Is your magical Disney World vacation is right around the corner but you have no idea what to pack?
Does Florida weather seem too unpredictable and deceptive?
Or do you have completely no idea what you can or can’t bring to Disney World?
If this is you, then no worries, I got you covered!
Although this may be a stressful part of vacation planning, I believe that packing for Disney World is one of the best parts, mainly because it means that you’re just that much closer to having an incredible time at a place where dreams really do come true.
Below, you’ll find my ultimate Disney World packing list so that you know exactly what is is you need to bring to fully enjoy your vacation.
From the proper clothes and gear to essential travel tools, info, and medications, you’ll get the complete rundown of everything you’ll ever need, including some of my personal recommendations.
So with that being said, let’s get started.
What to Pack for Disney World
What to pack for Disney World? This is by far one of the most common questions for people planning their visit to Disney World. Here are all of the must-bring items on my Disney World packing list:
1. Comfortable Shoes
You walk A LOT at Disney World so be sure to bring a pair of the most comfortable shoes you own. The last thing you’d want is your feet killing you halfway through your park day.
You can honesty never go wrong with a pair of On Clouds, Hokas, or Adidas Ultraboosts. Plus, these are some of the few shoes that actually look good while being so dang comfortable.
2. Refillable Water Bottle
Keeping yourself hydrated is so importable especially during those crazy hot and humid summer months. That’s why you should make sure to bring a refillable water bottle that you can fill up at the many water fountains and bottle refill stations scattered throughout the parks and resorts.
Also, if you are not a fan of the Florida water, I recommend that you stop into the Starbucks inside the parks and get a cub of iced water that you can funnel into your insulated bottle.
3. Water Flavor Drops
The water at Disney World tastes terrible. Even for someone that lives in Orlando, I still have not gotten used to it. So if you hate that sulfuric taste of Disney World water, I recommend that you bring some water flavor drops like Moo or even Liquid I.V. in an attempt to mask the taste.
- Favorite Water Enhancer: Liquid IV
4. Park Bag
Having a park bag is probably my number one recommendation. There are a handful of necessities that you should bring into the park and there’s no better way to carry them than in a light and comfortable park bag.
- Favorite Park Bag: Lululemon Everywhere Backpack
5. Mini Battery Operated Handheld Fan
A portable, battery operated handheld fan is a lifesaver during those humid summer days (and nights). Throw it in your park bag and you’ll be so glad that you have it! Here’s the one I use.
- Favorite Portable Fan: Jisulife Handheld Fan
6. Portable Battery Charger
I always bring a portable battery charger with me to keep my phone charged, especially since I use it to take all my photos and videos. Plus, if you plan on being at the park for the entire day, you’ll more than likely need a battery charger so that you can scroll through TikTok while you’re in line to kill the time. Plus, this battery pack can also charge up your mini handheld fan.
- Favorite Battery Pack: Anker Foldable Magnetic Charger
Generally, if you’re visiting in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, it’s going to rain. So be sure to pack some disposable or cheap ponchos that you can throw in your bag so that you won’t get soaked or be forced to buy an overpriced Disney poncho.
Normally, I would also say bring a small umbrella, but with all that wind, it’s usually not a good idea, nor will it keep you as dry as you’d like.
8. Hand Sanitizer
COVID or not, Disney World ride handlebars, door handles, and ride yellow tabs are disgusting with the thousands of people who touch them throughout the day.
So be sure to pack some hand sanitizer with you because the hand sanitizer stations are slowly becoming less and less available.
- Favorite Hand Sanitizer: Noshinku Pocket
9. Anti-Chafing Products
If you’re prone to chub rub, don’t forget to bring some items that you would use to prevent your thighs from chafing.
- Favorite Chub Rub Stick: Zone Chub Rub
I can’t stand chapped lips, so I always keep one on me at all times.
- Favorite Lip Balm: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No Shine Lip Balm
11. Pepto Bismol or Tums
You eat a lot during Disney World vacations so it’s always great to have some Tums or Pepto Bismol chewables just in case something you eat or drink makes you feel uncomfortable. I got IBS so I always have Pepto on me at all times.
- Favorite Belly Meds: Pepto Bismol Chewables
12. Travel-Sized Shampoo and Soap
Depending on what hotel you’re staying at, you may or may not want to use their complimentary shampoo and body wash products.
