I have made a list for you of The Must Have Products for Your Next Disney World Vacation. This post covers some unique and some common items that will improve your vacation. I am not being paid by the companies to review nor recommend these items. I do have a link from Amazon for easy reference and if you do purchase the item, I do get a small percentage. Since we travel with 4 children, we are always looking for ways to make our trips easier and more comfortable. Here are some products that we absolutely love and that we use on all of our Disney trips.
The Must Have Products for Your Next Disney World Vacation
Theme Park Backpack
My husband calls himself the mule. Yes, he is the one who carries all of our stuff in the backpack, all day. Last year he was on a mission to find the perfect backpack to keep all of our essentials organized and he did it. After careful research he found this backpack. It is a military backpack. The best part about this backpack is that it’s durable. You can easily add modular pouches to the backpack. It make our trips to the parks so much easier. I absolutely love it.
The backpack is well constructed. The zippers are secure and strong. Each zipper has an elastic band for easy opening. My kids were playing around with it and the elastic band came off but my husband was able to put it back on easily. The pockets are a great size for various things and the smaller pocket has compartments to keep everything organized. The shoulder straps are nice and padded so it doesn’t dig into your shoulders.
Iron on Patches
Decorate your backpack with your favorite Disney character. That’s what we did. Depending where you put the patches, it might be a little difficult to iron on. I suggest using an ironing boards or a flat surface with corners to help you get tough angles. My kids had fun picking out the patches for our backpack. Now we have a custom Disney theme park backpack with our favorite characters.
This modular pouch holds a 32oz bottle. It can also hold a 2 liter hydration pouch. Attaches easily to the backpack and it keep the drink insulated. We put our Brita water bottle in this pouch and the silicon cups inside.
Brita Sports Water Bottle 20 oz
This was a genius move on my husband’s part in getting the Brita Sports Water Bottles. I know we can get free water at the beverage stands. However, when we are in line, my kids get thirsty. My husband brought a Brita Sports Water Bottle. It has a filter right in the bottle. The free water that Disney gives you is tap water. Florida tap water tastes horrible. You can go ask for a free cup of water, pour it into the Brita water bottle and out into the cup. It tastes just like bottle water. After we drink our water, we refill the bottles and save it for later.
If you decided not to get a filtered water bottle and you do get the free water that Disney provides, you should flavor your water to mask the terrible Florida tap water taste. These are light to carry and easy to use.
I also use the water flavoring because we don’t usually let our children drink soda. The Florida heat can be intense and you need to stay hydrated. Of course we drink water but to change it up, we purchase water flavoring. It is great because it is compact and easy to carry around. I have used the powder one but I find that the liquid one mixes better and it is super simple to use.
Silicon Collapsible Cups
These cups remind me of these plastic cups my parents bought me as a child. Now they make them out of silicon. These are great because they collapse. So when we need to drink water, we pour water from the Brita bottle right into the cups. That way we avoid putting the filter water bottles in our mouths since they all share one bottle. This works great for us. I love it.
Frogg Toggs Chilly Cooling Towel
If you have not tried a Frogg Toggs Chilly Cooling Towel, then you will thank me when you do. It is an amazing towel. It cools you off as water evaporates to help relieve some of the heat. It can also absorb water and it dries you up. The best part is that it is that its machine washable. So you can use it again the next day. You can cut into any shape for customization but I haven’t done that. It also comes with a storage container to keep it moist and ready to use.
Compact Travel Blanket
This outdoor blanket is 66” x 55” made from soft and lightweight waterproof material. This blanket is ideal for outdoor activities like sitting on the floor or grass. You can put the blanket on the grass when watching the parade. No need to worry if the ground is wet because the blanket is waterproof. It folds up compact and it comes with a pouch and carabiner.
Portable Battery Charger
I bought two different types of portable battery chargers. I needed a compact charger that I can stick in my pockets and not worry about it falling out. The Anker PowerCore+ mini 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger is an awesome little charger. I am always on the go and constantly using my phone. This is great when I need a charge while walking around Disney. I can put my phone and battery in my pocket. It comes with a fabric case in which I can put my charging cord.
External Battery Charger with Dual USB Charger
The Aibocn Power Bank 15600mAh External Battery Charger Dual USB Portable Charger is great because it lasts longer and you can charge two devices at the same time. We have used it to charge our phones and still had battery life left. It does take a long time to recharge the external battery pack. However, it is totally worth it. We usually charge it at night and it is ready in the morning.
This is a great retractable charger. Works for everyone! We have a Samsung and an iPhone which require two different connectors to charge. The Miger retractable charger con convert into both connectors. The retractable cable extends to about 3 feet. I like to keep two in the car, on one me, two in the hotel room and two in the backpack. I also like that it rolls up neatly and easily. It’s wonderful.
