spends a large portion of his/her day walking between attractions and standing in lines . We estimate that the average person walks 6 to 9 miles per day at Disney World theme parks . Therefore, be sure to pack shoes that will keep your mind on having fun rather than on sore feet from all the walking.
We suggest you bring a lightweight backpack/daypack to Disney theme parks. This will hold your essential items – like tickets, ponchos, sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, phone chargers, Disney World map , etc. – and spare you the expense of renting a storage locker.
Since it will be with you all day, be sure any backpack you choose is lightweight and fits comfortably. See our Best Backpacks for Disney World and Best Fanny Packs for Disney World pages for suggestions.
It’s important to consider hydration when deciding what to pack when you visit Disney World. Walking around all day – under the warm Florida sun – is sure to make you thirsty.
We recommend packing a refillable water bottle inside your daypack. This allows easy access to water throughout the day and saves you the expense of purchasing bottled water inside the park.
Tip: If you ask a cast member at any counter service restaurant, they will be happy to refill your water bottle for you.
Rain is always a possibility in Orlando, even when clear skies are forecasted.
Walking around in wet clothes can be uncomfortable, to say the least. Therefore, the MagicGuides Walt Disney World Packing List recommends a rain jacket or poncho for each member of your group.
Disney World does sell ponchos, but they will run you $9 – $10 each. Purchasing these types of items before entering the park can save you money. (see our poncho recommendation below)
Cell Phone Charger
At Disney World, cell phones are an extremely valuable tool. They help us communicate with our travel companions, use park maps and apps, research official Disney information on the Disney World website, share photos, make reservations, check times, etc.
It’s easy to drain batteries on your Disney trip, so come prepared to recharge your phone. We recommend that your Disney World packing list includes an external battery charger and/or additional batteries. (see our charge recommendations below)
So you have your shorts, t-shirts, jeans, flip-flops, and other warm-weather clothing ready to go. But did you remember to pack nicer clothes for fine- dining reservations and nighttime entertainment?
Disney World is home to some of the best dining and entertainment available. If you plan on partaking in these aspects of Disney, consider packing a few classier outfits for these events.
Bringing extra bags is often overlooked on Disney Resort packing lists. However, we recommend you bring several large Ziploc or trash bags to separate your dirty (or wet) clothes from your clean clothes.
A well-organized Disney World vacationer is a less stressed Disney vacationer! Small ziplock bags can come in handy to protect electronics and wallets on water rides.
It’s no surprise that Orlando, FL is a warm, sunny destination. This is usually a good thing, but too much sun can quickly turn into a negative. So be sure you are prepared to deal with the Florida sunshine.
Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, or whatever else you may need to keep the hot sun from affecting your enjoyable Disney World vacation.
If you are looking for ways to cut down on spending, we suggest packing your own snacks in your park bag. It’s not widely known, but Disney World does allow guests to bring food into the parks .
While there are plenty of concession stands at Disney World, extra costs add up, and time spent at concession lines could be otherwise spent on rides.
Snacks are also a great item to pack for road trips and flights to and from Orlando.
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Walt Disney World Packing List
Now let’s review a more comprehensive list of what to pack for Walt Disney World. We have grouped the MagicGuides Disney Pack List into separate categories to make it easier to follow.
General Items – Disney Packing List
- Clothing for each day +1
- Comfortable Shoes/Sneakers for walking
- Portable Backup Battery
- Phone Charger w/ Cords
- Sweatshirts (seasonal)
- Extra Memory Card
- Park Tickets /Magic Bands
- Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
- Hand Sanitizer
- Autograph Book and Pen
- Change of Clothes
- Ziploc Bag for Wet Clothes
- Misting Fan
- Hat or Visor
- Gym Clothing
- Deck of Cards
Food and Snacks Packing List
- Bottled Water or refillable water bottle
- Juice Boxes
- Plastic Utensils
- Disposable Cups
- Nondairy Creamers
- Granola Bars
- Crackers & Chips
- Microwave Popcorn
- Instant Soup
- Paper Plates
- Paper Towels
Travel Documents Packing List
- Park Tickets
- Disney Magic Bands
- Airline Tickets
- Wallet/Driver’s License
- Hotel Room Confirmation
- Restaurant Information
- Car Rental Information
- AAA Member Card
- Credit Cards/Cash
- Magical Express Tags
- Copy of Itinerary
Baby Care Packing List
- Pop Up Hamper
- Swim Diapers
- Portable High Chair
Medicine Packing List
- Prescription Medication
- Cold/Allergy Medicine
- Motion Sickness Medication
- Small First Aid Kit
- Antibiotic Gel
Road Trip Packing List
- Movies/DVD Players
- Chargers for Electronics
Water Park Packing List
- Bathing Suits / swimsuit cover ups
- Ear Plugs/Nose Plugs
- Flotation Toys
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Recommended Items for your Ultimate Disney Packing List
In most cases, you will already own most of the things needed for your Disney vacation, including toiletries, electronics, warm-weather clothing, and baby care items (if applicable). However, here is a list of recommended items you may not already have. We have included one suggested item (from Amazon) for each category as a starting point.
