The ultimate Disney World packing list – download in Word and PDF formats

by Shannon Albert · 34 comments · Like the Facebook page

The ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchool

Somebody asked me recently about a packing list for Disney World trips. I decided to put together a list for you to use based on the one I’ve used for years.

Important note!

This list is HUGE. Really huge. It is not meant to imply that you need to bring all of these things. It is meant to be a list to help remind you of things you want to take as you’re packing.

This helps alleviate that nagging feeling as you head out the door “did I forget anything? What am I missing?”

Now, let’s take a look at the list.

Please pin it, save it, print it. Whatever you like. I hope you find it helpful.

(Downloadable Word, PDF and Google Docs versions are at the bottom of this page)

The ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchool

Google Docs version


Thoughts or questions on this ginormous packing list? Tell us about it in the comments.

The ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchoolThe ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchoolThe ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchoolThe ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchool
The ultimate Disney World packing list   download in Word and PDF formats from @WDWPrepSchool
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Kim September 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Diet Pepsi! WDW only sells Coke products. :(


Shawn November 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

That is some list! Thanks!


Trish February 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Wow that is some list. Definitely Pinning this and sharing it with my sis-in-law as we are heading there at the end of May! I want to pack now I’m so excited


Stephanie April 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

I thought of one more thing to add to your amazing and extensive list: Sheets! No matter what level of hotel you stay at, they seem to use the same white scratchy flat sheets that don’t stay on the bed. On top of that annoyance, I have very sensitive skin and get a rash from the harsh laundry detergent that WDW uses. So, we pack a set of sheets from our home bed and bring our own pillows. It makes sleeping so much more enjoyable!

Also saw that you added a sound machine to your list. I have a sound machine app downloaded to my ipad that I play all night.


Amy D April 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

We are taking our first WDW vacation in May. I have referred to this list so many times!! Thanks bunches!!


Shana Gatewood May 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I LOVE the bubbles idea while you wait in line. We went to King’s Island with my 2 & 4 year old for just a few hours and my 2 year old had a melt down waiting in lines. But she LOVES bubbles, so we are trying this one! Thanks!


Misty Ehret May 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

There was something you missed……scissors!!! I always travel with scissors. Seems like I’m always cutting the tags off of something or needing to open something. Also, I always have a pen and notepad with me (for notes of course) and yes, I’m a nerd!


Rachael May 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hi! I live in the Tampa area and for some reason get CRAZY bug bites around here all the time. I mean during the day, in the winter, in my home (which is not open to the elements at all)…I could go on. If I get caught outside in the summer at sundown for 30 seconds without bug spray, my average is 20 bites. BUT, at Disney I get NO bug bites AT ALL- EVER! I do not use bug spray there ever. I don’t use it for my kids or husband either there and they don’t get as many bites as me anyway. Busch Gardens is the same thing. I don’t know why…maybe they spray the air there too (we do that in FL but usually it’s a joke) which keeps the bugs away or maybe there are so many people that the bugs are spread out so I don’t get bites. We usually go to disney 6 times a year at least, give or take, throught the year. I promise you can leave the bug spray home, at least while at Disney and their parks. I don’t know about their hotels/pools, we drive home usually :)


Sue Walizer May 28, 2013 at 10:37 am

Shannon, this is wonderful. I always make a list about 2 weeks before we leave. This is a time saver for me. I absolutely love your web site.


Cathy July 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

I have a very similar list as an Excel spreadsheet and everyone laughs — until they need something, that is! I would add: duct tape (take out the cardboard roll and squash flat) and glasses repair kit with mini-screwdriver for fixing sunglasses and opening battery compartments. As for the baby stroller, I prefer bringing my own over renting one and I highly suggest having a stroller for non-babies too. Even a 5 or 6 year old will be exhausted by the end of the day. Good for getting to and from buses, especially. I dread the day my girl is too big/old for hers.


Angela Louise Johnson July 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hi. This is a fab list and will be using it thanks. I would add blister plasters and sudocrem (or US equivalent – its like a nappy rash cream) as fab for sunburn, rashes and chaffing.


