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Our Essential Disney Packing List (20 Items to Bring)

Do you ever go on vacation, only to realize you have forgotten something? It is the worst feeling knowing that you leave something you know you are going to need for your Disney World trip at home. This is why we always make a Disney packing list.

While this is similar when choosing what to pack for a hotel stay, there are a few more things you might need for a trip to Disney.

Our Disney packing list ensures that we have not only our vacation essentials but also the things we typically use while we are in the Disney parks.

If you are planning a Disney World vacation this year, we encourage you to create a Disney World packing list that not only includes the clothes & toiletries that you need but also the items you will pack for a day at the park.

Disney Luggage

Disney Packing List

Wondering what we bring to Disney? These are 20 items we make sure are with us when we travel to Disney.

1. Sunscreen

If you are flying, you are going to find that bringing a full-size suntan lotion difficult because of TSA regulations.

Banana Boat Sport Ultra, Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50, 1.5oz.
  • SUPERIOR ENDURANCE VS. SWEAT & WATER - from family fun to hardcore competition, our sunscreen provides strong sun protection that stays on so you can play on.
  • CLINICALLY PROVEN - broad spectrum protection protects you from UVA/UVB rays.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT, BREATHABLE FORMULA - non-greasy feel won't weigh you down.
  • HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUNSCREEN - water & sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.

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There are two ways to get around this: purchase travel-size sunscreen, a sunscreen stick, or purchase a regular-size sunscreen on Amazon and have it shipped to your resort.

Raining at Epcot

2. Poncho

APEXUP Emergency Disposable Rain Ponchos for Adults for Camping Hiking Travelling (5 Pack)
  • [LIGHTWEIGHT & DURABLE] These rain coats are made of eco-friendly non-toxic PE material. 40% thicker than common disposable rain poncho. Durable and 100% waterproof. Seams are sealed to guarantee no rain will leak from them and keep you dry and dirt free.
  • [ONE SIZE FITS ALL] This ponchos family pack with attached hood is the perfect emergency poncho which is suitable for both men and women, girls and boys. It is one of the hurricane preparedness items, your family Disney trip essentials, cool camping stuff.
  • [INDIVIDUAL PACK] Each clear raincoat is packed individually with a pouch, which made it super easy to carry and storage. You can put one in your car glove box, backpack or sling bag of any sizes without taking an umbrella. Perfect for Disneyland, amusement parks, camping, hiking, tailgating, and any other occasions. No need to worry about the rain anymore!
  • [VERSATILE APPLICATION] APEXUP disposable rain poncho adult will keep you dry for outdoor activities of any kinds such as hiking, camping, picnic, theme park, and outdoor game watching. Great gift idea for hunting gear for men, rain gear, or bushcraft gear.
  • [APEXUP BRAND QUALITY COMMITMENT] We stand behind the quality of our products. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We provide 30-day money back and lifetime warranty. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for risk-free shopping!

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The weather in Florida can be unpredictable. Do yourself a favor and pack lightweight ponchos for everyone in your group.

3. Power Strip for the Room

Disney has gotten better about providing USB ports & outlets in their renovated rooms, but not all rooms have enough outlets.

Wall Mount Surge Protector
3-Outlet Wall Mount Surge Protector with 4.8 AMP, 4 USB Charging Ports

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If you need to charge multiple devices, you will be so glad you have a powerstrip/ charging port.

4. Anti-Chafe Stick

You may not think you need to add this to your Disney World packing list, but I swear that this is one of those things that is essential.

Body Glide Original Anti Chafe Balm | No Chafing Stick | Prevent Arm, Chest, Butt, Thigh, Ball Chafing & Irritation | Trusted Skin Protection Since 1996 |1.5oz
  • Anti Chafing Stick - Apply Before You Get Dressed, On Thighs, Neck, Arms, And Anywhere Skin Is Rubbed
  • Made With Allergen Free, Plant-Derived Ingredients; Vegan Approved, Never Tested On Animals; Child Safe
  • The Preferred Choice Over Messy, Wet Creams, Gels And Powders; No Petroleum, Lanolin Or Mineral Oils
  • Effective And Longlasting; Use Daily In Humid And Dry Conditions For A Pain Free Active Life
  • Keeps pores clog free. Sweat escapes and lets skin breathe; Clothing, footwear and wetsuit safe

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These Body Glide sticks can be lifesavers for your feet and your thighs.

