If you are coordinating a family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, you likely have plenty of planning-related questions. If your travel agent has helped you secure Park tickets and reservations and you have your Disney Resort booked, you are officially in the planning and packing stage. Researching a packing list for a theme Park vacations is a great way to kick off your packing process by brainstorming what items your family may need on a Disney trip.
In a more extensive article, we’ll dive into outfit planning and detailed packing lists. Today is about learning how to pack a Disney Park day bag for family travel. Whether you are traveling with a little one or school-aged kids, here is your family trip Park packing list!
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If you are traveling with toddlers or babies, pack items to keep little ones comfortable and happy during a hectic and hot Park day. If you’re planning to bring a baby to Disney World, there are several items you may want to bring along to make your trip more comfortable.
Babies and Toddlers
A stroller is essential when visiting Disney World, as it allows you to transport your baby around the Parks easily. A light and foldable stroller mean you’ll be able to fold it in a flash when boarding Disney buses. Don’t forget to bring stroller lights, a sign, or a tag to mark your stroller in the crowd.
Diapers & Feeding Supplies
It’s always a good idea to bring plenty of diapers and wipes during a Disney Park day. Planning for more diapers than you think will ensure you don’t have to make any surprise return trips to your Disney Resort. If you’re formula-feeding your baby, don’t forget to bring formula for the day and a few extra bottles in your Park bag.
Disney World is a hot vacation spot. Even if you are not visiting in summer, bring sunscreen and sun-protective clothing for your baby or toddler. A hat and sunglasses are a must-have for little ones and adults alike.
Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes for your little one. Hopefully, this extra outfit will go unneeded. Still, accidents happen, so it’s better to be prepared.
Especially if you are traveling during the summer, a fan or mister to keep kids cool is a must-have. Some even mount on a stroller canopy for easy use. Older kids can enjoy smaller fans from a dollar store to cool off in attraction lines or while awaiting parades.
Blanket & Baby Carrier
I’m all about a multipurpose item! Bring a lightweight blanket that can be used as a changing pad, stroller, sun shield, or nap throw. You may also consider packing a baby carrier for those times when you want to keep the stroller parked and go hands-free in the Park.
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School Aged Kids
Yes, you will nosh on Park snacks like Dole Whips and Mickey Pretzels. Still, packing snacks for the in-between moments will help your budget and keep your family from getting hangry. Snacks like granola bars, fruit, chips, fruit snacks, crackers, and juice boxes will keep your kids fueled throughout the day.
Don’t let dehydration get you down! Dehydration is a common problem in hot and crowded theme Parks. Be sure to bring plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated. I opt for a lightweight, reusable bottle that I refill at fountains during the day.
Weather Gear & First Aid
The kooky Florida weather means you will need sunscreen and a rain poncho on the same summer day. Pack a high-SPF sunscreen (I love the Coppertone Sport) and a foldable poncho in your Park bag. Do not make the mistake of getting sunburnt or drenched during your Park day.
Depending on your space in your Park pack, you may want to consider throwing a few first aid items into your stash. Bandages, pain relief, and friction block are my Disney day must-haves.
Autograph Book & Pen
If your kids are fans of Disney characters, bring an autograph book and pen for them to collect signatures. Most Guests snap photos on smartphones, but you could go old school and bring a camera to capture memories with Disney characters.
Speaking of going old school, why not amp up the family vacation fun by snagging disposable cameras for the kids? They’ll have fun capturing Disney World vacation memories, and you can reflect on Disney magic for years to come as you browse family albums.
Depending on the time of year you visit, you may need a light jacket or sweatshirt to ward off the cool air after dark. Especially on those late nights in Magic Kingdom during extra magic hours, you’ll be glad you brought an extra layer!
Between checking ride waits times in the app and snapping Park photos, your cellphone battery will be drained. Snag an external battery on Amazon before vacation to replenish your charge midday.
Cash & Credit Cards
Your magic band is your ticket to the Parks and your credit card on vacation. Still, if you are like me and like to break up purchases between credit cards, gift cards, and cash, you will want to ensure you’ve packed these forms of payment in your Park bag.
We hope these tips proved helpful for foolproof packing for your family’s Disney Park bag. Have a wonderful Park day!