I’m generally not that picky and will normally use the free ones in the bathroom but if you prefer to use your own stuff, be sure to pack little travel-sized bottles of all your necessities.
Be sure to pack your favorite body and face sunscreen, preferably one that’s sweat friendly since you’ll more than likely be very active and sweaty during your trip.
- Favorite Sunscreen: Trader Joe’s Daily Facial Sunscreen
14. Apple AirTags
Throw one of these in your checked luggage, rental car (if you want to easily find your car in the parking lot), or even your stroller, especially since Cast Members may relocate your stroller while you’re on a ride.
15. Toiletries and Cosmetic Products
I’m 100% sure you won’t leave home without these, but I’ll just throw this in here just in case. I would just double check to make sure that you have enough toothpaste, deodorant, floss, lotion, cologne/perfumes, makeup, feminine hygiene products, nail clippers, Q-tips, and razors with shaving cream.
16. Comfortable Clothes
Comfort is king at Disney World so packing light and comfortable (yet still stylish) clothes is very important. Just be sure to check the dress code for any restaurants that you plan on eating at, especially if they are Signature Restaurants.
Also, don’t forget your Minnie Ears!
Favorite Clothes Brand for the Parks: Lululemon
I’m always anti-bring-your-own-snacks to Disney World, but if you rather eat your own stuff, be sure to bring your favorite snacks and treats for your hotel room or park bag.
18. Pins for Trading
If you’re a Disney Pin Trader, be sure to bring any cheap pins you’d like to trade with the Cast Members around the park or resort.
19. Pennies and Quarters for Pressed Coins
If you plan on collecting pressed coins, don’t forget to bring some quarters and shiny/new pennies.
20. Downy Wrinkle Release and Tide To-Go Pens
Since the clothes in your suitcase can get wrinkled, this spray a great way to quickly de-wrinkle your clothes without busting out the iron.
And with all the eating and drinking you’ll be doing at the parks, it’s always great to have a Tide Pen just in case you stain your clothes.
21. Packing Cubes
I find that I can fit more when I use packing cubes. This then leaves more room in my suitcase for souvenirs!
- Favorite Packing Cubes: Away Insider Packing Cubes
22. Parade Mat
If you plan on watching any parades at Magic Kingdom, be sure to bring a mini, durable blanket to sit on so that you won’t be sitting on the ground waiting for the parade to come by.
This pocket blanket is waterproof and can fit in the palm of your hand when it’s folded up.
23. Pain Medicine
After countless hours of walking and standing, your body may be a little sore the next morning. That’s why you should make sure to pack some Tylenol or ibuprofen.
24. Sunburn Remedies
If you’re not lucky enough to avoid getting sunburnt, it’s always great to have some sunburn lotions and aloe vera on hand to help relieve any pain or discomfort you may have.
25. Travel Documents
Before you leave home, make sure that you have all of your important travel documents and essentials like drivers licenses, boarding passes, confirmation numbers, insurance cards (health and car), travel credit cards, tickets, etc.
26. Kid Stuff
Don’t forget to bring any important essentials that your children may need to feel comfortable such as a blanket they can’t sleep without or an iPad to kill some time.
Although you can easily buy diapers or get them delivered to your hotel room at Disney World, you may feel more comfortable using the brands that you already use at home.
You honestly won’t need much cash inside the park, but it’s always great to have a few dollars on hand for tips.
But if you’re a cash person, you should be glad to know that almost every merchandise and food location accepts cash.
I’m not a big fan of renting strollers so if you don’t mind bringing your own, I recommend that you do!
You’ll be doing a lot of walking so if your kids get tired walking, having a stroller will save your back and arms. Plus, you can throw your park bag right in the bottom.
- Favorite Travel Stroller: Nuna TRVL
30. Power Strip
This isn’t necessarily a major necessity and I wouldn’t force myself to fit this in my suitcase, but if you have room, a power strip will help you out immensely in those hotel rooms that only have like two outlets.
- Favorite Power Strip: Anker USB C Power Strip
Be sure that you pack phone chargers, cables, laptop chargers, iPads, cameras, and other tech products that you might need during your vacation.
