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Wondering if you have thought of everything you need for your Disneyland packing list? These are Disneyland packing mistakes you don’t want to make!
I have been to Disneyland countless times. With each trip, I have learned what is worth putting on my Disneyland packing list and what should be left at home.
Knowing what to have on your Disneyland packing list comes with some trial and error. These 20 Disneyland packing list mistakes you’ll never make again will have you super prepared for your next Disney vacation!
These are all of the most important Disneyland packing list tips you need!
This post is all about your Disneyland Packing List.
Disneyland Packing List Mistakes You’ll Never Make Again
Disneyland Packing List: For the Parks
1. The Right Shoes + 1 More Pair
Not bringing the right shoes with you to Disney can ruin your entire vacation. You will be on your feet all day, and not just walking everywhere, but standing still in lines as well. A super supportive sneaker is very important!
My New Balance sneakers have supported my feet and back problems on long Disney days as well as miles on my feet on cobblestoned streets in Europe. My husband loves his Hoka sneakers because they are very comfortable and designed with longevity on your feet in mind. Plus they go on sale often and come in lots of fun color combinations.
You will want to bring a second pair of shoes as well to give the pressure points and hot spots on your feet a break. I’ve had the same trusty pair of Nike’s for a few years, and they’ve been on every Disney trip since I bought them.
I used to wear Tom’s to Disneyland, but as I’ve gotten older and the parks busier, I throw on my tennies. We’ve also had to run to Downtown Disney on two separate trips to replace my daughter’s shoes for her aching feet. Trust me when I say just come prepared with 2 tried and true pairs of supportive shoes!
2. The Right Bag
There are so many bag options for a day in the parks. You want something that holds everything you need for a successful day in the park, but that is also easy enough to access quickly and fit in the ride vehicles with you. Our family of five takes three bags: I bring a crossbody purse or Loungefly, my daughter brings a mini backpack or Loungefly and my husband brings a medium sized backpack that he and my sons take turns carrying.
I highly recommend carrying something like a belt bag or crossbody purse if you are traveling with kids. This gives you quick access to your own needs like sunglasses and chapstick, but also to things you’re kids need like tissues and earplugs.
I’ve written an entire post on the best bags for Disneyland, with reviews on each style from years of park experience.
3. Disney Themed Clothing
You may easily remember your Minnie Ears, but don’t forget about a Mickey tee! So many people dress the Disney part in Disneyland. By shopping ahead of time, you can save a lot of money on your Disney themed apparel.
I have spent countless hours over the years scouring the internet and pounding the pavement looking for cute Disney merch prior to our trips. These are some of the best places places to shop for Disney themed apparel:
- Target (especially for baby!)
- Gap (especially for kids)
- Macy*s (sooo many options and clever t-shirts!!)
- Nordstrom (for some designer collabs)
- H&M (for affordable, stylish finds)
- Etsy (perfect for group shirts and personalized merch)
- Amazon (takes more digging around, but perfect if you need it fast!)
- ShopDisney (great for the whole family, especially during sales)
Bonus Tip: Pre-Purchase Souvenirs
Shopping ahead for souvenirs like plushes and Disney jewelry is a great money saving hack!
4. Disney Packing List Mistake: Ignoring Self-Care
On Your Body
Since going to Disneyland means being outside most of the day, you want to protect your skin with a quality sunscreen. Even if you put some on in the hotel room, you’ll need to reapply sunscreen multiple times throughout the day as well.
Lips get dry with all the talking, screaming and roller coaster riding that a Disney day entails. Pack chapstick in your park bag. Lotion for after all of the hand washing is also great to have.
In Your Body
This is my go-to medicine bag. It’s always stocked and goes on every trip and into every park with us. It’s compact and light. In your medicine kit, pack:
- pain reliever
- tummy medication
- anti-nausea/motion sickness
- prescription meds you will need while at the parks
- migraine medication
- dairy relief
- panty liners
- extra chapstick
5. Disney Packing List Mistake: Forgetting About Hydration
This goes directly along with self-care, but is too important to not give its own section.
You can bring beverages (and snacks) into Disneyland as long it’s not a glass container or alcohol. There are places all around Disneyland where you can fill up your water bottle.
With all of the walking and sun, it is so easy to become dehydrated at Disneyland. Dehydration can cause terrible headaches and throw your body out of rhythm fast. We always have electrolytes at least once a day on our Disney trips.
6. Disneyland Packing List Mistake: Ear Plugs
Disneyland is a noisy place. From bands on Main Street to ride queues and coasters, it can be overwhelming. My kids still use earplugs on loud rides. It’s such a small thing, but earplugs have saved the day for us on many occasions.
