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:
think it is better to be over prepared than under, especially with young kids.
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.
I put hair ties around my diapers to keep them together and neat
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.
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
- 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.
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
- Neosporin To-go
- Tide Pen
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!
**2017 Update** Guess what?!? I am now a Disney Travel Agent!! YAY!! If you are looking to plan a Disney trip, please contact me for a quote and I will be happy to help you book one for you and your family (It costs the same as booking direct, but more personalized service). You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out the below form or like my Facebook page and message via Facebook. Happy travels!!