I’ve been taking Walt Disney World (and now, Disneyland) vacations for over 20 years, and I can definitely say that my packing technique has improved tremendously over time! Though too young to remember, I’ve heard the stories of my family of 3 bringing 8 suitcases on our first Disney trip (back in the days where checking luggage was free!). Now, I’ve refined my packing technique, and can easily fit everything I need into 1 carry-on (I prefer a duffel bag, since I’m traveling from New York City, and don’t like pulling a rolling bag behind me in people-traffic) and 1 personal item.
My many trips to WDW have helped me to formulate the ultimate Disney packing list! In my opinion, less is more. I usually don’t wear most of the items I pack if I go crazy with options, so I try to think of one outfit per day to help keep my bag light! I also look at the weather forecast ahead of time and adjust my list accordingly. If it’s going to be chilly? More pants, less shorts. If it’s going to rain? Weather-appropriate footwear! And, of course, I recommend adjusting for your family’s needs. If you have little ones, packing activities to keep them busy at the airport, and lots of snacks! Another little tip I have: Remember to leave a little space in your luggage for souvenirs! I always end up coming home with a little something, and want to make sure it fits in my bag!
I take multiple trips to Walt Disney World every year, and this packing list has never failed me! I hope it helps you to prepare for your Disney vacation!
- Shorts (5)
- T-shirts/tops (6)
- Jeans/long pants (1)
- Lightweight sweater or jacket (1)
- PJs (1)
- Bathing suit (1)
- Dress/semi-formal attire for dinner (1)
- Flip flops/sandals (1)
- Sneakers (I’ll wear these on the plane to save space in my bag)
Sweatshirt (I’ll also wear this on the plane to take up less space)
Rain poncho (1 per person)
Toiletries (remember, Disney will provide shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, etc.)
– Dental hygiene products (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss)
– Contact lenses/spare glasses/contact lens solution
– Lotion (with SPF protection!)
– Hair brush, hair tools (Disney will supply the blow-dryer)
Sunscreen (if carrying on, limit to 3.1 ounce containers of liquid)
MY PERSONAL ITEM/CARRY-ON:
Identification (I usually bring my license and passport)
Cell phone & charger
- Chewing gum
Any medications or important items you can’t live without (If you check luggage, always carry your important medications, itineraries, identification, and irreplaceable items with you; you don’t want to lose anything important!)
What is on your ultimate packing list that I forgot? Let me know in the comments!