13 Must-Haves to Pack for Your Disney Trip

These are the absolute must-haves for your Disney trip. Don’t leave home without them! Seriously, you’ll thank us later!

These are the absolute must-haves for your Disney trip. Don’t leave home without them! Seriously, you'll thank us later!


So, you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World! One of the most stressful parts of planning is the packing. Of course, you’re going to pack normal items, like clothing, your cell phone, and any medical necessities. However, there are some essential items you won’t want to forget yet may not think about. Here are some must-pack items for your Walt Disney World vacation.

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Must-Haves for Your Disney Trip

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  1. Aloe Vera- Aloe Vera is a natural cooling treatment that is used to with skin inflammations, caused by sunburn. With the hot Florida sun, sunburn is always a possibility.
  2. Bathing suit- While this may be obvious, since you are headed to Florida after all, it is something some people seem to forget. Most of hotels and resorts at Walt Disney World have swimming pools and Disney Parks have 2 water parks, so bathing suits are essential.
  3. Camera- Yes, we all have cameras on our cell phones! However, with a DSLR camera, you can take advantage its feature settings for nighttime photography and optical zoom.
  4. Comfortable shoes- While you will likely pack your flip flops and heels, neither of these are ideal for walking around Walt Disney World. Instead, you’ll want to pack your most comfortable pair of shoes or sneakers for touring the parks.
  5. Hand sanitizer- While Disney World is known as Earth’s Happiest Place, it is not germ-free. Every surface that you touch in the parks has already been touched by numerous other hands. This is when hand sanitizer comes in handy!
  6. Over-the-counter medications- Purchasing OTC medications at Disney can be rather costly. So, pack your own from home. You’ll likely need Advil, for pain relief; Dramamine, for motion sickness and Tums, for upset stomach.
  7. Personal portable fan- Even in January, the temperatures in Orlando, Florida can reach the mid-80’s. So, having a personal portable fan can help keep you cool on hot days.
  8. Portable cell phone chargers- A portable cell phone charger lets you keep your phone charged while you are on the go. This way your phone won’t die when you are in the middle of taking pictures of Cinderella’s Castle.
  9. Rain coat- While the months of June, July and August see the most rain in Orlando, it can really rain at any time of the year. If you have a rain coat on hand, you won’t be caught off-guard if it does happen to rain.
  10. Sunglasses- Sunglasses will help to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Also, they will help to prevent you from squinting when taking pictures.
  11. Sunscreen- To protect your skin from the hot Florida sun, a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended.
  12. USB power hub- A USB power hub will allow you to charge your cell phones at night. It easily plugs right into the wall, featuring several ports.
  13. Water shoes- Water shoes are great for the Walt Disney World water parks. They are not only ideal for the water, but they will also protect your feet when walking on hot pavement.

If you do forget any of these must-haves for your Disney trip, you can pick some of them up down in Orlando. I highly recommend leaving the park to buy any necessities, though! You’ll pay twice as much within the park as you would if you just left the gates and went to a local Walmart or Target.

Did you take a trip to Disney World? What were some things that you wished you had packed? Share your must haves below!

18 thoughts on “13 Must-Haves to Pack for Your Disney Trip”

  1. It’s all about comfy shoes! This is such a great list – I feel like packing for Disney is super specific, and there’s always things you need to have with you! Love this – can’t wait to get back there!

  2. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    I would love to visit Disney! I haven’t ever been neither have my kids so it would be great to do at some point! Great to know these must haves!

  3. Rosemary Anderson Palmer

    We are going to Epcot next month so these are great ideas. Sounds kind of like when I’m packing for a cruise.

  4. I always feel like I am forgetting something when we pack for a trip. These are all great must haves for a trip to Disney. We are hoping to go again next year.

  5. Great tips! Shoes, shoes, shoes… comfortable shoes. I don’t think people really understand how large Disney Parks are and how much walking they’ll do. A good pair of shoes is a must.

  6. I live in Florida and haven’t been to Disney in far too many years now! You’ve got some great items that are must haves for our hot climate and travel in general!

  7. These are all extremely good ideas. The comfortable shoes are probably number one in my book! If you were going to be walking all day that is extremely important. We are hoping to go there next year so I will pin this so that I have the list of what I need.

  8. Coupon Cutting Mom

    Disney is a favorite destination of ours! Your list included so many great must take along items. And then my husband wonders why I can never pack light. It is because I bring along so many useful items.

  9. Sensible and comfortable shoes are a must, we laugh at some of the shoes women wear. Water bottle and my sun glasses. Will add more of what you suggested.

  10. I never go to Disney or anywhere without my sunglasses! I need to remember the hand sanitizer when we go back to Disney in the spring. Your list of must-haves is on point!

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