To say we are huge fans of Disney is an understatement, and our ultimate holiday includes at least one Disney park, no matter where in the world we might be… We have been to Walt Disney World, Orlando 3 times now and loved it every time.
Though I have never really struggled with packing there are key items you want to make sure you take. With spending long days at the parks, walking a lot and being in hot weather you want to make sure you are comfortable and practical. And I there is always that fear that the one item I forget is the one I want/need the most. For that reason, here is our ultimate Disney packing list…
- Laundry Supplies
- Paperwork & Travel Documents
- Baby Supplies
- What To Pack For A Day At The Park
- What To Pack For A Day At The Water Park
- Ultimate Disney Packing List :Packing Tips
There are no rules on what to take and wear at Disney. Other than no costumes, no wedding attire and nothing too revealing the rules are pretty relaxed. I honestly like to wear trainers, shorts and a t-shirt as it is the comfiest for me. Deciding what to pack is easy because you pack what your most comfortable in for long days. If you need any help here is a link to some ideas on what to wear. Make a list of outfits on your ultimate Disney packing list to see what you want to take.
- T-shirts/Vest Tops
- Trousers/Leggings – This is mainly in the cooler months and for on an evening and it is chilly.
- Shirts/Blouse – If you like to get dressed into something different some of the days or in the evening. Or if you are going on the Disney cruise this is a good item to remember to pack
- Dresses/ Playsuits /Jumpsuits – due to the fabric being quite light these are a good option for days at the parks.
- Disney Ears/ Hats – Though I love looking at these I generally have a pair I take with me to save money on buying a new pair. You can find them second hand on eBay for cheap or in thrift/ charity shops.
- Trainers – these will be your best friend at Disney. Try to get the comfiest you have for the long days in the park. I usually travel in a pair and then take a second to change. It isn’t good for your feet to be in the same shoes for more than so many days.
- Sandals – if you like to wear sandals I would wear high quality walking sandals or Birkenstocks this will help your feet last longer.
- Flip Flops – Personally I wore flip-flops for an evening around the park and regretted it, I would save flip flops for days by the pool or water park days.
- Swimming Nappies – This will only apply if you have little ones but such a handy thing to remember to take.
- Swimming costumes/Shorts
- Towels – If you are planning on packing relatively light I would maybe pack one towel per couple or if you can get spares at your accommodation even better. You can rent towels at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. These aren’t always a necessity on your ultimate Disney packing list.
Underwear & Nightwear
- Underwear – you want to pack for the amount for the days you are there or just less and wash.
- Socks – remember you will be wearing trainers so remember to pack trainer socks
- Bras – if you feel better wearing a sports bra, do it they are a great alternative.
I find that I always forget something on my toiletries list. Whether it be toothpaste or deodorant, it is something and I end up having to buy it. If you are staying for 7 days, 10 days or 14 days that is a lot of times to shower and brush your teeth. I would suggest buying the usual large toiletries to take in your suitcase. If you plan to pack light you can find the nearest Walmart or supermarket to pick up these supplies.
Tip: If you take any liquids in your suitcase put them into 2 resealable bags, this will help stop any nasty explosions onto your clothes on the journey. After that, you can store them in a wash bag and in the middle of the clothes.
- Toothpaste/ Mouthwash
- Perfume/ Deodorants
- Hairbrush/ Comb
- Face Wash
- Suncream/ Aftersun
- Tweezers /Nail clippers
- Hair Products – gel, hairspray etc
- Tampons/ pads
- Kids Toiletries
- Shower gel
- Any Prescription medication – remember to take a note with you if you have taken them out of the boxes.
- Pain Relief
- Plasters /Blister pads
- Antiseptic wipes
- Calpol – pain relief or children
- Motion Sickness Tablets
- Cough Sweets – Planes always give me something and end up needing these.
