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Disney Park Bag Essentials: What You Need to Carry with You

There is a lot that goes into a Walt Disney World vacation. Planning can feel more like a job than fun, from determining when to go, where to stay, what to eat, and finalizing all the magic. Along with all those decisions, you also have to pack.

Packing for a vacation to Walt Disney World can cause a lot of stress. We want to help you before heading to Walt Disney World by giving you the essentials of the Disney Park bag. You won’t want to run to Walt Disney World without these items. Although they might seem small, they will significantly impact your Walt Disney World vacation. Take a moment, get your list, and prepare to add these items to your must-pack items.

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Portable Charger

A portable charger is one of the first items you will want to ensure everyone has them. Although we would love to say that you can disconnect from your phone at Disney, this isn’t the case. My Disney Experience, the official planning app of Disney, is essential to a successful trip.

Because this app is so essential, you will find yourself on your phone more than you might think. Looking up wait times, finding bathrooms, discovering mobile ordering, and looking at your great on-ride photos are all done through the app. Since you are using it so much, it will drain your battery.

You won’t want to end the day with a dead phone. Instead, make sure you have those portable chargers packed and ready. There are so many different ones that you can find the super or smaller chargers. No matter what, don’t forget to charge them at night so they are ready for the next day of magic.

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Cooling Towels

We used to think that cooling towels were silly until we tried them ourselves. These magical towels are great at battling the hot, humid conditions at Walt Disney World. All you have to do is get these magic towels wet, and then you can wear them around your shoulders, head, or however you want.

The magical, crazy science keeps you cool. If they dry out, rewet them in the bathroom, and you are ready to go again.

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Personal Fans

Another item that we don’t leave home without is our fans. We have a variety we like, from the neck fans that keep your hands free to those that recharge and we hold. Having air movement during hot, humid days is a game-changer.

If you are traveling with little ones in a stroller, we highly recommend looking into a fan for them as well. There are a lot of areas throughout the Parks where there needs to be more air movement. Having a personal fan can make a huge difference.

Rain At Disney World

Rain Gear

There is a good chance that you will have rain throughout your Disney trip. Don’t let this ruin your day; instead, show up prepared. Save money and time by bringing ponchos or rain jackets to the Parks.

Consider purchasing cheaper ones at your local dollar store, and then you can toss them if they get wet and gross. Again, remember the stroller cover if you are traveling with a stroller. No one wants to find their stroller soaking wet from a pop-up rainstorm.

Rain happens, but being prepared for it can allow you to continue to enjoy the magic.

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Anti-Chaffing Stick

Real talk! We promise that you will thank us for this tip. Bring an anti-chaffing stick with you. There are various types, but find one that works for you and back it in your Disney Park bag.

As you get hot, sweaty, and sticky, everything rubs incorrectly. Having this stick can solve all of these issues quickly. Trust us, stop what you are doing and look it up on Amazon. You will be happy you did.


Another must-have first-aid-related item you will want to pack is moleskin bandages. These are great for blisters that form because of all the walking. The moleskin will help prevent further irritation by preventing your shoes or socks from continuously rubbing in the sore area.

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Water Bottle

Staying hydrated at Walt Disney World is essential. The best way to do this is always having a water bottle. We love cute Disney-themed water bottles at home, but for traveling, lighter is better.

Many water bottles collapse and fit nicely into your Park bag, making them easy to carry around all day. Disney has various water filling stations and free water throughout the Parks, making it easy to refill your water bottle during the day.

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Perfect Bag

So where are you going to put all of these essential items?  In your perfect Disney Park bag. This is personal to every fan. Many Guests love the Disney Loungefly bags; however, others need to help to fit what they need into those smaller bags.

Consider if you prefer a crossbody bag or something that would have two straps. Biggers straps are typically more excellent as they don’t dig in as much as those smaller straps tend to do. Look for something that will work the best for you and your needs. That will be the perfect Disney Park bag.

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Charging Port

Finally, with so much to charge each night, consider bringing something that allows you to charge numerous devices simultaneously. Many Guests like the 3 in 1 wireless charger that allows for iPhone, headphones, and watch all in one place.

If you aren’t a solely Apple product family, many other options provide numerous USB ports making it easy to charge at night. Disney has done a great job making the rooms at the Disney Resorts full of charing areas; however, it is always nice to have additional options.

After our many visits to Walt Disney World, we have found that these are the Disney Park Bag Essentials we carry daily in Disney Parks.

Related: Five Planning Mistakes to Avoid




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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