If you’ve been reading the blog for more than about 30 seconds you know we go to Disney a lot. I grew up around the parks and just generally love being there. I’ve become a bit of an expert at navigating the ins and outs of WDW and a big part of that is knowing what to bring. So I’ve come up with a list of my favorite Disney Day Essentials to share with all of you!
#1. Ice packs. I learned this from my sister and it. is. genius. Car seats get HOT in Florida, so take a few ice packs from your freezer and wrap them in a towel. Pop them in your child’s car seat before you leave your parking spot. Then, when you get back to your car later in the day, the car seat won’t give your kid 2nd degree burns.
#2. Hand sanitizer. I’m a recovering germaphobe. I say “recovering” because I have a toddler and they’re generally disgusting (though adorable) little people who don’t mind germs, but I’m also a former teacher and survived every school year with the help of hand sanitizer. At Disney, there are germs from all over the world, so I do try to keep Graham’s hands fairly clean to keep him healthy.
#3. A backup phone charger. You’ll likely be using your phone a lot – from checking your FastPass times to uploading photos to social media – and the battery will likely feel the effects. Toss a backup charger in your bag (or at least an extra cord so you can make the most of the charging stations in the parks) so you won’t have to worry about losing power.
#4. A refillable water bottle. Disney water is expensive and you’re allowed to bring in your own water, so why not save some cash?
#5. Sunscreen. Even on an overcast day you can get burned. Slather it on thick.
#6. Snacks. Similar to the water bottle advice, snacks on property are expensive. Toss a couple granola bars or some fresh fruit into your bag for a little pick-me-up between meals.
#7. Hair ties. Especially if you’re there in the summer. I would say just don’t bother doing your hair in the morning, but I wouldn’t be practicing what I preach. So just bring a hair tie and your easiest humidity-proof hairstyle just in case.
#8. A small wallet. It’s nice to be able to grab your wallet from your diaper bag or stroller and just slide it in your pocket when you’re going to leave your other stuff unattended for a while. And if you’re lucky enough to get to go into the parks for a few hours child-free, why not skip the bag check and go straight to the gate? Bring a small wallet that will fit in your pocket and just put your ID and cash or credit card inside.
#9. Something comfortable to wear. You shouldn’t be worried about whether your shirt is getting wrinkled by the lap bar or your shorts are giving you a muffin top. All you want to think about is having a great time with your family and friends.
If you haven’t checked out my post on How To Do Disney Like a Pro make sure you read that here!