- Insect Repellent
- Anti Bacterial Hand Gel
While I like to be prepared and have everything with me in case I need it, this is one item I plan to buy when we get there. We are lucky enough to be staying in a villa on site with a washing machine and dryer. This is a first as we usually take enough to last the time and wash underwear in the shower. If you plan to drive to Disney this is something you can pack from home and bring with you to save money. Not all of these items will need to be on your ultimate Disney packing list but it is good to give you an idea of what you will need.
- Laundry Soap
- Dryer Sheets
- Stain Remover – someone is bound to drop sauce down their top!
Paperwork & Travel Documents
When we are travelling we keep all documents in one place. We usually use an A4 snap fastening plastic wallet. This way we can keep everything we need in there and it stays dry and safe. These are some of the things you will want to remember to bring.
- Hotel Documents/ Reservation
- ESTA’s – this is for anyone who is not from the USA.
- Boarding Passes
- Disney Tickets
- Drivers Licence/ ID
- Insurance Documents
- Membership cards – this can be for your car hire, Airport lounge card etc
- Car Hire Documents
- Pen – very useful for filling out landing cards
As we are flying and taking a suitcase per couple/family we are packing light and washing clothes while we are there. Any food we plan to take will be eaten on the plane. If you have any dietary requirements or just like to have some home comforts make space. These are some of the things you may want to pack if you have a kitchen at your accommodation and plan to cook.
- Cleaning Products – washing up soap, cloths etc
- Drinks – tea, coffee, juice, water and alcohol
- Seasonings – if you plan to cook and need seasonings
- Rubbish/Trash bags
- Paper plates, paper cups and plastic cutlery – Check with your accommodation if there is cutlery etc in your room.
- Snacks, sweets and crisps/chips
- Cereals and Breakfast items
- Sugar/ Sweetener
I have never travelled with a baby so wouldn’t know how difficult it is but I can imagine that having as much as you can available make the day easier. I would pack what you can handle and what your baby likes. There are certain items you won’t be able to get on a plane or even in your car but will be available at your hotel/villa. Ring ahead to check that things such as high chairs, cots and baby gates are available.
- Baby Food
- Sippy Cups
- Cups with Straws
- High Chair
- Baby Carrier/ Sling
- Toddler Leash
- Birth Certificate – This is mainly for people flying with a child under 2 years. It is for the airline to see that the child is under 2.
- Nappies/ Diapers
- Swim Nappies/ Diapers
- Baby Wipes
- Diaper/ Nappy Bag
- Dummies/ Pacifiers
- Stroller/ Pram
- Car Seat
- Baby Monitor
- Stroller Fan
- Stroller Umbrella – this is really useful in the hot sun to create shade and help when sleeping
- Blanket/ Toy
- Games – play mats etc
- Car Window Shades
We pack more electronics than clothes on most of our trips, I am pretty sure. Going to Disney is no exception as we take so many pictures we often need to move the images onto an external hard drive so we can take more the next day. Though this may not be on everyone’s ultimate Disney packing list, we find these helpful and useful.
- SD cards /Memory cards
- Camera Charger
- Phone Charger
- Laptop/ Ipad
- Laptop/ Ipad charger
- Night Light
- Straighteners/ Curlers
- Hairdryer – Though most hotels/villas provide them.
There are always items you don’t think about until you don’t have them, purposely because they don’t fit in a category. Some of these items will make perfect sense to you and some won’t pack what you want to take and what you will use. It is worth checking through the extras on the ultimate packing list to make sure you have all the handy tools available on your trip.
- Day Bag – this can be a small bag or backpack
- Beach bag – this is great if you plan to visit
- First Aid Kit
- Sewing Kit
- Wet Wipes
- Work Out Clothes
- Glasses Repair Kit
- Reusable Straws
- Pins For Trading
- Books/ Magazines
- Playing Cards
- Torch/ Flashlight
- Waterproof Case – This can be for a phone or camera
- Water Bottle
What To Pack For A Day At The Park
There are so many things I can think of to take to Disney parks. There is a lot to think about when you see the ultimate Disney packing list it can get overwhelming. I think it depends on what you plan to do, if you have the dining plan or your buying food and if you are planning on saving money. This is a list of everything I can think of you would want or need on a day trip to the parks.
