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Friday 24 March 2017
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Disney Packing List: Don’t Leave Home Without…

Years ago, I created a Disney World packing list for our family trip with two small children. I kept the list on my phone and added to it as I thought of things that would be helpful at Disney. I’ve kept the list there and used it every year since. This, of course, is not a complete packing list, but should help you add a few items you may not have thought to add to your list!

Clothing and Accessories

  • Good walking shoes*
  • Sweatshirts, jackets and long pants – if you are there during the Winter
  • Mickey shirts – if you’ve got any Disney shirts, you will want them at Disney!
  • Hats, hair ties
  • T-shirts, shorts, pajamas, underwear, socks – you know, the basics
  • Small raincoats
  • Bathing suits, swim shirts, goggles and swim shoes
  • Jewelry/watches 
  • Sunglasses*  
  • Comfy socks – for the hotel after a long day of walking

Electronics

  • Camera* – with a case, extra batteries and a charger (consider bringing a camera for the kids)
  • iPad, Nook or other tablet type system – these are essential for us on the plane to keep kids entertained
  • Phone chargers 
  • Headphones

Toiletries

  • Sunscreen* – I like to bring a few travel sizes to keep in my bag during the day
  • Allergy medicine
  • Band aids
  • Medications and/or OTC medicine
  • Travel wipes – I keep these with me throughout our stay 
  • Diapers – for little ones
  • Chapstick
  • Baby Powder

Documents

  • Transportation information (Boarding passes)*
  • Disney luggage tags (Magical Express tags should go on your luggage)
  • Hotel confirmations*
  • Rental Car information, if applicable
  • Maps 

Food

  • Snacks for the plane/car and parks – we don’t bring many snacks for the parks, but it’s nice to have something readily available
  • Gum or Mints – don’t meet Mickey with bad breath!
  • Water bottles

Disney Vacation Essentials 

  • MagicBands*
  • Autograph books, pens* – I like to order in advance so we are ready as soon as we arrive
  • Disney guidebook
  • Hidden Mickey book
  • Lanyards and pins for trading (if you trade)
  • Mickey/Minnie ears – if you’ve been before, bring your ears from home
  • Mousekeeping envelopes for tips (for housekeeping)
  • Pennies and quarters for penny press machines

Other – Don’t forget these 10 (less thought of) items to pack, along with:

  • Stroller, if needed
  • Restaurant toys, crayons, coloring books or sticker books – to entertain younger kids at restaurants or on the plane/in the car
  • Booster seats, if needed for rental cars
  • Night lights – my kids always like a night light
  • Addresses for postcards and stamps
  • Hand held fans
  • Mickey doll or other stuffed friends
  • Plastic grocery bags – for dirty clothes when packing
  • Backpack or other park bag
  • Laundry detergent sheets and quarters. (Some resorts do have free laundry in the room!)
  • Extra bag to bring home merchandise
  • Glow sticks – bring from home to save!
  • Ziploc bags – great to separate snacks for kids, and for keeping electronics safe in the rain
  • Notebooks – for older kids to document about the trip
  • Scissors – to open anything the kids buy while you’re there
  • Power strips – to use in the hotel at night to charge all of your electronics

* Have these items with you when you travel in case your luggage doesn’t arrive when you do.

What items are must haves on your Disney vacation?

Happy packing!
Amy



Amy is a Disney loving mom of two Disney loving boys. She loves planning for Disney trips, reading about Walt Disney World and most of all, going to World Disney World!


  • laurie rill scardina

    Love this list! Especially considering I’m packing for Disney today. Don’t forget the ponchos;) We have official Disney ones but I like to take some cheapos from the dollar store just in case. YES to the allergy medicine. Florida drives my sinus’ bananas!

  • Amy

    Yes, of course we need ponchos. Good call!