Key Items I Always Bring to Disney

As our trip to Walt Disney World gets closer, I begin to start gathering the essential items we will need for the trip. I will admit that I am a huge overpacker. I pack for all the worst case scenarios which I really don’t need to do when traveling to Walt Disney World.

As I begin to prepare our packing list, I thought I’d share it with you. These items are ones that I have learned make a big difference in our overall experience while at Walt Disney World.

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Portable Phone Chargers

Since my kids now both have their own phones and have the My Disney Experience app downloaded so they can help navigate the Parks, making sure all of our phones remain charged is key to a successful day at Disney.

Although I personally carry a larger block that gives us multiple charges throughout the day, the kids have smaller ones. Each kid likes to carry a small portable charger that easily plugs into their phones. These small external batteries don’t require a cord which is one less thing to remember and bring to the Parks.

Overall, having portable chargers for everyone is important for not only navigating Walt Disney World but also in the airport. It is nice to have the assurance that we won’t lose connection.

Charging Station

We love that as Walt Disney World has started to update their Resorts, they have put in a lot of USB ports and plug in areas. Even with all of these areas to charge, I still bring along at least one charging system. This used to always be basic powerstrip. This made it easy in the past to plug in our phones.

Now that we have phones, headphones, and even our MagicBand+, I like to bring something that allows for multiple USB plug ins. This makes it easier and requires fewer blocks.

By bringing one of these with us we can have a nice charging area in the room.

Rain At Disney World

Weather Items

No matter when we visit Walt Disney World I always bring rain gear. Weather is unpredictable at Disney so no matter what the forecast says, we have rain gear tossed in.

We typically like to bring small umbrellas as well as our raincoats for when big rainstorms show up.

Figure out what works for your group and bring those with.

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Individual Fans and Cooling Towels

Going at the end of July, I know that it will be hot and humid while we are at Walt Disney World. Knowing this, I will be bringing a few items to help us remain comfortable in those tough elements.

First, we like to have Individual fans. A lot of the queues are either outside or in an area where there isn’t a lot of air movement. To help with this, I bring each of us an individual fan. Having some air movement can make a huge difference.

Next, we also like to bring cooling towels. These magical towels are great for helping keep our body temperature cooler. From wrapping it around our necks to our son wearing his in his head, tossing these in is essential for battling the heat and humidity.

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Cloth Cubes

Over the years, I have learned that having small cubes with us is extremely helpful for keeping us organized in our Resort room.

Typically, each kid has their own cube. This is where we put their clothes or pajamas each day. It keeps it all in one place. We also have one by the door. This is where sunglasses, MagicBands and other items that we need before walking out the door for the day go. This keeps them all in one place and prevents some of the panic as we head out.

They don’t take up a lot of room when packing but make the Resort room a lot more organized.

Pop Up Hamper
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Pop Up Hamper

Another item that I like to bring with us to help keep the Resort room picked up is a pop up hamper. This easily fits in the bathroom area of the Resort and makes it easy for all dirty clothes to make their way into it. It also makes it easy to grab and take to do laundry if needed.

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When traveling anywhere, I always make sure to bring over the counter medications. The change in climate and the constant on the go schedule can make the body unhappy.

I make sure we have allergy medicine, stomach medicine, as well as medication for headaches.

I also make sure we bring with us chafing sticks. No matter how much we prepare for the heat and humidity, things rub wrong. Having a chafing stick can really help reduce the irritation.

Blisters show up at Disney all the time. Having bandaids or moleskin can make these less of an issue.

Of course, don’t forget sunscreen.

Think about what basic medicine you might need for your family. Even though you will probably be able to find it at Disney, having it with you can save a lot of time and frustration.

Shoes in Disney Parks
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Extra Shoes

Making sure everyone has not just one but two pairs of good shoes for our trip is a priority. We know how many miles we will walk each day and good shoes are essential.

I always make sure everyone has two pairs so if we get stuck in a rainstorm or if one pair begins to rub, we have another option. Happy feet are needed for a happy trip.

As I begin to prepare for our trip in a few weeks, those are the top items I make sure we have ready to pack. I hope my list will help you prepare as well.




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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