Its been a few days since we got home from Disney World. I definitely learned a thing or two, like what to bring and what not to bring. Since the next few weeks will be a lot of travel content I wanted to kick off this section by sharing what we brought to Disney World for our almost 2-year old.
The trick to making sure you have a successful family trip is being prepared for everything, even the unexpected. For that reason, I’ve created a printable packing list outlining everything you need to bring specifically for your toddler. Of course, there is so much more that goes into packing for yourself and everyone else in your group. But let’s start by going over what you need for your little one first.
Be sure to check out our Complete Guide for Bringing Your Toddler to Disney World.
Packing Essentials for Toddlers
Stroller and/or carrier
There is no way in the world I would have been able to do Disney without a stroller. We brought our Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System on this trip because it is really easy to use and lightweight. I shared more about it here and why I like it for traveling. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring a stroller or don’t have one because you can also rent them at Disney. I do recommend bringing one thou becasue we were able to pack everything into the bottom holder. You don’t want to be carrying anything around the park trust me.
If your child is still able to fit in a carrier than that is another great option. We had our Ergobaby OMNI Carrier for years. It’s important to find one that will be comfortable since you will likely be walking lots.
Snacks and Water
Most of the other parks we’ve been to didn’t allow outside food or drinks, but luckily Disney does. Which is another way you can cut down on the overall cost of your vacation. Not to mention you can ensure your child is eating healthy snacks without having to search for some. But I do have to say that if you do need to eat at the park there are tons of options, from gluten-free, vegetarian, allergy-free and even paleo options. Just remember if you do bring snacks, it has to be a soft-sided cooler like this one.
Most places will be able to cater to your preference, but I found the Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe to have the best options for healthy alternatives. I would get a gluten-free chicken club and greek salad without the dressings.
Any time of the year, you visit Florida you can expect it to get a sunburn. It’s very important to cover your child in some highly effective sunscreen we like using Sun Bum because of it’s 50 SPF. Don’t forget to put some on yourself too because I got completely burnt on my face and shoulders.
Hand Sanitizer & Paci Wipes
I think we read somewhere that The Magic Kingdom has over 52,000 visitors a day and Disney World in total has over 1 million visits every single day. That’s a ton of people and a ton of germs! We packed two kinds of hand sanitizers, this one is baby-friendly and great to use on your hands especially after going on rides. Also, kids are just germ magnets and I can’t tell you how many times my daughter dropped her soother. Which is my fault for forgetting our paci clip, but thankfully I did remember to bring these wipes.
Extra Change of Clothes, Wipes, and Diapers
You know the drill. Bring a change of clothes because accidents happen and enough diapers for as long as you plan on being in the park. There are washrooms everywhere but did you know that Disney has something even better for mamas with young children! They have Baby Care Centers that are stocked with everything you might need, including extra diapers, air-conditioned changing rooms, formula, baby food and more. You can check out the full list of what they offer, and a map to help you find the nearest Baby Care Center here.
One of the best tips I was given by other moms was to buy a portable fan (like this one here) and put it on your stroller. It was so hot, everyone was sweating and there was hardly any wind. So to prevent a meltdown I just clipped the portable fan onto the umbrella of the stroller. The great thing is that its rechargeable which means you can plug it into your phone charger.
Packing for Parents
Back up phone charger
The one thing I didn’t bring was a portable charger which isn’t a very good thing to forget since my business is blogging. lol, my phone died about halfway through the park and I couldn’t find anywhere to plug it into. Luckily my mother-in-law had come to my rescue so that I could take more pictures and most importantly use the My Disney Experience Mobile App to figure out where we were, what ride to go on next, wait times, fast passes, and even where to eat.
Backpack or Fanny Pack
Long gone are the days I want to look cute, now it’s all about comfort and easy access to things. Since the ’90s are back what better way to take advantage of the trend than bringing a cute fanny pack. That way you won’t lose track of your cellphone, wallet, money, ID and your Disney Tickets.
Hat and Sunglasses for everyone
We must have seen over 50 babies without anything covering them in the hot Florida sun. I can only imagine how burnt they were because I was burnt and I had sunscreen on. It doesn’t matter what time of the year you go just remember to keep your children and yourself covered and hydrated. The sun is strong down there.
Bring a good attitude and patience
We all know how unpredictable toddlers can be, especially when they are overstimulated and tired. There’s a lot to see and do, so just take your time and let them sleep as long as they can. If I had to do it all over again with my 2-year old I would have let her sleep in longer. That way we could go on all the exciting rides firs thing in the morning, come back to the hotel to let her nap (or nap in the stroller with a fan on) and go back to the park in the evenings when there is less of a crowd and its way cooler.
Next week I will be sharing My Tips for Taking Your Toddler to Disney World. Let me know if you have any specific questions below that you want to be answered or tips you think could be useful for other parents.