Being Prepared for Disney World: Packing List for the Park

I have been unpacking from Disney all week. While I was writing down the things we used/needed for future trips, I thought my blog would be a good place to keep that list safe and it might help some other people too. So here goes:

Above is a photo of what’s in my backpack…. A lot of stuff, but I

think it is better to be over prepared than under, especially with young kids.

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  • Backpack
    I found mine at Target in the camping section, but anything you have should work. It is nice to make sure there are a lot of pockets and to have the side net “water bottle” pockets (at least that’s what I call them). These help for easy access to water and/or Sippy cups.
  • Diapers
    I put hair ties around my diapers to keep them together and neat
  • Wipes
    Whether your kid is it diapers or not, wipes are always a good item to have. I buy the “travel” wipe container sold in the travel section at Target and refill it each morning. I also keep a hair tie around it to make sure it stays closed
  • Sippy cup/Children’s cup (not pictured)
    Carson is still in the Sippy cup stage, so we always made sure to have it
  • Nalgene bottle/ water bottle and juice (not pictured)
    Hydration is a huge issue with any outdoor activity. I always had a full Sippy cup, at least 1 bottle of water and at least 1 bottle of juice everyday before I leave for the parks. Having liquids on hand can avoid a lot of frustration from your kids when they get thirsty from the heat and there is not a water fountain in sight. (Just be sure the lids are closed tightly to avoid leakage into your backpack)
  • Extra set of clothes
    These are not only for “accidents”, but also in case clothes get soaked on water rides or other things
  • Dirty clothes bag
    This isn’t one of the biggest “needs”, but it’s nice to have some type of bag to separate dirty clothes from the other items, if needed.
  • Sunglasses and/or hat
    Just for added sun protection
  • Battery powered fans
    I use these flexi clip on fans by O2 Cool. I love them and they are great for any trip. I have only been able to find them on-line in 8-packs, but they make great baby shower gifts too. I get more compliments on these fans!
  • Extra batteries (for fans)
    On hot days, we will sometimes go through a couple batteries
  • Activity and/or toys to entertain kids at meals or in lines
    I love these Grab N Go color books. They can easily be found at Party City, Target or Walmart. They come with 4 crayons, stickers, and a small coloring book for $1 or less. They have so many options, I’m sure you can find a character your child will love. I always have these in my car and diaper bag too.
  • Poncho
    I’m going to almost call this a must for anyone. I picked up emergency ponchos at Target (in the camping section). I want to say they were less than $2/poncho. They are nothing special, but I was so glad I had it when the 10% chance of rain turned into a monsoon (I even folded it back into its little bag when I was done with it). These are also great for water rides. Disney sells ponchos, but I know the Disney ones are more than double what I paid for mine (probably even 4x)
  • First aid bag
    (details below)
  • Snacks and such
    I packed raisins, goldfish, animal crackers, squeeze apple sauce, jammy sammys and Uncrustables every day. My son was much happier eating the food I brought than the park food (plus it was cheaper)… All these foods I found at Target. I also would keep the snacks in Take-n-Toss containers to keep them from getting squished.
  • Kid fork and/or other utensils
    My child likes to have his own utensils and doesn’t do as well with the adult sized ones.
  • Disposable bibs
    Maybe not for everyone, but Carson ate the best in the stroller, while we were on the way to the next ride or character. To avoid a complete mess, we would put one of these bibs on him and then give him his Uncrustable PB&J sandwich.
  • Purell
    Kids touch everything and you can’t wash their hands all the time. I use a lot of Purell and buy the travel bottle that hooks onto my backpack

Here is what’s in my first aid kit… I found almost all of it at Target (most in the travel section, but also check camping)



  • Bag to keep everything in
    I used a bag I found in the garage. I think it is meant for golf stuff, but it was see through and had a clip on it.
  • Sunscreen for body and face
  • Band-aids
  • Neosporin To-go
  • Tide Pen
  • Chapstick
  • Purell
    You can never have too much Purell

So that’s my bag. I hope this helps some of you as you plan trips to Disney or Six Flags. I am probably over prepared, but we had an excellent trip and I used every item listed. Enjoy all future trips and good luck!

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Mother of a two boys, who teach me new things everyday. Disney lover and vacation planner hoping to help everyone have the most magical vacation possible.

16 thoughts on “Being Prepared for Disney World: Packing List for the Park”

  1. So Disney allows you to bring food and drink inside the park? I’m going in July and I have a 2 year old. I have been wondering if I would be allowed to bring bottled water and snacks in for her!!!!!

    1. Yes, you can bring as much food or liquids as you want. Their only rule is that there are no glass containers or bottles. Animal Kingdom also does not allow plastic straws, but other than that bring whatever you want. I always pack lunch, snacks and drinks because kids are so picky and the food is so pricey. Have a great trip and feel free to ask any questions… I love helping people plan Disney trips.

    1. Yes. You can even pack food in your carry-on as long as it is not a liquid. Just be aware that the bottom of the plane is not pressurized like the passenger cabin, so certain products might expand and make a mess. Be sure to put things in ziplocks or trash bags to protect your clothes from any possible accidents.

  2. great list! I’d go with a backpack that has less pockets you need to open/check at the gate. I found one at ll bean with just 2 zippers. Also, pack the change of clothes in a large ziplock bag. That will keep them dry from any rain or spills, and you’ll have something to put the wet or dirty outfit in when you use it. It’s win/win!

  3. How about coffee mugs and for plastic straws; can I use reusable ones? I mean they are plastic but not like bendy straws.

  4. How did you travel with Uncrustables?? Did you purchase them there? My kids live off them and would make life a lot easier when we visit Disney in 2 weeks. Thanks!

    1. I have done a variety of things. It really depends on if you have a vehicle. I have purchased them before hand and packed them in the car in a cooler. I have also bought them on the way in at Target before/after we checked in to the resort. All Disney Resorts will have a small fridge in them.
      I then put them in a take n toss container or sandwich container to keep them from getting smooshed in my bag.
      While I haven’t personally done it, some people ship things to their resort via amazon to be there when they arrive. I can’t give advice on that because I don’t know a lot about it or if they still allow this, but have heard of people doing this with diapers.

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