These Are the Items I Always Pack When I Take My Kids to Disney (Especially Right Now)
Disney World is one of my family's favorite vacation spots. I've been taking my kids since they were little and over the years, I've become a master at packing my bag with anything and everything they might need. If someone gets bored, hurt, messy, or hungry, I know I've got something with me that'll solve their problem. (I'm basically Mary Poppins with her magical carpet bag.)
We've visited Disney a couple times during the COVID-19 pandemic, which of course added a whole new category of items to pack (but, honestly, you should always have lots of hand sanitizer around when kids are involved). This list compiles my top must-haves for visiting Disney with kids, whether you plan to visit now or in the future.
Sunscreen is a must at Disney World and this Neutrogena Kids Sunscreen Spray ($16 for 2) is the one I like to have on-hand. Spray-on sunscreen gives the best coverage (even on wiggly kids) and the water-resistant formula makes it perfect for pool time at the hotel, too.
My kids love collecting autographs from their favorite characters when we visit Disney World. This Mickey and Minnie Autograph Book ($10) comes with an attached pen, but if you do happen to lose it, the character photographers usually have a Sharpie you can borrow.
Pressed pennies are some of the cheapest souvenirs you can get at Disney World. For around $1 or less (depending on the location), you can get a unique pressed penny themed to different parks, attractions, and hotels. I keep a change purse stocked with quarters and pennies and this Chip 'n Dale Change Purse ($9, originally $17) clips onto a purse or backpack so it's always within reach.
The weather in Central Florida can go from sunny to stormy and back to sunny again within the span of 30 minutes. You could go with an umbrella or poncho, but I prefer a rain jacket like this Cat and Jack Hooded Rain Jacket ($25) because the kids can wear them at home, too.