As my very first blog post I’ve compiled the ultimate list of what most people, especially families with children will want to bring.
The Disney Backpack List
+ Cell Phone With My Disney Experience app
This is a must have and at the top of my list for so many reasons. Communication is of course a major need, especially if you’ll be splitting up with your family so there’s that helpful part. I also like to take pictures of all my children individually and as a group just prior to entering the park, just in case they get “lost”, this will help security to be able to locate them much faster. As a matter of fact, the camera gets lots of use during any visit and you’ll want to keep it in a handy pocket of your bag so you don’t have to dig for it. My Disney Experience is the app that you can use to not only book, but also keep track of your Resort, dining, and fastpass reservations. You can also change and cancel most reservations this way as well, which makes it a most helpful and time-saving app. Another plus is that Disney has wifi pretty much everywhere throughout the parks so you don’t have to use up any precious data.
+ Frozen Water Bottles
Let’s face it, most of the time, Disney World is a pretty “hot” place to visit, and I’m not just talking about how much fun but actual temperatures, which average a good 85 from May through October. Do yourself a favor and freeze some, if not all of your water bottles and keep them in a waterproof bag so they don’t “sweat” all over everything. When it’s sweltering you can not only drink the water, but it’s so refreshing to just roll over your clothes or face. There are plenty of water fountains at Disney but most people agree that it has a “funky” taste, so bringing your own is a major plus and much cheaper than paying $2.50 or more per bottle.
+ Snacks Like Almonds, Dried Fruit
You can most definitely find plenty of snacks at Disney World, most of them are perhaps not as nutritious as some would like, so I always bring something high in protein and easy to throw in like nuts with some dried fruit mixed in. Some like to being pretzels or crackers as well as fruit. It’s all up to you but when hunger strikes just as you’re almost done waiting to get onto an attraction, you’ll be thankful to have something to grab.
+ Umbrella For Sun Or Rain
If you are sun-conscious then an umbrella can be a lifesaver, especially when waiting for parades to start. Those shaded spots can go fast and you just might wind up waiting out in the sun for a while. Get a compact umbrella and save aggravation, hats and sunglasses only do so much to shade you.
Because rain and/or wet rides are inevitable. You will thank me.
+ Boogie Wipes
These saline wipes have so many uses, be it a nose or face wipe, hand cleaning, wet bathroom wipe. I always bring a bunch of the individually wrapped ones or a small package such as this one.
For intended use and anti-chafing. I use deodorant/antiperspirant not only under my arms but on my feet as well. It really works to prevent blisters when doing so much walking.
+ Small Towel Or Blanket
Always handy for cleaning up after rain or wet rides as well as for parade seating, to add some cushion.
Because skin cancer.
A must, unless you enjoy crows feet and seeing spots.
For any child up to age 6/7, also great for holding souvenirs to take home. (no this doesn’t fit in a backpack but I’m including it anyway since it’s so important)
+ Battery Pack For Cell Phone
Trust me, you’ll need it.
+ Extra Clothes In Ziplock Bags
In case of accidents.
+ Lip Balm: with SPF
Because sunburn on lips hurts!
+ Autograph Books & Sharpies
If you plan on doing any Character Meet & Greets.
+ Glow Sticks: for night time
This will save you money so the kids don’t want everything they see on the carts.
+ Spray Bottle with Fan
Save your $18 and buy before you arrive, it can be a lifesaver when hot..
Baseball or anything, this will help shade your eyes from the sun, hair from rain and disguise frizzy hair.
+ Pennies for Pressing
They make a great inexpensive souvenir.
+ Pins To Trade (if you like)
What are your must-haves at Disney? Anything I forgot? Please add what I missed in the comments section below.