This is it, the time has come, your trip to Walt Disney World with a in infant or toddler in tow is just weeks away! You’ve carefully selected a resort, booked flights and planned your Fast Passes. Now all that’s left to do is to pack! This is the part that stresses moms out (me included) the most. Even after all our trips to Disney World I still worry about packing and forgetting things.
Below is our list of must-pack items for your next Disney vacation with an infant or toddler. We own and use all the items listed and highly recommend them! Want to buy any of the items? We’ve provided convenient links to purchase most of them from Amazon. If you have additional suggestions or disagree with any of our reccomendations, let us know in the comments below!
While you can rent a stroller from various companies that will deliver right to your Walt Disney World resort hotel, such as Kingdom Strollers, we prefer to travel with our own. I find it much easier to travel with a stroller that we’re all familiar with.
After traveling to Disney World with various strollers, our favorite is the Baby Jogger City Select! This stroller is great for children of all ages, and can accommodate multiple children via various accessories (second seat kit, glider board).
From personal experience, I can tell you there’s nothing worse than landing in Orlando only to find out your stroller has been damaged by the airline. Luckily said stroller was relatively cheap, but we learned our lesson. If you’ve spent a good amount of money on a stroller, I highly recommend a case or bag.
We personally use the Baby Jogger City Select Carry Bag. It’s worth the money to know your stroller is going to arrive safely and unharmed. If you don’t feel like buying a stroller bag, try the Baby Jogger City Tour. My mom recently purchased this to use with my 3 year old niece and it was so compact and easy to use! It even fits in the overhead compartment!
3Stroller Weather Shield
A weather shield is something I usually only travel to Walt Disney World with during the rainy season. If you don’t feel like spending the money on a weather shield, ponchos from the dollar store work just as well (don’t forget to pick up some clips to secure it to the stroller). When you’re not using them to protect your stroller you can save yourself from getting soaked on Splash Mountain!
While I love my girly mom diaper bag, I highly recommend traveling with something dad feels comfortable carrying. For Disney World trips, I prefer my husband’s Columbia Summit Rush Backpack Diaper Bag. It has an insulated side pouch, plenty of room inside, and convenient straps that buckle to your stroller. This makes it very convenient to park the stroller and hop on your next ride without leaving valuables behind!
5Reusable Folding Bag
I absolutely love my BAGGU Large Reusable Shopping Bag. It folds up to the size of a card envelop, but when opened is the size of a large beach bag. Before we leave the hotel I load this bag up with 10 or so bottles of water. By the end of the day, the waters gone and we have one less bag to carry or have an extra bag to throw junk in! Either way, it folds up small enough that it doesn’t take up room in the diaper bag.
BAGGU bags come in various size and color options. The only thing this bag lacks is a zipper! If anyone finds a bag like this with a zipper let me know 😉!
6Scented Diaper Trash Bags
When we traveled to Disney World with my then 3 month old son, he was constantly having messy accidents. Peeing, pooping, throwing up, you name it he did it (and sometimes on his mom & dad.) Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Bags were a life saver! Whenever he had an accident in the parks, I would just throw the outfit in a bag, tie it shut, and put it under the stroller or in the diaper bag to deal with at a later time. In comparison to our bulky wet/dry bag, these bags were scented and took up far less room.
7Scented Trash Bags
Speaking of smelly situations, Glad OdorShield trash bags are a must for your Disney trips with little ones! If your kids are still in diapers, then trust me, pack 1 or even 2 scented trash bags for your resort room. This eliminates the need to find a hallway trashcan for every dirty diaper. While you can use the smaller Arm and Hammer Diaper Bags, I find it more cost effective just to use one the big bags in your room.
8Pack and Play Sheet
9Travel Size Detergent
I think this is the point on my list where I should mention that kids are especially messy at Disney World. If you’re a mom, you obviously already know that. Instead of packing a ton of extra “just in case” clothes, make your life easier, bring some detergent such as Tide travel size detergent, and use the laundry room. DVC members get a freebie in their villa, while regular resort guests can purchase additional detergent for a small fee.
These are a necessity if you’re going to Disney in the hot and humid months! There are tons of brands out there, but my favorite so far is the Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad. You just run them under water, ring them out, and place it on your neck! We even used one to put underneath the baby or cover him with when he fell asleep!
11Water Bottle w/Filter or Insulated Water Bottle
If you’re planning to bring a water bottle to Disney World, you might as well spend a little extra and buy one with a filter. Walt Disney World’s water fountain water tastes TERRIBLE, but with the Brita filter even that water can taste good. Dasani is $3/bottle, so it won’t take long for the Brita to pay for itself.
I also love my Manna & Sip by S’Well insulated water bottles. Both keep my drinks cold all day even in the hot Florida sun. Did we mention quick service restaurants will give you a free glass of filtered water? Long story short, don’t pay for water unless you have to!
I love these in general, but they’re especially great for Disney! While they’re extremely thin they’re also very large and can be used for multiple purposes. I’ve used them for the baby to lay on instead of the hotel carpet, they’re light enough you can cover the stroller or the babies legs to block the sun, and at night you can fold them over for a warmer blanket!
If you or your baby are a light sleeper, the myBaby SoundSpa Lullaby Sounds & Projection is a must-pack item. Hotels can get a little noisy, but this sound machine drowns out most background noise. While you can download various apps, I find it easier to bring the sound machine so I still have the ability to use my phone or iPad when the baby goes to sleep.
If there’s one thing I can’t live without at Disney it’s my Ergobaby carrier. The nice thing about a carrier as opposed to a stroller, is that if the baby falls asleep, you don’t have to wake the them to go on the next ride. In the hot summer months this can get a little uncomfortable, but I find that with the Ergobaby 360’s Cool Air Mesh it’s much easier to bear. If it’s really warm, you can even throw one of the cool towels in between you and the baby. Told you those would come in handy!!!
15Reusable Food Pouches
While you can bring or order pre-blended fruit pouches, I find it easier (and cheaper) to get a big jar of apple sauce and use MommyYummy Reusable Food Pouches. Every morning I fill up at least 4 and stash them in the insulated pouch of our diaper bag. Not only are these convenient but they also keep the kids entertained for a good 10-15 minutes (which is a lifetime in Disney mom world).
The Meeno Child Cool Mee mat is amazing in the Florida heat! It allows warm air to easily escape, preventing overheating. It’s removable and leak proof so no need to worry about your toddler spilling their dole whip!
17Dish Soap and Bottle Brush
I always keep a travel-size Dapple dish soap in the diaper bag. For me, the bottle brush is a little big to bring. Instead, I just throw a toothbrush in the bag. It does the job just as well and takes up less room. (Once we were done with formula, we stopped bringing this combo and would just rinse the sippy cup at a water fountain.)
18Insulated Sippy Cup
These Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 Sippy Cups are perfect for long hot days in the park. You can fill them up and keep your milk or whatever beverage your child likes cold up to 6 hours. No spoiled milk for your baby! Although we like it for its insulation, the main feature of the Munchkin Miracle 360 cups are is their spill proof technology. This is another great way to keep the baby clean during a long day at the parks.
Disclosure: This list is based purely on products we have personally purchased and our experience with them. We are not sponsored by nor receive direct compensation from any of the manufacturers listed above for suggesting their products. As an Amazon affiliate, we may receive commission if you purchase items through an affiliate link on our page.