Several Disney packing lists are available online, but most of them simply cover the most obvious essentials, such as comfortable walking shoes for the day, etc. But what about the stuff that the majority of people overlook?
As someone who visits Disney World on a regular basis (often several times per year), there are many things that are often overlooked. Disney can be done on a budget, and so far I’ve been to 10 out of 12 parks, with Disneyland Tokyo being my favorite. I’ve put together this list to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes when preparing for your next trip to Disney World or any Disney park.
This list is updated with the pandemic in mind so listed here are the most frequently overlooked items that should be included on your Disney packing list!
Sunglasses aren’t an optional accessory at Disney; they’re essential. You should always protect your eyes from the sun, no matter the season, so remember to pack your sunglasses.
Along with sunglasses, sunscreen should also be a top priority on your list. The Florida sun is no joke, and you’ll definitely regret not bringing it if you spend a day outside without protection.
Given the pandemic, hand sanitizer is an essential item to bring with you to Disney World. You can never be too careful when it comes to germs, and hand sanitizer will help you keep your hands clean while on vacation.
Masks are currently optional at Disney World. For some time, they were optional for vaccinated guests in all indoor and outdoor locations. However, it’s always a good idea to bring one with you. You never know when you might need it, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
A hat is another essential item for keeping the sun off of your face. I personally like to bring a baseball cap, as it provides good coverage and is also very lightweight.
Disney is well-known for its amazing nighttime shows, and one of the best ways to enjoy them is by wearing some glow accessories. There are tons of different options available, so find something that speaks to you and add it to your packing list.
If you’re going to be spending any time in the parks, then a handheld fan is an absolute must. The temperatures in Orlando can easily reach into the 90s, and without a fan, you’ll be sweating bullets in no time.
Theme Park Admission Tickets
This may seem like a no-brainer, right? But believe it or not, there are many who forget to bring their tickets to the park. Make sure to have them handy when you’re heading through security at the entrance to the park.
If you’re staying on-site at a Disney Resort, then your MagicBands will be the most important item to bring with you. They act as your room key, park tickets, and more, so don’t forget to bring them along on your trip.
If you’re visiting during the summer months, chances are high that you’ll experience some rain. An umbrella comes in handy in the event of a sudden downpour. And believe me, it happens more often than you’d think.
If you don’t want to carry around an umbrella, a poncho is always an option. You can purchase these cheaply at most dollar stores, and they’ll take up very little space in your suitcase.
A small backpack is essential for carrying around all of your essentials while at Disney World. I like to bring a backpack that has a lot of compartments so that I can keep everything organized.
It’s important to stay hydrated while walking around the parks, especially during the summer months, and a water bottle is the best way to do this. It’s a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle that can be refilled at the many water fountains located throughout the parks. I highly recommend Hydro Flasks; they’re amazing and the only brand of water bottles I use.
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve talked to plenty of people who have gone to Disney World without a camera and regretted it. Disney is a place where memories are made, and you’ll definitely want to capture these memories with a good camera. I always bring my DSLR camera when visiting Disney World, but a point-and-shoot camera will also work just fine. There are so many photo opportunities at Disney World that it would be a shame not to capture them all!
Extra Memory Cards/Batteries
Along with your camera, make sure to bring extra memory cards and batteries. You’ll likely take more photos than you expect, and it’s always good to have backup supplies just in case.
Cell phone chargers and laptop chargers are two items that you don’t want to forget when packing for Disney World. There are often long lines for most of the rides, and being able to kill some time by playing games on your phone is always a bonus.
One of the best things about Disney World is the food. But if you’re looking to save a little money, or if you have young kids (or even if you don’t), snacks are a must-have on your Disney packing list, especially for the kids who are picky eaters, then packing some snacks is always a good idea. There are plenty of places to buy food at Disney World, but the prices can be a bit pricey, so it’s best to come prepared.
First Aid Kit
A small first aid kit is always a good idea, as you never know when you might need it. Band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers are just a few of the items that I like to keep in my kit.
If you’re traveling with young children, then it’s always a good idea to bring along some extra clothes. Spills and accidents happen, and it’s better to be prepared than to have to buy new clothes while at Disney World.
Last but not least, don’t forget to bring some money with you to Disney World. You’re going to want to buy a souvenir or maybe even pay for food, so it’s always a good idea to have some cash or a credit card on hand.
These are just a few of the most commonly forgotten items when packing for Disney World. By taking this Disney packing list into consideration, you’ll be sure to have a stress-free and enjoyable vacation! Now that you have all of the essential items covered, it’s time to start packing! Just make sure to leave enough space in your suitcase for all of those amazing souvenirs that you’re going to buy.