What to Pack for a Day At a Disney Park – Don’t Ever Go Without These Items!

A trip to any Disney park is supposed to be a magical experience. The truth is, that cast members, imagineers, and even Walt Disney himself have done their part to help you truly have an amazing day. In a twisted JFK quote, maybe it’s time not to ask what Disney can do for you, but what you can do for yourself at Disney! The best thing that you can do is come prepared. Here are some of the items you’re going to want to pack before your next trip to one of the parks!

Sunscreen – The Right One

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Not all sunscreens are created equal. That brings up a few problems. The one that you want to use on your body because it provides the most protection may be too greasy for your face or even your scalp. Also, just because you put sunscreen on once in the morning doesn’t mean you’re protected for the whole day. Bring along more to ensure you re-apply when necessary. On top of this, if you want to bring a hat that can be a good idea as well.

Anti-Friction Balm

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The sunscreen tip is pretty standard. It’s just one of those, though, that you want to include to ensure that people don’t forget. Anti-friction balm could be one of the unsung heroes, though. Wearing comfortable clothes is a must, but for some people, walking all day is going to cause friction issues in certain parts of the body. You don’t want to be dealing with itching and burning in the middle of your day at the most magical place on earth. Therefore, these balms can be actual lifesavers!

Personal Fan – Cooling Device

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Yes, you may see some people at the park with these and think they look ridiculous. At one point in the day, though, you’ll inevitably start envying them. Both Anaheim and Orlando get extremely hot in the summer. Do you want to add to that the heat that just forms with the crowds? It’s a big issue all around. If you can bring your own fan or one of those fans that look like headphones, that can really help out.

Backup Batteries for Phones

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Some people get really excited when they walk into the park, and they want to start posting pictures of everything. Others are just naturally on their phones a big chunk of the day. Keep in mind that you could be spending maybe a third of your day, if not more, in different queues. Your phone may die out before you get to the nightly fireworks shows. You’ll have a ton of middle of the pack pictures, but you missed out on the best ones! Bring an extra phone battery and a charger. That way you won’t have to deal with these problems.

The Right Shoes & Socks Fit

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The shoe situation is one that seemingly everyone has down. What you don’t want to do, though, is bring comfortable shows with mini socks. Halfway through the day, you realize that you have a blister on the back of your foot. It could even be a good idea, if you wake up early enough, to take a few steps around your home or hotel before you head to the park. The last thing that you want is for your feet to hurt unnecessarily. In reality, they may hurt regardless of what you do by the end of the day.

Light Safe Backpack

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Disney is not the place to bring your fancy purse! Choose a backpack that you feel comfortable tying around your waist. This could be one of the ways to ensure you can get on some rides with it. You also want to keep it close to you to avoid any potential pickpocketing situations. Disney isn’t known for this, but you never know. Make sure the bag is naturally light so that whatever you put on there doesn’t make the weight unbearable. If you’re traveling as a group, it may be wise not to have everyone carry a bag. That way, if one person gets tired, they can pass it along to the next one.

Mario Perez

Author: Mario Perez


Mario is a seasoned journalist who’s worked with multiple publications over the years. He has a passion for looking for that story within the story itself. When he’s not actively looking for breaking news, he enjoys playing and watching sports.

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