American Tourister Disney Suitcases
American Tourister and Disney have co-branded a fabulous line of Mickey and Minnie-themed suitcases. These are perfect for getting you in the Disney spirit as you pack for your vacation in Orlando. The American Tourister Disney suitcases feature a 100% ABS plastic or polyester exterior, single spinner wheels, push-button locking pull handle, split construction interior with a large mesh pocket, and fun Disney designs. The dimensions are 28” x 19” x 11” for the large suitcases and 18” x 13” x 9” for the smaller ones. Other sizes are also available.
Multi-Purpose Disney Daypack/Kid’s Backpacks
American Tourister and Disney both offer a selection of fun Disney-themed backpacks . These multi-purpose backpacks can function as either an in-park daypack or as a kid’s backpack to store travel essentials. These would make a great addition to any Disney World packing list.
Comfortable shoes should be a top priority on your Disney World pack list. It may be a good time to update your wardrobe with a new pair of walking shoes/sneakers before your Disney vacation. Allow a break-in period (of a week or two) before using your brand-new sneakers at Disney.
Be prepared for the uncertain Disney World weather and save money by purchasing your rain gear in advance . As we mentioned before, ponchos will cost you $9 or $10 in the park. However, this 10-pack – by Wealers – gives you a variety of different colors in a one-size-fits-all package. These will cost you considerably less than ponchos purchased inside WDW and ensure that you stay dry if that bright Florida sky turns grey.
Whether checking wait times, reservations, and the Disney experience app, sharing updates to social media, or snapping Disney World photos , your phone is a crucial in-pack item. Unfortunately, your battery will drain quickly, so you must be prepared or else face the consequences. We recommend packing an external charger in your daypack to recharge your phone or camera battery when needed.
USB Wall Chargers
We also recommend packing a multi-outlet USB portable phone charger. These save precious space in your suitcase by effectively keeping your cell phones, tablets, external charger, and cameras juiced without the need to pack separate chargers for each device.
To avoid getting dehydrated during your Disney vacation, we recommend you carry a refillable water bottle in your in-park daypack. This will allow you to avoid stops at pricey concession stands or waiting in lines to get free water at counter-service restaurants.
Frogg Togg Chilly Pad
When that Disney World Florida weather heats up, and you need some relief, it’s time to grab a Frogg Togg Chilly Pad. These space-age towels are made from a synthetic material that keeps you simultaneously cool (up to 30 degrees) and dry. So, if you are bothered by the Florida heat, a small investment in a cooling towel like Frogg Togg Chilly Pad may provide you with relief on those sweltering Disney afternoons.
If you plan on heading to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach – or just down to your hotel pool – you will need some beach towels. Consider picking up a Disney-themed beach towel before you depart for Orlando.
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We hope the MagicGuides Disney World Packing List has helped you formulate your own list of what to bring on your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Thank you for reading our page, and we hope your Walt Disney World vacation is magical!
Ultimate Disney World Packing List: What to Bring Tips & Ideas
This guide covers what to pack for Walt Disney World, with a checkable packing list of essentials, items to bring in your backpack for park days, and 50+ unique products and clever gadgets that’ll help you save money, stay cool & comfortable in Florida’s weather, and improve your vacation. ( Updated November 5, 2023 .)
The first part of this Disney packing list highlights the less-obvious items– things you never knew you needed . These are interesting and sometimes odd things we’ve learned about over the years, some of which have dramatically improved our experiences when traveling. We pack some of these when visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Tokyo, Paris, and beyond. Consider including some of them in your luggage.
The second half is our comprehensive Disney packing list that you can download and save. This encompasses things you almost certainly already own–but might forget without this downloadable packing list for Walt Disney World. We use this checklist to make sure we’ve remembered all the basics. As for unique items, we update this list regularly with new ideas, plus essentials based upon feedback and suggestions from readers. We love discovering innovative things that improve travel, so please share your finds and recommendations in the comments!
