Packing is a big part of a trip to the parks, especially with kids! Necessary items will obviously vary from person to person, but we have the basics listed below. Almost ANYTHING can be purchased at both parks, including OTC meds at First Aid facilities, Disney Hotel shops & most stores in the parks. Baby items can be purchased with cash only at both Baby Care Centers.
In addition to our annual passes & wallet, here is what we bring:
- Backpack – easiest for us to carry around. Check out Petunia Pickle Bottom x Disney Baby here.
- Extra bag to store under the stroller with items you don’t mind leaving behind while on rides, etc.
- Stroller – Between the two of us, we have a Double Bob & Single Bob Revolution SE.
- Stroller lock – from Buy Buy Baby – We typically always have a stroller lock in our bag, but we don’t always use it. Unfortunately, strollers have been stolen at the parks before (we know, terrible!), so it’s not a bad idea to have one. We’ve thankfully never had an issue with our stroller, but if we plan to leave it parked for an extended period of time to watch a show or go on rides, we will lock the back wheels together. Stroller cannot be locked to any Disney property (fence, etc).
- Solly Baby Wrap and/or Ergo Baby Carrier
- Extra clothes for kiddos (sometimes two outfits are necessary for ours!)
- Pajamas for kids if staying late
- Sweatshirt/pants for evenings (for cooler months of the year, usually November – March).
- Emergency contact temporary tattoo watches from Madeline’s Box.
- Lunch bag with snacks/cooler bag (guests can store coolers up to 18″ wide x 25″ high x 37″ deep in rentable lockers located outside the Disneyland Main Entrance. Lockers are not refrigerated).
- Pacifier and pacifier clip
- Diapers and wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Teething jewelry for the babes (Great for waiting in line – Mama & Little makes our favorite)!
- A few toys and coloring books/crayons to keep kids happy while waiting in lines or for parades (bubbles are another great item to bring, or you can purchase a bubble wand at the parks for around $20 – SO worth it)
- Blanket(s) – for kids and a bigger one to claim spot for parade
- Phone charger or portable charger in case charging lockers are full
WARM DAY PACKING ESSENTIALS (Summer-October)
- Stroller fan – We use a Dreambaby clip on fan from Walmart, Amazon, or Bed, Bath & Beyond – if your fan runs out of batteries, you can purchase some at almost every store at the parks
- Spray bottle from travel toiletry section at Target
- Spray bottle/fan combo can be purchased at the parks for around $18 – actually lifesaving, but doesn’t clip to the stroller!
- Umbrella for waiting in lines that have no covering from the sun
- Extra clothes
- Extra shoes that can get wet at Princess Dot’s Puddle Park in A Bug’s Land or the Paradise Park Splash Pad in California Adventure (Native Shoes are the best kiddo shoes for Summer & water play)!
- Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothes
- Extra shirt for mom & dad (trust us)
- Hat for mom, dad & littles
- Lip balm
- Reusable water bottles (we love Hydroflask & sippy cups – see #mkmfilteredwateratdisney on instagram for all the filtered water refill locations in the parks)
- Lunch pail/cooler bag & snacks
RAINY DAY PACKING ESSENTIALS (December-March)
- Ponchos – can be purchased at any store at the parks ($10 for adult, $9 for kids), but are cheaper on Amazon, at Target, or Walmart
- Water Proof Stroller Cover
- Rain boots
- Extra socks for everyone
- Extra shoes for the kiddos if they don’t have rain boots
- Dry bag for wet clothing items
- Towel(s) to dry off stroller, faces, etc.