We’ve covered this before over on the ZADD Crew Podcast, but a question Disney veterans get asked a lot is what to take into the parks with them. When you hear the term “park bag,” this is what we are referring to. I’m a newbie to a lot of Disney experiences, but my park bag has become more consistent in the last five years. Today, we will discuss what’s in my very own Disney park bag.
At the time this blog is posted, I will be galavanting around Walt Disney World with my better half. That’s right, I will be experiencing Christmas at Disney for the very first time. Get ready for some future blogging, y’all. Whilst I am super ecstatic to be eye guzzling anything I can for this trip, it’s important for us to make sure we have what we need each day in the parks. My disclaimer is that we don’t have kids, so we may not have some things specific for them, but I think we cover what the majority would need (minus diapers and things of the sort). Below is a list of items we carry on the daily at WDW. I have split them up in three separate categories: essentials, tech, and extras. Enjoy!
1. Water Bottles
Florida gets HOT and even if it’s cool out, you’ll be walking a TON. Staying hydrated is a must, and Disney let’s you bring in your own water bottle. You should take them up on that!
2. Travel Wipes (Hand and Clorox)
We don’t always want to run to the bathroom to wash our hands and sometimes you need to clear off your own table at Casey’s real quick to be able to sit and eat your corn dog nuggs. Antibacterial wipes can be your best friend for either of these situations.
Ya girl is pale and she burns like a vampire, so sunscreen is a must. You will be walking inside and out all day, but you get more sun than you think. It’s good practice to wear it daily anyway. SPF 1000 for me, please!
The sun glare off the castle can be brutal. It’s a good problem to have, obviously, but sunglasses help. They also help keep this vampire from squinting all the time. They protect your eyes and help keep the forehead wrinkles away. Win, win. If you like protecting your eyes, bring your sunnies.
5. Personal Fan (Not like your own cheerleader, but a literal fan)
Did I mention that Florida is HOT? A personal fan can be the biggest life saver in the FL heat. It could actually save you from having a heat stroke, I guess. There are tons of these little puppies out there and they are just dying for you to use them. The best advice I’ve heard is to make sure you use it indoors to blow the cool air on you instead of the swamp kind. You can find some really good ones on Amazon.com. Just be sure to use our Amazon affiliate link up top (under ZADD Crew Podcast) to get one!
6. Extra Shirt and Socks
I may have mentioned this before, but FL gets HOT. Sometimes you sweat through your shirt and your socks. A great practice is bringing an extra shirt and socks to change in the middle of the day to stay a little bit more fresh. You might not always need it, but when you do, it’s great to have it. You may want to bring an old grocery bag to put the sweaty/stinky stuff in too.
7. Cosmetic Bag: hair ties, bobby pins, chapstick, bandaids, Neosporin
Sometimes a girl needs help from her friends in the hair department. Sometimes you get a blister or boo boo. A small cosmetic bag with the essentials can be, well, essential. They are to us. Just call me Macgyver (I need a rubber band, a bobby pin, and a lemon).
8. Deodorant Spray
I like using a deodorant spray because you don’t run the risk of a stick melting in your bag and making a mess. This will help keep you fresher throughout the day when the sweats settle in. I use a natural essential oil spray by EO and usually get it on sale at Marshalls or T.J. Maxx.
If you use your credit card or cash in the parks, you’ll need your wallet. We like to use our Disney gift cards but sometimes we have to use our credit cards. I usually take a smaller wallet in with only the cards we need.
It’s your room key, if you’re staying on resort, your admission into the parks, and can be your way of paying for items as well. You’ll need it, for sure! Don’t forget it!
1. Extra Battery Pack for Phone
Sometimes your Instagram game is strong and using your phone inside the parks can suck the battery life out of it. These extra charging packs can be great when you don’t have time to stop and charge and you’re in a bind. I recommend looking up the brand Fuel Rod. They have a partnership with Disney, and are easy to find at the parks to swap out etc..
2. Phone Charger and iPhone Brick
In case you absolutely need to charge it somewhere during the day. The Tangled restrooms, for example, have an area nearby for charging phones if needed.
3. Cell Phones
You gotta have your phone if you’re gonna Instagram and take awesome pics. Don’t forget it!
Ya girl also gets majorly hangry. If I don’t have a snack and a meal is nowhere in sight, you’re on your own. I can’t be responsible for the things that come out of my mouth during that time. Snacks help make sure it doesn’t get to this point (God help Doug if it does). We like to bring store bought items and Ziploc bags to make our own park snacks for those in-between times. I highly recommend it and thanks again to Disney for letting us bring them in!
2. Rain Jackets
The FL weather is also unpredictable. If there is ANY chance of rain, it will most likely happen, even if for only ten minutes. Having compact rain jackets can be crucial in those times. We used to carry ponchos but they can tend to make you feel like you’re walking around in your own sauna. We’ve decided that rain jackets work best for us.
3. Fancy Camera
This is extra because we don’t have to take it, but sometimes I want to feel fancy. On days when I plan to take more serious photos, we will pack it.
4. Food Motivated List
If you don’t know what the food motivated list is, you’re missing out! We’ve compiled a list of our own Disney veteran must-eat items to take with you in the parks. Each time we go, we plan to mark items off. I trust these people not to lead me astray and I can’t wait to try new things I didn’t even know existed before compiling this list.
I hope this list helps you to better prepare for your future Disney park experiences. If there is something we missed that is absolutely crucial to you, let us know! Maybe it will help US on our next trip!
Special thanks to @magicalshannonmarie for the use of their awesome photos!