If you’re going to order this stuff for your trip and don’t want to hassle with bringing it with you, it’s possible to place an order with Amazon.com prior to our trip and have the items shipped to your Walt Disney World resort. In Address Line 2, specify your arrival date. Resorts now charge a $6 package handling fee will apply to all packages that are received by the hotel. This fee does not apply to grocery delivery.
Anyway, the idea behind this list is not that you buy and pack everything here. These are just ideas, not a list of comprehensive necessities for Walt Disney World. If you packed all of this, you’d be taking way too much. We are firm believers in not overpacking. It’s important to comb through this list, determine what might help improve YOUR vacation, and take that. Not everything here is for everyone–they’re just ideas.
With all of that said, let’s get to the unique item Disney packing list, and then the packing checklist. We’ll start with the items our readers love the most–smart items that’ll save you time, money, stress, or (literally) physical discomfort and pain!
Smart Stuff to Pack
Autograph Book Substitute – Instead of having characters sign a blank page, have them sign this actual book about 150+ Disney characters. After the trip, it’ll be a treasured keepsake for your kids. We’ve heard tons of feedback on Facebook from people who have tried–and loved–this! ( Do NOT buy the Disney Pixar Character Encyclopedia New Edition. That’s an “update” to the best autograph book substitute, but it’s no longer suitable for autograph purposes. You’ve been warned! )
Compact Portable Charger – Poor phone reception in the parks and the need to check wait times, planning apps, use Genie+ to book Lightning Lanes, or share photos via social media can be a drain on your battery. We use 3 different external batteries, depending upon how much juice we will need. (There’s an older version of this charger that can be significantly cheaper when it’s on sale; we’d recommend the newer one unless the older option is half the price or less.)
- Anker “Lipstick Sized” Battery – This is commonly known as a “lipstick charger” due to its shape and size and is approximately 2 full phone charges. This is pocket-sized.
- Anker Ultra-Compact Battery (TOP PICK FOR VALUE & CAPACITY) – Double the capacity of the first battery, giving you around 4 full phone charges. It’s a bit bulkier, but still easy to throw in a lightweight backpack. This one works well for the two of us.
- Anker High Capacity Battery – With a whopping 8 full charges, this will get an entire family (or one teenager) through a day at WDW. In our opinion, you’re better off buying 2-3 of the middle battery.
Lightweight & Water Resistant Travel Backpack — You probably already own a backpack, so hear us out on this. The material is super-thin, meaning it’ll easily pack into your luggage. The bigger selling point is the light and breathable material, which is critical in the Florida heat. It’s designed to stay cool while hiking and other strenuous activities…and visiting Walt Disney World definitely qualifies!
Frogg Toggs Chilly Sport – Same idea, but different dimensions that makes this even more suitable for wearing around your neck. A good alternative if you want to save a little money on your Frogg Toggs purchase.
Sukeen Cooling Towel 4-Pack – Some people don’t like the Frogg Toggs texture, which might make this breathable mesh material more attractive. The cooling system uses moisture from the towel to draw the sweat away from your skin to keep you cool. We do not find these Sukeen towels as effective as the Frogg Toggs and don’t actually recommend them as a result, but some Walt Disney World fans prefer them. YMMV.
Crocs LiteRide 360 Pacer Sneaker – Want to recreate the stylistic sensibilities of a mid-tier Disney blogger? Well that ‘fit can be yours with these shoes! Joking aside, I cannot recommend these highly enough. ( Here’s the women’s version of the shoe .) In case you missed it, they were the centerpiece of our list of the Best Shoes for Walt Disney World .
5-Pack of “Pro” Ponchos – While these are technically disposable, they’re a thicker and higher quality material than the ponchos above. They’re easy to reuse–just hang them up to dry in your hotel room! Unless you really want to throw away your ponchos after each use, this is the superior option. For something with even more personality and durability, Sarah loves this reusable “Minnie Mouse-Inspired” Polka Dot Poncho .
10-Pack of Disposable Ponchos – These will save you a ton of money. Ponchos in the parks cost $10 each, and over the course of a vacation, that can really add up. We recommend taking a 10-pack of ponchos (or more) for your group. They’re small and easy to throw in a backpack.
