Packing for any vacation can take a lot of work. Determining what you need to bring and how it will fit into your suitcase sometimes becomes stressful. We want to help you narrow down that packing list for your Walt Disney World vacation.
We have ten items you will want to ensure you have with you for your Disney vacation. These items will help your trip go smoothers and keep you less stressed as you navigate the Disney Parks.
10. Portable Chargers
A portable charger is one of the essential items you want to have with you during your Disney trip. Disney’s My Disney Experience app is essential for navigating Disney Parks successfully. This app allows Guests to place mobile orders, book Genie+, and see important information such as wait times and show times.
Because of how vital My Disney Experience is, you won’t want to end up with a dead phone in the Parks; make sure you pack portable chargers for everyone and the cords you need to use. Having these with you in the Parks will keep your phone charged, and you connected to the magic.
We say it so much, but we will tell you again- pack the rain gear. Even if the weather app tells you there isn’t any chance of rain, you will want to be prepared. Pop-up rain storms happen all the time in Walt Disney World, and you will want to have the rain gear ready.
Determine if you prefer to bring rain jackets or cheap ponchos ahead of time. Once you arrive at Walt Disney World, keep that rain gear in your Park bag. Having it ready to go all the time will prevent you from forgetting it as you rush out the door in the mornings.
8. Extra Shoes
Shoes are hard to pack because they take up so much room, but we think having at least two good pairs of walking shoes with you at Disney is essential. Even if you like to look cute and stylish in the Parks, make sure you have shoes that will keep your feet happy.
Bring good walking shoes and then have a backup pair as well. Even if you have tested your shoes out, the combination of miles, humidity, and rain can sometimes make even the best shoes rub. Having a second pair to provide relief can be a big help.
7. Chaffing Stick
This might be strange to some, but we recommend bringing along chaffing sticks. As we mentioned, all the walking can be hard on the body. Combine that with super hot temperatures and humidity, and you will find places that rub and become uncomfortable.
Chaffing sticks help prevent the rubbing and chaffing from happening. We always toss a small one into our Park bag to take a moment to apply it when we feel uncomfortable.
6. Water Bottles
It is so important to stay hydrated while touring Disney Parks. This can be hard to do when busy enjoying the magic. To help you stay hydrated, consider bringing in your water bottles. You can refill them through the Parks and keep yourself hydrated.
You can also have water delivered to your Walt Disney World Resort if you prefer bottled water. We don’t recommend purchasing water in the Disney Parks because it is costly. Make a plan, so you know how everyone will stay up with their water intake during the day.
We also might suggest looking into different hydrate packets. These can be fantastic when you feel a little run down or dehydrated. They have extra electrolytes to help you get back into the fun.
This probably isn’t surprising to anyone, but sunscreen is still one of the top items we pack for Walt Disney World. Even if you are going during a cooler time of year or if it is rainy, make sure you have sunscreen.
The Florida sun is intense, and you will want to protect yourself throughout the day.
We discovered this during a summer trip to Walt Disney World; we don’t leave home without them now. Individual fans are a lifesaver during the hot and humid months at Walt Disney World.
Having something that can provide air movement while waiting in line or moving throughout the Parks can be a huge relief. We find that rechargeable ones are the best as we don’t have to worry about batteries.
Something that can be easy to overlook and forget is the over-the-counter medicine you might need. As you travel, your body might have some different reactions. Make sure that you pack the medicine that you might need.
Disney always has medicine on hand at the baby care centers throughout the Parks, but it will be much less stressful if you have it with you.
It might surprise some that Disney allows Guests to bring in their food. This is a great way to navigate the hangry moments when in line or waiting for the next show. We like to have our small bags of snacks with us.
Even though Disney has snacks everywhere, it is nice to have a few of our own to not only save money but also save meltdowns.
Finally, don’t forget to pack your patience when heading to Walt Disney World. We know that you have planned for a long time for this magical trip, but remember, so has everyone else in the Parks.
Be kind to other Guests and especially to the fantastic Disney Cast Members making the magic for you each day. Know that you will have crowds and probably have to wait in line. Plan what you will do during these moments so you aren’t frustrated.
We love our trips to Walt Disney World, but sometimes packing for them can be stressful. We hope that this helps you navigate what you need to bring.