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Critical Items You Don’t Want to Forget When Packing for Disney

You have done all the planning, made the reservations, and prepared to pack for your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation. The trip is quickly approaching, and the stress is high because what in the world should you pack?

Although you might think you must pack everything, that isn’t the case. We want to help you narrow your packing essentials while providing the necessary items you won’t want to forget.

If you remember these items, you are ready to head to the airport and have a fantastic trip to Walt Disney World.

Rain Gear
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Weather Items

Most of the time, Walt Disney World is hot and humid. Because of this, you will want to bring items to help you manage these conditions. Start by having an individual fan. These can be a lifesaver when standing in line or waiting for the parade. By having just a little air movement, you will be able to feel a lot more comfortable.

Cooling towels are another fantastic item to have packed for hot and humid conditions. These towels allow you to keep your body temperature down while in the Parks. You can get wet repeatedly, allowing the cooling elements to reactivate and keep you cool.

No matter when you are traveling to Walt Disney World, make sure you bring along rain gear. Rain happens throughout the year in the Parks, and you’ll want to be prepared so it doesn’t slow you down. Have rain ponchos and umbrellas to toss into your Park bag easily. You can grab them quickly when those rain storms pop up throughout the day.

Finally, if you are traveling in the winter months, make sure you have layers. It does get cold at Walt Disney World. You will want layers for those cool mornings and evenings in the Parks. Consider mittens, hats, and even scarves to keep yourself warm.

These are the necessary weather items that you should make sure to pack for your trip.

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It is so important to stay hydrated when at Walt Disney World. The combination of heat, humidity, and lots of walking means you need even more water than usual. Bring a refillable water bottle from home. This allows you to refill throughout the day in the Park and saves you money.

You can also consider having bottled water delivered to your Walt Disney World Resort. If you prefer bottled water, this is a great way to have it without spending money in the Parks. Use a delivery service and have it dropped off at your Resort.

We also recommend looking into hydration packets. These are extremely helpful, especially in the summer months when you are burning through the electrolytes, thanks to the heat. Having a few of these on hand can help get your body refueled.

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Portable Charger

This is one of the most important items you will pack for Walt Disney World. Cell phones are essential to a successful trip now that My Disney Experience is more important than ever before. If you don’t have a charged phone, you will miss out on much information.

Your phone is how you will access the My Disney Experience app and be able to use Genie+, see your photos, mobile order, and check wait times. Don’t let your battery die on your phone. Bring a portable charger for each phone, and make sure you have the right cords.

Think about how long you will be in the Parks each day to determine which type of portable charger you will need. If you are heading back in the afternoons for naps or swimming, you might not need as powerful of a charger. On the other hand, if you plan to spend the whole day in the Park, you will want a charger than can provide a few chargers.

Portable chargers could easily be one of the most critical items you back for Walt Disney World.

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Comfortable Shoes

We know we said that a portable charger might be the essential item you bring, but comfortable shoes could easily be that item. Guests walk so many miles during their Walt Disney World vacation that is becomes critical to have good, comfortable shoes.

Make sure you break your shoes in before heading to Walt Disney World. You don’t want to have a new pair of shoes in the Parks as this can lead to blisters and all sorts of issues.

We also recommend having a few pairs of comfortable shoes. No matter how much you love your shoes, they might cause issues after so many long days of walking. Having a second pair allows your feet a change which can be highly helpful. It is also lovely to have a second pair when you get stuck in the rain.

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Our final critical item when packing for Walt Disney World is medicine. Although it has become easier to get medicine at Walt Disney World thanks to delivery services, having over-the-counter medicine already packed is a lot less stressful.

Consider what medicine you might need while in Walt Disney World and have it packed for the trip. Motion sickness, Pepto, allergy medicine, and items such as Advil and Tylenol can be extremely helpful to have on hand.

No one wants to feel bad while in Walt Disney World; having medicine easily accessible can be helpful.

Those are the critical items that you won’t want to forget when packing for Walt Disney World. It can be easy to think you need to bring everything, but if you have these necessary items, you should be ready for a beautiful trip.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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