We’ve done a lot of research about the best things to pack for your Disney vacation. Some we have learned on our own while others tips we have learned from friends who have made notes along the way about the things that are must haves for their time with Mickey and Friends.
Bring Good Shoes.
Choosing the right shoes might just be the most important thing that you do prior to your trip. There are many park days that by 10am we’ve already hit 10,000 steps. I will never forget the trip to Disney where I didn’t pack supportive shoes and I went to the foot doc after getting home and I ended up in a walking boot.
Portable Phone Charger
Hopefully you will be too busy making memories to be worried about social media…BUT there are so many other reasons you may need to use your phone in the parks. The app would be a huge reason, you can check ride wait times, figure out where you are exactly and order food ahead of time for pick up at many of the quick service restaurants. That is where a portable phone charger comes in, the one that we’ve linked can recharge your phone a few times and is fairly lightweight. You’ll be glad you brought one with you when you have battery power to capture that perfect photo.
Too old for a stroller?
Let’s talk about strollers for a moment. Even if your oldest has been out of the stroller for a solid year or two, the Disney tired is a real thing. Especially if you are opening and closing the parks. Lots of people want to maximize every moment that they have at Disney. You know your kiddo best, there is no shame in your parenting game if you need to put a kid who is perceived to be a bit older than ‘acceptable stroller age.’ That’s between you and your family.
Disney has however, changed their stroller policy recently so I would suggest reading up on it.
Pack some snacks.
Disney has been known for their fun and tasty food for sometime now, but it can get cost prohibitive. Disney generously allows park visitors to bring in food and drinks (non alcoholic of course). My family has found if we bring food in to the parks it allows us to splurge on Mickey bars, Dole whips and churros. We often will eat breakfast in our hotel room before hitting the park.
Another thing that we’ve done before is ordered food for Amazon Pantry and had it delivered to our hotel, which was nice to have less to transport with us. I would recommend calling your hotel and asking if there are any fees associated with accepting deliveries.
Our most extensive Disney Packing List
The Disney basics
- Clothing for each day in the park
- Comfortable Walking Shoes/Sneakers
- Cell Phone
- Portable charger
- Phone Charger w/ Cords
- Downtime entertainment
- Warm Layers (you never know when a hotel room will be chilly or the weather changes)
- Necessary Electronics
- Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
- Hand Sanitizer
- Autograph Book
- Change of Clothes
- Ziploc Bag for wet Clothes and cell phones
- Hat or Visor
Items you absolutely can’t leave behind
- Magic Bands (these are your park tickets)
- Hotel Confirmation
- Restaurant Reservation Information.
- Fast Pass reservation times
- Roadside assistance information
Little Bitty People Items
- Diaper Bag
- Baby Food
- Baby Wipes (pack more than you think you need)
- Diaper Rash Ointment
- Stroller (I suggest considering renting a stroller so you don’t have to pack it)
- Decoration for stroller (so you can tell it apart)
- Car Seat
- Baby Hat
Just incase items
- Prescription Medication
- Cold/Allergy Medicine
- Motion Sickness Medication
- Bandaids, Neosporin, peroxide
- Aloe Vera
- Eye drops
Essentials for the Car
- DVD Player (We like to leave the movies at home and stop at Redbox along the way.)
- Chargers for Electronics
- Trash Bags
Swimming Packing List
- Bathing Suits
- Beach Towels * call ahead to the hotel and see if they provide towels for the pool. No need to take up the extra space
- Bag for swim essentials
- Ear Plugs/Nose Plugs
- Flip Flops
- Swim Diaper
Items you may not have thought about
- Plastic Grocery Bags
- Laundry Bag for the hotel room
- Clickable Sharpie (for autographs!)
- Stroller Fan
- Wet Wipes
- Pin Trading Supplies (read about pin trading here)
- Packs to flavor water = less expense for drinks. If you can stomach the taste of Pedialyte it helps keep dehydration at bay.
- Disposable silverware
- Laundry Pods (we like to wash laundry while we are there, it also gives you the option to pack less)