Body Glide – Since making the original list, many others have recommended this product to us as the best way to combat chaffing. Unless you normally walk 10+ miles per day at home over the course of several consecutive days, this is a very real problem that many people will unexpectedly experience. Better to be safe than sorry!
Parade Mat – This durable blanket is a great alternative to sitting on the ground while you wait for parades at Disney, but it works in a number of scenarios in the parks. This has weighted corners, is pocket-size, and puncture-resistant. It’s also water-resistant, so you can use it as a poncho in a pinch. It’s really versatile!
Life Straw Go Filter Water Bottle – Florida water tastes awful straight from the tap, so it’s key to get a bottle with a filter. This bottle is the best option, hands down. It’s durable, BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and uses a 2-stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste!
Brita Filter Water Bottles – If you don’t want to spend as much money, this is the second-best option. It’s inexpensive and durable. Not quite as effective or durable as the above option, but still good. Either way, we highly recommend bringing a water bottle. It’s increasingly difficult to enter counter service restaurants (or find open snack stands) to get cups of water.
Collapsible Water Bottles – These don’t have filters–essential for us given the taste of Florida’s water–but if you’re more concerned with saving space and convenience, they’re a great alternative. Maybe you like the taste of swamp water!
Apple AirTags – We now use AirTags to track our car (good for rental cars that can get lost in the sea of the TTC), checked baggage (good for peace of mind), and much more that isn’t relevant to travel.
The best use of all that we have not tried is tracking strollers. In a recent article about Walt Disney World’s new strollers, several readers complained that Cast Members relocate parked strollers, making them difficult to find. AirTags should offer a great solution to this problem! There are tons of great non-Disney uses for AirTags, or their non-Apple counterpart, Tile Pro Tracker .
Stroller Fan – Technically, this is a clip-on desk fan. If you read the reviews, almost everyone buying it is using it for strollers. It’s great to keep your kids cool, and it’ll last 5-10 hours before the battery needs to be recharged–which can be done via USB with one of the external chargers above. This is perfect for the hottest hours of the day at Walt Disney World!
Glow in the Dark “Stuff” – Okay, this might seem silly or pointless (my initial thought), but these glow-sticks are very useful. They make it easy to find your family (or stroller!) in the crowds at night. Kids love creating cool things to wear out of them–very fun stuff!
Packing Cubes – These are perfect for organizing, and make it easier to to manage your luggage. I love this 4-piece set as they’re the perfect size for organizing a carry-on size suitcase.
Compression Cubes – There are two great options here–I’ve moved on to these compression cubes, as I find they save more space in my luggage, which is huge for me. Below is the cheaper alternative, if you’re simply looking to stay organized.
Anker PowerPort Cube Strip with 3 Outlets and 3 USB Ports — Disney has refurbished many of its rooms, adding USB ports in the process, so this isn’t really necessary for those. It is for many off-site and older hotel rooms, though. Plus, this has fast-charging to get devices recharged quicker. ( There’s also this version with USB-C .)
Bladeless Personal Neck Fan — Dorky, but shockingly effective. It’s like a nice little breeze that’ll cool you down a bit. Sarah prefers it to the Frogg Toggs due to this being dry, which is better for her long hair. For me, it’s more of a toss-up. While this fan is quiet and effective, it’s also a tad annoying and, again, dorky.
Darn Tough Socks – A running theme of this list is “things to make the Florida heat and humidity slightly less miserable.” Well, these socks fit the bill on that front. As a warning, they are expensive, but they’re made in the USA, have a lifetime warranty, and are incredibly high quality. Most importantly, they’re soft and comfortable, as well as sweat-wicking and odor-resisting.
On a similar note, we also highly recommend quick drying underwear to avoid the dreaded swamp bottom. I’ve purchased this pair and am a fan , but the best-value option for both men and women that we’ve found is UNIQLO Airism . That’s our go-to brand.
WetBrush Pro Detangle – This hair brush performs well with wet hair, and your hair will get wet if you’re visiting Walt Disney World. A staple of Sarah’s Disney bag.
Repel Travel Umbrella – This travel umbrella is compact, windproof, and has a lifetime guarantee. We have ruined so a few umbrellas that have been caught by gusts of wind at Walt Disney World, so this actually is important.
Honest Co. Hand Sanitizer Spray – Walt Disney World has removed its in-park hand sanitizer stations, but even if they hadn’t, we’d recommend this instead. It’s higher quality and won’t leave your hands feeling dry after a few days.
