Packing For Disney Stress Free!

Packing For Disney Stress Free!

Being prepared with our packing list for your Disney World visit has you covered with everything you need for your stress-free Disney vacation. A little pre-planning will make sure you're prepared for your visit to Walt Disney World, and we have you covered with everything you need to pack! Take a look at our packing checklist so you arrive at the Most Magical Place on Earth Happy, Confident and Stress Free!

  • My Disney Experience App - Make it easy to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation today with online and mobile tools that allows you to manage and share vacation details—at home and on the go. Visit My Disney Experience website to set up your account and then download the free mobile app. The app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. Once you have set up an account, then it's time to enter your reservation information.


  • Travel Documents - Having all essential documents you need to travel with is one of the most important parts of packing for any vacation.
    • Passport and Identification - Always travel with physical identification, be it a Driver's License or Passport. It’s recommended to have a digital back-up of all your identification in case of an emergency. Having your information at hand for embassies will save you a lot of trouble if you are in need of any assistance.
    • Airline Tickets and Luggage Tags - Print paper boarding passes at home, as a back-up to your digital pass, always keep it backed up on your phone. Luggage Tags are kept in the envelope right up until the moment they need to go on your luggage.
    • Transportation - If you are renting a car, print out a copy of the reservation and carry it in your carry-on bag. Have a digital copy too.
    • Hotel Reservations - Print out a copy of the reservation and carry it in your carry-on bag. Remember- Walt Disney World Resort Guests have the option to purchase and use a MagicBand. This unique Disney accessory will allow you to check into the Resort and open your room door, as well as access to the parks. A digital copy of your Resort reservations is kept in your MyDisneyExperience App. 
  • Vacation Documents
  • Theme Park and Event Tickets - The easiest answer for this during a Walt Disney World Vacation is to make sure everything is connected to your MagicBand even before you leave home. However, if it's not, be sure to take a picture of your tickets showing the number, and keep your receipts. This is easy enough to place in your document holder and you have proof of purchase should the need arise.
  • Maps and Directions - Park maps are readily available to Guests. At Walt Disney World if you need to figure out how to get from place to place, the MyDisneyExperience App is always loaded onto your phone. All Disney Cast Members are willing to help you with any questions or concerns you may have during your Disney visit. 
  • Important phone numbers - In addition to keeping important contact numbers in your phone, print them on the bottom of your itinerary to keep in your carry-on luggage.
  • Vacation Insurance Documents - Take a copy of your vacation insurance policy with you. Keep it in the folder or envelope with your other paper documents. If you need it, the easiest way to access the services you have paid for is to have a copy on hand.
  • Healthcare Documents - Carry medications in original containers with a digital back-up of prescription information. Be sure that your prescriptions are always in your carry-on bag, not checked luggage. In addition, it is wise to have a medic alert ID card with a list of prescriptions in your wallet if you have any conditions emergency personnel would need to be alerted to.
  • Itinerary - MyDisneyExperience App helps to keep dates, times, and reservations. However, print out a copy of your itinerary along with contact information and put the sheet of paper inside each bag of your checked luggage. By doing this, if you are separated from your bags you can be more easily reunited. It's also a good idea to leave a copy of all this information with a close friend or family member at home.
  • Cash - It’s a good idea to bring some cash along with you too. There will be ATMs in Disney World but the fees will be more than it would cost to just run to the bank before the trip.
    • Pennies and Quarters - If you want to collect the pressed pennies during your trip then add these to your Disney World packing list. Be sure to get shiny pennies!
  • Backpack/Comfortable Park Bag - Be sure that you bring a backpack that is comfortable for you to wear for long hours. I often take a backpack into theme parks because I like having all of the things I could need available to me at all times. Disney World days can be long! Having several essentials on hand can make your days much more Stress Free and Enjoyable. “

          “Better to have and not need, than need and not have…” 

