There are so many different thoughts on what to pack for a day in the parks and so many different factors that play into that packing list. I am going to go through all of the basics that I pack for my husband and I and then also touch base on additional items depending on the time of year and what we have going on!
Let’s get started! First let’s talk vessel. I carry a backpack everyday. This is one hundred percent a personal choice. There are a lot of people who go pack less and more power to them but I need my backpack and I don’t mind carrying it. I carry a Disney backpack, that you get at the Emporium or any number of Disney merchandise locations. It is a rather large backpack but I don’t mind and would rather have everything I need ready for the day; personal preference.
Regardless of where we are going that day these are the essentials that I always pack!
- Magic Band
- My wristlet (with cards, cash, ID and annual passholder card)
- Water bottles (I take, depending on the season, 3 giant water bottles that I fill with cold water before we leave for the parks, because water in WDW is not amazing)
- Jacket for me (hubby rarely needs a jacket except during winter months)
- Festival gift cards (we purchase gift cards on a little plastic bracelet for festivals at Epcot)
- Fuel Rod (portable charging device you purchase at a Kiosk in the parks and can recycle for a new one whenever you need a charge)
- Hand Sanitizer
Seasonal packing items:
- If we are attending during a festival, I always have my festival passport in my bag
- If we are at Magic Kingdom during a special ticketed event, I always carry the special map in my backpack
- Holiday shirts for our Christmas card during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Tips for packing lighter:
You don’t need to pack water. We do, because we drink an insane amount of water. Like I mentioned, I pack two or three liter bottles of water each day and we refill those bottles four or five times. That’s why we pack water. If you don’t drink a ton of water like we do, you can stop at any quick service stop throughout all of the Walt Disney parks and get a cup of water.
Reduce your wallet. You most likely have a credit card attached to your magic band so leave the majority of your wallet in the safe. ID, backup card, gift cards, done.
Look at the weather. Weather is a fickle thing, especially in Orlando. 90% of the year, there is a good chance it’s going to rain, at least for a few minutes. Most of the storms pass quickly, so check the weather. Is it going to cool off at night and you aren’t going to make it back to your hotel that day? Is it going to rain? Pack a poncho if there is a chance of rain; pack a sweatshirt if it’s going to get chilly. But, if it’s going to be 85 degrees all day long, are you going to need a sweatshirt?
It is always important to remember that whatever you pack, you have to carry. Pack the essentials and leave the rest. That will be a lifesaver for your back after a 12 hour day in the parks.
That’s it for this post! What do you pack for a day in the parks? We’d love to hear what you can’t live without in your bag or if you even bring a bag! Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see ya real soon for another Disney post. For the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.