What to Pack for Disney Trips

It’s probably obvious by now that I’ve had many trips to Disney over the years – mostly Disneyland in California, but I’ve been giving Walt Disney World some tries now, too. Since I hate over-packing, but also love to be prepared, I’ve learned What to Pack for Disney Trips that will really help the vacation go more smoothly and may just save the day!

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Good Day Pack: This is my new favorite bag to take with me to any theme parks because it’s water-resistant, lightweight, AND it can fold up super tiny. It’s got plenty of compartments for keeping your stuff organized, and the shoulder straps are plenty comfortable for wearing it all day. I had no problems with it in any of the parks or rides (that allowed items on), and it was great to have everything easy to get to.

What to Pack for Disney Trips / a great list of what you should take to theme parks

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Medicine: I like to keep things like ibuprofen/acetaminophen and allergy meds with meimage on trips, because you never know when you’ll need them. I also ALWAYS take Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals, just in case I would get motion sick on the buses or rides. I want to enjoy my day, not spend it miserable!

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What to Pack for Disney Trips / a great list of what you should take to theme parks

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Portable Battery Pack: Even if you’re ‘disconnecting’ during your trip, you still probably want a reliable battery backup in case you’re taking lots of photos, needing to contact your party in another area of the park, or just in case you need to do another social media share (share the fun!). I take both a large one (to share with others, you can charge multiple devices at a time) and a smaller battery charger one for charging a single device.

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Star Wars Fun: if you’re a big fan of Star Wars, like us, then you’re probably going to want SOMETHING to take with you to the parks – maybe a Millennium Falcon jacket, or a BB-8 USB Charger. Whatever you need, there’s so many great products and ideas here!

Ponchos: If you’re going on Grizzly Rapids in Disneyland, or Kali River Rapids at Disney World – or even Splash Mountain – you may want a poncho. Plus, in Florida it often rains during the afternoon many parts of the year, so it’s best to be prepared. You can buy nice, reusable ones  – or I prefer cheap ones that I can just throw away afterwards instead of waiting for it to dry to put it away.
First Aid Supplies: Yes, they do have first aid supplies at the parks in case you get injured, but I like to have a few on-hand for when I’m back at the hotel, or just in case I don’t want to walk all the way to wherever the park supplies are. In case of small cuts or open blisters, I like New Skin, and for blisters on my feet I’m a big fan of using mole skin patches because you will be doing a TON of walking!image
imagePhone Grips: Since you could be holding your phone doing pictures while walking, or in line for a ride, or whatever the reason – sometimes you can get bumped in the crowds and your phone falls to the ground. That doesn’t exactly help a happy vacation! These simple phone grips are nice to have to give a little extra grip on your device, and also more comfortable for your hand.

Hand Sanitizer: I like to keep mini bottles of this on my backpack, so I can easily access if any sticky, or just plain gross, situations occur like a dirty hand railing or ride. It’s also nice and quick if you’re in a hurry to get out of the bathroom, but the sinks are all busy!

Frogg Toggs Chilly PadsimageI was really skeptical when people kept recommending these cooling towels, but now I won’t do the parks without them! You get them wet, wring them out, then they’re nice and cool for your neck or arms or wherever. If the cooling affect goes away, just wet and wring them again. Super nice on a hot day in the crowds.
imageSunscreen: Okay, probably an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people forget – and a good way to destroy a vacation is with a nasty sunburn!

Activities & Autograph Books: This is especially needed if you have kids, but even adults can have fun with it, right? We love our themed books – available via printed books on Amazon or pdf download!

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Water Bottle: You can get free water at the counters in the park (not bottled), so it’s nice to have a refillable water bottle to take with you. If you don’t like the taste of water, grab some flavorings to take with! Since it’s a pain carrying around a bulky bottle, find a good collapsible one.

What are YOUR top picks to pack for Disney trips?image

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