Jennifer B. July 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Hello there fellow Disney traveler! We used this list last year when we went to WDW with our 3 year old son. I tweaked it here and there, but it was a time saver for sure. I was able to finally relax about planning and packing everything and enjoy our vacation so THANK YOU for compiling this list. We’re using it again this year when we go in September.


Kristie D. July 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Great list! I like the power strip so everyone can plug in their iPhones, iPads, iPods, DS… well you get the picture. I also love that I can use my phone for camera, white noise, radio, book, movies and games for entertaining, texting (who needs a walkie talkie?), video, and every great Disney app out there! ect and it sits in my pocket!
Speaking of park entertainment my kids are enamored with finding Hidden Mickeys. Keeps them busy alllll day long. I downloaded the app ($9 but cheaper then the book and way better then carrying and flipping thru a book too).


Melissa August 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

My mom & I are taking my boys (5 & 3) at the end of August. Your list is WONDERFUL! Already started packing ;)


Lisa Lawrence September 20, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Referred to this list about 10 times before our recent Disney trip. I would suggest adding scissors as we used them 3 or 4 times mostly for snipping off tags.


Judy Mardula September 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

We’re going to Disney World the first week in December and staying in a Nemo Suite at the AoA. I found small bath scrubbies with fish on them at the dollar store. One even had Nemo on it. I also found small bottles of hand soap with Nemo on them. They can be left behind at the end of the trip but will come in handy. I found small LED lanterns in Target that I am sure will come in handy.


Sharon November 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Awesome list!

I always include quart and gallon ziploc bags, for phone & camera on wet rides like Splash Mtn and even Kali River Rapids. (At Kali, you can store larger items inside their free locker, but for items you want to keep with you, they will get wet in your pocket, and the center storage container is usually already wet inside!).

Also, some of the dark rides’ queues, as well as the sometimes dark walk back to the room from the bus, cam be a bit scary for the kids. We bring mini LED flashlights for them to carry with them, and it makes them feel more at ease. (Never inside the dark ride, though, of course!)

Also, packets of wipes. May it be hand sanitizing wipes, flushable wipes, Chlorox wipes for tables & even for toilet, you can always feel cleaner with wipes!


Crystal November 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Love these lists but now I’m dying to know what kind of a bag you bring into the park. Do you have some kind of tips for organizing all the stuff you’ll need day of?


Kasey Yates December 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Me too!! I’m leaving in two weeks: I’ve never been… Does anyone have any suggestions for how to:
- “capture the memories” without carrying the over stuff back pack- I’m sure I won’t use 1/2 of!
-any tips for the essentials AT THE PARKS?
Please help it’s causing me stressing


Melissa Brinn January 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Hi! I bet you have already left, but one thing I usually do is try to not pack too much for going into the park. In the past you could go through the “no bags” line with a camera bag that goes around your neck so that I what I usually limited us to


Melissa Brinn January 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Thank you so much! I always look for one, but have trouble finding one that I really like- this one is excellent!


Christina January 6, 2014 at 10:20 am

Our essentials for the WDW Backpack
*My husband and I both carry one and split these items between – getting in to it in a crowd is easier because you are not digging through the layers and its much more gentle on both of our backs!*
Passes/MagicBands/Key to the World
Confirmation #s, hotel/dining/special events – re-write them all down in one spot (less paper to carry around)
Pennies/Quarters for Penny Souvenirs
Autograph Book / Pen/Marker with clickable top – NO caps (easier/faster for Characters to operate)
Fruit Snacks/Goldfish/chips …individual portions make for happier kids
Refillable Water Bottle(s) – Even if you purchase a bottle at a stand, you will be happy to be able to split it up between every one in your family
Glowsticks/Bubbles .. YES for waiting in line or those long waits for the parade
Wet Ones
Hand Sanitizer
Large size Ziploc for wet anything(s)
a few empty sandwich bags for splitting up popcorn or other Disney goodies
ADVIL/TYLENOL or any other necessary meds – Disney can store meds that need to be refrigerated for you at the parks too
Sunscreen for reapplications (trust me, you will need to and no you don’t want to pay Disney price for the same size bottle you bought for half the price at Target)
PHONE CHARGER – In case of desperation, there are outlets in the restrooms and guest services will help you out too if you need a bit of extra charge
**if you have little ones – Bring that extra set of underwear and a pair of extra pants .. lightweight so you can fold it down small at the bottom of your bag. You never know and you will feel terrible when your little one doesn’t have a clean pair of pants to change in to if an accident occurs – we’ve been there. That walk to the gift shop for Disney pants was not fun for my sick to his stomach 5 year old :(
…Ponchos optional .. we never remember to pack them and always wish we had. But have survived Kali River Rapids and splash mountain without, each and every time :)