External Hard Drive
The Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive with Mobile Device Backup USB is great. It is small, slim, fast and simple. I can back up my videos and pictures that I took of the kids so that it frees up my devices for the next day. Also this ensures that my videos and pictures are safe. Last year my iPhone stopped working and I lost two days’ worth of pictures and videos. It was very devastating.
Travel Outlet Charger with USB
The Belkin Mini 5W 3-Outlet Swivel Travel Charger with Dual USB Ports is perfect for charging your all of your electronics and it has USB ports! We found ourselves not having enough room to charge all of our electronics including all 4 kids DS. This is the perfect solution. Try it and wonder why you never tried it before.
The BUBM Electronics Travel Organizer is big enough to fit almost all of our electronic necessities. I love that it has a section for my tablet. I can fit my external batter chargers, retractable cable charger, external hard drive and mini outlet with USB travel charger.
iOttie Car Mount Cell Phone Holder
The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder can hold an iPhone 6s Plus, 6s, 5s 5c, Samsung Galaxy S7, Edge S6, S5, Note 5 and 4. I absolutely love this cell phone car mount. You can adjust height and the length. I bought one to test it out and husband loved it and I bought him one for his car. Then my mom saw it and she bought one for her and my dad. It is a great product. When we travel to Disney, we use our GPS on our phone. We position it on our dashboard, but you can position on the glass as well. It is a great product.
My kids use a night light just in case they need to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Hotel rooms tend to be very dark. So we pack a night light for them.
Plugins are a great way to give your vacation a smell. Buy a scent that you would normally not use at home. Months after your vacation, buy that scent again. Once you smell that scent, your senses will transport back to that wonder Disney vacations. My kids love it when I do that. They will talk about their vacation for weeks.
Small Mini Umbrella with Case
It is light and compact which makes it perfect for traveling. This fits nicely in the glove compartment and in the theme backpack. I like that it comes with a case so that when I need to put the umbrella away in my backpack, it doesn’t wet my things.
Don’t want to carry an umbrella? Don’t waste your money on expensive ponchos. We buy cheap disposable ponchos. These come in a pack of 20. These will be less than $1.00 each ponch. This is a great deal. You can eve throw them out after using them.
Hanging Travel Organizer
This is A MUST HAVE product. You will thank me later. This hanging travel organizer is great to keep all of your cosmetics, grooming, and toiletries. It keeps all the accessories neat and organized in your suitcase when you travel.
The hanging travel organizer folds neatly into your suitcase, measuring 28″ x 14″ (71cm x 35.5cm). Once you get to your hotel room, take out the travel organizer and use the secure metal hook and hang it on any doorknob, shower rod, towel rack or closet. I like putting my travel organizer on the closet rack because it is right next to the sink and accessible by all.
Everything is conveniently organized and kept in one spot. You can see all the products without having to dig around the bags. I I take three of these travel organizers with me. It is amazing.
You never know when you will need to sew a button back on or sew a hole on a piece that your child made on their clothes. There are times that I am in need of a safety pin. That is why I like to pack a mini sewing kit. I really like this sewing kit because is nicely and neatly packaged. It is also easy to put away. I’ve always had those little sewing kits that come in the plastic container with the hinged lid that I always tend to break. With this kit, everything is organized and easily accessible.
First Aid Kit
It is important to have some type of first aid kit when you are traveling. I usually have a mini first aid kit in the car and in my theme backpack.
This is what a call the magic stuff. Aquaphor temporarily protects minor: cuts, scrapes, burns. It also protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked skin and lips. It helps protect from the drying effects of wind and cold weather. It helps treat and prevent diaper rash. This is what I used for all four of my kids. I never bought diaper rash cream. I just used Aquaphor and it worked like a charm. Like I said, this is like magic. It works great on cuts and scraps.
Band-Aid Friction Blister Block Stick
This is essential for anyone doing lots of walking who is going to Disney. If you feel discomfort, chafing or like you are going to develop a blister, apply the Band-Aid Friction Block. I always bring this to my trips to Disney. At one point or another, our footwear tends to chafe our skin. This is a miracle product. It is not greasy. It leaves the skin feeling relieved. You do have to reapply after a while. Trust me, this is an amazing product. You will love it.
Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister
Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister is great if you have a blister. It relieves pain and protects the blister. It is also waterproof and it seals out water, dirt, and germs.
Dr. Scholl’s moleskin has padding that protects against painful friction and cushions corns, calluses, and tender spots on feet. My mom loves this product. She uses it when we go to Disney. But it does tend to come up when your foot gets wet.
These packing cubes are great to keep you clothes neatly packed and the suitcase organized. When we arrive at the hotel, we like to change our clothing before we head to the parks. Since we are in a rush, the kids ransack the suitcases and unfold a lot of the clothes. Therefore, we needed a solution. These packing cubes are great to keep the clothes organized.
