Packing Basics: Walt Disney World

Can’t figure out what to pack for your trip to Disney World?

Have no fear!

I’m sharing my “must-haves” while vacationing at the most magical place on earth!

Packing Basics: Walt Disney World


I never go to Disney World without my Minnie ears! Wearing them makes me feel like I’m truly entering a totally different world (because where else is it acceptable to wear mouse ears on the reg?) If you don’t have any Disney ears yet, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to pick out your favorite Disney ears at the parks & Disney Springs. You’ll feel part of magic in no time!

As far as hats go, I also bring a baseball cap for long, sunny days to protect my skin. Occasionally I’ll bring a sun hat if I know I’ll be heading to a water park or the beach.

Do yourself a favor and pack your raincoat. NOTHING is worse than being soaking wet while walking around Magic Kingdom in the pouring rain – especially in the winter. Trust me…

Because I sometimes get cold in the evenings, I always pack a comfy, light sweatshirt or jacket (which saves me from buying a $60 sweatshirt at WDW). I’ve been known to buy extra clothes at the gift shops when I forget to bring warmer items (like a jacket), and my bank account really hates when I do that.  Don’t be me.

There is something so magical about wearing dresses at WDW.  I always feel like a princess when I get gussied up after sweating all day at the parks.
I always bring two dresses with me to WDW:
Casual dress: Lately I’ve been wearing flowy, light maxi dresses to the parks in the evenings, and I’m obsessed.  A casual dress is perfect for a laid-back park day or walking around the resorts in the afternoon.
Nice dress: It’s not a trip to Disney without going somewhere fancy! There are a lot of nice shows and restaurants around the parks, Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), and the Boardwalk. I definitely pack at least one nice dress to wear while splurging (on food usually!)

I usually bring two different types of swim suits:
– One-piece: (for Waterparks) I prefer to feel comfortable and modest while at the water parks. I hate having to adjust my bathing suit after going down the water slides, and a one-piece is a perfect choice if you don’t want to accidentally moon someone after riding Summit Plummet. So go for a modest (yet still pretty!) bathing suit.
– Bikini: Gotta have my bikini to lay out by the pool or take a quick side trip to the beach!!


I definitely pack 3-4 pairs of shoes on my Disney trips:
– Flip flops: Water parks, pool, beach, and walking around the resort
– Tennis shoes: Bowling (hello, Splitsville!), mini golf, and parks
– Comfortable sandals: Parks (I call them my dorky “tourist sandals” but LOVE THEM). I’ve had my dorky sandals since high school, but they are my favorite Disney shoes because they are so comfortable and light.
– Formal (yet still comfortable) sandals/wedges: Nice dinners and/or shows (occasionally parks when I feel like dressing up in the evening!)

Bottom line, it’s so important to bring comfortable shoes to Disney, especially if you will be walking around the parks.  You’ll thank yourself later.

You will never see me without a backpack at the parks – specifically Magic Kingdom. I’ll occasionally opt for a cross-body purse in the evenings, but most days, I use a backpack for all my essentials. Target has some great backpacks that aren’t expensive.

If your bag isn’t water-resistant, you may want to reconsider bringing some valuable items/electronics in case it gets rained on at the parks. With a backpack or cross-body bag, I have my hands free and enough room to carry all my belongings!

Read about my backpack essentials!

I hope this helped! For any questions, be sure to message me at!

More styles on the way. Thanks for reading 🙂


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