  • Phone -  Disney introduced MagicMobile at Walt Disney World, which is a new feature in the My Disney Experience app that lets you turn your phone into your MagicBand. Once activated, you're able to use your phone to scan into the Disney Parks and connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account
  • Camera - Most people these days have high end cell phones that take great pictures but some guests like to bring their professional camera as well. But just remember- you will have to carry it all day!
  • Battery Pack - It is surprising how much you will need a battery charger on your trip. You will often be using the My Disney Experience App, along with taking pictures that bringing one of these is a must, and having one on hand will be a lifesaver. 
  • Refillable Water Bottle - This is a top item on your packing list. You can get dehydrated fast walking in the hot weather and you want to stay as hydrated as possible. Disney World has several free water bottle refill stations around the park. These water bottle refill stations easily allow replenishment of water bottles just like on a drinking fountain.
  • Ponchos - You can count on experiencing rain on your Disney vacation and your family will thank you if you arrive prepared with ponchos. You can find packages of disposable ones or buy durable ones to rewear throughout the trip.
  • Umbrellas - Having good umbrellas available for the heavy rains on your Disney World vacation is a must, and also great for protecting and shielding yourself from the hot sun. Plan to bring a small umbrella that fits inside your backpack.
  • Hand Sanitizer - Disney will have plenty of hand sanitizer stations throughout the park but having your own means you always have some on hand.
  • Approved Face Masks - Masks must fit snugly, be secured with ties or ear loops, fully cover the guest's nose and mouth, and secure under the guest's chin. Neck gaiters, open-chin, triangle bandanas, and masks containing valves, mesh, or holes are not acceptable. Costume masks are also not accepted.
  • Packages of Kleenex/Wet Wipes - Travel sized packages of Kleenex for your park backpack, also carry a travel sized package of Wet Wipes to wipe down sticky kids' hands and tables before we eat.
  •  Lanyards - Themed Lanyards are a great way to display Disney Park pins you collect during your visit. They can also work as a nice neck wallet to store your park & resort cards, gift cards or credit cards for convenience and safe keeping.
  • Disney Trading Pins - If you plan on trading pins, start your collection online before your visit.
  • Autograph Book and Big Sharpie - A cherished autograph book is a must to help lower character meet and greet stress. Bring a clickable Sharpie so it's easier for the characters to use when they sign.
  •  Sunscreen - Protect your skin, prevent painful sunburns and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Arrive prepared with sunscreen. Especially if you're traveling with kids, this is an essential packing list item.
  • Sunglasses are Essential - Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that can be damaged by the sun. The reflection of the sun off buildings, cars and even the water itself can have a harmful effect on your eyes.
  • Aloe Vera - Hopefully you can avoid any sunburns but if you're not so lucky, having this on hand will relieve any of your discomfort.
  • Gold Bond Powder - Protect your legs from chafing, that you might experience on your Disney World trip from all the walking.
  • Mini First Aid Kit - Be prepared with Band-Aids for any small cuts or scrapes or blisters that might be created while in the parks. First Aid stations are located in all the Disney parks.
  •  Tums or Pepto Bismol - Keep these on hand for any stomach upset, especially if you have kids, is a wise move.
  •  Pain Reliever - Always have this on hand if you get a headache or other aches during your trip to the Disney parks. Pack the pain reliever of your choice.
  • Chapstick - It is recommended to add this to your packing list. Using a brand that includes a SPF will help protect your lips from sunburn and chapping.
  • Kid Necessities - Your kids might need they're at home comforts to keep them happy on a trip. You don't want to arrive at your hotel and realize you forgot the stuffed animal they cannot sleep without! Bring whatever they need to be comfortable at night or in the parks, especially if you have smaller kids.
  •  Stroller - Even if you think you will not need a stroller, If you have small kids, you need a stroller during your Disney trip. Bring your own or you can also rent one from a third party. A stroller is also handy to store bags and packages, so you do not have to carry them all the time.

With this list, we tried to skip things that are unnecessary (like shampoo, conditioner, and hand soap) because you can find them in your hotel room or in the parks. 

Mickey’s Backpack offers “Park Packs” that range from basic to premium, that include an adult themed Disney backpack with essential and keepsake products to help you be better prepared for your Disney visit.

Have A Magical Day!


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