Maria B January 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I love this website! I have been to Disney with my kids about three times – once per year since 2011. Each time, I learn something that I should have thought to bring! Our trips have been very short, since my kids are young (my in laws live near by, so we’d only stay a day or two, max). This time, we’ll be there for 5 days, our longest trip to Disney yet. Since our kids will be 5 and 7 at the time we plan to go, we figure they can handle a longer trip. I never thought to bring a towel – this is a WONDERFUL idea for many reasons. I will definitely use this list this year!

If you have children that enjoy dressing up, you might want to pack pirate gear (probably not swords, though; just bandanas and patches will do) OR princess dresses. My daughter likes to wear her princess gowns over her clothes (until she gets too hot and then we stuff them in the back pack). My son wants to be a Jedi this year, so we’ll bring his cloak. I’m not sure if they’ll let him carry his lightsaber, however.

If you don’t want to spend the money on the Pirate’s League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you can bring make up (black eyeliner and pencil for the boys and glitter and lipgloss for the girls) and costumes from home.


Kristie D. January 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm

The best thing about Disney is that whatever you forget, you can buy there! (except maybe some prescriptions)


Sarah H January 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Baby outlet covers have made hotel stays a little less stressful for me with a very mobile little crawler on my hands. And they don’t take up a lot of space in your luggage.


Cathy M January 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

One important item(s) that I would add to this list, especially for families with school-aged children would be….
1. Their homework (if being pulled out of school for the trip)
2. #2 pencils with a sharpener. Automatic pencils have broken and run out of lead on a previous trip.
3. Pens
4. Calculator
5. Any other special items needed to complete homework


Amber February 3, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Just remember some things you can’t bring with you if your flying there like me anything sharp you can’t pack period. and remember you might bring this back with you so you might need extra space Ziploc space savers might be your best friend


Lisa February 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I love the list. I take a lot of stuff because you never know what you might need. I also like to put a few cheap plastic clothes hangers in. I can always leave them behind. The rooms just seem to not have enough hanger for all my clothes. I love the towel idea to take to the parks. Do you think I could leave it in one spot by itself for an hour or so without someone moving it? I’m travel alone this trip and one of my goals is to watch a parade from the curb. Thanks for the tips.


Nicole March 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Amazing list! I would add ALOE gel (for sunburn). Cause as much as you try to avoid getting the dreaded sunburn in disney (especially if your not used to the Florida sun) it’s a life saver.


Tracy March 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I always bring a bottle of Febreez. It gets plenty of use when sharing one bathroom!


Jeannie March 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Definitely don’t forget fat pens for autographs…just ordered new Super Sharpie Twin Tip pens for our upcoming trip from Amazon…they have chisel and fine tips (great for autographs). Used them for our last trip and every character went out of their way to express their thanks to the kids (or me/hubby) for bringing them. Even Darth Vader gave us a big thumbs up!!!


Patricia March 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

This is great!!! I been stressing because we just decided about 3 days ago to take our first trip to Disney world with our 5 year old son, 4 year old niece, and 2 year old daughter the first week of June. So many good ideas and information on what to take. I APPRECIATE THIS SOOOO MUCH!!


Jeananne March 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

Great ideas! I would also suggest for both boys and girls you bring compression shorts! These are thin spandex shorts that can be worn under shorts or skirts! The help prevent any chaffing that may occur from all that walking! My boys wear them under their bathing suits all the time. I would cut out the ” netting” briefs in the bathing suit . Also a small tube if aquafor by Vaseline will sooth chaffing should there be any!!


Diane April 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

This list is absolutely fantastic! There were so many things that I didn’t think of. Thank you very much very helpful.


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