I wanted to get my children a neck pillow because why they fall asleep in the car their necks hang to the front or side and then they wake up with a stiff neck. I found these perfect and fun neck pillows for my kids. It makes the car trip even more exciting and comfy. Any time we go on a long car trip they bring their neck pillows. Here are some that are so cute, I couldn’t choose what to put up.
Neck Pillows for Kids
I hate to wear socks and sneakers during the summer. My husband loves it. However, for my kids , I like to buy them Croc clogs and I like to wear Croc sandals. I have a few comfortable Crocs that don’t look like Crocs at all.
I really like to wear flip flops, especially the MODI Crocs Flip Flops. I find them so comfortable.
MODI Crocs Flip Flop
I take these to Disney and I have a pair in Navy Blue/Light Blue and Brown/Pink:
Women’s Cleo Croc Sandal
Another that I do like to wear is the Sexi Flip. I like this one because it’s like a flip flip but it is secure at the ankle. However, it doesn’t have as much support as the other two Crocs I listed above. I do also tend to drag my feet and when I do, the front bottom of the shoe gets tucked under my feet. I have learned to walk with them and that is what I use now for work in the spring, summer and fall. I really like these and of course I more than one pair!
Men’s Bogota Clog Crocs
Here are other light up Crocs.
Two years ago, I bought my son the Crocs at Disney with the holes that are shaped in Mickey’s head. He loved it. However, you cannot put Jibbitz because it comes off very easily since the holes are a bit bigger. This year we bought him the Men’s Classic Crocs Clogs and Star Wars and Avenger Jibbitz. He is super happy with it. However, the Jibbitz do fall off. But I bought them cheap. I just used them for the Disney vacation. I would not recommend this outside of Disney.
If you are looking for a pair of sandals that have more support, the I recommend the Birkenstock sandals. They are very comfortable with providing your foot support. My mother cannot wear Crocs or any other sandals without support. So she found Birkenstock sandals and she really likes them. Once you try them, I am sure that these will be your summer sandals.
Moisture Control Socks
Skin friction is higher when your skin is moist compared to when it’s dry. You will be doing a lot of walking, standing and maybe running in the Florida heat. So keeping the skin dry is important in order to prevent blisters. If you are going to wear sneakers, it’s important that you get the right kind of socks. I really like these socks. They don’t slide down. It holds is shape well. It does control the moisture. It is 100 times better than regular socks.
When I do have to wear sneakers, I like Asics. I use to run and they were the sneakers that I use to wear. Asics provides excellent foot and ankle. Plus they are super comfortable! Just keep in mind that the sneakers will feel tight at first, so it is a good idea to break them in walking around the house. You will be doing a lot of walking at Disney, therefore you should invest in a good pair of sneakers. My husband loves Nike. He usually buys running sneakers as well. He likes them because they are light weight and flexible.
My mom likes to wear hats that protects her from the sun and the rain. The cap has lightweight fabric which make it extremely breathable and absorbent to keep you cool.
Her favorite is the Outdoor Research hat. Great hat for avoiding the sun and rain. It has light weight fabric that make it breathable. The wide brim at the back keeps water from dripping down your neck. You can also fold it to keep in your bag and it retains it’s shape.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100+
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 100+ is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen. It offers the highest combined UVA/UVB protection. It goes on completely dry. You can’t feel it at all. You don’t feel like there’s oil on your skin clogging your pores. When you sweat, you don’t feel it dripping down your face as with other sunscreens.
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 70+
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Stick SPF 70+ is specially formulated to work on wet skin. It glides on smoothly for a hands-free, no-mess application, making applying sunscreen quick and easy. When walking around Disney World, kids tend to get sweaty. This product is great because it will go on wet skin, sweaty skin. I like to apply this on my childrens faces. It does feel a bit oily on the skin.
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray
Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray provides superior protection during even the most intense activities. With new MICROMESH technology, this sunscreen allows sweat to pass through and evaporate away while clinically proven, durable protection stays right where it should. So your skin stays naturally cool, comfortable and protected.
Stain Stick or Stain Wipes
Ever spilled coffee or ketchup or just stained your clothes with food? Now you have to walk around with that stain everywhere? Well that has happened to me and my family but we are always prepared.
Tide to Go is the portable, instant stain remover that helps eliminate many fresh food and drink stains on the spot. Keep a Tide to Go in your briefcase, car, purse and kitchen — everywhere you encounter stains.
Shout Wipe & Go Instant Stain Remover are individually packed towelettes, 5 X 6 inches each. You can easily carry some in your bag for spills and spots.
My children love to wear glow sticks at night. I have brought glow sticks from Michael’s and Target and the Amazon glow sticks are better. They are a bit brighter and they last a little bit longer.
What are your thoughts?
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