5. Hat/ Visor/ Sunglasses

Disney Men's Standard Adult Baseball Cap, Mickey Mouse Adjustable Dad Hat, White, ONE Size
  • Versatile Style: Elevate your wardrobe with our Disney Mickey Mouse baseball cap for men and women, available in a variety of colors including Black, White, Grey, Navy, Red, Pink, and Khaki. Choose the shade that complements your style effortlessly.
  • Iconic Disney Characters: Embrace the magic of Mickey Mouse with this officially licensed baseball cap featuring beloved Disney characters. Showcase your fandom in a subtle yet stylish way with our baseball hat for men and women.
  • Adjustable Comfort: Our baseball cap is designed for both men and women, offering an adjustable back closure for a customized and comfortable fit. One size fits all, ensuring a hassle-free wearing experience perfect baseball caps for small heads and big.
  • Perfect Gift Idea: Looking for the ideal gift for a Disney enthusiast? Look no further! This adjustable baseball cap is a great gift idea for birthdays, holidays, or any special occasion. Surprise your loved ones with a touch of Disney magic.
  • Sun Protection in Style: Whether you're hitting the ball field or just enjoying a sunny day outdoors, this fashionable sports hat not only adds a trendy flair to your outfit but also provides excellent sun protection. Stay cool and shaded while expressing your love for Mickey Mouse.

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It is sunny in Florida all year long. Do not go to Disney without something to shield your eyes and face from the sun!

6. Swimsuit/ Water wings/ Goggles

If you are planning on swimming while you are on your Disney vacation, you will want to make sure that you have the things you need.

While towels are provided, you don’t want to be without the other swimming essentials.

7. Nightlight

This is one of those things that everyone forgets to pack for Disney World.

Portable Night Light
Ideal for indoor and outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, emergencies, etc. Also a great lighting tool for kids who love playing house games in the dark.

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Rooms can be dark and if you want to find the bathroom in the middle of the night, a portable nightlight that you can leave in the bathroom certainly helps!

8. Sound Machine

Portable White Noise Machine
Take control of your sound environment and choose from three calming sounds: bright white noise, deep white noise, or gentle surf, and adjust the volume to create the perfect sleep environment.

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This is one of those things that we take everywhere we travel.

No one wants to miss out on sleep because of noisy neighbors!

While the resorts are sturdy, they are not soundproof!

A good sound machine can really make all the difference in getting a sound sleep in a hotel.

9. Ziploc Bags

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve used these for various reasons.

They are great for packing wet clothes (for a variety of reasons), holding snacks, or just being used to protect electronics when it rains!

10. Portable Charger

You will be so glad you have this with you! You will be surprised how quickly your battery will go when you are in Disney World.

iWALK Portable Charger 9000mAh Ultra-Compact Power Bank with Built-in Cable, Small External Battery Pack Compatible with iPhone 14/14 Plus/14 Pro Max/13/13 Mini/13 Pro Max/12 Pro/11/XR/XS/X/8/7/6
  • Built-in Cable:Perfectly compatible with iPhone, just plug the inner cable to charge. No need to carry any extra cables.
  • Super Mini:One of the smallest and lightest 9000mAh portable charger. Size of credit card. You can put in your pocket, clutch bag or purse handbag easily.
  • Super Fast:The built-in cable can fast charge your iPhone - charging iPhone 14 up to 40% in 30 mins. Solve your daily charging need.
  • Super Powerful:9000mAh add nearly four charges to iPhone 8, or almost two charges to an iPhone 14.
  • What You Get: iWALK 9000mAh Power Bank x 1, USB-C cable x 1, welcome guide, friendly customer service.