Sanitizer Wipes – Same idea here with these alcohol-free sanitizer wipes. Walt Disney World is magical, but not magically clean. Every surface has been touched by countless other hands. These are great to clean your hands, phone, stroller, or literally any surface–an essential item to reduce your chances of getting sick on vacation!
Sun Bum Oil-Free Face Stick Sunscreen – My face sunburns really easily and I’ve tried numerous sunscreens to combat this over the years to no avail. While a bit pricey, this works fantastically. As an added bonus, it smells delicious!
EltaMD Face Sunscreen — Sarah favors this fancier brand of face sunscreen, which is recommended by dermatologists and distinguished scientists from all over the world. (Probably.)
Sun Bum Cool Down Aloe Vera Gel – No matter how diligent I am about applying sunscreen, I invariably end up getting a little (or a lot) too much sun. This offers relief and recovery. Hopefully you won’t need to use it, but the Florida sun can really sneak up on you!
Post-It Notes – On a related note, if you have kids who are afraid of loud toilets (per several commenters, this is a thing), pack some post-it notes to cover the automatic sensor that can otherwise cause “premature” flushing.
Memory Foam Neck Pillow Airplane Travel Kit — This kit also includes a velour cover, sleep mask, and earplugs. Sarah uses the pillow, sleep mask, and above headphones for flights. She looks real cool.
Discounted Disney Pins – This one isn’t so much a practical thing to pack as a money-saving one. If you’ve read our Disney Pin Trading Tips post, you know that pin trading is a fun, albeit expensive thing to do in the parks. However, by buying pins before your trip online, you can pay ~$1 per pin instead of $8-10. Highly recommended!
Wireless Sleep Mask Headphones — Sarah has used “last gen” variations of this product for years, swearing by both sleep masks for travel and ‘cozy’ headphones for getting rest on flights.
Tourit Cooler Backpack – This is a new one based on reader questions about collapsible cooler options for bringing food into the parks. We looked at a variety of options, but ultimately felt this backpack option was best for keeping drinks, snacks, and sandwiches cold–also the easiest option at bag check. (If you don’t plan on carrying perishable food, check out our lightweight backpack option below.)
Reusable Straws – A new addition to the list, as both WDW and Disneyland have eliminated plastic straws (and in-park Starbucks use terrible paper straws that disintegrate after about 10 minutes). A good item to throw in your backpack.
Pop-up Hamper – With how much money you pay for a hotel room, you probably don’t want it to look like the perfect habitat for Oscar the Grouch halfway through your trip. We’ve found the biggest issue always (ALWAYS!) is with dirty laundry, and a good way to keep this under control is by bringing a pop-up hamper.
Travel Sunscreen Packets – For your arms, legs, neck, etc., we recommend these sunscreen packets. If you’ve ever had a tube of sunscreen spill in your luggage or backpack (we have…many times), you know how inconvenient it can be. These individual travel packets take care of that problem, and are also much easier to put in your pocket or in a bag. They’re a perfect solution!
SPF Sun Hat – Sarah has several different colors of this cheap and fashionable sun hat, and wears them in the parks to keep the sun off of her face, and to stay cool. They are breathable and lightweight. The only downside is their large size, which makes them difficult to pack (we recommend carrying them on).
Crocs LiteRide Sandal or OluKai Ohana Sandal – Sarah several types sandals (the Crocs listed first are her most recent addition) that p erfectly combine comfort and cuteness, and provide enough comfort so your feet won’t hurt after logging miles in the parks.
Aqua Socks for Water Parks & Pools – If you’re planning on visiting Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, or spending time at your hotel’s pool, these are essential. The pavement gets hot–so hot it’s uncomfortable to walk on it without these.
Finally, check out Sarah’s What to Wear to Disney page dedicated to where she shops and ideas for finding cute outfits that are also practical for those humid days in the parks. She also has Tips for Accessorizing for Disney , to give your normal outfits cute ‘dashes of Disney.’
Food & Drinks for Disney
Although not packing per se, we’d strongly recommend making a grocery run upon arrival or having food delivered to your hotel at Walt Disney World. At a minimum, get breakfast items so you’re not wasting precious time in the morning. Read our Guide to Grocery Delivery at Walt Disney World for our tips on that, and why breakfast is (mostly) a waste of money at Walt Disney World restaurants.
If you opt against grocery delivery for whatever reason–or want to supplement it with items from Amazon–here’s what we recommending order to fuel you during a day in the parks…
Mount Hagen Organic Instant Coffee – We each “need” 3-4 servings of caffeine per day to function. Buying coffee in the parks would add up quickly and cost us a lot of time. Cutting coffee from our travel budget saves us a ton of money, and is worth it even if we look like cheapskates making coffee in the parks.
