What do you need with you for a day in a theme park? There is no right or wrong answer but I have my list of must or like to have’s when I visit. There are a lot of things to consider when packing for a theme park vacation and I’m the type of person who would rather be over prepared than under. In my family we compare my bag to the ones carried by either Mary Poppins or Hermione Granger because I always have everything you need!
Here is the list of things that I usually keep in my daily park bag along with some links to the items I use. Based on how old your kids are you may not need everything on this list but it's a good place to start.
1. Magic bands or park tickets
2. Wallet with cash/ credit cards/ ID
3. Just in case the app crashes, a printed itinerary
4. Cell phone and charging cord
5. External battery. Taking photos, videos and the resort apps will drain you phone fast. And if there is more than one of you with a device you’ll want a pretty decent charger or one per person.
6. If you bring a camera be sure to also bring an extra SD Card and batteries
7. Sunglasses or hat to keep that Florida sunshine out of your eyes
8. Sweatshirt or light jacket (based on the time of the year). You’ll need it after dusk usually between November and March/ April.
9. Small blanket for little legs in the air conditioning and in the event of a nap
10. Umbrella or poncho in preparation for the inevitable pop up Florida shower or water ride. They also sell them in kids sizes.
11. Extra socks or flip flops to change into after the rain or for the above mentioned water ride.
12. Refillable water bottle or plastic water bottles. I prefer a stainless steel bottle, this one keeps my water ice cold all day.
13. Metal straws, they don’t allow plastic straws in Animal Kingdom
14. Bibs for little messy eaters
15. A shopping bag to store loose items from the bottom of your stroller. You have to fold up the stroller on the bus so you’ll want something to carry everything.
16. Ziploc bags for leftovers. You can’t throw out the rest of the cookie you couldn’t finish!
17. Snacks and gum. I take bars for myself and crackers for my kids. When they were younger I took Goldfish or fruit pouches. And did you know that they don't sell gum on property? So better bring it with you!
18. Prescription and pain medications for yourself and your children plus stomach relief tablets. We all eat worse on vacation than we do at home but that doesn't have to ruin your day.
19. Motion sickness remedies such as Sea Band or Dramamine. Motion simulators only get harder to handle as we get older.
20. Band-Aids, moleskin (in the event of blisters) and antibiotic ointment
21. Small hair bush with hair ties and/ or clips
22. Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
23. Tissues and wipes. Even that my kids are older I still carry wipes for that inevitable mess or dirty table.
24. Antibacterial gel, spray or wipes
25. Glasses or contact wearer…keep an extra pair on you or an eye glass repair kit along with re wetting drops
26. Diapers and an extra change of clothes for the littlest guests
27. Large Ziploc bags for dirty or wet clothes
28. Items to keep kids occupied such as playing cards, bubbles, coloring books etc
29. Autograph books with a fat pen for signatures
By Melissa Lenox
Melissa Lenox is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel. She is a former entertainment cast member, loves Star Wars, Chip 'n Dale, dining at Walt Disney World and planning trips for others! Follow her on her pages below or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your next adventure!
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