Disney Packing List For Families: What I Wish I’d Known (Free Printable!)

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Disney vacation planning can be intimidating.  How about a Disney packing list for families and help with Disney resorts, what to bring to Disney World parks, Disney transportation, how long to stay at Disney, the best time to visit Disney, Disney World planning checklist, and even what to do at Disney depending on your kids ages, and more?  As a Mom of olders that love Disney and been going to Disney World since I was a kid, I’m here for all the Disney World How-Tos!

back side of Disney Castle for Disney packing list

As a wife, Mom, and travel writer, I pray that my love for details will streamline your planning and make it fun.  Today, you’re getting Disney packing list advice, what to pack & what not to pack, and a free Printable Packing Checklist!


This Disney packing list post is part #1 in my Walt Disney World series.  There is so much I want to share that I can’t contain myself!  Yep, that’s what the Disney magic does to you.  I’ll be answering the questions that YOU have been asking via my inbox, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • Are those Magic Bands worth the hype?
  • How should we dress for Disney Park days?
  • Which Disney splurges are worth the money?
  • How can we save money on food while at Disney?
  • Should we stay at a Disney Resort or off property?
  • Is Disney Springs worth the time and effort to visit?
  • Can we really enjoy just one day in the Disney Parks?
  • How can I avoid extra expenses like Disney Resort parking?



I would highly suggest bringing bottled water and snack foods along for the hotel room. If your hotel does not have continental breakfast, bring convenience breakfast foods along too. Our resort did not have free breakfast.  We saved tons of time and money eating pop tarts before heading out to Disney activities.  It didn’t kill us, Y’all, I promise!  😉

Besides the obvious items like outfits and toiletries, here are a few things not miss for your Walt Disney packing list:

A fold up poncho for every person ~ Florida is known for its unpredictable weather.  In the summer especially, it rains a little bit most days.  Taking raincoats and ponchos on your Florida vacation is a necessity any time of the year.  I’d pack raincoats for rambling outside of Disney Parks and save the ponchos for when you go into the Disney Parks.  Ponchos also come in handy to keep you dry while riding wet rides like Splash Mountain.

Splash Mountain

This family pack of rain ponchos will fit men, women, and kids and they won’t take up much room.  These things seriously weigh almost nothing and are tiny!  They are cheap enough to be disposable after use and made well enough to reuse if you choose.

More than one pair of shoes for every person ~ In order to keep blisters and sore feet to a minimum, every person needs at least two good pairs of walking shoes.

Cash, credit cards & travel receipts ~ Of course, you know to bring your money, but I also take receipts for reservations and all things Disney that was bought in advance.  I know it sounds old school but you never know if technology messes up and you need to prove a transaction that you made before the trip.

Sunscreen & Water ~ Inside all Disney water parks, counter service restaurants will give you a free cup of water when it’s hot or a free cup of hot water when it’s chilly.  For the cold months, take packets of hot chocolate.  When it’s warm, you can drink the water plain or you can bring electrolyte packets to ensure that no one gets dehydrated. You can also take these collapsible, pocket-sized water bottles.

Preventative and post-walking bandaids ~ Any time we will be walking for long distances, I bring these high-quality blister guards.  We also take this moleskin wrap in case someone does get a blister but there’s more walking to do.

Magic bands ~ We’ll talk more about all the hoopla surrounding magic bands if you don’t know.  If you already have them or are planning to get them, place them in your suitcase as soon as they arrive in the mail.

Pockets & Waist packs ~ This is my favorite Disney packing hack!  Women have the curse of having to carry so much stuff in the parks – especially if you have littles. Princess and I did not want to lug purses around the Disney parks.  That’s a dilemma because shorts and Capri yoga pants (my outfit) don’t typically have pockets.  We needed to be able to carry cash, phone, GoPro, allergy meds, and an EpiPen.

Oh yeah, and we were being snobs by not wanting to wear a fanny pack.  😉  Two items came through for us that solved our probs and they were game changers:

This specific waist pack was a lifesaver because IT LAYS FLAT! across our waists and UNDERNEATH our shirts.  We were able to fit cash, meds, debit card, EpiPen, Disney Pins, etc.  There’s also a place for a water bottle but we didn’t want to sport that look.

These Baleaf yoga pants had two large side pockets big enough for a 5.5″ phone with a case and my GoPro.  Most of the time, I carried my daughter’s large phone as well!

My new favorite yoga pants with POCKETS!
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Disney Maps ~ Did you know that you can print out Disney maps of each park?  That way, the fam can map out which attractions and restaurants are the non-negotiables.  Just go to the main page HERE and click on the Disney park you wish to print out.  Right under the main image, you see something like, “Magic Kingdom Guide Map.”