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Between taking pictures, checking the app, and trying to connect with the Disney World wifi, you will eat up your battery in a number of hours.

Be prepared by packing a powerful portable charger.

Disney Pin Lanyard with Stitch Pins

11. Lanyards/ Autograph Books

While you can buy Disney autograph books and Disney Pin Laynards at the parks, I think you will find it far cheaper to buy them ahead of your Disney Vacation.

Skechers for Disney

12. Good pair of Walking Shoes & Flip Flops

Two things you will need when it comes to your feet are walking shoes and a pair of flip-flops if you are planning to go to the pool.

These are my favorite shoes for Disney!

13. Small Soft Cooler

If you want to carry cold water or snacks like applesauce or yogurt with you into the park, these small soft coolers are essential.

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag, Black, Built with EcoFreeze Technology, Foldable, Reusable, Zip and Velcro Closure with Buckle Handle, Perfect for School and Office Lunches
  • PackIt is a freezable lunch cooler designed to keep contents cooler, longer: up to 10 hours (depending on external temperatures),Fits a sandwich, snack and a 12 oz (340ml) drink.
  • Features a patented freezable gel permanently built into liner, no need for ice or gel packs, simply fold your PackIt flat and freeze overnight
  • New! Zip closure to lock in cold, dry air; buckle handle clips onto totes, backpacks and strollers
  • Perfect for healthy foods: dairy, fruits and veggies stay fresh all day, reducing waste and saving money
  • Made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas; PVC, BPA, phthalate, lead free; Simple Care: interior wipes clean, spot clean exterior

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Don’t try to bring in a hard cooler, Disney won’t let you!

14. Costumes

If your children want to dress up at the park, don’t forget their Disney Princess costumes.

Disney Princess Anna Frozen Costume
Frozen Disney Princess Anna Costume with Accessories.

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You are going to pay at least twice as much for a costume in the Disney parks.

15. Wet wipes and/or Hand Sanitizer

While Disney has plenty of bathrooms to wash up, it isn’t always convenient.

Wet Wipes Travel Pack
Anitbacterial Wet Wipes travel pack to take with you on the go.

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Bring along some hand sanitizer or wet wipe packets to keep those germs at bay.

16. Backpack

Pack an easy-to-carry traveling bag to take into the park.

sunhiker Cycling Hiking Backpack Water Resistant Travel Backpack Lightweight SMALL Daypack M0714
  • IMPORTANT PRODUCT IMFORMATIONS: The sunhiker backpack is a small-sized backpack with dimensions of 15.8H x 9.4L x 5.9W inches/40 x 24 x 15 cm, a weight of 12.3 oz, and a capacity of approximately 20-25L. It is suitable for both men and women who prefer a smaller sized backpack and only want to carry essential items while traveling light. This size is also suitable for children above aged 3. Please make sure that it is the size what you need/want before purchasing.
  • ABOUT THE MATERIAL: This hiking backpack is made of Nylon Fabric, which has the following features. 1) Good waterproof performance: After being treated with a waterproof coating, the backpack has a good waterproof effect; 2) Good abrasion resistance: nylon is relatively durable and can withstand wear and tear better than other fabrics of similar products, making it very durable; 3) Good breathability; 4) Lightweight ;5) Easy to clean.
  • DETAILS DETERMINDED QUALITY: We pay attention to every detail for the small backpack: 1) High-quality smooth zipper; 2) Back and shoulder strap design with breathable mesh pad to help reduce the pressure and fatigue caused by prolonged use; 3) Adjustable chest and waist straps for convenience.
  • COMPARTMENT DESIGN: There are total 3 compartments and 2 mesh pockets on both side for this lightweight hike backpack. The main pocket has a computer compartment. The 2 mesh pockets are good for holding water bottles. Its is enough space to neatly organize your essential items.
  • USAGE SCENARIOUS: This day pack backpack is suitable for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, cycling, etc. It is also a good choice for daily use, such as theme parks, travel, etc. Let this backpack accompany you wherever you go.

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We prefer these backpacks because they are lightweight & have tons of pockets for storage.

