Packing for Disney can be a stressful thing. You have to consider weather, length of stay, toiletries, random items needed throughout each day, medications, and of course all of your Disney gear and accessories. If you are flying, worrying about weight limits can also add stress to your packing list. After many trips to Disney, I’ve determined that these are some of the items that you simply have to pack to keep yourself relaxed, healthy, and having fun on your vacation.
No matter what time of year you visit Walt Disney World, the sun is going to be strong and temperatures can soar to near one hundred degrees. Walking around the parks each day has you outside in the sun for more time than you think, so sunscreen is a definite need if you want to avoid getting burned and being miserable for part of your trip. If you have a favorite sunscreen, be sure to pack enough of it to last your entire stay, but don’t fear if you run out- most resort gift stores and stores throughout the parks have several options to choose from.
2. Comfortable Shoes
You are going to be on your feet way more than you think, so comfortable shoes are a must. If you are comfortable in sandals go for it, but if you know that you need extra support while walking definitely opt for sneakers with comfortable socks as well. If you are planning on wearing relatively new shoes to the parks, be sure to break them in thoroughly before leaving home- no one wants to be dealing with blisters on their Disney vacation!
3. Band Aids and Neosporin
Should you end up with blisters, be sure to keep some band aids and Neosporin or other disinfectant on hand to take care of it quickly. It’s also a good idea to keep these things on hand just in case you get a bump or scrape. If you don’t have any on hand and are in need of a band aid, just stop by the first aid services in any park and they will be able to help you out. I also recommend trying moleskin on blisters, it can be a little hard to find but works wonders!
4. Accessible Bag
If you are going to be carrying things around the parks, make sure that the bag you are using is comfortable with straps that won’t dig into your shoulders or back. You also want to make sure that it will be big enough to fit everything that you need as well as be easily accessible in terms of getting to your items and also removing it quickly while boarding attractions. I like carrying cross body bags throughout the parks as they are hands free and you can easily get to anything that you need.
5. Water Bottle
While Disney offers free cups of water at all of their dining areas and food carts, it can be a good idea to carry one of your own around to refill. These days there are plenty of cheap options to purchase with filters that can attach to a bag or strap for easy carrying. With the strong sun and high temperatures, staying hydrated in Disney is imperative, and having water on hand at all times helps you to stay healthy.
What better way to remember your Disney vacation than to have your camera at the ready? Whether carrying it around your neck or on a strap on your wrist, make sure that your camera is easily accessible so that you can capture any moment of magic as it is happening. Be sure to also pack your camera charger and extra memory cards just in case!
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With that bright Florida sun and being outside most of the day in the parks, sunglasses help to fend off the glare and make it more comfortable for your eyes while exploring the parks. Just be sure to have a safe place to stow them while on rides and once night falls.
8. Bathing Suit
If you are staying on property at a Disney Resort, there will always be an amazing pool to cool down and splash in. Therefore, make sure that you don’t forget your bathing suit and any flotation devices needed for small children!
9. Extra Phone Charger
Using your phone in the parks can be draining if you are calling to check in with family or friends, using the My Disney App, or checking attraction wait times. Be sure to fully charge your phone before heading out each morning and opt to either carry your charging cord or an external charging battery with you so that you don’t run out of juice midway through your day. If you do find yourself needing to plug in and recharge, a great place to do so is the Rapunzel bathroom area in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. There are outlets in the benches that look like tree stumps.
10. Disney Accessories
You are in Disney after all, so don’t forget to show your Disney side! Wear your ears, Disney shirts or sweatshirts, watches and jewelry, and any other Disney accessory that you can think of!
Make sure to pack all the essentials on your next Disney trip and you’ll be sure to have a great time!