33. Park Tickets
Don’t forget your park tickets! Whether if they are printed out or on the My Disney Experience App, you definitely don’t want to leave home without these.
34. Autograph Book and Clickable Sharpie
Bring your own autograph book and clickable Sharpie if you plan on meeting some of your or your kids’ favorite Disney characters. You can buy an official one at the parks, but honestly, any small notebook will do perfectly fine.
You won’t find any gum sold at any Disney World park or resort. You also won’t find some at Orlando International Airport either, surprisingly.
What to Wear in Disney World
In my opinion, comfort is more important than style when it comes to vacationing at Disney World, especially during those scorching hot and humid summer months.
But, regardless of what time of the year you decide to visit, here are some essential clothing items and accessories that you should pack for your trip:
1. Comfortable Shoes
If there’s two things you’ll end up doing a lot of at Disney World, besides spending a ton of money, it’s walking and standing.
Most people, mainly first timers, don’t realize just how much walking you do at Disney World. That’s why wearing the most comfortable pair of shoes during your park days is so important.
Normally you’ll end up sacrificing style for comfort, but thankfully, there are a handful of sneakers that I recommend that are extremely comfortable but also look great. Here are my three personal favorites.
It’s not called the Sunshine State for no reason. Central Florida gets a lot of sun so it’s very importable to keep your eyes protected. Plus, squinting in pics is not a great look lol.
I never leave the hotel room without one. Yes, hats normally will make you feel even hotter, but honestly, I’d rather keep the beaming sun off my forehead.
Whether if plan on swimming at your resort pool or visiting one of the Disney Water Parks, a bathing suit is an absolute must all year round.
5. A Nice Outfit
One thing I love about Disney World is that dress codes at restaurants is not as strict as it would be at restaurants back home. Although Signature Restaurants do have a dress code, you can get by with t-shirts, shorts, and sneakers, as long as you look presentable.
Regardless, if you plan on eating at a Table Service restaurant during your trip, it’s always great to have a nicer outfit in your back pocket.
What Should Be In My Park Bag?
You’d be surprised at the amount of things that you are allowed to bring into Disney World, especially when it comes to food and drinks. Thankfully, you are allowed to bring food, drinks, water bottles, and snacks into the park, no questions asked.
I personally recommend that you bring a park bag with all of your daily essentials to make your park day more enjoyable and comfortable.
Besides food and drinks, here are some things that you should bring in your Disney World park bag:
- battery operated fan
- park ticket
- phone charger or batter pack
- makeup and cosmetic items
- hair ties
- hand sanitizer
- ziplock bags for valuables if it rains or if you go on a wet ride
- poncho if rain is in the forecast
- water bottle (here are 5 of my favorites)
- trading pins
- water flavor enhancer like a Mio (if you hate the taste of Florida water)
Walt Disney World Packing List
Here’s my complete list of items that you should pack for Disney World:
Disney World Paperwork & Essentials
Before you leave the house, make sure that you have these documents on hand:
- Boarding Pass
- Magic Bands (if staying at a Disney resort)
- Hotel confirmation
- Rental car confirmation
- Passport (if you’re international or plan on taking a cruise too)
- ID card
- Driver’s license (if you’re getting a rental car or want to drive at the Speedway)
- Cash and credit card
- Insurance cards
- Membership Cards (Tables in Wonderland, AP, AAA, etc.)
- Disney Gift Card (super handy during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival)
- My Disney Experience Mobile App already downloaded on your phone
So let’s start with the basics. I’ve broken this section down based on the seasons or time of the year that you’re visiting).
Plus, you’ll learn exactly what you’ll need for any signature dining restaurants that you tend to dine at.
All Year Round
Here are some essential clothes and attire that you’ll need no matter when you visit.
- comfortable walking shoes (here are 3 of my favorite)
- nice pair of dress shoes, loafers, or boat shoes
- rain jacket
- slacks or dress pants
- pants or capris
- button up shirt or polo
- sweat rag (if you’re a big time sweater, like me, a little small rag or towel comes in handy)
- hair band and accessories
- workout clothes
January – February
It’s actually pretty cold during these months. Now I mean it’s not like -10 degrees but it can definitely hit the 30s and 40s during both the day and night.