Check out what I put in my day bag for the parks.

17. Bandaids

More specifically we not only pack regular band-aids but also Waterproof Blister Band-aids (just in case).

Band-Aid Brand Hydro Seal Large Waterproof Adhesive Bandages for Wound Care and Blisters, 6 ct
  • 6 count pack of Band-Aid brand durable adhesive large bandages with 6 benefits in 1 bandage, providing all-purpose wound care protection in semi-translucent bandage material that blends with your skin
  • Provides the optimal healing environment. It is designed for long term wear, and shows you that the healing process has started. This bandage helps prevent formation of scabs which prolongs healing
  • Multi-purpose bandage is suitable for many wound types and can be used anywhere on the body including the hands and feet that stays on for up to 7 days even through hand washing and showers
  • This waterproof bandage provides the optimal wound healing environment, and is designed to provide cushioning against painful blisters or wounds and shields from further rubbing
  • Advanced first-aid bandage prevents wound and blisters from drying out and locks body's natural healing power in with its dual action seal, sealing out dirt, germs, and water

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18. Stain Remove Pen

Tide to Go Pens
3 Pack of Tide to Go Pens for instant stain removal.

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If you plan to do laundry on vacation, be sure to pack some travel detergent (pods are great) otherwise bring a Tide Stain Pen so that you can treat a stain in a flash.

19. Laundry Bag

One thing on our Disney World packing list that you might not have thought about is something to hold your dirty clothes.

Travel Laundry Bag
This size is big enough for holding 3~4 loads of laundry for each, making it ideal for travel, storage in college dorm, family ,university dormitory.

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Packing a laundry bag will give you a place for the entire family to dump their clothes at the end of the day!

Star Wars MagicBand

20. MagicBands/Park Tickets

If there is one thing you don’t want to forget to pack, it is your Disney MagicBands or park tickets!

It is always a good idea to take a picture of the back of your park ticket just in case you were to misplace it.

Disney Luggage

If you are making a trip to Disney and need new luggage, consider purchasing one of these super cute Disney pieces!

Disney World Packing Tip

Are you worried about packing too many things in your suitcase? Did you know that you can ship items to your Disney resort from Amazon?

If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can ship items you buy online directly to your Disney Resort.

If you want to mail a package ahead of your vacation, be sure the package includes the mailing address of your Disney Resort Hotel and has your name with the word “Guest” beside it.

Also, include your arrival date.

You’ll notice that our Disney World packing list doesn’t include clothing. If you are wondering what to wear to Disney World, we have a great list of ideas.

Do you make a Disney World packing list? What items do you include?

Disney World Planning Information

There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.

Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.

Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.

If you are a foodie, you will be glad to know that there are great restaurants at Disney World, this includes buffets, character meals and even some places the adults will love.

Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.

We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.

Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..

Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.


Wednesday 10th of January 2018

As a little special surprise I sometimes will bring an air freshener or wall plug in that has a distinctive scent so that the family whenever they smell the scent again it reminds them of our Magical experience at Disney


Wednesday 10th of January 2018

That's a great idea!


Friday 9th of September 2016

That Mister Fan is a must for summer months at the parks!

April Hammond

Thursday 8th of September 2016

Love your list, I always seem to forget my power strip, I need to keep one in my "adventure" bag. Since I am semi local I never know if I am going to stay overnight or not, so my adventure bag is kept in my car for unexpected adventures. I can't live without my umbrella and mister fan, especially during the summer heat. I got a umbrella from Target that blocks UV rays, it is amazing! Thanks so much for linking up at the Magical Monday Blog hop!


Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Power strip for the room is genius! Great list!


Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Thanks. That Power Strip is truly a life saver!


Saturday 1st of November 2014

powerstrip! If you have lots of electronics (phones/iPads) you run out of outlets quick. Also some thing new we took on our most recent trip was a portable battery charger that had USB ports so when our phone batteries started to get low (using it for the my disney experience app and as our camera) we could charge our phones while walking around the park.


Sunday 2nd of November 2014

You are so right! They put the outlets in the oddest of places and there are never enough!

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