Our family is getting excited about our Disney land and sea adventure (going to both to Disney World and a Disney Cruise on the same trip)! As our first family vacation as a family of six, you know I'm going to be very strategic about what I'm bringing with us. Let's face it, packing everything is definitely not a possibility.
My worst fear is us becoming the scene in Home Alone 1 and 2 where the McAllisters are running through the airport. In addition to that, I've read horror stories about having kids get sick on vacation, so minimizing the potential to having my kids getting sick is super important, especially during cold and flu season!
After soliciting tips and tricks from my worldly traveling friends and family who have skipped across Disney and the globe, I've curated the ultimate packing list for families with littles to make sure we have everything we need so that we don't have unnecessary baggage AND so we don't have emergency trips to stores while on vacation.
I've broken this guide up into four distinct categories: first day bag, family bag, parents bag, and kids bag in an effort to help you "capsule pack".
The Ultimate Disney World and Disney Cruise Packing List
FIRST DAY TRAVEL BAG
You'll want a bag/purse that you know all your essential documentation is in AS WELL as some of your first day's activities. There will be a delay when you first arrive at Disney World or to your Disney Cruise to when your luggage will be delivered to your room. With luggage being delivered later, you'll want to pack some items so you can be prepared for having fun as soon as you get there, but before your room is ready.
I would suggest getting a small accordion like binder to store all of these documents for ease of reference! I would never rely on wi-fi, especially ify ou are doing a Disney Cruise and have foreign ports you are arriving at!
- Passport and/or Birth Certificates for Kids (and copies of them)
- Drivers License
- Online Check-In Documents
- Flight Boarding Passes
- Travel Insurance Info
- Hotel and Transportation Confirmations
- Coins for potential toll roads
- Small bills for tipping
- DESIGNED BY TRAVELERS FOR TRAVELERS unique, Smartly designed, elegant high capacity document holder. Removable wristlet and cross body straps allow choosing the desired type of wearing and usage
- THE MOST SPACIOUS Letter Sized TRAVEL ORGANIZER EVER. Designed specifically for large families or groups of travelers. 6 passport pouches, 2 pockets for boarding passes for passengers flying with connection, 2 zippered big pockets for cash, 2 latter size stash pockets for documents, external zippered phone pocket… Totally 21 pockets and slots
- (Switched 85dB :Kids to 110dB :Aldult )(12-month replacement warranty)Hearing Protection: MIDOLA Kids' (Age 2 Years+)headsets protect your kids from hearing hurting when they play for a long time with 85dB of limited volume(the level the World Health Organization considers safer). The volume can be switched from 85dB (Kids)to 110dB (Aldult ) when you press and hold pause/play button 3 seconds. (Age 1-3 Over Ear; Age 3+ On Ear)
- Multifunctional Bluetooth Headphones: 16 hrs playtime Bluetooth headphones(hands-free calling) / TF card music player (Not including TF card) /AUX-IN.Your little ones can listen anytime in both a wired and wireless capacity. The wireless design is handy for avoiding tangles, a favorite feature of the big-kid panelists. However, the cord is detachable, minimizing a toddler's risk of getting snagged, but the volume restriction of wired headphones is normal.
First Day Activity Essentials
You will definitely want a set of "fun wear" so that you are able to hit the resort or cruise quickly without having to worry about where your bag is.
- Swimsuits for everyone
- Beach towel
- Gum (they won't have any at Disney World)
- Reading materials
- 【Size】 : Cartoon bath towels size is 52 x 32 inches , It has special characteristics quick dry,super absorbent,sand free,baby soft.
- 【Material】 : Microfiber material is eco-friendly. It works perfectly as beach travel towel and dries off so fast.
- Officially licensed Disney Mickey Mouse toddler boys cool and stylish short sleeve swim shirt top and cute and stylish swimming shorts bottoms
- Contrast raglan sleeves; Awesome sublimation print design; UPF 50+ material for UVB and UVA protection and worry-free sun time; Mesh-lined swim shorts; 4 way stretch fabric for comfort and long-lasting fit; Elastic waist for better fit; Pull on closure
- Phidal Publishing Inc. (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 12 packs with 14 pieces each, 168 total pieces, of Trident Spearmint Sugar Free Gum (packaging may vary)
- Spearmint flavored sugar free chewing gum
- Kids Disney Minnie Mouse Swimsuit
- Your little fashionista can show their love for Disney’s Minnie Mouse on every holiday with this Minnie-lisiocus swimming costume
- 2 BUYING OPTIONS: This adorable Kids Sun Hat is available for purchase as just the Bucket Hat or can be bought together with a matching Toddler Baseball Cap. Both options are for toddler Girls age 2-4.
