Today its all about what to pack for Disney World and the things you’ll find inside my theme park backpack! Over the last few years I’ve had the incredible blessing to attend The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. While I’ll be following the magic from home this year, my primary focus has always been the conference, sessions, and learning what’s new and next at Disney Parks that has had my heart since my Walt Disney World College Program days. What’s always been so magical is how meeting format also very graciously includes time for your family to enjoy the parks both with and without you there. Its because of that need to have a well stocked theme park backpack for both myself and my husband that I decided to do this post. If you are planning a trip to a theme park soon and wondering what you should pack in your backpack for the park, check out my tips to build a better “family” backpack that anyone can use!
Go for Comfort
If there is one word that answers the question “What to pack for Disney World?” it has to be comfort. Not just for clothes and shoes, this is especially true for backpacks because you’ll be lugging them with you everywhere you go. Choose something that is comfortable with a single padded strap that easily rests diagonally across your chest. It lets you switch back and forth easily, not to big or small, and adjustable for the person who is carrying it.
Your backpack is your lifeline and without it, you will find your lost. Include your hotel information and cell phone by adding a simple luggage tag or placing a label inside that includes the same. Also, add something special on it like our pink electrical tape, to identify that likely black back pack, one of millions in the park that day, as uniquely yours.
When you think about what to pack for Disney World, its easy to through in everything but the kitchen sink. The wonderful thing about a backpack is it limits you to the space you have and when well designed, makes it easy to place things within easy reach while you are surely multi-tasking. This is where you need zippered and padded pockets in all the right places. Here is how we load our backpack of choice up:
a. Front Pocket: phone and camera
b. Back Pocket: autograph book with Sharpie, Pressed Coin collection, and rolls of quarters and pennies.
c. Side Pocket Secured: Extra pen, wireless charger, and secure but not loose your park tickets, hotel room keys, and children’s ID including a fingerprint incase you need to give information about them. Keep in mind a great way to make sure you have a current picture is take a daily picture before you leave the hotel. That way you can describe their outfit in a snap.
d. Outside Easy to Reach: Water bottles and snacks. One of the great things about Disney Parks is that you can bring in your own supply of both. Rather than buying them daily, start off each day with a fresh water bottle and then simply reuse them all day when you are actually thirsty, making them not heavy to tote around. Pack snacks that won’t melt and that your kids will definitely want to eat, making it easy to focus on the fun and have lunch when its time. And of course include that hand sanitizer!
e. Mom’s Secret Weapons: Sunscreen, back up medications you might need like tummy meds, aspirin, bandaids, personal hygiene including tissues, wipes, and a Tide pen to take out a stain, umbrella, ponchos for each family member, and extra Ziploc bags labeled WET and DRY incase something is wet that you need to keep. Think an extra set of clothes for little ones who may have an accident or for that family member who would have preferred not getting wet on Splash Mountain, and a reusable bag in case you have more you need to carry.
I want to make sure that when I review my list of what to pack for Disney World, I know I’ve taken the time to make it easy to focus on making memories that last a lifetime instead of frustrated that our supplies aren’t handy and our days are disorganized. These are just a few of the things I’ve got packed inside my backpack for The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. It won’t matter who carries it, my husband or myself, I’m hands free and my kids can get what they need just like I can. I hope this helps you know what to pack for Disney World when it comes to that all important backpack and I’d love to know~
What do you put in your family backpack?
When you travel to at theme park like Walt Disney World, you’ll be taking more than just a backpack so check out our organized travel tips for How to Pack Your Family Suitcase, How to Pack Your Car, How NOT to Lose your Park Tickets, and a Organized Travel Packing List to help you keep it all together. Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!
Disclosure: Special thanks to Walt Disney World Resorts Social Media for inviting me to register for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of my paid registration, I received for myself and my family discounted hotel accommodations, park tickets, attendance at special events, and select branded merchandise. I was not asked to post about my experience before, during, or after the event. As a graduate of the Walt Disney World College Program and life long fan of the brand, I can’t help but share. As always, my opinions are entirely my own.