What to Pack for Disney: The Ultimate Disney World Packing List

by | Apr 26, 2021 | WDW Blog

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The most complete Disney World packing list to make sure you don’t feel Dopey on the plane.

Ready to go to Disney World and you just locked the front door, suitcase in hand… wait… what did you forget? Avoid that not-so-magical feeling with this ultimate Walt Disney World packing list, including what you’ll need in your park bag. 

Get the simple PDF print version for free or keep scrolling for our extensive list of everything you’ll need to pack.

We even have an Extra Magic Disney World Packing List to help enhance your WDW experience.

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Our Disney World Packing List Includes

  • Travel Day Supplies
  • Paperwork
  • Clothes
  • Tech Needs
  • Medicine/Toiletries
  • Bedtime Needs
  • Makeup
  • For Baby
  • Swimwear
  • In Park Bag
  • WDW Extra Magic Packing List

Travel Day Supplies

Disney World Packing List Travel Day

These are travel-day specific, so don’t forget to get these ready for the morning you leave!

  • Travel Bag: Don’t put your travel day stuff in your other bags, which could get buried or checked on the plane
  • Travel outfit: Pick your most comfy clothes for the car/plane ride
  • Neck pillow, blanket for optimal comfort
  • Headphones
  • Activities: Phone games, tablet, book, etc
  • Motion sickness or anxiety meds: Listed this separately from our toiletries section below because you’ll need these handy in your travel bag
  • Paperwork: Passports and the stuff listed directly below. You’ll want to be able to easily access these without digging through underwear in your suitcase
  • Travel Home Things: Talk about self-care. You’ll have a travel day HOME at the end of vacation. Sad, but true. Make sure you have fresh travel clothes and activities to ease the pain of leaving Disney.

Paperwork

Disney World Packing List Paperwork

OK, so paper is kind of a thing of the past, but there are a few details you have to remember in order to let reality slip away in Fantasyland…

  • My Disney Experience App: This app can do everything from store your dinner reservations to open your Disney resort room door. Make sure you have it on all adult phones and that it is updated to the latest version.
  • Tickets: Pick your most comfy clothes for the car/plane ride
  • Luggage tags
  • Travel Agent Contact: Our friends at Destinations to Travel not only plan vacations… they help out whenever you have an issue WHILE on vacation. 
  • Itinerary: Maybe most of this is on your My Disney Experience App, but you’ll still need arrival times if you’ve got flights to catch or activities outside of WDW
  • Crowd Calendar: Day-to-day reminders of park events and crowd levels
  • Confirmation numbers: Get confirmation numbers for everything! Dig around in your email and make sure you have all the numbers for reservations.
  • Passport or State ID: Make it easy to prove who you are just in case
  • Debit Card and Emergency Credit Card: Sometimes banks can put a hold on your debit card if they think out-of-state activity looks suspicious. Call your bank ahead of time to let them know you’re traveling, and bring an emergency credit card with you just in case
  • The credit card you booked with: If not staying at a Disney resort, this could be VERY important for the offsite hotel reservation you made months ago

Clothes to Pack for Disney World

Disney World Packing List Clothes to Bring

  • 1 pair of shorts/skirt/dress for every day of your vacation. Plan for each park AND resort-only days
  • At least 1 pair of jeans/pants/tights if you are traveling in the fall/winter
  • 1 shirt for each day
  • Underpants, bra, slips, etc for each day as needed
  • 2 sweatshirts, windbreakers, or sweaters: Bring at least one, even in the summer—restaurants at WDW can be chilly.
  • 2 pairs of sweatpants for sleep/resort relaxing
  • 1 pair of socks for each day
  • 2 pairs of shoes: At least two, as one may wear on your feet in a way you didn’t expect. 1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of sandals is ideal
  • Belt
  • Hats or Parasol: The sun hangs just a few inches above your head in Florida, so bring all the hats and visors and parasols/umbrellas for protection.

Tech Packing

Disney World Packing List Camera Phone Charger

  • Camera
  • Camera Case: Something padded to protect from everything else in the day bag
  • Camera Charger
  • Phone Chargers
  • Tablet/Nintendo Switch
  • Chargers for all gamepads

Medicine and Toiletries

Disney World Packing List Medicine Toiletries

  • Daily Vitamins: Use a vitamin organizer to keep things tidy
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Lotion/Bodywash: These are provided by resorts, but you may want to bring your own due to an allergy or brand preference
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer: Wipes or spray
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Sunblock: All the sunblock in the world. Bring a smaller size that you can reapply every few hours!
  • Moleskin: This is a simple leather that can be cut and used to pad those spots on your shoes that want to give you blisters
  • Prescription medications: Bring these in their original prescription bottles
  • First-Aid Kit: A small one with Band-Aids will do. Resorts and Parks have First Aid personnel ready to help
  • Pain meds: There’s a lot of walking at WDW, ya never know.
  • CHECK: Are all liquids travel-sized? (3.4 oz bottle or less for air travel)

Bedtime Needs

What to pack for Disney World Packing List

I listed this separately because these things usually live near your bed or in the bathroom at home and you’ll likely use them the night before the trip, so don’t forget to pack them in the morning! 