- PREMIUM QUALITY & SUN PROTECTION: The Toddler Sun Hat fabric is soft, durable, and lightweight with UPF 50+ protection. And will protect Your little one’s head, eyes, face and neck from harmful sun UV rays. The inner sweatband will absorb any excess sweat. He’ll Feel at ease with a lightweight cover that’s perfect for all daily activities and some fun at the park.
FAMILY PACKING CHECKLIST FOR DISNEY
This is a list of things to pack for the entire family and is not specific to a single individual!
- Baby diapers, wipes and creams
- Sippy cups or bottles
- Baby food and formula
- Baby carrier
- Favorite stuffed animal
- Baby nausea and fever remedies
- [Medicine Organizer] includes 10 individual pockets which hold bottles up to 2" (5 cm) diameter x 4" (10 cm) tall and 2 oversize pockets (10.5” long) for larger and miscellaneous items. Pockets are not removable. FOR PROPER FIT - please measure your containers before ordering.
- [See-through Mesh Pockets] with elastic bands make it easy to see the contents and to slip medicines in/out while keeping contents in place when traveling.
- Design: 4-in-1 convertible carrier with adjustable ergonomic seat with adjustable shoulder straps and waist belt to shift weight to the wearers hips for a more comfortable fit
- Wearing positions: Convertible facing-in and facing-out design for newborns and older babies, weighing between 8-32 pounds
- Spill Proof Sippy Cups: Kids love sipping with their friends from CoComelon and parents love the snap-on lids that make these toddler cups spill proof to keep drinks inside
- Dishwasher Safe Cups: Use these kids cups again and again with 8 durable and dishwasher-safe sippy cups included
- Stackable, interlocking containers for snacking on the go, featuring officially-licensed Disney graphics
- Includes three containers, measuring ⅓ cup, 1 cup, and 1 cup
- Big Face Minnie Mouse Backpack for Kids Toddlers ~ Premium 14" Minnie School Bag with 3D Ears and Puffy Bow (Minnie Mouse School Supplies Bundle)
- Deluxe Decade West exclusive Minnie Mouse Backpack for Toddlers features padded adjustable shoulder straps and padded back, zip closure front and main compartments, 2 mesh side pockets, and top locker loop for hanging.
- Sea sickness remedies
- Daily lotion and moisturizer
- Lip balm
- Small hand sanitizer
- Feminine products
- Razors and shaving cream
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- KITS INCLUDE: National Brand Grooming, Hygiene and Oral Care Travel-Size Toiletries in Reusable Zippered, Clear, Dopp and Cosmetic Bags. Popular Brands Inside Kits Include: Hair Care: Loreal, Panten, TRESemm, Herbal Essences, John Freida Frizz Ease, Giovanni, Axe, Dove Men & Care, Suave Natural Skin and Body Care: Dove, Nivea, Jergens, Eucerin, Palmers, Axe, Dove Men & Care, Nivea Men, Dude Products, Degree, Secret, Schmidt’s Natural, Andalou, Old Spice Swagger, Barbasol, Gillette, Edge Oral Care: Crest, Colgate, Dentek, Oral B, Tom’s of Maine and Preserve.
- Ultimate Travel Kit: Our travel essentials set offers a wide range of 10 TRAVEL SIZE TOILETRIES, including shampoo and conditioner sets, catering to all your on-the-go needs. From vacations to business trips, our compact travel kit ensures you stay well-prepared throughout your adventures.
- Hygiene On-the-Go: Our TSA Approved travel toiletry kit includes all your hygiene essentials, making it an essential companion for international travel, business, leisure trips including auto, train and air. Perfect for AIR BnB, and VRBO guest amenities and gym bags. Stay fresh and confident with our travel essentials toiletries set, specially curated for women travelers.
- DELUXE UNISEX BEACH ESSENTIALS TOILETRY TRAVELING KIT - Great to have while vacationing and enjoying the beach, having all your accessories next to you brings order and tranquility to your vacation
- HYGIENE NECESSITIES EASILY ACCESSIBLE – A well-organized beach accessory kit with Sunscreen, Skin Lotion, Disinfecting Wipes, Sting Relief Wipes and more handy is key making your beach vacation trip more enjoyable
- Refillable mugs and water bottles
- Water Shoes
- Plastic Bags
- Shoe Organizer
- Fish Extender
- Measures 52 inches across and 40 inches tall
- Head opening expands to 13 inches wide with attached hood
- Features Disney Frozen Designs with 4 fun designs
- All Ziploc Brand Snack Bags feature our Easy Open Tabs
- Perfect for Families: Kids will love these cups featuring their favorite Disney Princesses and parents will love the snap-on lids that help make these toddler cups spill proof
- Perfect for Travel: Take & Toss sippy cups are durable enough to use again and again, but at a price that won’t have you worrying if they leave one behind
The Fish Extender is an amazing Disney fan created/managed gift exchange where other passengers sign up to deliver and exchange gifts throughout the cruise. I would look up to see if a Facebook group has been created for your specific cruise line date and sign up immediately! It's a really fun and special way to get your kids more excited about the trip!
