How to Pack Your Park Bag

Walt Disney World is massive! And while the stores inside each of the parks carries just about everything you could possibly need, it can come with a significant price tag. For most people it makes more sense to bring some of the stuff you need with you to the parks from your hotel room. Unfortunately, Mary Poppins isn’t sharing her carpet bag design with any of us. So here is my guide to the necessities for your park bag.

First, you have to decide how big your bag is. This will depend on how many people are in your party and how many of them will carry a bag. Ideally, there should be at least one bag for every 3 people in your group (including children). I recommend that everyone over the age of 15 carry their own bag. My family uses simple drawstring bags (like the one pictured below) since they’re inexpensive, light, and customizable, their one downside being a bit uncomfortable. Some families prefer one large backpack for everyone’s stuff, but that leaves someone stuck as the family pack mule and requires that everyone stick together (not ideal for large groups). The idea is that it should be just pick enough to hold everything you NEED, but easy to take off and put to the side for all the pictures you’re going to take!

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Second, you have to determine what you need while you are in the park. For me, I have listed my necessities below no matter when I am going or which park:

  • Sunscreen
  • Poncho (one for every person)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks for the day (i.e. not the whole week)
  • Bandaids/small first aid kit
  • Wallet
  • Water bottle
  • Phone

Additionally, here are some items you may want to bring to the parks but these will depend on what you plan on doing in the parks, the time of year, or personal preference:

  • Camera
  • Autograph book
  • Handheld fan
  • Chewing gum (none is sold in the parks)
  • Diaper bag
  • Sweatshirt
  • Feminine products
  • Medications
  • Quarters and pennies to be pressed
  • Pins for trading
  • Chapstick

This list is flexible and I will continue to edit it as I see fit. Let me know what you can’t go to the park without!


Here is my last sentiment that I will leave with you: A stroller should not be used as your park bag and you should never leave your park bag in your stroller.

Let me say it again.

A STROLLER SHOULD NOT BE USED AS YOUR PARK BAG AND YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE YOUR PARK BAG IN YOUR STROLLER.

This is a great way to get your valuables stolen or misplaced. Strollers and stroller parking within Walt Disney World are some of my biggest pet peeves; regardless, it is unsafe to leave anything unattended.

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