When you plan a day (or several days) at your favorite Disney theme park, there are a few simple, bare necessities that you have to take with you. You know, the things you can’t leave your resort room without or the things that make the room more like home. We polled some of our resident Disney Travel Experts to get their recommendations for what to take into the parks.

George: Since I’m a heavy iPhone user in the parks (posting photos on Facebook), I always take two portable battery chargers for my iPhone. They will work for any smartphone so you never run out of juice. I also pack a travel-sized power strip for the hotel so I can recharge my smartphone, batteries and laptop! I never worry about having enough clothes as much as I worry about my electronic devices functioning!

LauraI never leave home without clean unused ziplock bags in various sizes. This way if I have leftover food I can save it on the bag or if I’m bringing home those cool Disney toiletries I use a ziplock bag in case they leak on the way home.

Melissa: I’m a camera girl! Don’t forget it! While I LOVE the Photopass (I buy a CD of our pictures every trip), I still carry my big DSLR around with me. I also bring a point and shoot camera (back up camera in case the unthinkable happens) and my iPhone. It can get a tad heavy, but I wouldn’t consider leaving them at home- you never know when the perfect photo op will happen!

Also, I’m with Laura on the ziplock bags! I use them to organize and “water proof” the contents of my backpack (like my cameras). I bring multiple pairs of comfortable walking shoes, too. Your favorite shoes may not be so perfect if they get wet on a ride and start rubbing a raw spot or a blister on your feet so changing shoes can help! I try to pack 2-3 pairs of shoes for longer trips.

Teresa : I have a few must haves, like an extension cord, moleskins and band aids. I pack stuff for upset tummies, Advil/Tylenol for headaches, etc.  I always have my portable battery charger and the plugs for them (who hasn’t left those at home?) and hand sanitizer ( lots of people touch those handrails hehe).

Amy: Shiny new pennies for the penny presses. Sun block….of course! It costs an arm and leg inside the park. Gum if you need it and ear plugs if you or the kiddos are sensitive to noise. I always try to bring Advil/ Tylenol for the whole family and band aids and moleskin for the occasion blister or boo-boo to might pop up.

Hand sanitizer or wipes are always a good plan! Lip balm with sunscreen in it. Chargers for all your gadgets. Plastic bags are great to stow away all your electronic goodies but there also great for those extra snacks/leftovers you have after a meal. Don’t judge—I know I’m not the only one!! LOL!!

JessicaIf there’s still food on your plate, no sense in letting it go to waste. I did have a waitress provide me with a to-go cup for my strawberry soup at 1900 Park Fare. I was so excited that I forgot it after I filled it. Hahahaha! Kicking myself for that one, too.

Extra memory cards! I carry seven 8G cards and one 16G. I left my extras in the room and had to buy one at Disney’s Hollywood Studios minutes before my son was taking the stage at Jedi Training Academy. Well, our VIP tour guide ran to get it for me. It was pricey. Ouch. I still laugh when I use that card. And kick myself.

Jeff: My portable battery charger was a life saver during my last trip to Disneyland. The cell phone signal and WiFi can drain your batteries quickly. So, that and my phone and my camera. Because I am a photo crazy person. 

Sarah: Blister bandaids and sunblock to protect our family! You have to make sure to apply the sunblock 30 minutes or so before going out or the coverage isn’t as effective. Also, make sure to reapply!

Do you have a must-have item that you always take into the park?


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