Packing for Disney was the most stressful and most time consuming part of the trip. In the end though, every minute spent was WELL worth it. We were very lucky to be able to bring as much gear as we wanted since we took the Auto Train. I know that with traveling via airplane it maybe a little harder to pack this much. In those cases I think it’s important to pack what you can.
Not able to pack everything you want? Here are a few tips that might help!
1. There is a 24 hour Walmart very close to the parks if you have a rental car. It’s also a great place to get inexpensive Disney gear and autograph books!
2. Most resorts have convenient shops where you can pick up toiletries and snacks.
3. You can also order items on Amazon and have them delivered to your resort and waiting for you when you check in. That is great for diapers that can take up quite a bit of room.
Here is a pretty extensive list of what we packed for our trip.
Everything fit very nicely in our Diaper Dude which I picked up at one of our local consignment sales. I also liked that is clipped right onto the stroller or could be worn over the shoulder. Thirty-One also just came out with the Explorista Crossbody, that hooks around the stroller, which is definitely worth checking out.
All of the contents are what we usually have in our diaper bag. Since Parker is almost 2 we don’t let him have his pacifier or blanket except bed time. We decided to bring those along to help him take naps in the stroller which worked out really well. After lunch each day we would recline the stroller, give him both and he would usually fall asleep in minutes. We also packed three spare outfits each day in case an accident happened.
I found bringing snacks and supplements for Parker’s meals was really important. It made mealtimes much easier and saved us a lot of money. On a few occasions we got him a kids meal but he mostly ate off our plates and what we brought for him. The kids meals are great for older ones but he is just young enough that it’s too much or not a good combination for him. Most of the items above are a usual in our diaper bag and certainly needed to make an appearance in Disney. I love each item but can’t say enough about the Tiny Bites Food Shears and the Munchkin Collapsible Bowl that make meal times a lot easier!
We have had our Joovy Zoom 360 jogging stroller for awhile now. You can check out my initial review of it here. I love using it for walks but it really was perfect for the parks. The seat is spacious so Parker didn’t feel cramped inside even after a long day. As you can see above, the seat reclines which makes it nice for naps. The basket was perfect for the rain cover, Becco Butterfly Baby Carrier, snack bag and additional layers of clothing.
There were times when Parker would want to be out of the stroller but we were on the move and walking around or standing inline wasn’t an option. It was great to pull out our Becco Butterfly Baby Carrier and plop him on our pack.
I was so excited when Lovable Labels agreed to let me review their KID Bands!. Safety was a huge concern for me in the parks and putting these on Parker everyday was really comforting. It had his name and both of our names and phone numbers. You can check out my full review on the KID Bands! and other safety tips while you are in the parks here.
I know some parents don’t like the leash backpacks but it was nice to put this on when Parker wanted to walk around a little. He didn’t like it much when he wanted to run away, but I felt safer knowing I couldn’t get distracted a lose him. For some of the rides with a little bit of a wait, it was nice to put his sippy cup and pacifier inside and let him do the carrying! The leash is detachable so we can still use it when he gets older.
This was great to have in the room so Parker could eat breakfast at the table while we were getting ready. We usually keep this in the car in case a restaurant doesn’t have a highchair. It secures to the back and bottom of the chair and has a 3-point harness.
We were a little concerned with what Parker would sleep in on the train and in the room if he didn’t like the P&P that was provided by Disney. The PeaPod Plus folds up nicely so it travels easily and is padded on the bottom for comfort. You can check out my full review of the PeaPod Plus here.
We always travel with our Sunpentown SU-1051W Travel-Size Personal Humidifier. It keeps moisture in dry hotel rooms and helps us sleep better. We got this one from Bed Bath & Beyond for Christmas a few years ago from my Mom. It takes up no space in our luggage and we can refill a used water bottle with tap water.
I found this miniature IKEA dish rack at a local thrift store for under $3. I always hate to recommend a product when I can’t provide a place to buy it but after a few hours of searching, I don’t have a link to provide. I do love having this for travel though. It keeps Parker’s dishes off the counter. We used this a lot when Parker was still on bottles and we traveled.
The ArtBin Twisterz Jars are great for medicine, lotion and jewelry. I get mine from Jo Ann Fabrics where you get choose from a few different sizes. They all interlock making it easy to keep together.
The Thirty-One Littles Carry-All Caddy is also a travel favorite for us. It folds pretty flat to store easily in your luggage and can hold most of your toiletries. Rob and I each have one which keeps almost everything off the counters.
The Thirty-One Cinch-It-Up Super Sac was large enough to hold all of our laundry for the week. A carrying strap makes it easy to hull a full bag around and the front zipper pocket to hold detergent and dryer sheets.
Digital Thermometer | Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy | Children’s Benadryl | Little Remedies | Children’s Advil | nail clippers | Balmex | Baby Ganics Lip Balm | Pedialyte powder packets | toothbrush and toothpaste | nasal aspirator | Dapple dish soap | Johnson & Johnson’s body wash.
One of the worst experiences as a parent is when you have a sick child and no medicine. The best pieces of advice one of my friends gave me was to always be prepared when traveling. Even if we are gone for a night, these are the items I bring along just in case. The clear bottle is Dapple to wash Parker’s dishes and the blue bottle is shampoo/body wash for bath time.
Well there you have it. Feeling overwhelmed yet? If you are, don’t be. While it may seem overwhelming now, once you get started it will be much easier. I would do your own research and then make a list of those items you want to bring. Having a list will remind you what you still need to purchase or locate around the house.