44 Insanely Useful Things to Pack for Disney World You’d Never Think Of!

You know to pack your shorts and a swimsuit. THIS Disney packing list is a checklist of the stuff you’d never think to bring. Don’t forget to pack our reader’s no 1 comfort item!


If you're looking for the ultimate Disney packing list you found it! We're not talking shorts and tshirts but the really useful stuff you'd never think to pack for your Disney trip but will be super pleased you have with you!

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Disney Packing List – The Useful Stuff to Pack!

We’re planning our next Disney vacation right now and as we review the items on our insanely useful Disney packing list it occurred to us that you might find these packing hacks useful too!

This isn’t your regular packing list. We’re not going to remind you to pack your shorts or your swimsuit.

Oh no, this list is full of the things you’d (probably) never think of yourself.

Things that will make life easier for you when you’re packing, and while you’re on vacation.

And of course things you can bring from home that will save you money (so you can treat your family to more souvenirs or Mickey Bars).

You can print out this list by hitting the Control Button and P at the same time.

And just in case you’re not sure what certain things are just hit the link to go to Amazon to take a closer look.

That’s where we buy most of our vacation stuff anyway because we love the fast shipping!

We’re flying in to Orlando so it’s easier to get heavy items shipped directly to our Resort using the Amazon Prime Pantry service.


Don't leave for vacation without reading this Disney World packing list. It's the ultimate list of useful things you will need in Orlando and the Disney World parks! #disneyworld

Make packing a breeze...

Before we talk about the stuff you'll need to make life easier at Disney let's take a look at some things that can make packing easier!

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Packing Cubes

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watched so many YouTube videos talking about how great these packing cubes were and I can’t believe how many times I put off buying some. They really do make packing a breeze!

For our Disney vacation last year I sorted everyone’s clothes so each family member had a couple of these cubes each. They slotted really nicely into our oversized duffle bags.

We arrived late into Orlando so I packed one cube with everyone’s Pjs and clothes for our first day.

It was great because it meant I didn’t have to unpack as soon as we got to the hotel, we just pulled out the cube, got changed and fell into bed, knowing we had clothes all ready for our first day at the parks too! There are lots of different packing cubes to use but I swear by these cheap and cheerful Amazon Basics ones. Why pay more when you don't have to?

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Wrinkle Release Travel Spray

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If you don’t want to use packing cubes be sure to pack some wrinkle releaser to give your crumpled in the suitcase clothes the freshly ironed look!

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Lightweight Duffle Bag

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Bring along an empty duffle bag and use it as a laundry hamper during your stay.

When it’s time to go home just zip it up, and ta da! your clothes are now packed and you can fill your suitcase with the souvenirs you bought!

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Electronics Bag

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We all travel with multiple phones and tablets and cameras so an electronics bag is a good way to keep all of your charging cables, memory cards and other essentials together.

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Things to pack to keep your energy levels up...

You'll walk a crazy amount of miles during your Disney vacation and you will need to think about staving off hunger between meals and staying hydrated. Bringing these things along with you is the cheapest way to do it.

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Trail Mix

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All that walking and waiting in line makes you hungry so carry dried snacks or trail mix with you to the parks.

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Cooler Backpack

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The easiest way to carry your snacks and picnic into the parks without anything melting in the heat is with a cooler backpack.

Our old backpack finally split so I bought a Titan one from Costco last week. It’s compact with plenty of pockets and has two ice walls for keeping the contents nice and cold.

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Bobble Classic Water Bottles

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You’ll need to drink lots of water to survive the Florida heat so carry a bottle with you. These bobble ones come with a built in filter so you’ll be able to refill at the fountains in the parks without the water tasting so bad. Oh and here's a hack for you... bring along some old socks to use as water bottle insulators!

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Collapsible Water Bottle

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Or try one of these collapsible ones that fold up with they’re empty so they’re easier to carry!

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Crystal Light On The Go

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Throw a few packets of Crystal Light in your luggage because Florida water doesn’t taste very nice!

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Collapsible Storage Bowls

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If you are going to carry snacks or sandwiches to the parks use these clever containers to stop them getting squashed!

They're also handy for storing leftovers too!

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Things to pack to help you stay comfortable...

And now let's look at a Disney packing list of items you'll want to bring to make your park visits more enjoyable.

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Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

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This is hands down our reader’s top buy for a trip to Disney World. What can I say. It prevents chafing. Pack some. You won’t regret it!

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Fast Dry Towel

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These towels fold up small and are a great way to dry off after a rainstorm, or riding a wet ride.

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Portable Mister Fan

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We always have at least one of these things on the go to keep us cool.

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Carabiner Clips

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You can never have too many carabiner clips for sure. They’re great for hanging hats and water bottles from your backpack.

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Small Fleece Blanket

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The pavement along Main Street is stinking hot, and the bleachers at Fantasmic are hard and uncomfortable, so do your butt a favor and pack a small fleece blanket you can sit on while you wait for the parade or the shoe!

They’re handy for little ones to use as a pillow if they want to take a nap in the stroller too!

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Flip Flops

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I’m always baffled by the people who manage to walk around the parks in their flip flops. Comfortable sneakers all the way thank you!

