10 Things You Should Buy Before Your Next Walt Disney World Trip

Packing for a Walt Disney World vacation can be a tricky thing if you don’t know what to pack. Guests can get to Florida and find themselves needing lots of odds and ends that they didn’t anticipate needing or just simply forgot. For guests who are flying, there is also the concern of airline weight limits, making packing even more difficult. That being said, it is totally necessary for guests to have a clear list of things to purchase and pack at home before heading to Walt Disney World. Not only does this save time and frustration but also money in some instances as some products have higher prices in the parks than at a local store. Here are ten things guests should buy before their next Disney trip!


10. Sunscreen –

Walt Disney World is located in Central Florida where the temperatures soar, the humidity rises, and the sun is extra strong. Guests are going to need sunscreen in order to avoid being sunburned and feeling icky on their vacation. It makes sense to buy sunscreen at home for several reasons: guests will have it immediately upon arrival, won’t have to purchase it for a slightly higher cost in the parks, and will be able to ensure purchasing their favorite brand of sunscreen. Make sure to pack enough to last throughout the entire vacation.

9. Comfortable Shoes –

Guests should make sure to buy comfortable shoes well in advance of their vacation. Many people don’t realize just how much walking can happen in a day in Walt Disney World and therefore comfortable shoes are an absolute must. Guests should purchase comfortable and sturdy shoes early on and spend the time breaking them in to avoid blisters and discomfort once they are on vacation…

8. Band-Aids —

…that being said, sometimes blisters (or anything!) can happen and it is best to be prepared. Guests should pack Band-Aids and Neosporin or any disinfectant to take care of any blisters or bumps and bruises that happen along the way. For those who need a little extra comfort for sore feet or blisters, try mole skin- it works wonders!

7. Poncho –

While some guests prefer buying their ponchos in the parks so that they have the iconic Mickey on the back, these ponchos are way more expensive than they would be at home. Even if the weather forecast looks good for the duration of a vacation, Central Florida is notorious for split second torrential afternoon thunderstorms that can leave guests soaked. Buying a poncho at home and packing it is a must do.

6. Filtered Water Bottle –

Central Florida can be brutally hot so it is important to remain hydrated at all times to avoid feeling sick or exhausted while on vacation. While all dining locations throughout Walt Disney World will offer guests a free cup of ice water upon request, some guests do not like the taste of Florida tap water. It is worth purchasing a filtered water bottle before leaving home and refilling it at water fountains throughout the parks. Not only do the filters make the taste more appealing, they also ensure that guests will have water on them at all times.


5. Extra Memory Card –

No one wants to get into the swing of their vacation and discover that the memory card of their camera isn’t working or worse yet- lose it. That being said, it is a great idea to purchase an extra memory card to hold onto just in case. Walt Disney World does sell memory cards in several locations, but it is cheaper to purchase one at home.

4. External Phone Charger –

For those who use their phones a lot, this is an absolute necessary purchase before leaving home for vacation. An external battery charger is usually lightweight and simply plugs into a phone on the go to charge while guests explore the parks. Having a charged phone ensures that guests can communicate with other guests in their party and access the My Disney App to edit or book new FastPasses.

3. Costumes –

For little girls with their hearts set on dressing like their favorite princess in the parks, parents should definitely invest in purchasing the costume and accessories before leaving home. While the costumes sold in the parks might be slightly more elaborate, they are also way more expensive. It’s worth saving some money by buying the costume at home ahead of time.

2. Convenient Bag –

Guests should purchase a bag that will be convenient to carry in the parks if they don’t already own one. Guests will need to easily remove bags at security checks at the entrance of every park and while boarding certain attractions as well as be able to easily get to needed items stored in the bag. Two great options to purchase for the parks are backpacks or cross body bags as they are hands free but accessible.

1. Hat –

Guests should definitely look into purchasing a hat before leaving for their vacation. With the strong Central Florida sun, it can be really easy to get sunburned on the top of the head. A good hat can help avoid unwanted sunburn and shade eyes from the bright daytimes.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.