Travel activity bag for everyone ~ I would suggest a small travel bag or backpack with everything can keep you and your family entertained in the car.  If flying, this would be everyone’s carry-on bag.  Enjoy!

Devices & accessories ~ Phones and other electronics should go in your travel bag along with chargers, cords, and earbuds.  The one thing that I almost bought and regretted not buying was a tiny rechargeable battery.  I had a fully-charged phone and GoPro, and my phone still died rather quickly by early afternoon.  You always have the option of the $30 rechargeable batteries within the park that you buy from.  But tiny, pre-bought batteries like these make more sense to me.

Souvenir gear ~ If your kiddos enjoy collecting character signatures and/or Disney pressed pennies, don’t forget the books that hold those special souvenirs!

Disney Packing List Family shown at Disney World - posing in front of castle

Specific packables for your family ~ Every family is different and has special needs.  For instance, if your kiddos tend to be extremely messy, pack a handy stain remover stick.  If you know you’ll be sweating exponentially on a summer trip to Disney, stash a mini deodorant in your waist pack.  If someone in your group has special needs physically or medically, locate the first aid stations on each Disney parks map as you enter and take any essentials you must have.


Some ideas that you can consider leaving home are things you aren’t sure you’ll need, inexpensive items you can purchase at your destination, and duplicates of anything except undergarments and shoes. Be sure to leave at home clothes that won’t mix and match with all the outfits too.

There are many things you could skip and get for free at the First Aid Stations inside the Disney parks and locations are marked on the park maps that you’re given when you enter the park. Each First Aid station inside Disney parks has an RN and lots of supplies like:

  • bandages
  • insect repellent
  • Tylenol
  • tissues
  • thermometer
  • ice for bruises

In my opinion, umbrellas are too obtrusive in the parks for you and other guests, but ponchos/raincoats are better.  There are MANY things listed below that is against Disney magic to bring.

Don’t miss the rules below!!!


Walt Disney World has high standards when it comes to what you can and cannot do and wear within the parks and I’m thankful for it.  Here are some paraphrased rules concerning what to wear or what NOT to bring:

You have to wear appropriate clothes and keep on your shoes and shirts at all times, folks. Don’t wear tons of layers or you could be searched.  No one over the age of 14 can wear a costume or mask unless it’s a special event.  There are specifics for wearing costumes for Halloween parties or runDisney.

No drones, remote-controlled cars, skateboards, scooters, or shoes with wheels on them are permitted.  Strollers can’t be bigger than 36″ x 52.” Glass containers are prohibited too like baby food jars. Nothing pulled by a person or wheelchair (like wagons) can come in. No containers of any kind that are larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high.

You and all the stuff you try to carry in will go through screening and security.  Selfie sticks, hand-held camera poles, or weapons of any kind are not permitted inside Walt Disney World Parks (even toy or squirt guns and pocket knives).


I have a special gift for you!  Below you can sign up to receive a free Disney packing list “checklist” with all the things we discussed.  If you are already a subscriber, just check your latest email from me for the password to the “free Wifey Printable library” to find yours.

Share with me what I forgot to include in the comments below! Have you printed your Disney packing list for families yet?

I hope this Disney packing list information and Printable were helpful to you.  Let me hear what you think and share – share – share!  Thank you!


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Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. Sabrina
    April 16, 2018 / 10:54 am

    These tips are so helpful! Can’t wait to read more!

  2. Melanie
    April 17, 2018 / 11:12 am

    This is a great list! I love the yoga pants with pockets idea!

    • Shan
      April 17, 2018 / 11:46 am

      Thanks, Mel! Those pants are SERIOUSLY my new b.f.f. I have to get the other colors!


  3. Shan
    April 17, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Thanks, Ashley! Right?! Us girls have to stick together on all of these travel aids. lol 😉


  4. Jocelyn Kopac
    April 17, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Never been to Disney, but this advice is great for all trips! Thanks, Disney is definitely on our list.

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      You must visit. It’s one-of-a-kind for sure. 🙂


  5. heather
    April 17, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Awesome tips! We are hoping to go next year, so this will be a great resource. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 11:19 am

      Yay! Heather. That’s exciting. Glad to be helpful.


  6. Ayanna
    April 17, 2018 / 1:58 pm

    Great tips! I will definitely make sure to wear pants with pockets and bring ponchos for the entire family.

  7. Samantha
    April 17, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    These are some great ideas. I remember us having ponchos on our Disney trip. It poured one day! Saved us from getting soaked!

  8. Raina
    April 18, 2018 / 12:27 am

    LOL- The poptarts comment, love it! What a great list! Saving this for when we take our kids!

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 11:18 am

      haha, Raina. Glad you get my humor. Not everyone does. hahaha 🙂


  9. Kelsey
    April 18, 2018 / 7:54 am

    This is perfect! I’m pinning this for later, we are planning to do Disney in January!

