What to Pack for a Family Trip to Disney
All the essentials—according to moms, dads and Disney enthusiasts—that will get your through a day at the park.
We polled the parents and Disney enthusiasts on our staff to pull together the ultimate packing list for a trip to Orlando, so you can make sure the happiest place on earth does’t turn into a sweaty, expensive, exhausting ordeal. Here's what you should bring:
You’ll need a solid backpack with enough room to put everything. Deputy Digital Director Laura Redman loves this one from Toms—it’s big enough to hold a day’s worth of supplies, but not so bulky that you’ll have trouble navigating through crowds.
Once you’re in the park, it’s basically impossible to find healthy food. Bring your own fruit, nuts, or energy bars so you don’t have to resort to a pile of french fries if your kid gets peckish in the middle of the afternoon.
A Fanny Pack
Say what you will about fanny packs, but they’re the most convenient way to keep the essentials close at hand, and unlike a small cross-body purse (the second best option) they’ll stay on you when you’re on rides. Associate Fashion Editor Mara Balagtas likes this cute pink one from Herschel Supply Co.
Wet Wipes and/or Hand Sanitizer
Spills and dirt are inevitable. If you want to go the all-natural route, Herban Essentials makes individually wrapped anti-bacterial towelettes with lavender, lemon, peppermint, orange and eucalyptus essential oils.
Florida gets plenty of afternoon showers, so you’ll want to be prepared. Social Media Director Rachel Coleman says to bring a raincoat or poncho, and an umbrella, because they tend to be some of the priciest things you can buy in Disney gift shops.
An Extra Change of Clothes
If you go on Splash Mountain, you will get wet. Bring at least a few extra t-shirts for kids (also makes for good insurance in case of any ice-cream-related emergencies).
Plastic Zip Top Bags
To stash your phones when you go on water rides, and to keep wet clothes separate afterwards.
Comfortable Walking Shoes
You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so you want to be wearing sneakers or comfortable, supportive sandals. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.
A Phone Charger
Electrical outlets are few and far between, so bring something that will give your phone some extra juice if you’re running low on battery. Mophie charging cases are a Traveler favorite.
Hats, Sunscreen and Sunglasses
Bring a soft sunhat that you can easily fold up and tuck into your bag for when you’re on rides (you don’t want it to fly off), plus a good pair of sunglasses and solid SPF for the whole family.
Refillable Water Bottles
There are plenty of water fountains around, and you don’t want to waste money buying bottled water. Baiji Bottle makes collapsible versions in PBA-free silicon and plastic that won’t take up too much space in your bag.
An Autograph Book
Multiple moms suggested bringing along an autograph book and pen—your kids will want them when they meet the characters.
You can get away with putting just about everything on debit or credit, but one mom suggested keeping some change on you for the pressed penny machines that are all over the park.
Lots of kids at the park will be dressed up. Bring their favorite princess costumes from home so they won’t beg you to buy one at the gift shops (not surprisingly, the ones they sell are super overpriced).
A Way to I.D. Your Stroller
Bring a bandanna or a big ribbon to tie on your stroller so that you can spot it easily after you come out of a ride—as one mom put it, you will be shocked at how many people have the same exact model as you do. More here.
A Way to I.D. Your Kids
Some parents like to give their kids bracelets with their cell phone numbers written on them, in case they get separated. Here's one option.
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This post was modified from an article that originally appeared on CondeNaste Traveler.