If you are headed to Disney World you want to make sure you are well prepared for your day. From the hot sun, to hydration, and everything else, having a well prepared backpack for Disney World is essential to making sure you have a great day.
Special Note: If you are looking for a good back pack, I recommend something with two shoulder straps, The weight may not seem like much first thing in the morning, but by the end of the fireworks that extra 5-10 lbs of weight will feel a lot heavier than it did when you left the hotel that morning. Here are some Disney themed packs for you to get you in the mood.
Passport or Photo ID
If you haven’t activated your Magic Bands yet (which is for everyone outside of the US), you will need to go to customer service outside of the park entrance and have your Magic Bands activated. To do this you will need the card that you used to pay for your passes and proof of ID for everyone going into the park. Once you do the they will take your finger scan so that you will not need them the rest of your days at the park.
If these were sent to you in advance, you will need to make sure you have them when you get to the park. Otherwise you will have to go back the hotel room and get them.
Your phone you will likely remember, but you will also have it out a lot. Between booking the extra fast passes using our FastPass Strategy, to just wanting to take pictures of every cool thing you will see, your battery will die on you.
Don’t get caught with a dead phone half way through your day.
Grab a portable battery charger and make sure you don’t miss any amazing picture moments.
If you aren’t attaching credit card to your Magic Band (which isn’t a bad idea, since it’s one more thing to carry around) then you will want to make sure you have enough cash and credit on you to buy your snacks, meals and other gift shop buys for each of the parks.
Epipens/ Inhaler / Band aids/ Advil / Allergen Pills & Other Medication
If you have allergies or other medication conditions, make sure you have your medicines on you in case anything should ever happen.
This is one that you can easily buy in advance and save your family some money. These were in big demand at the parks. Our kids weren’t keen on the idea until they saw other kids everywhere with them. So they immediately wanted some. Luckily we had the foresight to buy them before the park and saved big time.
If you plan on being around in the evenings for the fireworks, and you should because they will give you goosebumps. Then make sure to bring some glow sticks with you for the kids to enjoy at the park. It’s way better with them!
You can get a small glass of water for free anywhere in the park, but I found that it was easier to have an empty water bottle to bring with me. Also a Contigo water bottle has the advantage of keeping your water cool through out the day which is important when it’s 90 degrees first thing in the morning.
You can bring snacks into Disney, and it’s a good idea to have them when you need them. This was a nice thing to have with allergies, just in case we couldn’t find anything to eat.
If you are not a big fan of germs in public places (I mean who is?) or if you have allergies like I do and just need to wipe a table down before you eat somewhere it’s a good idea to pack some hand sanitizer with you.
Wipes and Kleenex
Along with the hand sanitizer if you don’t like the idea of eating on tables with those germs you can easily grab some lysol wipes and give the table a wipe down before you eat. If you have a nut allergy this would be a must bring in my book. You can get travel packs here.
Pins and Lanyard
Disney big thing for the kids is pin trading and collecting. They have starter packs but each pin costs around $8.99 to start and go higher.
It’s a lot of fun to watch the kids trade and it’s a really good way to have shy kids break out of their shell and talk with other people.
I wish I had known about this before we got to the park. I would have stocked up. Grab some pins before you head to Disney World here.
Somewhere in the day you are going to need a little shot of sugar just get you through the wait in one of the lines. Pack some gum to help you and the fam blow bubbles while you wind through the lines to the bigger attractions.
Protect yourself from the sun, I’m not a hat wearer but I had one on all day every day. Otherwise I would have burned.
The first thing you will do every morning is coat yourself in sunscreen, but half way through the day you will probably need a touch up. Make sure to pack some for the rest of the afternoon.
Here are some different one to pick from, we liked the spray on sport because it was longer lasting and higher SPF
You will need them. Everyone will. I couldn’t believe how strong the sun was down in Orlando. Make sure you whole family has a pair for the trip.
Lip chap with SPF
The heat can be really hard on those of us who aren’t used to living in cooler climates. Makes sure your lips don’t get burnt and bring some lip chap with SPF.
If the rain doesn’t get you rides like Kali River Rapids and Splash Mountain are bound to get you wet. I got absolutely soaked on Kali, much to the delight of my family. Luckily we had all of our electronic items in a waterproof bag or that ride would have cost us two iPhones. (As the pack mule of the family I was blessed to carry around the backpack all day).
You could also use ziplock bags as a frugal choice! If you want to get some water proof pouches before you leave you can purchase them here.
In Disney World it rains at the same all the time in the summer. 15 minutes of pouring and then you are good to go again. Having some disposable ponchos is a good idea.
We ended up using ours every other day. It’s also a good idea to have shoes that can dry out quickly.
Autograph cards/ Sharpies
I was shocked at how my kids wanted every characters autograph, we would ask them over and over before leaving if they were interested and it was always met with a “Nah, not really.”
Luckily my wife picked up some autograph books before we left otherwise we would have paid an extra 400% on these inside the park.
Make sure to have a few sharpies too. The characters don’t have pens with them so you will need something and it’s better to have a thicker pen so it’s easier for them to grab. A normal sharpie will do.
These are in big demand at the parks. In fact they were pretty hard to find.
We got ours before leaving and they were a godsend in the summer heat. All you need is some water and these towels provide some very nice, much needed cooling.
Don’t leave home without them get them here.
What Leave Out When You Pack for Disney World Parks
These are banned in the parks. If you bring one in your bag it will have to be left behind. Just something you should know before you get there.
Checklist for Your Backpack
There you have it. That’s the list of things to buy before going to Disney World. I carried around many of these items in our back pack everyday at the park. It was definitely worth it.
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