As annual passholders, we are fortunate to visit Disney often. We’ve gone for a day, a weekend, a full week for special occasions. And in the beginning I was like, “dang it. I forgot XYZ.” Over time, I’ve learned what I need/don’t need and keep things simple with a smart list so I don’t feel like I’m trying to reinvent the process. I’ve created a Disney World packing list just for these reasons: Simplicity and Sanity!
I like to wear something different every day of the trip. Both for fun and also because it’s just so dang hot in Florida. You won’t want to wear the same clothes twice when you’re sweating as early as 8am. Consider doing your laundry at one point if you’re fitting everything into a single carry on for a long trip.
Also, a note about dress code: Most Disney restaurants don’t require a serious dress code, but there are exceptions (like Monsieur Paul in Epcot) to keep in mind.
I’d recommend packing the following items below. Disclaimer though: Not everything is mandatory, and people have different circumstances. Use your judgement.
And some of these items feel like, “Yeah, duh, Katelyn. This is obvious.” But my dad literally has forgotten to pack shorts on a trip to Disney. So… yeah, that list, y’all:
- Shorts or skirts (or both!)
- Tops like tanks or shirts
- If you’re traveling in the winter months, it’s warm during the day but chilly at night. You’ll want to layer, so consider packing a long sleeved shirt, sweater, or jacket to keep in your day pack until ready to layer.
- For restaurants that have a dress code, here’s what Disney may recommend:
- Men: Khakis, slacks or dress shorts and collared shirts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition. Sport coats are optional.
- Women: Capri pants, skirts, dresses or dress shorts. Jeans may be worn if in good condition.
- Swimsuits and coverups
- Walking shoes
- Sandals or flip flops
- Running shoes → Disney resorts have great gyms and some have lovely running paths! These could be the same as your “walking shoes” listed above.
- Socks. Yes, I’ve forgotten socks pretty often. It happens.
- Stain remover
- Laundry bags → I like to reuse a large, drawstring plastic bag that I acquired from a RunDisney race. It also takes up very little space in my carry on. 🙂
Toiletries for Your Packing List
I travel often for work, so I have my basic travel essentials already set in my suitcase.
Here’s a list to help ya out:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo and hair conditioner
- Hand soap
- Contacts or glasses (don’t forget your lens solution!)
- Face wash
- Shaving cream
- Hair product
- Make-up remover or wipes → I like wipes because I’m so tired by the end of a Disney day that a wipe is my lazy girl way of taking off my makeup.
- Nail polish and remover
- Sunscreen → So incredibly important. If you forget and need to buy more on a WDW resort, it’s expensive. Come prepared!
- Baby powder → It’s not just for babies’ bums. Baby powder is a godsend when you’re at the park all day and chafing.
- Aloe Vera/after soon lotion
- Birth control
- Medicines for:
- Motion sickness
- Cough drops/cold medicine
Disney’s app and MyDisneyExperience is really great about keeping things digital. But if you’re one of those paranoid planners — such as myself — consider packing copies of the following:
- Reservation confirmations, like:
- Rental Cars
- Magical Disney airport shuttle
- Plane tickets
- Disney tickets → True story: When living in Maryland, I put our tickets on the fridge out of excitement and then forgot them. I only remembered on our way to a Disney expo already in Florida. Fear not, the cool thing about Disney is if you call them and verify the credit card used to purchase the tickets, then they’ll note that you need new tickets and you can pick them up at Customer Service.
- Magic Bands!
- Insurance cards → I’ve had to go to the doctor before! Bring your health insurance cards.
- Guidebooks → My dad doesn’t go to Disney without his marked, dogeared unofficial guidebook.
Save some bucks and pack some snackies. And many foods can’t make it through the airport, so check the TSA website first.
- Snack/nut mix → Remember that anything with chocolate could melt in your park bag
- Granola or protein bars → We like Clif bars!
- Fruit snacks
- Microwaveable popcorn for in between time at the hotel
- Easy breakfast foods, like muffins or bagels → We packed banana bread recently! I baked it the night before, and then we kept it in our resort fridge to eat each morning instead of going out.
A Packing List For Your Park Bag
Time to live your best life and pack your park bag. My recommendations below!
- Baby powder
- Snackies → Save some moolah and bring your own snacks that can survive the sun (aka – no foods that’ll melt or needs to stay cool.)
- Water bottles → Why pay for a plastic bottled water when there are fountains for free water all over the parks!
- Ponchos or small umbrellas
- Disney gift cards
- Disney tickets & Magic Bands
- Your Disney pins for trading with cast members and other Disney fans you meet along the way
- Guidebooks → My dad likes to pull out his guidebook when we have some downtime and we need to make a decision of what we’d like to do to fill the time.
- Itinerary → We rely on the MyDisneyExperience app for our itinerary, but you could also print this out if you want to save some phone battery life.
- Cell phone charger
- Kids stuff like diapers, food, toys, extra clothes, etc.
- FYI – Disney makes the rentals experience super stress free. I’d suggest renting their strollers so you don’t need to worry about the logistics getting off/on buses and trams.
Hope this helps! Have a great Disney trip, friend!