But if you’re planning on riding Kali River Rapids or Splash Mountain you’ll be happier if you slips on a pair of flip flops and leave your sneakers in a locker!

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Family Ponchos

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There’s no need to let rain stop your fun but its much cheaper to bring your own ponchos from home, and you don’t have to worry about looking like everyone else in the park when a shower hits! The Disney ponchos are a lot thicker and once you've used them they don't fall up very small again making them a pain to carry! These thin pocket sized ones are much easier to manage.

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Useful things to pack if you're travelling with children...

Now for the must pack things to make life easier when you're travelling to Disney World with your kids!

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Comfortable Princess Dresses

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Most little girls want to dress up as their favorite princess when they go to meet her, but those official princess dresses are hot and scratchy! She'll be far more comfortable (and less grouchy!) in comfortable princess play clothes like these! These are for sure the dresses the princesses would wear when they were going to the Magic Kingdom!

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Matching Family Disney Shirts

Speaking of clothing. Matching vacation shirts are super cute, make it easier to find each other, and sometimes get you extra pixie dust from cast members and characters!

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Disney Autograph Book

Here's a fun project for the kids to do while you're counting down to Disney - making their own autograph book! The characters love the personalized ones that only kids can create!

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Large Sharpies

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Speaking of autographs, these stubby pens makes it easier for Mickey and his pals to sign them!

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Harness Backpack

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If your child does not like holding hands you’re less likely to lose them in a crowd if you are holding onto them using one of these harnesses. And since it's a backpack your child won't mind wearing it, and they can carry some snacks or small toys to keep them entertained in the lines.

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Chenille Stems

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Bring a bag of pipe cleaners. Seriously!

They’ll keep the kids entertained while they’re waiting in line, or for the parade. They can make all kinds of creations with them and there’s no mess!

Just be careful of sharp ends with little ones.

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Folding Potty Seat

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For little ones who aren’t very confident bring along a folding potty seat.

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Popsicle Holder

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Oh my goodness I couldn’t believe it when I saw these things on Amazon. Genius!

My son always gets in the biggest mess enjoying his Mickey bar but with this you just pop the stick through the hole and it catches all the drips!

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Light up LED Bracelets

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If you’re visiting a park in the evening there are all sorts of light up (expensive) toys on sale. Save money by bringing your own from home!

If your child is wary of the dark they can wear one on dark attractions to feel a bit braver.

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Spinner Wand

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We also bring light up toys like this one just to keep the kids entertained while we wait for parades and fireworks.

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Brightly Colored Turkish Towel

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It’s no use trying to remember the position of your stroller because the cast members shuffle them about to make room for other people. So attach a brightly colored Turkish towel to your stroller handle and you’ll be able to find it more easily in the sea of strollers. These towels are brilliant because they're lightweight and can also double as a stroller cover, a blanket, and a towel if your little one decides they want to go play in the water fountains!

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Disney Activity Books

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Bring along some Disney activity or coloring books to keep kids entertained in restaurants or waiting for parades. Stop by your local Dollar Tree to pick up small Disney toys and bubbles too!

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Plastic Shower Curtain

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It sounds crazy but a cheap shower liner is the perfect thing to sit on if you're waiting for the parade on a wet day. And you can use it as a rain cover for your stroller if you bring along some of those DIY grip hook things too!

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Post It Notes

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This last hack is for little ones who are terrified of the automatic flush on the toilets. Just pop a sticky note over the sensor and they'll be safe!

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Ear Defenders

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If your child is sensitive to noise then a set of ear defenders like these can help them cope with the loud attractions or fireworks.

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Useful things to pack for your Disney hotel room...

And let's finish up our ultimate list of useful things to pack for Disney with some fun hacks that'll make life in your hotel room easier!

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Hanging Closet Organizer

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If you’re staying for longer than a couple of days a collapsible shelf is a life saver because there is never enough space for everyone’s clothes in the closet!

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Hanging Shoe Organizer

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Fill it with shoes or toiletries to help keep your room neat and tidy.

In fact pack two, because if you hang one from your stroller bar it’s perfect for carrying refillable mugs or water bottles and sunscreen!

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Stain Remover Wipes

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Because it’s the best way to rescue clothes from ketchup and ice cream incidents!

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Nightlights

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Instead of blinding yourself in the middle of the night when you have to turn the bathroom light on to pee bring along a small nightlight that gives off a soft glow instead.

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Soap Saver Bag

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Pop your bar of hotel soap in it and hang it in the shower.

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Ziploc bags

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You can never have too many ziplocks. They’re perfect for storing snacks, phones and cameras when it rains, autograph books, wet clothes, swimsuits etc.

If you’re planning to swim on your last day pack a large ziplock that you can fit all the wet swimsuits in so they don’t get the rest of your clothes wet when you put them back in your luggage!

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Power Strip

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Because there are never enough power outlets for all of your gadgets.

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Water Pitcher with Filter

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To make the water taste better. You can pack your socks inside it to save room in your luggage.

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Now you know what to bring in your luggage be sure to check out our views on the best mom backpack for Disney World and what you should carry in it!