Essentials You Might Not Be Packing for Walt Disney World

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A vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort is first and foremost a vacation, but planning and preparing for the trip can sometimes feel like a full time job with reservations, schedules, and more to worry about before arriving. Packing is especially important as Guests don’t want to find themselves without an item that ends up being essential while in the Disney Parks.

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Sure sunscreen and toiletries are obvious items to pack, but there are also some other essential items that are often forgotten that can help make a vacation be even more magical by avoiding hiccups and making things easier. These essential items can make all the difference on any vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort and should be on every Guest’s packing list.

Instant Coffee

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Instant Coffee

One of the smallest things that can add up over time whether at home or at the Walt Disney World Resort is coffee. Guests who drink one or multiple cups a day will absolutely need their fix in the mornings before long days in the Disney Parks, and a fantastic way to meet this craving while not breaking the bank is by packing instant coffee. Several popular brands sell instant coffee packets and Guests can easily use them in their Disney Resort rooms in the morning to enjoy their beverage first thing or even carry them with them in the Disney Parks to easily make a caffeinated beverage on the go at any point throughout the day.

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Laundry Bag

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Laundry Bags

Every Guest knows the feeling of entering into a pristine Disney Resort room and wondering where that place went by the end of their stay. With lots of personal items from home as well as souvenirs and other things that add up, a room can quickly become messy and cluttered, but one simple item packed from home can help to make a big difference. Guests should absolutely pack designated bags for dirty laundry from home, whether garbage bags, totes, whatever. By having a designated bag for each individual Guest, laundry goes straight into the bag at the end of each day instead of being thrown around and then also can conveniently be thrown right into the washing machine upon returning home with no sorting necessary.

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Duffle Bag

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Extra Luggage

Guests should also always plan on packing an extra piece of luggage on any vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort. A great option is a soft duffel bag that can break down and be folded into luggage while packing at home. Every Guest has been there when they realize that things aren’t quite fitting back into their luggage the way they had before as well as realizing that they may have bought a few too many souvenirs to make it home in the same bag. Having an extra duffel bag or something similar offers a little wiggle room and relatively large bags still meet the carry-on size restrictions of many airlines.


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Light Layers

The Walt Disney World Resort is obviously located in Central Florida where humidity can soar off the charts and the sun can literally feel like it is five feet away at times, but there are also plenty of opportunities to be cold! During the off-seasons, Central Florida can get a little chilly at night and Guests also tend to forget that many of the attractions and experiences are located inside where the air conditioning is always pumping. It can be easy to get chilly at certain times, so Guests should definitely plan on packing some light layers, ideally something that can fold down to a small size so that it is convenient to carry with them in the Disney Parks.

Water Bottle

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Refillable Water Bottle with Filter

Florida water can taste pretty nasty to those who are not used to it, and instead of wasting tons of money on bottled water throughout any vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort, Guests should plan on packing a reusable option. Better for the environment, reusable options are widely available and many even come with built-in filters which allow for the ease of filling up at any water fountain while removing the strong taste of Florida water. Having a refillable bottle on hand at all times also helps Guests to remain hydrated which is essential when enduring high temperatures and lots of walking in the Disney Parks.

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Aloe Gel

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Guests who don’t make it a priority to be hydrated and continually apply sunscreen will absolutely find themselves burned pretty quickly at the Walt Disney World Resort. It happens to the best of us, and an easy packing item that Guests should always plan on bringing is a small bottle of aloe. This gel will immediately help relieve the pain of a sunburn, and while it can be purchased at any Disney Resort, it is way cheaper to buy ahead and pack it just in case.

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Fire Stick

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Fire Stick

After a long day in the Disney Parks, many Guests look forward to relaxing in bed and watching some television to unwind at the end of the night. Disney Resorts feature televisions and access to basic cable, but Guests who are looking to enjoy whatever show they are currently streaming or even a selection of movies should plan ahead and pack a Fire Stick. This tiny device can plug into any television and allow Guests to access any streaming service that they subscribe to making it a great addition to any packing list.


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Extra Socks

Any Guest who has traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort before, especially in the summer, knows about the torrential rain that can happen at any given moment. That being said, Guests can never pack enough socks, ever. If you think you’ve packed enough, pack more and always have a spare pair or two on hand to avoid wet feet all day.

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.