- Fish Extender Hanger in nature cotton and linen fabric,saving space.
- Over the door organizer with 3 pockets for small items' storage, keeping your home tidy.
- 【Upgraded Size】4 large pockets sized 12(L) x 6.3(W) x 1.2(H) inch, pack of 2 with free 2 door hooks. Upgraded design brings bigger and more pockets, they will help you sort and organize more than others products, keep your room clean and tidy.
- 【50% Thicker Fabric】All-natural linen cotton fabric, the thicker fabric makes our hanging organizers more durable, stiff and holds it's shape well when hanging on the wall.
MOM/DAD PACKING CHECKLIST FOR DISNEY
- Outfit for Palo or Remedy on Disney Cruiseline
- Pirate Night Outfit
- Outfit for every day
- Flip Flops, Dress Shoes, Sandals
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- UNISEX MODERN FIT SIZING | this shirt is slightly tapered to be a little less boxy than the old style of mass-market t-shirt. Nothing drastic, and most people wear the same size in our shirts as they do in all of their others, but you might go one size larger if you're on the fence. It is pre-shrunk, but like any high-cotton product, will still shrink slightly in the wash. Our model photos are the real thing - the actual shirt on our salesguy, Rich. He's 6' 2", 200 lbs and wearing a large
- Intimate Combination: each package comes with 2 pieces pirate bandanas and 2 pieces pirate eye patches, thoughtful combination and sufficient quantity allow you to invite your friends to dress up together
- Detailed Size Information: the headband measures approx. 40.55 x 2.36 inches, and the pirate eye patches measure approx. 1.57 x 2.36 inches, they are suitable for most people, and the eye patch is equipped with adjustable straps, making them will not strain your head or add stress to your eyes
- PRODUCT INCLUDES: This Jolly Roger Flag Pirate Costume comes with a blouse, corset, skirt with underskirt, leggings, scarf, belt, and harness.
- FROM THE FUN COMPANY: Pirates are one of the top costume themes which is exactly why we made this exclusive Women's Plus Size Pirate Flag Costume. This detailed ensemble is artfully and expertly crafted by our own team of artists and designers.
While you may be tempted to pack just shorts and t-shirts, there are various restaurants in Disney World and the Disney Cruise that require a little dressier clothes. I would recommend taking just a single set of nice slacks or a dress to wear.
- Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Floss
- Makeup and makeup remover
- Hair Products and Styling Tools
- Feminine Products
- Wrinkler Release Spray
- Camera (DSLR, GoPRo)
- Laptop with Charger
- Cellphone with Charger and Portable Charger
- Extension Cord
I would highly recommend the portable charger. You are going to be using your phone a lot to grab FastPasses in the parks, so having 2 sets of this would make it very convenient for you to not worry about draining your battery while at the parks!
KIDS PACKING CHECKLIST FOR DISNEY
If your kids are three and older, you should consider rolling luggage for them as check-ins! My goal is to avoid checking any bags as much as possible.
- Shirts and Shorts
- Pants and Sweaters
- Sandals and Sneakers
- Pirate Night Outfit
- Disney Costume
- Hat and/or Visor
- Mickey Ears
- MINNIE MOUSE BASEBALL CAP: Stylish white adjustable hat with an embroidered image of Minnie Mouse's bows on the front of the cap
- ONE SIZE FITS ALL: Baseball hat features an adjustable metal slider on the back of the golf hat to allow for easy resizing for a comfortable fit
- Printed in the U.S.A. with Eco-Friendly Inks
- Officially licensed Disney T-shirt
- Adult Mens, Kids Youth, Juvy and Toddler Sizes
- Style A: Scoop neck sleeveless polka dots bodice with a cute bowknot at front, layered fluffy tulle dress adorned with tie sash bow at back. 【NOTE】You can choose DRESS ONLY (WITHOUT headband). Please look at the picture and select the right color before purchase.
- Style B: Round neck short sleeve cotton bodice with polka dots fluffy layered tulle skirt, tie sash bow at waist.
There are a ton of places online where you can get custom Mickey ears. Trust me when I say everyone will be wearing them! In addition, Disney fans are literally fanatics, so you'll see A LOT of people dressed up. Make sure your kids don't feel left out, get them a costume of their favorite Disney character to wear in the park and on the cruise!
- Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Floss
- Hair ties/Headbands / Clips
- Headphone and headphone splitter
I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive guide on what to pack for a Disney World and Disney Cruise ship! There are so many posts on this topic, but I wanted to share one coming from a mom of four. What tips do you have on traveling with little ones to Disney? Check out my other post if you are "gifting" to someone who is Disney bound!