Dos and Don’ts of Packing Disney World

You might think you need to pack up the whole house when getting ready for Walt Disney World, but we have packing dos and don’ts for you to make sure you aren’t caught unprepared while on vacation.

Don’t Forget Weather Items

When you are packing for Walt Disney World, you will want to make sure that you come prepared for the weather. Start by making sure you pack rain gear for everyone. The chances are good that at some point during your trip, you will experience rain. Having ponchos, raincoats or umbrellas can prevent the rain from ruining your vacation.

Rain isn’t the only weather you need to be prepared for when you head to Walt Disney World. During the summer months, the heat and humidity are extremely high, which can be extremely hard while visiting the parks. Keep your body cool by bringing along fans and cooling towels. Having just a little air movement can make all the difference in the world while waiting in line.

Don’t forget that Disney World does have winter months as well. If you are heading down between November and February, you will want to make sure to pack winter gear. Make sure you have hats, coats, mittens, and even a scarf because evenings in the parks can be downright cold.  

Make sure you look into the weather before packing, but also make sure you pack for the unexpected as well. Weather changes quickly in Florida, so prepare for it all.

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credit: shopdisney

Do Bring Layers

Along with being prepared for the weather, also think about packing layers. The mornings and evenings in Florida can be cool, so you might want to throw on a jacket or sweatshirt. Also, if you are planning on doing any sit-down meals, you might want a light jacket to throw on in the air conditioning. We are grateful that buses, dining locations, and large indoor areas crank up the air conditioning during those hot days, but sometimes our bodies aren’t used to it, so you might need to throw on a light jacket to feel comfortable. Even if you are going during the middle of the summer, where it will be in the upper 90s all week, don’t skip out on packing one light jacket.


Don’t Forget Extra Shoes

Shoes take up a lot of room in the suitcase; however, we highly recommend that you consider packing more than one pair for Walt Disney World. Even if you know your shoes fit well and you have worn them in, most of us don’t walk 10-12 miles a day for back-to-back days. With that in mind, having an extra pair of shoes with you can give your feet a slight break in your first pair is starting to rub. Also, an extra pair of shoes is extremely helpful when you get stuck in a rainstorm. Wet socks and shoes can truly ruin the day, so having a backup pair can help save the experience.

Do Pack Some First Aid Items

Something you might forget to pack is first-aid items. Like we mentioned, with packing extra shoes, blisters can happen. Having some moleskin, band-aids, or blister relief items can help keep you going. Make sure that you pack some of your basic medicines like pain relief, allergy medicine, and something like tums for your stomach. Although you can get these items at Disney World, they will cost a lot more and might be a hassle to bet on. Double and triple check that you have any prescription medicine with you before heading out as well. If you are flying, make sure that you take these medicines with you on the airplane. You don’t want to run the risk of them being lost in checked luggage. Having these medical items in your Resort room can help you feel better in multiple ways while in Disney World.

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Don’t Overpack

This is something so many of us need to work on. When you are heading to Disney World try not to overpack. We realize in the summer months you are probably going to want two outfits per day, but think about how you might limit packing by doing some laundry while on vacation. It isn’t fun to do laundry, but it also isn’t fun to pay for luggage that is too heavy or trying to carry it around the airport or to your Resort room. Try to think about what items you might pick up when you arrive or have delivered to your Resort to limit your packing needs. This is something that can be extremely difficult to convince yourself to do, but in the end, it will be worth it.


Do Pack An Extra Bag

No matter how strategic you pack, you will probably be purchasing something while in Walt Disney World. With that in mind, we highly recommend throwing in an extra bag from home to help with the packing on the way home. Having some extra space will make it easier on the way home and prevent you from having to pay extra for luggage in Disney or pay extra for overweight luggage at the airport. There are many bags out there that fold up small and are easy to transport, making them perfect for this situation.


These are just a few dos and don’ts that we have picked up over the years of heading to Walt Disney World. For more tips and tricks on packing for Walt Disney World, check out an additional post here. We hope they help you better prepare and therefore have a fantastic trip.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.