I often hear people in various Disney Facebook groups and other social media outlets asking about what they need to pack in their park bag for Disney World.
I know how important my Disney backpack is for my trip and my sanity and so I wanted to share all that I keep in mine!!
I love my “park bag”!
I have been carrying a “mom bag” or “park bag” or “Disney backpack” or whatever you want to call it for years. I take it to Disney, as well as on every other trip I go on. My backpack carries all of my essentials–facial tissue, band-aids, water bottle, chapstick, ponchos, etc… Things I might need when I’m out and about and don’t want to worry about having to go find a store to buy them (especially since they usually cost more at vacation destinations).
My teenagers even carry backpacks with their essentials, both when we travel and when they’re doing their extracurricular activities. I believe this is one of the skills they have learned from an early age due to all of our traveling and I believe it is a skill that will be beneficial for them all of their lives. It teaches them to be prepared and it’s convenient. We have our backpacks with our necessities when we need them!
Ponchos and umbrellas are often the items I am most thankful for when we travel! I like being able to pull it out of my backpack whenever the rain decides to hit because I hate being wet! Throughout our years of traveling, our ponchos and umbrellas have come in handy WAY too often!
I was especially happy to have our ponchos with us on this Disney trip! It went from bright and sunny to pouring down rain in a matter of seconds! We had just made it through security and were still under the awning when the rain hit, so we threw them on quickly…and had them off for the next three or four hours!!!
So What’s Inside My Backpack??
Since I noticed so many people asking about what to take with them in their backpacks when they travel I’ve put together kits with the basics of what I keep in my backpack when I travel. Our backpack kits consist of:
- 4-gallon size bags
- 5 sandwich size bags
- 2 disposable ponchos in resealable bags
- 1 chapstick with 15spf
- 1 travel pack of sanitizing wipes
- 1 travel pack of facial tissues
- 1 first aid kit with 21 bandaids, 2 alcohol pads, 2 gauze pads, 4 safety pins, 3 dental flossers
- All held in one additional gallon size bag
**as a BONUS I am including one of our string backpack with our logo on it ABSOLUTELY FREE!!
I figure it’s a convenient way to get some of your essential packing items together and delivered directly to you with no hassle! I realize there are enough things to gather together for each trip and taking care of the backpack necessities in one shipment is well worth it for less stress!
I can also add Disney pins to each Travel Necessity Kit! I, personally, never seem to have enough Disney pins when we go! I absolutely LOVE pin trading!! If you would like the Disney pins added, they will be a random assortment of tradeable Disney pins that will give you hours of enjoyment! At least they give our family hours of enjoyment!!! We have spend about three hours in Disney Springs pin trading with just five pins per person! It was so much fun!!
Besides the items included in my Travel Necessity Kit, there are many other things I often add to my backpack, such as:
- Feminine hygiene items
- Reusable water bottle
- Portable charger
- Hand sanitizer
- A hat for my husband (he always seems to “forget” his)
- Over the counter pain relievers
- Motion sickness medication
- More sandwich bags…I find more uses for those than anyone can imagine!
- Wallet with cash, credit card, and driver’s license for identification
- And, of course, lanyards and Disney pins when we are at Disney!
So Why Even Carry a Backpack?
I love having my backpack when I travel! The backpack itself allows me to have two hands-free (rather than carrying a purse or other type of bag)! Any type of backpack will work. It depends on what you are personally most comfortable with. I prefer a string backpack because it’s lightweight, but still has plenty of room for all that I need and want to carry! (And I have included one of our string backpacks with the travel necessity kit for free!)
The list of items I keep in my backpack is not necessarily anything and everything that any person could want or need, but it does consist of my essentials! I utilize the items I carry in my backpack pretty much every time we travel and so do my kids! They have been carrying their own since about the age of five.
I honestly can’t imagine traveling without my backpack!
Feel free to utilize the lists above for your packing needs! If you are interested in purchasing the Travel Necessity Kit I have listed above, follow this link! It’s nice to be to have everything you need for your travel backpack delivered to your front door!