How to Pack for a Disney Vacation
You should have copies of your dining reservations, lodging accommodation information, car rental reservations, and anything else you may need to access while on your trip. If you use the Magic Band system or buy park tickets in advance, ensure you do not leave anything at home. While most places in the parks take credit cards, you always want to have some cash on hand for tips and other incidentals.
If you’re planning a trip to Disney World to Orlando, the weather in central Florida can turn on a dime. Check the forecast before your departure and plan for various weather conditions. Even if temperatures soar during the day, the nights and mornings can be chilly. Packing so you can dress in layers will ensure you are always comfortable if it gets hot; pack light, moisture-wicking clothing.
Article originally written on Oct 10, 2014. Updated on Oct 11, 2019.
Disney World covers nearly 40 square miles, and while you’ll have a great time, you should be prepared to walk. Pack a pair of comfortable, supportive tennis shoes, and avoid flip flops unless you’re headed to one of Disney’s water parks.
Florida’s gorgeous weather comes with a price. You can have a nasty sunburn if you don’t adequately protect your skin. Bring sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and cover the forgotten bits like your head, neck, and ears. Also, remember to put sunscreen on the little ones, even if they spend the day in a stroller!
It’s bright out and squinting all day, which is no fun. Here, your best bet is to stop by a dollar store and pick up a few cheap pairs of glasses. They’re likely to fly off your face at some point on one of Disney’s many thrill rides, so they shouldn’t cost too much!
Even if you’re not a germophobe, it’s important to remember one thing here: this is DISNEY. Magic Kingdom alone sees 17.1 million visitors a year, some of whom are bound to be sick. You don’t want to ruin your vacation by coming down with a cold, so bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer to clip on a backpack.
While Florida has some of the world’s most beautiful weather, a stray shower does pop up from time to time. Most of these only last a few minutes, but those few minutes can leave you drenched the rest of the day if you don’t come prepared. Bring a poncho or umbrella for everyone in the family. Odds are, you’ll use them for a few minutes and spend the rest of the day soaking up the sun.
You can save money on your Disney vacation by packing along food. If you have a car while in Orlando, be sure to stop at the store to pick up essentials such as bottled water and non-perishable snacks that you can bring into the parks. This will save you loads of money and time.
All that walking works up a sweat. Bring enough water bottles for the family, or at least a refillable water bottle, and stay hydrated throughout the day.
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Cell Phone Batteries.
If the kids are older and want to ride something Mom and Dad aren’t interested in, they must have charged cell phones to stay in touch. It also helps to have something to play with when waiting in those ride lines.
Water Park Gear
If you are like most travelers to Disney World, you will want to take advantage of the sunshine and hit the pool or water park. Be sure you are prepared by packing all the appropriate gear. In addition to your swimwear and loads of sunscreen, bringing your goggles, flotation toys, and sunglasses is a good idea. You will pay a premium if you have to buy these onsite.
Spray Bottles. Nothing feels better when it gets hot than a cool mist on your face and neck. It may not be necessary, but it’s nice to have.