- Tickets/ Magic Bands
- ID / Drivers License
- Credit Card/ Cash
- Park Map – You can pick those up when you get there.
- Power Bank/ Cable – This can charge your phone and camera
- Sunglasses / Glasses case
- Water Bottle
- Autograph Book
- Walkie Talkies – Someone pointed out this is helpful for non-US visitors if they don’t have reception or feel at home features.
- Pen For Autographs
- Wet Wipes
- Ponchos – great to have if you plan to stay dry even on the water rides
- Misting Fan – You can get these in the park but much cheaper at Walmart
- Anti Bacterial Hand Gel
- Bag For Wet Clothes
- Playing Cards or handheld games – great for entertaining kids in queues
- Kids ID Tags
- Bottles of bubbles – saves you buying one of the expensive ones in the park.
What To Pack For A Day At The Water Park
This will be different from your Disney park bag because you won’t want to take as much and it may be in a different bag. If you want to make sure your wet clothes don’t get everything else wet use resealable bags to hold the wetsuits while getting back to your hotel.
- Tickets / Magic Bands
- Cash / Credit Card
- Waterproof Camera – Case
- Power Bank & Cable
- Water Bottle
- Swim Diapers/ Nappies
- Water Shoes / Flips Flops
- Dry Clothes – you can travel in your dry clothes and change when you get to the park.
- Swim Suits
- Beach Towels – These can be rented at the park or sometimes supplied at Disney hotels.
- Kids ID Tags
- Floatation toys /Armbands
- Water Toys
- Hand Gel
- Wet Wipes
- Bag for wet clothes to go in.
Ultimate Disney Packing List :Packing Tips
When it comes to packing I feel like I am good at this. We have travelled a couple of months around Europe and only took a 20l backpack. I also love packing and getting things to fit together like a jigsaw so I actually enjoy doing it. If like us you are from the UK or just flying, in general, you are really going to want to make the most of your luggage space. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure you get everything you need in your suitcase.
Don’t forget to leave space in your luggage for bringing back any purchases or extra clothes and gifts.
Use Packing Cubes
We used packing cubes for many of our long term and short term trips. If it wasn’t to help compress our clothes it was to help keep them organised. This will be helpful to families that are packing a number of peoples clothes into one suitcase. This will also be handy if you are planning on splitting your clothes across the luggage you have in case one case goes missing.
Use Resealable Bags
I noticed this is a great idea to hold smaller items. If you can find large resealable bags then you can store all sorts of clothes in them. You can push the air out and make them flatter, great for storing more in your suitcase. I love this tip for helping get everything you need from your ultimate Disney packing list in your case. This is also handy if you want to keep organised, write on them what’s inside and who it belongs to. If you want to keep your kids organised, this is a great way to put together outfits for the days, seal them up and ready to go.
I find rolling clothes so simple and easy. I like to fold the clothes as you would in the shops and then roll them to make them small and easy to stack. This is a great way to store your clothes at home not just in your suitcase. If you are ticking off quite a number of items on the ultimate Disney packing list this is a technique you could try to save space.
I find stuffing small items such as underwear and socks into shoes such a great space saver. You can do this with trainers, boots or any type of footwear even flip-flops. Try to create even piles when packing, if you can keep certain size clothes together you can fit the piles like jigsaw pieces. This helps fit as much as you can in and keep things organised and tidy.
Feel free to print off the ultimate Disney packing list downloadables, go through them and cross off anything you don’t need to pack or don’t intend to take. This will help get rid of some of the text so you can clearly see what you have packed and haven’t packed.
Well, there you have it, our ultimate Disney packing list. If you have any questions or think there is something else I could add in let us know in the comments. Also, don’t forget to check out our Disney Orlando crowd calendar to make planning easier for you.