How to Pack the BEST Disney World Theme Park Bag Ever!

*This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase via our links, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you*


Updated for 2018!

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!

Read: Avoid These 10 Mistakes That Can Wreck a Disney World Vacation

What to pack in a Disney park bag

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.

Read: What are the Best Shoes to Wear on a Disney World Vacation? We Asked the Fans…

Pack a great Disney park bag

Pack a kid's backpack for Disney World

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 MelissaWe bring quarters and pennies for the pressed penny machines.”

6. Glow toys CandiWe 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.

Read: Top Ten Cheapskate Tips For a Fantastic Disney World Vacation

Pack the greatest Disney parks bag

Disney World backpack

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.

Read: 70% Off Disney Parks Authentic Merchandise? Cheapskate Bargains Galore!

what do you pack in a Disney parks bag?

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.

To see more of our Cheapskating Guides, use this link.

Amanda, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess


Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at