What to pack for your Disneyland vacation


  • Back pack
  • Health Insurance card
  • Medicine (Prescription and over the counter)
  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Excedrin
  • Camera and batteries
  • Sheet/blanket to sit on for parade/fireworks
  • Gum (park does not sell)
  • Hat
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • 2 comfortable pairs of walking shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Kleenex -purse pack size
  • Moleskin and other “foot fixers”
  • Pennies & quarters for the penny press machines
  • Playing cards/travel games
  • Rain ponchos/umbrella (seasonal)
  • Safety pins
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (Aloe Vera for sunburn)
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket for cooler California mornings & evenings
  • Suitcase (empty to bring back all those souvenirs!)
  • Water bottles
  • Wet wipes
  • Ziploc bags
  • Laundry bag, soap & dryer sheets -pre-measured and in ziploc bags
  • Autograph book and fat pen (easier for characters to hold)
  • Lanyards (to keep your pass and cards dry and for easy access)
  • “Mister” fan -battery operated fan with spray 

What to bring to the park for the day



Disneyland offers free iced water at restaurants and they’re surprisingly kind about the request, but again…..you don’t want to rely on standing in line for rehydration. Bring in your own bottle. I recommend one per person and then refill them at water fountains throughout the park as needed.


Regardless of your budget, you’re going to want snacks. While waiting in line or while you’re walking en route to an attraction having a snack will keep  you until a regular meal. I pack small  bag filled with granola bars, fruit, energy bars and/or fruit snacks. You’ll be glad you did!

Blanket or Sheet

If you’re like most of the visitors you will want to see a show, parade or the fireworks. Bring a sheet or a blanket to mark your seating area. A sheet is less comfortable, but takes up less room in your backpack or locker. Without marking a spot, people WILL sit on top of you if you don’t. People often lose their manners during these events.

Sunscreen, Sanitizer and Wipes

This goes without saying for summer and spring time, but fall and winter visits will need the protection, too. Southern California is known for near-perfect temperatures year round.

Camera/Wireless Chargers

Depending on what kind of camera you’re using, consider a back up battery or a charger especially if you’re planning on using your phone for photos.