This is the best Disney Packing List for Your Next Trip
There are so many layers to a trip to Disney World. The man was a genius in all respects, had an imagination unlike any other, and passed on his never-ending diary of ideas to so many, allowing his legacy to go on. Can you believe that it all started with a mouse? I can’t, considering the worldwide empire that has come from it. With this in mind, to help you on your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, we have comprised a Disney packing list for you of everything you need to make your vacation as magical as possible.
Most of us know the basics of layers, smart duds, toiletries, and gender specific necessities; however, Disney trips add another element of specific Disney packing list that we all must bring regardless of how much of a Disney nerd you are. I would say i’m a 10/10 in the nerd rating department – though my last trip didn’t reflect it as much as I could have nerded it up.
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Now, the Disney Packing List
Besides the essential undergarments and clothing suiting the time of year you are visiting, here are the Disney-specific packing essentials:
When travelling to Disney World, everyone is wearing something with a character or sprinkle of pixie dust. Custom dresses, hats, purses, accessories, and even manicured nails are dawned everywhere in the park. Yep, even the boys are clad in Disney ware – I lost count of how many young Jedis were walking through toting light sabers at the hip. Should you wish to join the trend, to avoid expensive costs at the parks, try buying something fun to wear prior to arrival perhaps on Amazon, Etsy, or the Disney Store.
Although I bought my ears at the park, they were definitely a hit and worth every penny. Should your budget allow the odd splurge, the Disney shops have so many incredible options for everyone young and old. I am still wishing I bought that Beauty and the Beast T-shirt! I could have worn it to the premiere on March 17th…sigh.
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I highly recommend a yoga towel for your day bag at the Disney Parks. They are very versatile offering so many functions: an extra pillow for those hard seats in restaurants, outdoor shows, curbs for parades and fireworks, plus many more uses. Yoga towels are also great after enjoying wet rides. They can absorb quite a bit of moisture to avoid chills or other discomforts of wet clothing. I know at times I wish I had a towel to absorb the moisture from some rides. Thirdly, this towel is great as a cover up at the water park. They are not as bulky as terry blend towels and can absorb just as much moisture. Thus, they are the perfect essential to add to your Disney-specific packing list. You can buy a really good towel here.
Now we got caught in rainfall just this past trip and I seriously would have loved remembering to pack a poncho! In Florida the rain doesn’t last tooooo long, but quite frankly, who wants to get soaked in that small window of time. In some of the other Disney parks worldwide, weather patterns will be different. Ponchos can fold up nice and easy in day bags and are perfect should clouds come by and start showering.
A day bag is one of the most essential items in your Disney-specific packing list to bring with you to any Disney park. Since you will need to bring an assortment of amusement park/day trip musts like water bottles, cameras, sunscreen, hats, wallets, and other things, having a handy small bag that leaves your hands free to hold on to rails and other things could not be more stress-free. Do keep in mind that your bag will be checked prior to entering the park by security. They will want to see inside to ensure safety of all guests. It’s a good thing.
Now, phone chargers are a MUST on your Disney packing list since the Disney Resorts, all parks worldwide, the water parks, and shopping areas have free WIFI to access the My Disney Experience app. I love that app so much. It allowed me to book reservations, fast passes, and check plans on the go. Everything to do with your trip is logged in the app for easy and quick reference. Nothing could be more annoying than having a dead phone and being unable to access the app, make phone calls, take photos, call an Uber, or other specific needs. Bring your charger along with you just in case. Most restaurants have outlets available for this purpose.
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Disney Autograph Book or Your Favourite Disney Character Book
I loved being a kid again. I cannot stress enough how autograph books are not just for kids and that adults at Disney need to get the characters’ autographs! Your heart is completely warmed when Winnie the Pooh approaches you and you get the opportunity to grab his autograph. *heart is warming as I write this.* Make sure you bring several pens, even Sharpies so that when you come across a character, you will be ready to stop them for their “John Henry” along with a photo!
Many camera SD cards have limited capacity. Don’t stress about picking and choosing which photos to take and deleting memories to make space. Download your daily photos onto a USB stick at one of the resort computers or, if you brought one, your own personal laptop.
Now, i’m a sucker for Disney hats and I adored my Minnie ears, but everyone needs to wear a hat for protection from the sun and/or potential rain. If you have a favourite, bring it along and pack it in your day bag. If you want to get your nerd on, why not buy one of the many styles at the Disney parks or Downtown Disney Shopping District?
Do you collect the pins? Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? Well, hubby and I did and would never go back. It is such a fun hobby and if you come with pins you wish to trade, it will save you time and money when you find the pins you really want!