Caffeine Mints – Each one of these mints has about as much caffeine as coffee or an energy drink, so they will give you the energy to get through evening Extra Magic Hours, but won’t give you coffee breath or make you have to run to the restroom while in line for Toy Story Mania. Win-win!
Lenny & Larry’s Complete Protein Cookie – Want something even healthy? These cookies have a ton of protein and fiber, but have no high fructose corn syrup, no sugar alcohols, no artificial sweeteners. Plus, they’re vegan.
Chomps Beef Sticks – These are now our go-to beef jerky for the parks–they’re also available at Trader Joe’s and a variety of other grocery stores. (We like every flavor except the cranberry one.)
If you are considering a purchase of any of these items or any other supplies for your vacation, we would greatly appreciate it if you use the links to Amazon in this post to make your purchase. It benefits the site, doesn’t cost you anything, and help us to keep providing you with useful content.
Alright, as promised, here’s our Disney packing checklist…
This Walt Disney World packing checklist includes a bunch of the above unique items that we recommend to improve your Disney trip, plus more common things that you won’t want to forget, too. Once again, you should NOT pack everything on this list for Walt Disney World. It simply covers all of the important stuff that you might need. No one is going to need all of this stuff.
With this list, we tried to skip things that are unnecessary (like shampoo, conditioner, a first aid kit, etc.) because you can find them in your hotel room or in the parks, or because they aren’t realistically necessary for most people. There’s the temptation to over-pack (especially with all the clever ideas on this list), and that should be resisted. There’s no need for 3 suitcases per person on a weeklong trip to Walt Disney World! 😉
Finally, this Walt Disney World packing guide was not tailored towards any specific season. If you’re visiting between April and late October, consult our Summer Packing Tips for Disney post for suggestions on beating the heat and handling humidity. This summer has been brutal pretty much everywhere, including Central Florida. There are a couple of items on this list that’ll help you keep cool, but we’d also recommend dressing practically. Looking stylish for photos can be fun…but not at the expense of comfort.
Temperatures aren’t the only thing heating up, as the heart of hurricane season starts this month. Storm season brings heat, humidity, and spontaneous downpours. The triple weather whammy! On rare occasion, the parks can also close due to hurricanes–that has happened on a few occasions in the last several years. So be prepared for that if you’re visiting this summer or early fall. See our Guide to Storm Season at Walt Disney World for an updated forecast for the Atlantic hurricane season, historical info about past storms that caused closures, and more.
Those heading to the parks between November and February, supplement this with our Winter Packing Tips for Disney post instead. True winter weather is exceedingly rare in Central Florida, but due to the humidity and big swings in daytime highs versus nighttime lows, it can feel cold during a few months of the year. Orlando weather can be like a roller coaster, and unlike the Walt Disney World variety, it’s not always fun. Basically, there are about 3 weeks per year when Central Florida weather is predictably temperate and mild!
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What unique items do you recommend packing for a Disney trip? What clever items do you pack to improve your experience? Any ‘smart’ items you’d add to this list? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
Written by Tom Bricker
Tom Bricker’s Disney World packing tips are a game-changer! From Camelbaks to Clorox wipes, his suggestions made our trip smoother and more enjoyable. Highly recommend checking out his ultimate packing list before your next magical adventure
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I found cough drops/lozenges plus a cold meds with Guaifenesin or a similar expectorant very helpful in September. Everyone and their child was coughing and snorting and seemed to be sick with covid. I always stash what I need and is safe for my use in a small ziplock bag and pack in a corner of my suitcase. If I never need it, wonderful. But I almost always catch what’s going around at WDW. Everyone knows their own medical issues and whether any one kind of cold meds is safe for them. And good luck finding what you really need and is best for you in an overpriced gift shop when you’re sick. Given how prevalent covid is at WDW, having a plan to deal with symptoms is necessary to salvage your trip.
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This list is awesome! I love Disney. but am going to be going alone soon. This helps me a lot.
This blog is just the best! The packing list has been really helpful; I may have purchased almost every suggestion I’m going next week with my hubby, our one year old, and being 22 weeks pregnant! We’re really pumped to take a slower pace, mid-day naps and more resort days than park days after years of the two of us conquering every attraction at every park. Thanks again for the tips!
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