The Six Things People Always Forget When Packing for Their Disney Trip

Packing for a vacation can be stressful, especially when visiting a Disney park.

That’s because when visiting Disney, you have to pack for multiple types of experiences.

Cinderella Castle

You’ll need comfy clothes for long days filled with walking through the parks, swimsuits for the pool, dressy clothes for nice dinners, and more. Then you have to think about shoes! It’s difficult not to overpack and to make sure that you have left room in your luggage for all the goodies you end up buying when visiting the parks.

With all off of this in mind, it is easy to let a few important items slip through the cracks.

Here are a few things that are often forgotten that can really make or break a Disney vacation if they end up being needed but were left at home.

1. An Extra Pair of Shoes

Bringing the wrong shoes or forgetting your pair of more comfortable tennis shoes can really break a Disney vacay. For me, I typically like to start the week out with my cutest pair of tennis shoes or sandals. But by Day 3 I have switched over to my more comfortable shoes… even if they don’t match my outfits.

This is because, by that time, my feet literally can’t handle anything else. They’re typically blistered or extremely sore.

So, pack the cute pairs of shoes that’ll look good with every outfit. BUT don’t forget to throw those comfy shoes in the bag just in case. The last thing you want is to have to walk around the park in pain throughout your trip.

iPhone Pano Main Street USA
Main Street USA iPhone panoramic in the Magic Kingdom

2. Medicine for Headaches and Tummy Aches

Small things like medicine can be so easy to forget, but having them close at hand when you need them is a convenience you don’t want to do without!

Two of the medicines I always try to bring are for tummy aches and headaches.  This is because the little ones can easily get a tummy ache after eating too many sweets in the parks. And I often get a headache after being in the heat for so long.

If you do end up forgetting these items, they can be purchased at your resort or at a First Aid location in the parks.

3. Aloe Vera

Ugh! It’s the worst when you get a terrible sunburn at Disney World and have absolutely nothing to soothe the pain. This is why you should add something like an aloe vera lotion to your do-not-forget packing list!

Also, make sure you pack some sunscreen so you can avoid the painful sunburn altogether!

4. An Extra Bag for Souvenirs

Since it can sometimes be difficult to find extra room in your luggage for all of your souvenirs, you may want to think about bringing an extra bag. This bag doesn’t have to be huge, but a small duffel that can fold up and fit into your luggage or can be brought on as a carry on may be a smart idea!

That way, you don’t have to worry about creating space to bring all of your newfound treasures home.

Imagination Pink Collection

5. Late-night Snacks

Many quick-service dining locations throughout the parks close early, even before the parks close. And this can sometimes mean that you end up leaving the parks a little hungry.

A great way to combat this is by packing a few late-night snacks! Just a little something to fill your belly before you hit the hay so you don’t have to lie awake hungry. Think of packing small items that travel well and won’t spoil during the trip. A few options include nuts, granola bars, cereal, and oatmeal.

If you’re staying at a Disney resort, the food court or counter service spot should also be open. But just in case you don’t feel like leaving the room, a few small snacks are always nice to have on hand.

World Premiere Food Court

6. A Nightlight for the Kiddos Scared of the Dark

Another easy thing to forget is a nightlight. It can sometimes be difficult for little ones to adjust to sleeping in a new place, therefore having a nightlight or something like a plush from home that brings them comfort is nice. And, admit it, sometimes having a nightlight is great even for the grownups when they have to stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night!

What have you forgotten to pack when visiting Disney World? What should we add to our “must-pack” list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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10 Replies to “The Six Things People Always Forget When Packing for Their Disney Trip”

  1. Some sort of clip to seal the curtains firmly, if you plan on sleeping in
    one morning. It seems hotel curtains always leak a lot of light where they
    come together.

  2. A white noise machine is a must for my family! It helps us to get a better night of restful sleep by blocking out the random nighttime noises that you hear at a resort.

  3. Always bring wet ones hand wipes. Before eating with kids you can’t trek to the restroom to wash all hands, so washing up all the stuff people touch such as door knobs, handles,handrails ect…. smart mom’s and dad’s bring hand wipes.

    Also used for years by my family to wipe trays and armrests on aircraft. (Do they ever get cleaned ?)

  4. Rain Ponchos! So expensive at the park and so light and forgettable… But you curse yourself when you forget them and get stuck in that awful starbucks watching people in ponchos happily walk by.

  5. Blister pads for your feet! In fact I pack extra & have given them to strangers in the park. They are available everywhere but I highly recommend he DR Scholls brand they stay put

  6. Ziploc sandwich bags. They make cheap effective waterproofing for phones, keep small items in my purse contained so they don’t get lost during all the bag searches (also keeps hands that have been searching in 1000s of germy diaper bags from having direct contact with my stuff) and can bring home a snack pastry for the plane ride home in them.

  7. Flip flops to put in my park backpack in case it rains so my tennies don’t get wet, and definitely a fan/mister combo. The one they sell in the park is upwards of $20, and they are much less expensive at stores like Wal-Mart or Target.

  8. The shoes are a great one but I now pack an extra belt or 2. One year mine broke as we were walking into EPCOT and I did not have another in the room or with me. Had to go to Guest Relations and they gave me a voucher for $35 dollars to use in the park for a belt (that was a nice help) but could not locate one. Ended up seeing and buying one in Morocco. Was well made and still have it. My family calls it my Disney Belt now and makes sure I take it with me as a spare. No belt was a huge issue to try and replace or find one there.