Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.
Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!
This week, the group consists of these Disney Parent Panelists:
and yours truly @dadventuredisney.
Our topic this week: Top 10 Items to Pack For A Day In The Disney Parks!
Packing for the trip. Getting all those clothes and diapers and swimsuits and everything else into as few suitcases as possible.
But, once you’re there, you have to pack for EACH day in the parks. What are the most important things to bring with you each day? Our Disney Parents’ Panel is here to help!
Use our Top 10 as your checklist for the daily packing and you’ll be good to go.
Bring one for everyone!
Top 10 Score: 2.18, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots.
Sure, we love hats that have our favorite characters or snacks or Disney in-jokes. But, in the heat of Florida (pretty much all year round) you need a good hat to keep the sun off your head and out of your eyes. Also, when the rains come, and they will, it helps shield your eyes from the dripping too.
Bring one for every kid!
Top 10 Score: 2.55, nominated on 7 of 11 ballots.
In our mega post about Character Meets, we talk about the joy of an autograph book and how it can help put the kids at ease when meeting characters – it gives them a task to focus on.
Remember to bring a pen – Sharpies are wise as the characters in full costumes (Tigger, Mickey, etc.) have an easier time using a thicker pen.
Many people also recommend bringing something other than a book to sign. A poster or piece of art, a pillow case, a hat, etc. Anything to make it special. Don’t leave it in the hotel room one day – your kids will go nuts.
Make sure everyone agrees on the snacks
Top 10 Score: 2.64, nominated on 6 of 11 ballots.
You know that Disney food is pricey. When you’re with your littles and they need a little snack before a big crash explodes, maybe you don’t want to fork out $8 for a pretzel. Reach into your bag for the goldfish, granola, or peanut butter crackers you brought with you. Quick, easy and way cheaper.
One for Everyone and maybe a Stroller Cover
Top 10 Score: 2.91, nominated on 7 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.
We said it before. We’ll say it again. It’s going to rain during your trip. Usually it’s a passing shower, sometimes it’s a bit more. Go into your bag and pull out your raincoats or ponchos you brought with you. If you wait and run into a Disney shop for a poncho for everyone – CHA CHING!
Get them at the Dollar Store at home and bring them with you. When your trip comes to an end, chuck them in the trash. Easy peasy.
1 For an Adult Should be Fine
Top 10 Score: 3.00, nominated on 4 of 11 ballots. 2 first place votes.
You have to carry all this stuff around with you. Hand bags get heavy. Fanny packs are fine for the smaller things (don’t judge!). But for a lot of this stuff you need something easy to lug around, yet big enough – thus the backpack.
Depending on the size of your family, you SHOULD be able to fit the day’s needs into one backpack and maybe take turns wearing it throughout the day.
A pair for everyone
Top 10 Score: 3.23, nominated on 7 of 11 ballots.
The hat helps shade your eyes, but you don’t get better protection than with some sunglasses. The dollar stores or WalMart usually have fun kids glasses too – even some adorned with Disney characters. Be sure you get yours ready too, that sun can be brutal. The sun-induced migraines aren’t worth forgetting your sunglasses.
At LEAST one per family
Top 10 Score: 3.91, nominated on 5 of 11 ballots. 1 first place vote.
The smart phone has replaced a LOT of things we used to have to bring with us. Maps, daily schedules, calendars and of course – cameras.
Your phone is a MUST HAVE tool in the Disney parks. Use the My Disney Experience app to see what wait times are for rides. Use it to follow along with (and reschedule or add) FastPasses.
The Disney Park WiFi can be quite spotty, and your battery will drain quickly. So, be sure to bring….
Portable Phone Charger
At LEAST one
Top 10 Score: 4.32, nominated on 7 of 11 ballots.
When you’re using your phone for so many things throughout the day (see above), you’re going to sap your battery life quickly. Forget renting a Fuel Rod in the parks as there’s all kind of controversy happening right now with costs of that.
Some of the new buses have charging ports under the seats. However, when you’re in the park and need a power charge – best to have your own.
The BEST thing to do is buy one with the cables pre-attached. However, if you don’t, be sure you pack your cables too!
One other tip – you can NOT forget to charge your charger at night in the hotel. No point in bringing a dead charger with you.
Enough for everyone, every day
Top 10 Score: 4.59, nominated on 11 of 11 ballots.
A unanimous vote-getter from our panel this week. We’ve talked about it. It’s going to be hot. It’s going to be sunny. Save your skin!
Nothing can ruin a Disney trip like sunburn – the pain, the itching, the tears, the lobster look in all your photos. It’s not worth it. Bring your sunscreen and reapply many times throughout the day.
If not one for everyone, BIG ones to share
Top 10 Score: 4.82, nominated on 8 of 11 ballots.
Hydrate. You have to. The kids have to. HYDRATE!
Paying for bottled water is the quickest way to break your budget in the Disney Parks. Forget about that. Quick Serve locations will fill your water bottles for you. They’ve put in water bottle filling stations around the parks and more are coming.
Of course, depending on the age of your kids, there will be other stuff to bring. Diapers and wipes. Extra clothes if they get wet. Strollers. Sweatshirts or jackets for the months with chillier nights.
Some things that help keep everyone healthy include antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer. Portable misting fans. Pail killer (aspirin). Cool compresses. Comfy shoes. Chapstick.
Remember cash for tipping, even when you’re on the Disney Dining Plan. Tips are NOT included with the DDP.
My sister in law lives by the need for Ziplock baggies on the trip. Perfect for putting your valuables in for a water ride (or in the rain), or putting wet clothes in after the splash zone.
@suburban.artsy.mom had a GENIUS idea about bringing toothbrushes and PJs and changing them into it before the fireworks. Then when you get back to your resort – right into bed.
And oh yeah…. HYDRATE!
Thanks for reading and always remember – DADventure is out there!