I’m a list person. It helps me remember everything I need to pack and has saved me from forgetting important things. I’ve scoured packing lists all over the internet specifically for Walt Disney World® Resort trips. I’ve seen some good recommendations but most just aren’t necessary for our family. We do own a very nice Nikon®, but we never take it because we just don’t like lugging it around parks. Our phones have a topnotch quality camera and there are Disney’s PhotoPass® Service photographers around every corner at the parks. (I will rejoice the day I can walk into a park with no stroller or bag.)
I came across a post on Pinterest that was claiming to be the “Ultimate Disney Packing List”. I read over the list and was so grateful that our family doesn’t need half of the items recommended. I can’t imagine needing most of those things. Then I remembered my oldest daughter’s first trip when she was just over a year old, we actually rented a small U-Haul pull behind trailer to take all of her “necessities” with us. She had to be rocked to sleep at night, have to bring the glider. (Yes, I’m serious.) We brought her full-sized high chair, a large plastic container full of toys, 2 boxes of diapers, a case of wipes, another medium plastic container with her feeding essentials (jar food, bowls, spoons, sippy cups, snacks…) She got an entire large suitcase of clothes to herself. Bath towels, wash cloths, every medicine we owned (just in case).
We were at Walt Disney World® Resort for 6 days. The list seems so unnecessary looking back! Now, with our 3 girls and many more trips under our belts, our list has been drastically reduced to just the essentials.
Here are some recommendations from our family (2 adults, 3 girls). Amounts vary depending on length of stay, and your family may find they need more things in larger amounts. I’ve personally found relief in packing less stuff.
Don’t forget to bring your MagicBands, resort paperwork and a print out of any dining reservation confirmations. It’s also super convenient to just have the confirmation numbers on your phone as a backup to your My Disney Experience app.
- Enough shirts for everyone to wear a different one each day
- Shorts 3-4 pair (we don’t mind doing laundry once or twice)
- Good walking shoes
- Extra pair of good walking shoes (it will rain, your shoes will get soaked)
- Flip Flops/water shoes/sandals for walking to the pool
- Bathing suits (if you plan to swim), towels are provided at the resort pool
- Anything you use in the shower everyday/daily hygiene
- Hair Dryer (the resorts provide these, I prefer my own)
- Brushes and hair ties
- Contact lenses/Glasses/Sunglasses bring an extra set, and all your cleaning supplies
- Aloe (in case you forget to apply said sunscreen)
- Ponchos (It’s bound to rain at least a couple of afternoons)
- A couple of detergent pods
- Baby wipes (can be used in a variety of ways)
- Stroller (we have an umbrella stroller for the 6 year old)
- Phone chargers and portable chargers
- Roll of quarters and pennies for laundry, toll roads (we drive), and for penny press machines
- Outlet strip for charging multiple things in the room
- Pop-up hamper keeps the floor neat and gives you something to carry to the laundry center
- Small packs of tissues
- A good chapstick with sunscreen
- Ziploc bags in various sizes. Multiple uses, the best is to put your phone in for a water ride or those afternoon rain storms
- Prescriptions. I would bring the entire bottle. If you run out or they all get ruined somehow, you’ll need your RX number and prescribing physicians information to have any hope of getting a refill at a local pharmacy.
- Over the Counter Medications. Instead of the entire pack or box, I bring 2-3 doses of anything I think we may need including: Benadryl, Tylenol, anti nausea, etc. There are countless pharmacies just off property and the sundry stores at all on property resorts carry a wide variety of over the counter medicines in case you were to need them, as well as first aid and baby care centers located inside of all 4 parks.
- Basic first aid kit, with a few bandages, bug bite cream, antibiotic cream. Again, most things like this can be purchased nearby anywhere you are on property.
So everything I’ve listed can be packed into 2 large suitcases and a medium bag. My husband remembers the day when packing the car was like a careful game of Tetris. He’s grateful for my minimalist approach these days.
What else does your family pack that you feel is totally necessary for a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation?
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