  • Glasses Case
  • Contact Lens Case
  • Saline solution for contacts
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes: Double check in the morning to make sure everyone packed one
  • Dental Floss or floss picks
  • Nightguard or dental appliance and case
  • Sleep earplugs
  • Facial toner/wash
  • Night cream/moisturizer
  • Knee pillow: If you’re used to a specific orthopedic assist
  • Silk pillowcase: A must-have for some hair types
  • Can’t-Leave teddybears
  • CHECK: Are all liquids travel-sized? (3.4 oz bottle or less for air travel)

Makeup

Walt Disney World Packing List Makeup to Pack for Disney World

I’ve listed them all here in case it is what you typically use! Set out your makeup on the counter the night before if you are going to wear makeup on your travel day. This is to make sure those often-used items make it into your bag on travel day after you’ve applied them!

  • Foundation
  • Contour/Highlight/Blush
  • Setting powder: Recommended by our style maven, Aly, this really helps to keep makeup in place in the Florida sun!
  • Makeup sponges
  • Makeup remover (in a travel-sized bottle)
  • Eye primer
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyeshadow
  • False eyelashes and glue
  • Lip liner
  • Lipstick
  • Chapstick
  • CHECK: Are all liquids travel-sized? (3.4 oz bottle or less for air travel)

For Baby

Baby stuff to pack for Walt Disney World Packing List

  • Warm clothes: Jacket sweatpants and an extra blankie
  • Diaper Bag
  • Diapers
  • Swim diapers
  • Wipes
  • Bottles
  • Formula
  • Baby food
  • Baby hat
  • Socks
  • Stroller fan: Not a must-have, but if your baby gets hot easily, it’s not a bad idea
  • CHECK: Are all liquids travel-sized? (3.4 oz bottle or less for air travel)

Swimwear

Pool and swim supplies to pack for Walt Disney World Packing List

  • Swimsuit/trunks: Make sure they fit! If you haven’t been swimming in a while, make everyone in the house try on their suit
  • Swim shoes: For picky feet
  • Swim Earplugs
  • Nose plugs
  • Swim cap
  • Cover-up
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Swim bag for all this stuff
  • Sand toys: Some WDW resorts have sand, so pack just a couple of shovels and a castle mold to avoid buying these at the gift shop

Your Daily Park Bag

What to pack for a park day Walt Disney World Packing List

The packing doesn’t stop at home. Each day before jumping on the monorail/Skyliner/bus, you’ll need to pack up a bag for the day bag every day

  • Hats
  • Mickey Ears: Everyone who brings ears should also have a hat to switch to every now and then
  • Water bottle: You can refill your water bottle at drinking fountains all over the park
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock: Roll-on or bars is best for quick reapplication in the parks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Camera
  • Cellphone
  • Charging battery: FuelRod service is available in all four parks
  • Little snacks: Something to tide you over between rides or to shove in the stroller to save us all from a meltdown
  • Parade blanket: Parades are currently on hold at Walt Disney World, but you’d typically pack a small blanket for waiting on the grass

Extra Magic Disney World Packing List

Magical Extras Walt Disney World Packing List

  • Autograph book and large pen: For health and safety at the is time, characters are not currently holding traditional meet-and-greets or signing autographs.
  • Matching shirts: Lots of families make their own matching shirts or custom order via an Etsy shop. It’s a fun way to commemorate a special day on the trip, or just have all the same color shirts to find each other in the crowd!
  • Glowsticks: Buy a tube of a bunch of glowstick bracelets or light-up toys to avoid temptation when the glowing vendor carts come out at night at the parks
  • Bubble wand: Buy an Ariel bubble wand on Amazon or eBay ahead of time, because these are sure to catch the eye of little ones at the parks
  • Spray fan: If you’re going during a hot time of year, pack one of these to avoid buying one!
  • Souvenir surprises: Just like buying glow and bubble toys ahead of time, consider getting plush or toys to pack and have them “appear” in the room (be the last one out of the room and put them on the bed to await your return) for a surprise without the souvenir shop price tag!
  • Stamps: Did you know you can send mail at any Disney park or your resort? That’s right, you can send a special postcard to the gang back home

Anything Else?

What did you forget Walt Disney World Packing List

Of course, everyone has specific needs and items that are a must-not-forget.

Use this part of our printable packing list to keep track of what you can’t leave at home!

Printable Disney World Packing List

PRINT this Disney World packing list here in five pages.

This is a quick way to get all of the listed sections you see here in this post.

Print on DRAFT or low-quality black & white to save some ink. Feel free to cut out portions, like the Park Bag list, so that you can check it while on your trip!

Happy packing!

Written by Rain Blanken

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Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...
Rain Blanken

Written by Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding editorial director for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Did you like this article? Tip Rain in tartar sauce...