Disney Packing List: Commonly Forgotten Items
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I’ve got you covered! If you’re planning a trip to Disney World, you won’t want to forget to pack these commonly overlooked items for your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!
There are a lot of Disney packing lists out there that only cover the most obvious items like comfortable walking shoes, t-shirts, and shorts. But what about the items that most people forget?
As someone who visits Disney World multiple times per year, I put this list together to help you avoid making any packing mistakes for your next trip to Disney World.
These are the most commonly forgotten items that should be on your Disney packing list!
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Without further ado, here’s my essential Disney packing list:
1. Portable charger
I don’t go anywhere without this portable cell phone charger. It has been an absolute lifesaver when I travel, especially at Disney World. The last thing you want is for your phone battery to die in the midst of taking a photo of Cinderella’s Castle or checking wait times for a ride.
Disney now sells “FuelRod” portable batteries at kiosks around the park, but for $30 they are really not a good deal at all. You’re much better off bringing your own portable charger that can charge your phone fully two or more times for a fraction of the price.
2. Water bottle
This is definitely a must-have for Disney World. Why waste $3.50 paying for bottled water inside the parks when you can bring your own water bottle and fill it up for free instead?
I recommend bringing a filtered water bottle with you, because you can fill it up at water fountains throughout the park and avoid the weird taste of Florida water. (Florida water is full of sulfur, which gives it a strange flavor – this doesn’t bother some people, but I know it bothers me!)
3. Rain poncho
It rains all the time in Orlando, especially in the spring and summer months. Even on what looks like a sunny day, there’s usually at least one short afternoon shower. Bring a lightweight rain poncho to avoid getting wet or having to over-pay for one at the parks. These are also great to wear on water rides like Splash Mountain if you don’t want to get thoroughly soaked!
4. Waterproof backpack
This 20L waterproof backpack is the perfect backpack for a trip to Disney World. Between the unpredictable rain and all the water rides, you will want a bag where you can safely store your valuables without worrying about them getting wet.
This backpack is a great choice because it’s extremely lightweight, durable, and folds up into a little pouch when you aren’t using it, so it takes up almost no space when packing.
5. Waterproof pouch
If you don’t want an entire waterproof backpack, you can also consider just bringing a small waterproof pouch to store valuables like your cell phone, camera, wallet, keys, etc.
6. Moleskin bandages
You probably already have comfortable walking shoes on your Disney packing list, but a commonly overlooked item is Moleskin bandages just in case you get blisters from walking around so much. (You’ll end up walking 10+ miles a day at Disney World on average!)
If you do get a blister, you can put a Moleskin bandage over it and you won’t feel a thing.
7. Handheld fan
If you’re visiting Disney World in the summer months, a handheld fan is a must! It can get extremely hot in Orlando, with the average temperature well above 90 degrees (32 Celsius) during summer.
A small handheld fan will keep you cool while waiting in line or walking around the parks. This one is very small and portable but kicks up a nice breeze.
I’ve actually found many occasions to use this, not just at Disney World!
If you are visiting Disney World during the warmer, sunnier months, don’t forget to add sunscreen to your packing list! There’s a reason they call Florida the Sunshine State. It’s important to reapply sunscreen every few hours while you’re at Disney World, especially during the hottest times of the day. (From around 10 AM to 4 PM.)
I like this Neutrogena sunscreen because it dries quickly, is non-greasy, and is water-resistant!
9. Hand Sanitizer
Disney World is a mecca for germs and the last thing you want is to get sick during your trip. Keep the germs away by packing some travel-size hand sanitizer in your day bag!
Keep this with you and use it throughout the day, especially after going on rides and touching public surfaces!
10. Picnic Blanket
Many people like to stake out a good spot for the parades and nighttime fireworks or shows at Disney World. In order to get a good viewing spot, you will probably want to arrive pretty early. Since there are limited places to sit for things like the fireworks (most people just stand or sit on the ground) bringing a lightweight picnic blanket like this will allow you to sit and watch in comfort.
The blanket is extremely lightweight and folds up to fit in a tiny storage bag when you aren’t using it, so you can easily pack it into your backpack to bring to the parks.
11. Glow Accessories
If you have kids, they are definitely going to be wanting glow sticks and other light-up toys once the sun goes down! During all the parades and other nighttime festivities, vendors walk around selling glow sticks and light-up toys at extremely high prices.
To save a ton of money, go to the dollar store before your trip and stock up on some cheap glow sticks so you won’t have to break out your wallet once you get to the parks!
12. Cooling Towel
Cooling towels are an awesome way to beat the heat at Disney World. Just wet these compact towels with water, and through the process of evaporation, they instantly provide hours of coolness.
On a hot Orlando day where you just can’t seem to escape the heat, you will be extremely glad to have one of these with you while waiting in line or walking around!
MagicBands are comfortable, waterproof wristbands you can buy and link to your Disney World park tickets, FastPasses, and PhotoPass. If you are staying at an on-property hotel, your MagicBand can even function as your room key and a charge card too.
They are under $15 and worth every penny because you don’t have to worry about keeping up with a park ticket, room key, etc. while on your trip. You can reuse them for every future trip too.
Note: If you have an annual pass or are staying at an on-property hotel, you will receive your MagicBands for free and don’t need to purchase one.
14. Sun hat
This is useful for both kids and adults, especially if you’ll be at Disney World from April until September when the weather is at its hottest and sunniest!
Many of the parks lack much natural shade, and the last thing you want is to be walking around under the midday sun or waiting in an outdoor line while your face burns.
A sun hat like this will keep you feeling much cooler.
15. Face mask
As of August 2021, face masks are 100% optional at Disney World outdoors, but required again indoors. You will also still be required to wear a mask in some places such as on Disney transportation, and other areas might require it to (like at the airport, in some stores, etc.)
You can get some fun Disney-themed masks to brighten up your look. These reusable cloth face masks are washable and have a pocket for inserting a filter. They’re also extremely comfortable and breathable, making them ideal for a long day at Disney World.
So that’s it for my essential Disney packing list – did I miss anything? Let me know!
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