Disney Packing List: What You Do NOT Want to Forget

It’s hard to remember everything when making your Disney packing list, but there are definitely some items you do not want to forget. Or, at the very least, you’ll wish you had these Disney packing tips and that these items were on your short list of things to bring when packing for Disney.

Otherwise, you may end up spending more than you’d like to get them on-site (though I do have a post on all the free things to do at Disney World). Even the Disney Dining Plan will help you save money. And, of course, there’s plenty of free stuff to do in Orlando as a whole.

Disney World Packing List

Among the items I’ve learned to add to my Walt Disney World packing list over the years include kids ID bracelets (in case any of my kids get lost), a white noise machine (to fall asleep quickly) and a power bank to make sure my iPhone (read: camera) is always juiced up.

There are loads of websites that will offer you the ultimate Disney packing list and will share Disney packing tips, but I’m just going to share what you need that you will definitely forget and must add to your Disney World or Disneyland packing list. Good luck packing for Disney World (or Disneyland). Have fun!

1. Disney Trading Pins

Disney Trading Pins

Sure, you can buy loads of Disney trading pins on-site at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, but why not save your money and buy them online ahead of time, along with a lanyard.

Related: Buy Discounted Disney World Tickets 

On Amazon, you’ll find multiple lots of 25 trading pins. Get these before you leave and attach them to your lanyard so you’re ready for pin trading. Check the latest price now.

2. Mini Power Bank

If you like to take photos with your smartphone, then you know how much photo-taking drains the battery, so a portable power bank is an absolute must-add to your packing list for Disney.

You do not want to spend time waiting in line to take a photo of your daughter with Cinderella only for your phone to power down right before you snap a pic. Check the latest price now.

3. Rain Ponchos

Rain Ponchos

Orlando is well-known for its pop-up rainstorms, so add rain ponchos to your Disney packing list. They’re small, lightweight, and can be easily tossed into your backpack.

Related: 20+ Disney Gifts for Adults (Who Love All Things Disney)

There are loads of cute Disney rain ponchos and slickers online. Rather than run to find the nearest shelter at the first rain drops, just pull out your ponchos. Check the latest price now.

4. Disney Autograph Book

Disney Autograph Book

You don’t want to bump into Snow White or Goofy and not be ready with your Disney autograph book, so bring one with you so you don’t need to search around for one on arrival.

Bring along a fat pen too so that characters can easily sign your autograph book. My kids love getting character autographs, so don’t miss out on an opportunity. Check the latest price now.

5. Waterproof Phone Case

Waterproof Phone Case

For those planning to spend time at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, a waterproof phone case is a must so you don’t miss any photos while splashing around in the wave pool.

Related: Get a Kids Eat Free Card (good at more than 100 Orlando restaurants)

Even better, you can take great photos while your smartphone is locked into the waterproof phone case. No need to take it out to snap a great photo. Check the latest price now.

6. White Noise Machine

White Noise Machine

Sleeping in one hotel room – all four or five (or six) of you – is a very different experience than sleeping in your own rooms. So you’ll want to consider a portable white noise machine.

This white noise machine has six different calming sounds (e.g., white noise, rain, ocean) and an auto-off timer so you and the kids can just get to sleep. Check the latest price now.

7. Kids ID Bracelets

Kids ID Bracelets

Walt Disney World is a big place and there are loads of small children running around Magic Kingdom alone, making kids ID bracelets a very smart add to your packing list for Disney World.

Related: 20 Free Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

Simply write your child’s name and your contact information on the inside of these waterproof ID bracelets for kids. These are ideal for peace of mind. Check the latest price now.

8. Handheld Misting Fans

Handheld Misting Fans

It can get quite warm in Orlando (in Southern California too, for that matter), so you’ll want to bring along portable handheld misting fans. Kids love to use these and it cools them quickly.

I recommend that you get one for each child to avoid fights between children over the misting fans. Fill them up with cold water and toss them in your backpack. Check the latest price now.

9. Battery-Powered Night Light

No need to leave the bathroom light on and crack the door open, just bring along a battery-powered night light. Even better, you can adjust this one to be as dim or bright as you like.

Related: What to Do in Orlando (Besides Walt Disney World)

Since this night light is battery-operated, you can stick it to any wall you like. No need to hunt around for a power outlet close to your child’s bed. Check the latest price now.

10. Cooling Towel

Cooling Towel

Because, yes, it can get quite warm at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, pick up a cooling towel before you go. Simply soak in cold water, wring it out and enjoy icy cold heat relief.

The cooling towel holds the water in so you won’t be dripping wet after putting it on. Just let it hang around your neck and you or your kids will feel refreshed. Check the latest price now.

So tell me, what’s on your Disney packing list? I’d love to hear what you’ve got on your Disney World checklist and how you go about packing for Disney vacations. Knowing what to bring to Disney World parks is key to a good time. Have fun.