Packing for Disney World: A First Timers Guide

You’re booked your resort. You’ve made your ADRs. Your Fastpass+ reservations ready to go. Congratulations! You’re on your way to a magical visit to Disney. Now it’s time to get to packing! But, where do you start? What are the essentials you simply must bring with you? I’m breaking down some of the best things to bring with. We’ll look at basics like clothing to tech essentials. Soon, you’ll be ready to go on your magical Disney vacation. So, here are some of my best tips for packing for Disney World.

Clothing

The first thing I think about packing are clothes. Weather in Florida can vary. It might be really hot and humid. Or, it might be cold and rainy. One thing to consider no matter when you visit? Air conditioning. Because Florida is usually hot, air conditioning is set high. This means it might be mild outside but freezing indoors. With this in mind, prepare to dress in layers. Which means, you’ll want to pack extra shirts, jackets, and sweaters.

If you’re not planning on doing laundry on vacation, you’ll want to pack extra clothes. Take whatever you think you might need and throw a few extra items in. This will prepare you for anything. This includes hot temperatures and sudden rain showers.

If you’re planning on going to a nice meal, bring some fancier clothes. Disney signature dining dress code is business casual. So, having a nice outfit on hand will make your experience more enjoyable.

Still not sure what to bring? Check out our What to Wear at Disney World and What Not buying guide for even more clothing info.

Footwear

A good pair of shoes makes all the difference when park touring. They say you walk an average of 10 miles per day at Disney. So, making sure you have comfortable and supportive shoes is important. You’ll want to make sure you have a good pair of sneakers. Prefer sandals? Make sure you have sandals built for walking. Your average flip flop might seem like a good idea. That is until you spend an entire day in the parks with them. Some of my favorite walking sandals include Tevas. You’ll want to find the sandals or shoes that work best for you. Make sure to bring extra shoes too, just in case!

Don’t forget foot-care. Even if you pick the perfect pair of sneakers or sandals, your feet might need some extra TLC. It’s not uncommon for guests to report blisters, foot, and back pain. Bring along cotton socks, Band-Aids, moleskin, and other gear to keep your feet happy.

Need help deciding what shoes to bring with you? Our handy Best Shoes for Disney World buying guide gives you even more tips on the best footwear.

Disney World Main Street U.S.A.

Food

Fueling your body is important. Especially after all the walking you’ll be doing. You might be using the Disney Dining Plan on your vacation. Or, you might be staying at a resort with a kitchen. Many Disney guests prefer to eat in the parks and resorts for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is often eaten in the resort or on-the-go. Some guests like to have an evening snack. Others may have special dietary needs that require certain food products. Chances are, no matter what food preferences and needs you might have, you’ll need to bring food with you.

All Disney resorts have refrigerators in the rooms. Because of this, it is easy for you to purchase and store foods that need refrigeration. Microwaves are not as common. But, there are some options. You can request a microwave for your room (rates may apply). Or, you can use the microwave in your resort’s food court. There are also some Disney resorts that have family suites with kitchenettes that include microwaves.

For those who are driving, a quick trip to a local grocery store is great for stocking up. There is a Publix grocery store in Celebration, Florida, nearby. Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, and a few other stores are also within easy driving distance. Taxi services or car services like Uber can also take you if you don’t have a car. Don’t want to fuss with grocery shopping? There are several grocery delivery services available. They’ll bring groceries to your resort. Most deliver 7 days a week. New to the Orlando area is Amazon Prime Now and Instantcart. Both services deliver groceries and other supplies directly to the resorts. All of these services may have a small service fee. But, the convenience does make up for the fees.

Disney Popcorn

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Medical Essentials

No one ever wants to think about getting sick on vacation. But, it does happen. Packing your medical essentials is important. Prepare yourself for basic medical needs, like colds or tummy aches. If you have a medical prescription, be sure to pack it. Other medical essential like pain relievers, allergy medication, cold medication, and antacids are all important too. I always carry a basic first-aid kit, with the basics. This includes some of the medications I’ve mentioned. In addition, it includes Band-Aids and antibiotic cream. Remember, if you’re flying, liquid medications must be 3.4 ounces or less.

If you forget medical essentials or need medical treatment in a park, Disney has first-aid stations. You can find them throughout the Disney parks. Most resort gift shops also carry some first-aid and medicine basics. For more medical essentials, pharmacies and grocery stores are nearby too.

Don’t forget to pack sunscreen too!

Gear

Packing essential gear for your trip is pretty important. This can include technology too. Make sure to pack the basics. Here are some of my favorite must-bring items:

  • Phone chargers (wall chargers and external ones)
  • Cameras
  • Rain ponchos or umbrellas
  • Water bottles
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Blankets for parades or extras for your bed

Travel essentials

Bags Are Packed & Ready to Go

So that’s our recommendations for packing for Disney World. With the tips in this buying guide, you’ll be on your way to the perfectly packed luggage for your Disney trip. Of course, there are plenty of other things you may want to pack for your vacation. You can find more recommendations here on the Mouse’s House. And, don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter. You’ll get a list of the 10 Items You Should Always Take To Disney World when you sign up.