Depending on the time of year you come you may need this every day, maybe a few times during the day, all day, or none of the time. Check the weather forecast before traveling to the park for that day to determine whether to bring it or not. During the summer you will want this almost every day. While the summer showers can be short-lived they can also be intense and you don’t want to be waiting in a queue without a poncho or small umbrella.
You may want to bring cash with you to purchase smaller items or run into a cart that does not read Magic Bands or take credit cards. If you like to do the Penny squishing souvenirs you will need two quarters and a penny for each machine.
The Florida sun is bright and can strain your eyes unless you protect them with sunglasses. If you are wearing them they aren’t taking up space in your bag. Make sure you protect your children’s even more sensitive eyes from the bright sun.
7. Pen & Paper
I always carry a pencil, pen, and a small notebook with me to jot down any thoughts I have while in the park or important information I don’t want to forget. The pen is to sign for things, the pencil is for drawing ideas out that I get while I am in the parks, or to not be bored in line.
6. Trading Pins
I like to trade pins, but don’t always want to wear my lanyard so I will keep a few trading pins in my bag in case I see a pin on someone’s lanyard that I would like to trade for.
Try to apply sunscreen prior to entering the park but keep a stick in your purse in case you forget so you can at least cover those sensitive areas like your face, ears, neck, shoulders, etc. Having a sun burn is no fun. Make sure to keep your kids covered too.
4. Blister Band Aids
Get the good ones because someone, if not you, may need it sometime during the day. Even if you wear shoes that are comfortable to you walking around at home may not be the best for walking on hot concrete all day. A bad blister can ruin more than one day of your vacation. At the first sign of irritation slap one of those babies on it. (If you forget to bring these, there are some available at First Aid) I like to have my own because my kids would often say they were having trouble at the farthest point from First Aid in any park so it was just easier to carry my own.
3. Hand Sanitizer
You don’t want your vacation ruined by picking up a bug at the Parks. Wash your hands as often as you can and right before eating for sure. This is for in between hand washings. Think about all the things you touch in the parks, and everyone else does too, you get the picture.
2. Cell Phone and Charger
When using the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone you will use the battery faster than you normally do and will probably need to plug in your phone sometime during the day. There are charging spots around the parks, just ask a Cast Member if you don’t see one nearby.
1. MagicBand and ID
Wear your MagicBand but carry an ID too. If I am not staying at a Disney resort I have a small card wallet to carry my ID, Credit Card, and Annual Pass discount card.
I also bring my Canon T3i in but it has its own case or I just wear it around my neck. You could put a small camera in your bag if your cell phone doesn’t take the kind of photos you would like, or carry your DSLR like I do.
I hope that this helps. You may want to tuck in a bottle strap that will enable you to carry a water bottle around hands-free. If you don’t want to do that, stop in a counter-service restaurant and request a complimentary water.