A question that is often asked by people is what should be packed to bring on your trip to the most magical place on Earth. There are many things to consider when packing. The weather, time of year, and age of your children, is this a Disney Adults-only trip? Here is my Walt Disney World Trip Packing List.
Your Disney Bag
The kind of bag you choose is a personal choice. You'll want something that is comfortable to carry all day long but has the extra space to carry the personal items and important essentials items for your Disney day!
My favorites are my new Lug Bag and the Kavu Sling Backpack. People also love Loungefly bags, however, they don't hold much. A lot of people like to wear a fanny pack or cross-over bag. The new water bottle bags are becoming popular as well.
Some things to keep in your park bag:
- First Aid Kit
- Credit Card
- Magic bands
- travel documents
- cell phone
- camera (I bring my big Nikon mirrorless or my small Sony Mirrorless because I regret only having my phone once I get home).
- Extra bags for wet clothes (splash pads and kids = everyone is getting wet)
- Extra clothes for the kids
- lip balm
- portable charger
- Wet Wipes
- Hand sanitizer
Shoes for your Walt Disney World Vacation
One of the most essential items on your Disney packing list is a pair of comfortable shoes. The wrong shoes will RUIN your trip.
My favorites are my Nike Running Shoes and my Croc flip-flops. Disney-themed Crocs are huge favorites, especially with kids as they are comfortable and easy to slip on and off to play in the water features throughout the parks.
No matter what you choose make sure they can handle walking 7-10 miles per day. There was one day at Magic Kingdom we did well over 25,000 steps. This makes shoes the most important thing on your packing list.
Clothes to Wear on Your Trip to Walt Disney World
One thing I have learned after many trips to the House of Mouse is to wear comfortable clothes. My go-to outfits are a T-shirt and capri leggings. My teenager likes T-shirts and athletic skirts and shorts. Cute but comfy is our Disney style!
A lot of people buy or make their own matching Disney shirts. For our upcoming trip, I created our own shirts with designs I found on Etsy and Taylor Swift lyrics using Procreate on my iPad, my Epson Ecotank inkjet printer, and heat transfer paper. On past trips, I have used my Cricut to create designs for our shirts. You can also purchase shirts on Etsy if you want custom shirts, at ShopDisney, Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers before your trip.
Another thing people love to do is Disney Bound. Disney Bounding is when you dress like a Disney character using your everyday clothes without breaking the rules that prohibit costumes for those over the age of 14.
Of course, little ones LOVE dressing in costume and Princess dresses are the most popular. I suggest buying the princess-inspired playdresses so that your little princess is comfortable during a long park day. I would also purchase princess costumes before your trip on Amazon or Walmart to save money.
You'll want to pack your bathing suits. The pools at Disney Resorts are heated and you can swim year round.
Don't forget cute accessories like your Minnie Ears, I found these comfortable Minnie Ears since headbands give me headaches. You can also get custom designs on Etsy. I also found these cute Mickey claw clips on Amazon for my hair and I also found these Minnie / Mickey scrunchies that would be cute for everyone!
Pack for the Weather at Walt Disney World
One thing I do before packing for any Disney trip and keep an eye on my Accuweather app and their 45-day forecast. This way I can plan outfits for our Walt Disney World Vacation. However, Walt Disney World is in Central Florida, and Florida weather can be quite unpredictable. In the winter months, you can experience all four seasons in the same week and in the summer the Florida heat can be brutal. It can go from a sunny day with clear skies to rain in a matter of minutes, especially in the summer months.
Weather Packing List:
- Handheld Fan
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Misting Fan for the Summer
- Cooling Towels
- Refillable Water Bottle
Pack Medications for your Disney Trip
Accidents happen at Disney and a lot of the time you aren't close to the First Aid Stations. So I always pack a small first aid kit and this awesome pill container I got off Amazon in my park bag. I also bring most of the medications we may need with me in our toiletry bag to keep in our hotel room. While you can buy them at most of the Disney resorts, they are expensive and not where I want to spend money on a family vacation.
First Aid / Medication Packing List:
- Moleskin for blisters
- Gas Pills
- Acid Reflux Medication
- Pain Reliever
- Children's Pain Reliever
- Prescription Medications
- Chafing Cream
- Wet Wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Motion Sickness Medications
- First Aid Kit
Walt Disney World Packing with Young Kids
Infants and toddlers will need more items than the rest of the family. A great way to get these items is to ship them to your Disney resort a few days ahead of your Disney vacation. This is especially helpful if you are flying and not taking a road trip.
Small children are also going to need a stroller. I have friends whose children were used to walking a lot and still needed a stroller while at the Disney Parks. Plus it helps you carry ALL the THINGS! You can bring one from home, rent one from an outside vendor, and have it delivered to your Disney hotel, or you can rent one from the Disney Theme Parks each day. You'll also want something like a balloon or a handkerchief or a ribbon to personalize your stroller to make it easy to find.
Packing List for Small Children:
- Pull Ups
- Teething Pills
- Teething Rings
- Stroller Fan
- Pacifer Ciip
- Baby Food
- Spoon and bowl
- Stroller Hook
- Diaper Bag
- Sun Hat
- Sippy Cup
- Changing Pad
- Baby Carrier
- Stroller Bag
- Swim Diapers
Walt Disney World Food
As much as I LOVE eating around the world at EPCOT. Eating at the Disney World Theme Parks can cost a ton of money. You can bring your own snacks and drinks into the theme parks as long as they aren't in glass containers. You can even bring in soft-sided coolers that are no larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. Loose ice isn't allowed and must be contained in a ziplock bag.
Another tip to help you save money is to bring a reusable water bottle. We fill ours in our room before we leave for the parks and then refill it at the water fountains throughout the day. You can also get FREE water at all Quick Service Locations.
The best way to get food for your Disney trip is to order before your trip and have it delivered to your Disney report.
Food Packing List:
- Juice boxes
- Peanut Butter Crackers
- Apple Sauce Pouches
- Cheese Crackers
- Mini Muffins
- Granola Bars
- Shelf Stable Milk
- Protein Bars
Souvenirs and Light Up Toys at Walt Disney World
Hit Walmart, Amazon, Dollar Tree, Walgreens, Target, etc before your trip to save on souvenirs and light-up toys. One thing we did when the kids were younger was have TinkerBelle leave Pixie Dust Gifts after the kids went to sleep. Small things like bubbles, autograph books, autograph pins, drawing pads, and things to keep them entertained while waiting in long lines or for a dining reservation.
Souvenir Ideas To Pack
- Autograph Book
- Autograph Pen
- Drawing Pad
- Light Up Toys
- Disney themed toys
- Glow sticks
- Stuffed Animals
- Disney Princess Dolls
Less-Obvious Items You'll Need for Your Disney Trip
Here are a few things you may want to consider bringing on your Disney vacation that you might not have thought of:
- a portable fan for your hotel room
- power strip to plug in ALL the chargers
- extra charger cords
- iPad or tablet to entertain kids in your hotel rooms
- headphones or earbuds
- Blanket (I bring my own blanket with me pretty much every trip I take)
- Reusable straws (we are not fans of the paper straws they now have a Disney and bring our own straws with us)
- Pool Towels (while Disney does provide towels at the pool, we prefer our own)
- Puddle Jumper (again, Disney provides life vests at the pool, but my kids always preferred their own and liked the Puddle Jumpers best)
- Paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups, paper towels
Did I miss any Walt Disney World packing tips? Share them in the comments.