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  • On Mar 21, 2021
    Stephen from TN Asked

    what to pack?

    Hi Stephen,

    Welcome to planDisney! I must admit, your question made me smile. Believe it or not, my family still thinks carefully about this question!

    There are some staple items that we pack and others that we pack based on our specific plans for the trip. So, I will start with the must-pack items. Always bring:

    • Photo ID for adults (make sure it is government-issued)
    • Sneakers (two pair if you have room in your luggage - I had one pair get drenched one day in the parks)
    • Casual shoes including flip flops, sandals, etc. that you can slip on just to walk around the resort
    • Medications (prescribed and over the counter)
    • Face coverings - check the face covering guidelines
    • Hand sanitizer & wipes
    • Sunscreen
    • Toiletries - toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
    • Rain ponchos
    • Portable chargers for mobile devices
    • Water bottles (we get ice water from restaurants during the day and refill our water bottles)
    • Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
    • Cash for tips (in case you cannot pay the tip in a mobile app or on a credit card)
    • Snacks, especially if someone in your party has allergies
    • Disney's Magical Express® paperwork if you are using that service
    • MagicBands or Admission Cards (or use Disney MagicMobile service if it is available during your visit)

    Other items that may be necessary depending on your specific plans:

    • Swimsuits if you plan to get in the pool (we pack two if we are staying for a week or more)
    • Sunglasses
    • Laundry detergent if you plan to do laundry (we always do laundry)
    • Extra backpack 
    • Matching t-shirts (we have ordered from shopDisney or we buy in the parks)
    • A few dressy outfits (we always do a few dinners at signature restaurants)
    • Stainless steel reusable straws (if you dislike paper straws)

    This list is by no means exhaustive! Check out these other great tips about what to pack. And, follow the Disney Parks Blog for additional packing tips.

    Stephen, I can imagine the excitement in your household as you pack for your trip! We are thrilled to welcome you to a world of magic!

    Magic and memories,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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