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Random Items You Need For Disney

We have a lot of packing tips and lists for your Walt Disney World vacation here at How to Disney.  It is important to use it to make sure that you arrive with the essentials.  Sunscreen, water, and comfortable shoes are all items that you have probably seen and each and every packing list for Walt Disney World.

What about those items that aren’t as well known but still super helpful?  We have a few random items that we think you should consider bringing to Walt Disney World on your next trip.  Are they essential?  Probably not.  Will they make your life easier?  Probably.  So why not toss them in?

Ziplock Bags

Ziplocs and Plastic Bags

One item that we started to bring to Walt Disney World that might seem completely random is Ziploc bags.  We toss in a few gallon sizes, snack size, and sandwich size Ziplocs in our Disney Park bag each day.

There are many times when these have become helpful throughout our day in Disney Park.  When riding water rides such as Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain, it is nice to be able to toss your phone into a Ziploc to ensure it doesn’t get wet.  Side note- does anyone else remember when there were free Ziplocs at Splash Mountain?  Does anyone else have them stored away at home?

This also is helpful during those Florida rain storms.  If you have Ziplocs you can toss your important items into these bags to prevent them from getting soaked.

We use plastic bags to put our Disney Park bags in on water rides.  I hate when the bottom of my bag gets wet from sitting on the bottom of the log.  I keep it dry by setting it in a bag before we get onto the ride.  This is also a good idea on Pirates of the Caribbean as the bottom of these boats are often wet but you can’t see because it is dark.

Ziplocs aren’t just to keep our items dry.  We also use them to save snacks that aren’t eaten or even to toss garbage throughout the day so it doesn’t end up in the bottom of our bag.  During the rainy season, we will also put extra socks and even a shirt into a large gallon Ziploc to bring with us in case we get caught in a downpour.

We like to have things organized and dry in our Disney Park bags.  Ziplocs and plastic bags allow us to do that!

Night Blossom


Yes, Walt Disney World has straws, but as part of their conservation efforts, they are paper straws.  Although we are all about not having extra waste with plastic straws, we also think paper straws are terrible.  Sorry, they just are.  They get soggy and are awful if you get anything blended.  For little ones who have a tendency to chew on straws, paper straws don’t last long at all.

To help with these issues, we bring our own reusable straws.  You can find a variety of different styles from metal ones to silicon depending on your preference.  They often come in small packages that you can easily toss into your Disney Park bag and use throughout the vacation.

Most people traveling to Walt Disney World don’t consider packing straws, but we have found that having these makes our meals and snacks a little bit easier.

chaffing stick
Credit: Amazon

Chaffing Sticks

It is both hot and humid at Walt Disney World most days of the year.  Combine that with all the walking that you do and chaffing is bound to happen.

To help prevent a miserable experience, we make sure that we have chaffing sticks with us for our vacation.  We not only use these before we head out to a Disney Park for the day, but we also reapply throughout the day as well.

Mostly it is the thighs that have issues but use this magical stick anywhere that rubs.  There are so many different types, but we really enjoy the Gold Bond Friction Defense that you can find on Amazon, Walgreens, Target, and CVS.

Trust us, you will be so glad that you tossed this in and brought it along with you.

Polynesian Room
Credit: Disney

Clothes Pins or Clips

It is funny how we have come to use clothes pins and clips throughout our Walt Disney World vacations.  One of the main reasons we bring these not only to Walt Disney World but to all hotels is to clip the blinds closed.  You all have been there where there is just the smallest sliver of light that peaks through the curtains.  These clips keep them closed so you don’t have that issue.

We also use them at the pool to keep our towels on our chairs and then back in our room to hold up wet swimsuits.  It can be nice to be able to hang things up outside of the bathroom area so people can shower and items can dry at the same time.

These are easy to toss into the suitcase and can help out in the Resort room throughout the vacation.



This might seem silly as well, but if you want gum you are going to need to bring it with you.  Walt Disney World does not sell gum on property.  This is to help keep the Disney Parks and Disney Resorts clean from the sticky mess that seems to follow gum.

Because of this, if you are needing gum after a meal or throughout the day, make sure you have packed it with you.

These are just a few random items that we have learned can really help on a Disney vacation.  We hope that you will toss them in as you pack for your vacation.

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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