As an avid Disney-enthusiast and annual passport holder, I thought I would post what I bring on my usual day trips to the Disneyland and California Adventure Parks.
I love almost everything about Disneyland. The rides, the food, the overall atmosphere make it a place for much enjoyment and memories. Though, all of this can be difficult to handle if you do not pack right. Forgetting things can either mean paying for an overpriced replacement or dealing without it and the discomfort or regret for not having that item. I'm here to show you what you'll need and what things can be left at home to assure the lightest packing possible.
First, you'll need to decide your bag. I recommend smaller and thinner bags. Those big bulky bags can carry a lot, but all that room isn't necessary unless you're the parent that has to hold everything (if that's the case, then I'm sorry you have to do that ;( ).
The bags I tend to bring are any of the following:
These are my choice for day-long trips. For evening, half day, or shorter trips, a simple purse or fanny pack can be enough.
In these bags, I am sure to always pack the following:
- Phone & Ipod
- Ipod is best for listening to music or playing games to pass the time in lines.
- Depending on weather
- Personal Items/Toiletries
- Refer below for contents
- Inhalers, Painkillers, etc. (anything that is necessary to allow you to last the whole day)
- With ID, money, credit/debit cards, ticket/annual passport, gift cards, etc,
Contents of toiletries bag:
These are always necessary for a day trip.
Along with all this, depending on the type of weather/season, you may need some clothes to keep warm:
Little known fact: Disneyland has a picnic area for guests to eat their own outside food and beverages. This picnic area is past the bag check area, but before park entrances and they do not check your bags at the entrance,thus it is easily possible to bring your own food into the park and pass on all the overpriced and unhealthy food items.
I like to pack my own snacks, but splurge a little and buy my lunch in the parks. Though, for us on a budget, sandwiches and other lunch items can be brought.
Another little known fact: Disneyland, like most establishments will give free cups of water upon request at any restaurant. Most give them in small Disneyland paper cups with ice, lids, and straws.
This is great as it allows guests to save on the $4 water bottles. I like to bring my own bottles, then when I'm out, I refill them with these cold cups of water or fountain water.
Lastly, I like to bring my souvenirs and other items to be in the Disney spirit and make the most of my photos.
Other unpictured, though important items to bring:
- Change of clothes (for young ones or to change into after water rides or other accidents)
- Autograph books (for characters)
Otherwise, be sure to dress comfortable and enjoy your time at the park!