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Visiting theme parks can be overwhelming enough, but a day can especially go sour if you haven’t packed the essentials. There are actually right and wrong items when it comes to packing for Walt Disney World.
Packing is a stressful job and even more so if you don’t know what to bring to the parks. Should you take sunscreen? What happens if your phone dies? Do you need a poncho?
I’ve packed my bag for Walt Disney World so many times that I know exactly what I need to enjoy a day at the most magical place on earth. So, let me help you!
Below are 11 items that everyone should consider packing for Walt Disney World. To be clear, I don’t have kids, so, parents might need much more in their bags than I’ve listed, but I’m speaking from my own personal experience.
Sometimes you might not use the products, but that’s OK. I like to be over prepared, because you never know when you might need something, like an umbrella — Orlando weather, amiright?
Let’s get to it!
1. A Bag
The most obvious item is a bag. I prefer a fanny pack (Vera Bradley carries my favorite), because it’s super convenient and you don’t have to worry about taking off a backpack every time you want to get out something.
But, you might need something bigger than a FP (what I like to call a fanny pack), especially if you have little ones with you. I recommend something comfortable, accessible, and can fit quite a bit.
For example, these Mickey Mouse drawstring backpacks are great. I have both and they are actually very roomy — and on theme when visiting WDW!
2. Disinfectant Wipes
Disinfectant wipes are an absolute must. Not only are they great on an airplane (so many germs!) or in your hotel room (yes, I channel Lisa Rinna every time — my fellow Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans will understand that reference), but they’re necessary when you’re in the parks.
There’s no way to be 100 percent germ free anywhere, but I like to be proactive by using disinfecting wipes before I eat. Every time I sit down, I wipe off the table and chairs with these wipes.
3. Hand Wipes
Does anyone else constantly make sure their hands are clean when they’re at Disney? Like the disinfecting wipes, I cannot live without hand wipes. My hands always feel dirtier when I’m at the parks, so having a pack of these on hand is great. Plus, I like to wipe my hands clean before touching my food.
4. Hand Sanitizer
And, yes, hand sanitizer is also required. As you can tell, I like cleanliness. But, sometimes it’s easier to whip out hand sanitizer rather than a hand wipe, which is why you should also throw some in your bag.
5. Portable Charger
Disney parks have FuelRods kiosks as a device charging option, but I like carrying around my own portable charger. I purchased this RAVPower charger in 2019 and it was a really good investment. I haven’t had any problems with it and the device holds a charge for a really long time. This particular charger is thicker than my iPhone X, but smaller in height. It fits easily into my fanny pack and isn’t heavy at all.
Orlando can be a very sunny place, meaning sunscreen is definitely a requirement. It’s so important to protect your skin. I suggest putting on sunscreen before you leave your hotel for the parks to save time, but you might also want to carry a bottle with you in case you need more. Let me tell you, some of the parks don’t have much shade, ahem, Epcot’s World Showcase.
I cannot survive without my chapstick, specifically Carmex on a daily basis. I always make sure to stock up before a trip, especially when I know I’m going to Walt Disney World. That heat can do a number on your lips and Carmex is the only way to go.
8. Rain Gear
You never know when it’s going to rain at Walt Disney World. Sometimes the weather forecast looks absolutely perfect and then — surprise! — it’s start pouring. You should pack an umbrella, along with some ponchos that also come in handy. Sometimes, an umbrella just doesn’t do the trick and ponchos are easier to smoosh in a bag versus an umbrella. Plus, they are great for water rides if you don’t like getting wet. *raises hand*
9. Reusable Straws
Disney parks has understandably axed plastic straws. Many dining locations offer paper straws, whereas others have eliminated straws altogether.
If you, like myself, prefer to use a straw I highly recommend purchasing reusable straws. I have these reusable straws by Teivio and the set comes with: four cleaning brushes, two regular straws, two boba straws, one pouch, a “dirty” bag, and two containers. These are really nice, not to mention easy to pack and carry to the parks. Of course, they are also impact the environment in a positive way.
10. Handheld Fan
There’s no denying Orlando gets hot. Sometimes you need to cool off and if there isn’t air conditioning in sight, you’re standing in line for an attraction, or waiting for a parade, a mini handheld fan is the way to go.
I have this VersionTECH handheld fan and it works wonders. It’s nice, because all you have to do is charge it and then you’re good to go. It comes in different colors and has three speeds (low, medium, and high). You can also fold the handle to have it sit on a flat surface.
11. Setting Spray
Now, I don’t take this to the park, but I feel like I have to discuss Urban Decay’s All-Nighter Setting Spray. This was recommended to me by a fellow Disney-loving friend and it’s one of the best purchases I have ever made. This setting spray works wonders. It keeps your makeup looking fresh all day long and even when it’s unbearably hot outside. Yes, it’s that amazing.
All you have to do is spray some on before you head out for the day. The bottles are on the pricier side, but it’s so worth it. Plus, the setting spray actually lasts for a long time. I’ve yet to go through my entire bottle that I purchased in October 2018.
I hope this list helps you out when packing for Walt Disney World. What items do you take to the parks? I’d love to hear from you!