Heading to Disneyland or Disneyworld? This Disney Packing List will help you remember everything you need for a Disney day!
This post is LONG overdue. We are Disneyland annual passholders, and when ever we visit the Park, I get the same couple questions from y'all. So hold on to your hats (or Mickey ears)…….I'm finally launching a DISNEY Frequently Asked Questions series. And today's? What we pack to bring along to the park. I'm spilling my daily Disney Packing List. And trust, this is after many trial and errors.
Disney Packing List
The Perfect Lightweight Backpack: I ALWAYS use a backpack for our days at Disneyland. It helps to keep my hands free for stroller pushing (and yes we do still use a stroller for Disneyland days — our BOB is the BEST for walking around all day long). It's also easy to take on and off to store at my feet on rides. My favorite backpack for days at the park? This faux leather one from the Honest Company (super roomy) or this easily cleanable one from Ju-Ju-Be (great for summer when you may be on water rides or near the splash pad).
Small Camera: Now usually when we take pictures for our blog, I use a full body DSLR camera. But it only took two trips to Disneyland to realize that I was NOT willing to continue lugging a heavy camera around with me. I invested in a small mirrorless camera, and it's PERFECT for days at Disneyland.
Phone Battery Pack: True story, this is my most used item at the parks. EVERY time. A full day at Disneyland? Taking pictures? Video? Your phone won't make it. And heaven forbid you split up with some of your group……you need that phone to find each other. I keep a phone battery pack and cable stored in my backpack ready for trips. (Ironically the trip we took earlier this week? Even though my battery pack was charged and ready to go…..after about 15 trips….it didn't work anymore. In a total crisis, this map shows where to buy new power packs within the park).
Snacks: Yes, you can obviously buy food inside (and who doesn't love a mickey shaped treat). But there's nothing as bad as waiting in line for a ride with a hangry toddler (or grownup). I normally pack a few granola bars and snacks for moments of crisis.
Sunscreen: EVEN IN THE WINTER. Yup, you heard me. Sunscreen always. This mousse sunscreen is really easy to apply while standing in line, and we make it a practice to reapply every 2-3 hours.
Bandaids: I swear, no matter what socks or comfortable shoes I wear to Disneyland….I ALWAYS end up with blisters. We keep these Mickey Band Aids stored in our backpack along with ointment. You'll thank me later.
Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must pack. There's nothing as bad as spending 30 minutes squinting in line for It's a Small World. I actually keep a pair in my backpack at all times, so I don't forget them when packing in a hurry.
Hair Ties: I keep a handful of hair ties in my bag (that can work on my hair or Lydia's). They're LIFESAVERS on hot days!
Sweatshirts: Even on warm days, Disneyland can be cool in the morning or evening. And the sweatshirts they sell in park? NOT CHEAP. Pack a lightweight sweatshirt for each person.
Autograph Book: If we don't keep our autograph book in our Disneyland backpack to have available for character meet and greets…..I forget it EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Lip Balm: I normally pack very little makeup for long days at the park…..but I do pack Lip Balm.
WetWipes: Expect spills, dirty hands, and food all over EVERYONE'S face. We keep individual packs of wet wipes in our backpack…..and I'm always so glad I have them.
Bubbles: Best way to keep kids happy in long lines? Bubbles! Plus, you won't be pushed into buying a super expensive bubble wand.
Advil: A headache at Disneyland? THE WORST. I found these individual packs of Advil and keep a couple available in my bag.
Other things we bring with us? A blanket to sit on for parade watching and hats.
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