Updated for 2015!
If you thought packing your Disney vacation suitcase was nerve-wracking, just wait until you start to pack your theme park bag. Most people take some sort of bag or backpack into the parks, especially if they will be staying for hours or the entire day. If the parks are open for 10-14 hours, that’s a long time to make it on only what you brought with you in your pockets without purchasing extra supplies.
Nearly every Disney blog out there has suggestions for what to keep in your bag. So we asked our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what items they just HAD to have in their Disney parks bags, keeping in mind most of us are on tight budgets and don’t like spending money when we don’t have to.
Grab your pencil, because the results are in!
1. Ziplocks – You never know when you may need to keep electronic items dry or package some food for later consumption.
2. Hand Sanitizer – Do you realize how many microscopic germs are covering the parks and resorts waiting to wreck your trip?
3. Ponchos – Rain showers pop up with no warning throughout the year in Orlando. Better to be prepared than soaked.
4. Sunscreen – The top reason people need first aid at WDW is for sun burn. Apply 30 minutes before you need it and reapply often.
5. Chapstick – Little things like chapped lips can distract you from enjoying all the Disney sights.
6. Snacks – Unless you want to pay $3 for drinks and $4 and up for snacks then bring your own. A water bottle you can refill is also a great idea, which you can enhance with single serve flavor packets and Mio.
7. First Aid Ziplock – Good items to keep here are bandaids, blister patches like Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin, and Tylenol.
8. Camera – Have you ever walked out of your resort without a camera and then needed it? Plus bring a Ziplock with extra batteries and a memory stick.
If you are traveling with small children, you may need a few extras just for the wee ones.
1. Wet wipes – You never know when faces, hands, or clothes could use a quick cleaning.
2. Autograph books and a sharpie – You can’t forget this if the kids plan to get autographs, because they are costly to replace.
3. Trading pins with a lanyard– Murphy’s law states you will spot the greatest pin just when you run out of pins you brought to trade.
4. Stuffed animals – Sarah, “We bring a teddy bear or kid’s stuffed BFF. There has been plenty off boo boos that only they sooth. And if we don’t have them, the kids never fully recover.”
5. Change – Melissa, “We bring quarters and pennies for the pressed penny machines.”
6. Glow toys – Candi, “We bring glow bracelets from the dollar bin at Target, Micheals, or Dollar Tree.”
Of course lots of adults use these items as well, but they may be most beneficial for keeping the young travelers happy.
1. Hairbrush– sometimes we all need a little freshening up
2. Garbage bags – Garbage bags cover your backpack if it rains or on wet rides like Splash Mountain. You can turn these into instant ponchos too.
3. Wash cloth – You can use this to wipe down on hot days or wipe off on wet days.
Some of our Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans were not fans of carrying bags, which is always an option if you want to skip the bag check line at the park entrance.
Sabrina, “As my kids are getting bigger, I’m finding no need for a bag. That and Magic Bands. Add the Memory Maker, and you don’t even need a camera. Phone in pocket and the Magic Band. But I’m cheap so I think I’ll bring a water bottle too!”
Brad, “Park bag? Whats that??”
Chrissy, “No bag! Bags get in the way, and you never use the stuff that’s in them anyway! I *do* like to have a few Bandaids in my pocket, though. Someone always needs a Bandaid. Also, we each carry a dollar store poncho if the forecast is calling for rain.”
I wish life was simple enough for me that I didn’t need a bag. I always seem to need something, and for what I paid in tickets, I don’t want to re-buy what I have in my room.
We hope these ideas help with packing your next Disney parks bag.
Did our fans miss anything you can’t live without? Leave us a comment and we just might add it to our list!
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you grabbing your amazingly packed bag off the monorail bench, racing off to your next destination.
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Amanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.
Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-costal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast.
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