Top 8 Items To Pack For Your Disney Trip

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Adding these easy to forget items to your ultimate Disney packing list now will save you lots of money while you are enjoying your Walt Disney World vacation. While your Walt Disney World packing list would include clothes, toiletries, and other items for use at hotel, here is the ultimate packing list for your Disney park bag.

If you are planning a Disney trip of course, you have your transportation sorted out, including airfare, car rental, and hotels. You may have your travel documents, clothing, toothbrush, and shampoo packed in your bag. But don’t forget your backpack for your time at the park. These 8 items to pack for your Disney trip will be invaluable to you during your day AT the park.

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Toy story land at Hollywood Studios

Bottled Water

Bottled water and other bottled beverages are a huge way to take a load off your budget at Walt Disney World. The bottles of water and soft drinks at at Disney destination are grossly overpriced. As a rule, people pay too much for soda and water anyway, especially when it’s easy to use a debit or credit card. And when you compare to the price of a case of bottled water from the store, you’d save a ton of money on your Disney trip by bringing your own bottled water.

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From my own personal experiences, bringing your own water is a win-win. Not only do you save money for other fun items, foods, or other essential items, you have room left in your luggage for souvenirs you will be sure to purchase. Another great way to save money and the environment is to bring a reusable water bottle for each member of the family and fill it up through out the day.


Yes, bring your own snacks for the entire family to your trip to Disney theme parks. Granola bars, trail mix, and easy grab and go snacks are best. You can tuck them into a diaper bag, in your purse, or bag that you carry throughout the park. The best part is this will allow you to save money for grabbing lunch or dinner at the park. Younger kids will love having things to munch on throughout the day, as they may be too excited to eat a full meal.

Epcot Foot and Wine Festival sign with sunset in the background


If you want to save more money on your Disney World trip, bring your own lunch too. You can bring in lunch boxes, or carry more food in your backpack. Some great items to pack for lunch at the park are applesauce, sandwiches, and dried fruit. With the heat, and the fact that you are outside all day, bringing fresh fruit may not be the best idea, as that can spoil. You are more than welcome to bring in your own food in a small cooler. Just keep in mind they may inspect the cooler, as alcohol is not allowed at the park.

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You can even use the Disney World menus for inspiration to see the sorts of things that come with kids’ meals. Adults benefit too since most grown-ups follow some kind of diet that isn’t fully supported by Walt Disney World food services. You don’t have to cheat on your diet or give up hope. You can keep yourself on track by bringing your own reliable foods and keeping them for easy access anytime.

Having a lunchbox, or even thermos to keep food hot or cold will be a lifesaver for you at the park. Don’t forget to bring extra napkins or even baby wipes.

Baby Wipes

Even if you don’t have a baby, a pack of baby wipes would be invaluable to you at the park. You can use it to clean off your hands, clean the faces of your small children after eating, remove sweat and grime, and even wipe off a seat or table when resting. You only need to bring a small pack, and the peace of mind that you can stay cleaner is fully worth the space in your backpack. They can definitely make a big difference in your day.

First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit, with some band-aids, lip balm, sunscreen, and even a small plastic bottle of aloe vera will be the best thing you remembered to pack. While you should always wear comfortable walking shoes at the park, even the best shoes can leave you with blisters when you are walking all day, and your feet are sweating. Lip balm will keep your lips soft and hydrated and it helps to avoid sunburn. And of course, sunscreen for the entire family to prevent sunburn is a must. You can also use the aloe to help relieve itchy bug bites.

family in front of Disney World Castle in Florida

Disney T-Shirts

Dressing for the occasion is part of the fun of packing for Disney World. Packing Disney T-Shirts to wear during the trip is a great way to get into the spirit of the occasion. Some people like to buy their Disney shirts in the park but they are very expensive and you can usually find them in advance on ShopDisney.com. That means less time spent in the store shopping. Don’t forget the Mickey ears, too!

A Weather App

Florida’s weather can be very warm and humid. Most of the year, it’s beautiful weather to be outside at the Disney parks. However, it does rain, or storms can pass through the area. Having a weather app installed on your phone will help you keep track of the weather that you could be dealing with. You can also determine if you need to take a break inside or hang out in line for the rides in the Magic Kingdom with the sun shining.

Formal Wear

Even the nice restaurants at Walt Disney World have pretty relaxed dress codes. However, some premium dining experiences at nearby hotels are more formal, such as Victoria and Alberts, or Capa at the Four Seasons. Even if you are not expected to show up looking snazzy, it does feel better if you are able to take the time to freshen up in your room and change into something nicer for the evening.

family having dinner at Disney World's Grand Floridian White Hall room and patio

These are some of the best items you will want to include in your packing list for your vacation. What else would you include?

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