7. Hair Ties & Mini Brush
Your hair takes a beating from the weather and whipping around on rides. By the end of the day, it feels so good to run a brush through your hair and tie it up out of your face and off your neck. A mini brush and hair ties are staples in our park bag.
8. Warm Layer
Early mornings and evenings can have a chill, especially in late fall and early winter. Even though you’re in LA, you’ll need a sweatshirt. I love to buy new ones at Disneyland, but since the pandemic, it has been difficult to find the style and size I want. This can change daily as restocks come in, but if you see what you want, don’t assume it will still be there later.
9. Battery Bank with Charging Cords
You will use your phone for almost everything you do inside Disneyland. Taking pictures, mobile ordering, checking wait times, Genie, you name it, and it’s probably done on your phone in the Disneyland app. Bring a battery bank so you can stay connected to everything you need for a Disney day. Don’t forget the cords that connect the charger to your phone!
Disneyland sells the fuel rod charger. It’s lipstick case shape comes with all the cords you need, and you can simply change out a dead fuel rod for a brand new, fully charged stick at the park (and other locations, such as airports). We own one and take it with us, but an Anker charger will give you a much faster charge.
10. Autograph Book with Thick Pen
If you have kids (or for yourself!), bring an autograph book. It’s such a fun way to interact with characters! You can buy them or have your kids make their own. Don’t forget a thick pen for character hands to grasp easily, preferably multiple colors for interest.
Disneyland Packing List: For Your Hotel Room
It’s easy to overlook what you may need in your hotel room while making a Disneyland packing list. Or maybe you bring too much (I once brought a toaster!) These are items that have been invaluable.
11. Paper Products
If your hotel room does not have a kitchen, but you will be eating in it, bring paper goods. We’ve brought cereal, microwavable breakfast sandwiches, sandwich makings, etc. Consider packing:
- paper plates/bowls
- paper towels
- disposable utensils
12. Travel Dish Soap
A small container of dish soap is super handy for washing water bottles after a long day’s use, as well as treating stains or spills on clothing.
13. Pump Hand Soap
Do you ever feel truly clean when you wash your hands with a mini hotel bar soap that everyone else in your travel party also uses? I always bring a pump hand soap everywhere we go. You don’t have to pack it home once it’s opened.
Most hotels have a pool and a hot tub. We love swimming and hot tubbing after a Disney day. There’s nothing quite like the buoyancy of water on your body when you’ve been on your feet all day.
Also throw in a couple extra clothespins to dry your swimsuits in your hotel room. They’ll dry faster if they are hung from the top instead of folded over a clothesline.
15. Ice Chest
Hotel mini fridges are just that: mini. An ice chest can hold cold bottles of water, sodas, milk, snacks, adult beverages, you name it. Fill it with ice from the vending machine and you have double or triple the cold storage. Obviously, if you are flying to Disneyland, this won’t work.
16. Cushioned Flip Flops or Slippers
A new pair of ultra soft slippers feel so good after walking all day. Likewise to well cushioned flip flops like my favorite Sanuk yoga mat flip flops. They are great for wearing down to the pool and breakfast too.
Disneyland Packing List: What Not to Bring
Just like there are items you don’t want to forget for your Disneyland packing list, there are some things better left at home (or in the hotel).
Unless the forecast calls for rain, which it likely won’t, ditch the umbrella. Southern California doesn’t see nearly the rainfall or random storms that Florida does. An umbrella will be more cumbersome than useful. When it has rained on us, baseball caps have been fine. And if it’s coming down, stop for a hot chocolate or treat until it passes.
18. Pocket Knife
If grabbing your pocket knife goes hand in hand with grabbing your wallet and keys, remember to leave it in your hotel room. Knives of any kind are not permitted in Disneyland. My husband has had to walk back to the hotel on more than one occasion because he forgot about the knife in his pocket. For more information on what is not allowed in the Disney parks, read Disney’s policy.
19. Ugg Boots
I own several pairs of Ugg boots from the classic Ugg boot, to leather ones, to booties, but I would never dream of wearing any of them to Disneyland. First of all, it is rarely cold enough to warrant Uggs. But more importantly, Uggs are not the most comfortable shoe, no matter the style, for a day of walking. And, your feet will sweat.
20. Bootie Shorts
You know, the ultra short, cheeks almost exposed shorts. These are inappropriate for a family park like Disneyland where you will be bending over to get in and out of ride vehicles. Same goes for anything super low cut. Disney explicitly states that they have the right to deny admission to anyone wearing what they deem inappropriate or that takes away from a family friendly guest experience. Bring other options.
Hopefully, this list helps you avoid Disneyland packing list mistakes, and helps you feel prepared for your next Disney adventure!
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