- hoodie or sweatshirt
March – September
It’s warm during these months. Early March is typically beautiful and can get a little cool. You actually might need a light jacket during the evening. However, once April rolls around, get ready for the HEAT.
- breathable shirts
- short sleeve shirts
- slippers or flip flops
October – December
October is typically still little warmer than norma (80 degrees or higher) but once you hit November, you’ll start getting a lot chillier weather.
- long pants
- light jacket
- hoodie or sweatshirt
Since Florida weather can get pretty wacky and unpredictable, always check the weather before you go.
Signature Dining Dress Code
Check out this quick guide I put together about Disney’s Signature Dining dress code.
Medications and Body Care
It’s always important to have some medication handy just in case you run into any problems. Plus, since the weather is typically pretty warm and sunny, it’s always important to protect your body and skin.
- pain reliever
- cough drops
- cold medicine
- sunburn lotion (just in case you still get burnt)
- insect repellant
- motion sickness medication
- band aids
- aloe vera
- hand sanitizer
- face mask
- allergy meds especially with all the pollen
My favorites: Tylenol, DayQuil, and Claritin
Almost all hotels will provide you with lotion and soap, you should probably still bring your own and then some.
- soap or body wash
- liquid hand soap
- hair gel
- hair spray
- contacts or glasses
- contact lenses solution
- chapstick or lip balm
- nail file
- blow dryer
- tissue or kleenex
- makeup and cosmetics
- nail clippers
- feminine hygiene products
Whether if you’re at the parks or the resorts, these electronics are pretty essential, especially if you’re always connected.
- portable phone charger or battery pack
- extra camera batteries (if you’re bringing a camera)
- GoPro – especially if you love recording yourself on rides (but no selfie or expandable poles)
- laptop and charger
- iPad, Kindle, or any other tablet that you’ll need
- VPN if you don’t trust public wifi
Note: All of Disney hotels and parks have free wifi. It’s beautiful.
Gear and Miscellaneous
- camera bag
- refillable water bottle (just watch out, Florida tap water does taste a little funny.)
- collapsable cooler or a backpack cooler from RTIC
- plastic bags
Food and Drink
To me bringing your own food to the park makes me SO ANGRY. There are so many delicious and unique things to try and experience that bringing your own food just sounds plain wrong. But I get it, Disney food is expensive and sometimes people just don’t enjoy that aspect of. That’s why bringing your own snack can be a good idea, especially for whenever you’re just relaxing in your hotel room.
- gummy bears
- protein or energy bar
- energy drink
- water or gatorade
- crystal light drink packets
- bottled water for your hotel room
- snacks for your hotel room
- Starbucks gift card – put those gift cards to good use
- gum (you won’t find any gum at the parks or any Disney resort)
My favorites: NONE (eat at the parks because you’ll fall in love with the food!)
If your room, villa, or suite has a kitchen, then here are some of the things you should have.
- sugar or sweeteners
- cream (for coffee)
- disposable cups
- bottled water
- plastic utensils
- paper plates
- paper towels
- trash bags
- dish soap
- wine stopper
Here are some of the items that you should bring with you to the parks.
- portable battery pack
- Magic Bands or park tickets
- hotel room key (if staying off property)
- cash or credit card
- membership cards (AP, Tables in Wonderland, AAA, etc)
- ID card or driver’s license
- dining confirmation numbers (most will be on the My Disney Experience app)
- lip balm or chapstick
- sunscreen lotion
- refillable water bottle
- ziplock bag for phone and essentials on rainy day or wet rides
- hand sanitizer
- wet wipes
- character autograph books
- big pen for autographs
- trading pins
- towel or rag
- park maps
- pain reliever
- face mask
- hand sanitizer
Waterpark and Pool Bag
Here are some of the items that you should bring with you to the waterparks
- beach towel
- beach bag
- sandals or flip flops
- water shoes
- dry change of clothes
- sunburn lotion
- swim suit
- swim suit cover ups
- water bottle
- soft cooler
- flotation devices
- water toys
- insect repellant
- hand sanitizer
- wet wipes
Here are some of the things you should bring if you have a baby.
- car seat
- waterproof diapers
- baby formula
- baby food
- sippy cups
- baby wipes
So that’s it! This is only a guideline, however, to help you get a general idea.
Thanks again for reading and have a magical vacation.
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