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There are packing tips for Walt Disney World all over the internet. I've looked at many, used some, and now rely on my own packing list for each trip. Many lists include great suggestions but tend to be almost too inclusive. After following one in-park packing list, I found myself bogged down with way too many items we never touched on our trip. Since then, I have pared down my list to include just these essentials:
MIGHTY PURSE WRISTLET
I use this small wristlet to hold a little cash, my Disney Visa, and my driver's license. I never take my normal wallet with me so that, if it were to be lost, I wouldn't be losing everything. This awesome wristlet includes an external charger, and I LOVE it. It can charge my phone twice and still have some juice left. And it's still big enough to work as a wallet as well!
Staying hydrated is crucial. We always bring a water bottle and fill it up repeatedly throughout the day. No need to pay for water when you can get it for free!
You're going to want these (or a hat), but make sure you bring ones you wouldn't be heartbroken over if they got whisked away in the wind on Expedition Everest.
With the advent of FP+, it's crucial to be able to access your phone and the My Disney Experience app while at the park. This charger will keep your phone alive and well throughout the day (it can charge an iPhone almost 7 times!), which is even more important if you use your phone to take pictures.
FROGG TOGGS CHILLY PAD
I LOVE this thing. All you do is wet it, wring it out, and it stays nice and cool, but also dry. It's like magic. I'm not sure how we would survive our summer trips without it. Now we just need to get more than one so we don't have to fight over it! Find it on Amazon here.
GOOD WALKING SHOES
Everyone always recommends this, and yet I see people walking around in all kinds of dumb footwear. These Toms Del Rey sneakers are my new favorite shoes to wear when lots of walking is involved. In fact, I highly recommend any pair of Toms for walking around Disney World. You can see all my recommended footwear options here.
SMALL COSMETIC BAG
I love this one because it has different sections. The only things I keep in this are bandaids (in case of blisters), a small sun screen, chapstick, and some extra hair ties and bobby pins.
A NYLON BACKPACK
For the bigger things, we prefer to use a light backpack. Even after packing it with each of these items, we still have plenty of room for souvenirs, which is my favorite part about it. This HikePro pack is super light, water-resistant, and also only $20. Which is a win all around.
A LE SPORT SAC CROSSBODY
Our backpack is usually carried by Ken, while I carry my crossbody purse. In this I keep my camera, cell phone, and money (and my wand when at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Don't judge). I like to have these essentials close to me so I don't have to keep getting them out of the backpack. The best part about a crossbody is that you can keep it on you when getting on rides--I just slide it around so it's in my lap when I sit down, and then I know that it's secure. This Le Sports Sac is an "its a small world" edition which is no longer made (I got mine off Ebay), but you can find plenty of other cute styles here on the Le Sport Sac website.