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 11:17 am

      Yay, Kelsey! Hope it helps. Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t because there’s an onslaught of helpful posts and videos coming! 🙂


  10. Jalisa Harris
    April 18, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Poncho’s are a must have when going to Disney. This is such a great list.

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Thanks, Jalisa! A must for sure. 🙂


  11. Shan
    April 18, 2018 / 11:16 am

    They make a difference for me, Amanda. Hope it’s helpful. 😉


  12. Shan
    April 18, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Thanks, Maggie!


  13. karen
    April 18, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    this list is great! we want to visit disney world so badly!

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      I hear ya, Karen! It’s such a special place. 😉


  14. Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    April 18, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I’d add some extra clothes for after water rides, I remember spending the day in wet clothes once and even though it was summer it wasn’t nice.

    • Shan
      April 18, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      That’s a FABULOUS point, Cristina! I know you were wishing you had some dry clothes! 😉


  15. Marya
    April 19, 2018 / 9:07 am

    I live so close and never go! Filing this away for the possibility.

  16. Maria Muting
    April 20, 2018 / 8:32 am

    This is Awesome!! My family is going to disney in June and everyday I am reading all sorts of tips and tricks! We grew up growing, but its so crazy how much its changed and since we last went a couple years ago! Can’t wait to get our magic bands in the mail 🙂

  17. Katherine
    April 22, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    My parents would not let me leave the house without a poncho when I was going to an amusement park or the Easter Show. This is giving me flashbacks to my dad yelling “Have you got a pancho?” as I raced out the door. Yes, English is not his first language, so some words got hilariously mangled.
    Great tip on the snack food and water! I’m investing in one of those bottles that packs flat for my trips now.

    • Shan
      April 22, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Haha, Katherine. Thanks for sharing that story. LOVE it! Gotta love those Dads. 🙂


      • Katherine
        April 27, 2018 / 4:31 pm

        They keep things interesting… and sometimes, slightly annoying 😉

        • Shan
          April 30, 2018 / 1:45 pm

          Thanks for your comment, Katherine! Are you talking about Disney keeping things interesting?


  18. Bekah
    April 22, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Those yoga pants with pockets look very comfortable! This is a great list, thanks for sharing.

    • Shan
      April 23, 2018 / 9:17 am

      They are, Bekah! Love them. Thanks so much.


  19. Nicky Wheeler
    April 25, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    Yes yes yes to all these ideas! We’re going soon, and I’ve been collecting a basket full of hacks for our trip too. Here’s another one: throw one or two ziplock baggies in your pack to put phones in when you ride anything that can include water 😜

    • Shan
      April 25, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Fabulous addition to the list, Nicky!!! Love it. I hope y’all make more memories than you ever thought possible. Have fun!


  20. Britta
    April 26, 2018 / 11:31 am

    This is a great list! Will be helpful if I ever decide to take my crew to Disney. It’ll be several years though. 🙂

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Glad you liked it, Britta. Start saving those pennies now! 😉


  21. Brandi Beasley
    April 26, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    You covered all the basis which is awesome cause i’ll be planning a trip to Disney soon. Thanks for sharing and making it easy for me.

    • Shan
      April 26, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      That makes my day, Brandi that the Disney packing list helped you! Tune in for more Disney tips coming every week! 😉


  22. Michelle Stelly
    April 27, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    Great recommendations on the yoga pants with pockets! Comfy but useful. Awesome list on things to bring and not to bring. I had no idea adults cant wear costumes!

    • Shan
      May 1, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Michelle for your sweet words! I’m so glad it was helpful. Yeah, multi-tasking yoga pants are my jam! lol Didn’t realize about the costumes for a while but makes sense to me!


  23. Becca Talbot
    April 28, 2018 / 5:42 am

    I’ve never heard of the Mole Skin Wraps before, but I think these would be very handy for me, as I literally walk EVERYWHERE when I’m travelling! x

    • Shan
      May 1, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Yes, the moleskin wraps are amazing!!!


  24. Shan
    April 30, 2018 / 10:00 am

    YAY, Autumn. Glad it was helpful!


  25. Jaclyn Musselman
    October 12, 2018 / 11:59 am

    I think you covered it all! I agree on ponchos-one year we had to buy them at MK and we’ve saved and brought them ever since.

  26. Danica
    October 12, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I definitely pinned this for the next time we go!!

  27. jenna | the urben life
    October 12, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Ponchos and fanny packs are my must haves!! Along with snacks because I can get quite hangry 😉 Haha! Great list!

  28. Julie Plagens
    October 12, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    What an awesome trip to go to Disney. I think the printable is a great way to have a packing list in hand. Good thinking.

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