Tips & Tricks for a Successful Disney Vacation with or without kids – Part 3 – packing list

The Packing List Post

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This is the final part of the Tips and Tricks posts, though I have ideas for other posts along the way. This post is my packing list. There are some extremely detailed packing lists out there that include everything but the kitchen sink, but this is a paired down list for what you can fit in a small car. Speaking of small cars, this was what we drove down and we fit everything listed here plus a bit I’m sure I forgot:


That’s a Kia Spectra 5 hatchback that held stuff for two adults and a kid (including stroller) and was driven from Tennessee to Florida. We were a bit tight.


Surprisingly though, the adults had plenty of space and The Boy had quite a bit of leg room where you can’t see it.

So? What did we bring?

My Packing List:
Important Stuff to not forget:

  • Tickets for parks
  • Memory Maker card
  • Tickets for MNSSHP
  • Paper version of our general itinerary. (I’ll talk about this in a future post)


  • iPads for Mom and Boy
  • chargers
  • iPhones
  • Dad’s MacBook and charger
  • connector for iPad to TV
  • Camera (we ended up not needing this and only used our cell phones and the Memory Maker)

Bed and Night time stuff:
We like sleeping with our own pillows and I’m fairly allergic to dust so I have bad reactions when I have to sleep on some hotel pillows exclusively.

  • 3 Pillows (1 for each adult and 1 for The Boy)
  • 1 Blue Blankie (The Boy cannot sleep without his favorite blankie)
  • Favorite stuffed animals (Meercat, Mickey)
  • Nighttime books (we always read before bed, so I brought a good assortment of The Boy’s favorite books)

Bathroom/Medical Items:

  • Prescription medications, Epi pen, etc.
  • 1 bottle of Sunscreen per person (even if you’re going in winter, wear sunscreen)
  • Frogg Toggs (tip, you can cut a large one into smaller pieces)
  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol for adults and kids
  • Benadryl for adults and kids
  • Heartburn medication
  • Deodorant
  • Shave gel/ disposable razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Combs/brushes
  • Makeup
  • Hair rubberbands
  • Shampoo (if you don’t want to use the hotel’s)
  • Soap (if you don’t want to use the hotel’s)
  • Small packets of tissues
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Swim diapers

Food/Kitchen Items:

  • Paper towels
  • Small bottle of dishwashing soap
  • Ziptop bags – go for the good kind with the actual zipper
  • Thermos bottles for drinks
  • Small snack packs like: raisins, cookies, peanut butter crackers
  • Bottled water
  • Juice boxes
  • Bottles of soda
  • Small insulated lunch size bag to hold water/snacks


  • Laundry soap packets
  • 4 shirts per adults
  •  6 shirts per kid
  • 4 shorts per adult
  • 6 shorts per kid
  • 1 pair long pants per kid
  • 3 PJs per kid
  • 2 PJs per adult
  • 1 pair sunglasses per adults
  • 2 pair sunglasses per kid
  • 4 pair socks per adult
  • 6 pair socks per kid
  • 6 pair underwear per adult
  • 4 bras
  • 2 pair tennis shoes per adult
  • 1 pair water safe shoes per adult (husband did not use his)
  • 1 pair tennis shoes for kid (Tip: if getting a dog tag ID for shoes, make one for each pair of shoes taken)
  • 1 pair water-safe shoes for kid
  • 1 swim suit per adult
  • 2 swim suits per kid
  • Costumes for MNSSHP (Dad: Woody, Mom: Jessie, Son: Buzz Lightyear)

Kid Stuff for the Car Trip:
Put this in a small, easy open and easy to get to bag for car trip. Bring new items out when unhappiness ensues.

  • Buzz Lightyear mini-magna doodle
  • 3 New small “Matchbox” size cars and planes (we brought Avalanche and Dusty from Planes 2 movie)
  • 3 Dinosaurs ($1 -$3 each depending on size)
  • $1 Cars Lightning McQueen coloring book
  • A few crayons (tried to find triangle shaped ones and couldn’t)
  • Puffy/fuzzy stickers – these were the biggest hit after the Planes stuff.
  • Some of his favorite Cars: Mater/McQueen/Sally
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • iPad (with kid friendly movies, games, etc.)

Stuff for the Parks
Here are some items I packed for taking to the Parks. Notice I’m including a couple things from the list above since we used some of them both in parks and out.

  • Stroller
  • Stroller rain cover
  • Glow sticks from dollar store
  • Glow wands/swords from dollar store
  •  Insulated Bag with 2 frozen and 2 cold bottles of water
  •  Thermos bottle of water per person
  • Frogg Toggs
  • Kids swim suit
  • Change of clothes for kids
  • A couple of snack boxes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Wipes
  • 4 Diapers
  • 2 Swim diapers
  • Rain ponchos (Many debate bringing with or buying at the parks. We bought at the parks and then re-used those for the trip.)

These are the main items we packed, I’m sure I forgot some. But at least it will give you an idea of what you need and don’t need when going to Disney.

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