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Planning a trip to Disney World is SUPER exciting, but packing for it can be a challenge!

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Even seasoned Disney World pros are always finding new ways to improve their packing game. Speaking of that, we’re at the parks everyday, so we wanted to share some tips with you that have been super handy and even some that we’ve only just learned! Let’s go!

As we said, we’re going to go over some of our packing hacks (some we literally just picked up) so that you can elevate your packing game!

Foldable Tote Bag

Don’t sleep on this one. A foldable tote bag is a game-changer. It’s perfect for carrying your souvenirs, extra snacks, or even wet clothes after a water ride.


Also, once you’re done, it folds up neatly and takes up practically zero space in your backpack!

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Packing Cubes

We love packing cubes. They are crucial for keeping your suitcase organized (you don’t want to see how ours used to look before packing cubes!).


As you can imagine, they make categorizing your clothes and accessories so easy, which in turn makes finding what you need without rummaging through everything just so much easier. You have to start using them in every suitcase!

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Travel Clothesline

Sure, you’re right. Most Disney hotels have that in-shower drying line, but what happens when you need to hang more? That’s when bringing your own portable travel clothesline comes in clutch.


It’s perfect for drying swimsuits or when you need extra drying space. Also, we say all the time that Florida is a rainy place, so more likely than not, you’re going to need to dry something when you’re at Disney World. It’s best to come prepared.

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Ziploc Bags

Oh, the humble Ziploc bag. If you didn’t know, they’re not just good for sandwiches and snacks. No, they are also a travel necessity.


You don’t know how many times we’ve used them as emergency waterproofing for our phones, wallets, keys, and other valuables. And, to be sure, they’re also great for keeping snacks fresh.

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Deck of Cards or Small Games

Sure, Disney World is the land of entertainment, but what about when the unexpected happens like a downpour or power outage?


We learned that packing a small deck of cards or other small games can be a lifesaver if you’re stuck indoors when one of those unexpected challenges happens. Also, if you make sure the games are small, they’re not going to take up much room in the suitcase.

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Trash Bag for Dirty Clothes

A trash bag? Okay, so it doesn’t have to be a trash bag per se. You can bring a collapsible laundry bag if that makes you feel better. The point is that it’s 2024. We’ve got to stop just putting our dirty laundry on the floor in the hotel room.


If you have trash bags with you, you can collect those clothes and keep them separate from anything that’s clean in your suitcase on your return trip! You’re welcome.

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Clothespins for Curtains

If you’re anything like us, you need the room to be completely dark in order to get good sleep, and even Disney hotel curtains can have gaps that let in unwanted light.


We found that if you pack a few clothespins in your bag, you can use them to keep curtains closed tightly at night, which will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

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Individual Outfit Bags

If you’ve got your whole crew with you on the trip, you know how crazy it can get when everyone’s trying to pick out their outfits in the morning. Save yourself a TON of headaches and when you’re packing, go ahead and organize outfits by day using individual bags.


That way, each morning, all you’ll have to do is to simply grab a bag and you’ll have everything you need except shoes. This makes getting ready quick and hassle-free.

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Portable Chargers in Carry-On

Maybe you already do this, but let’s just say that we had to learn the hard way that you should always pack your portable chargers in your carry-on.


Not only will this ensure that said chargers don’t get damaged, but you’ll also have them handy to charge up your devices on the go.

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Wear Socks at the Airport

Apologies beforehand as this one might be a bit triggering to germaphobes out here. This one is an absolute must! You have to wear socks at the airport, especially since you’ll need to remove your shoes during security checks.


This will keep your feet clean and comfortable, and you’ll be able to avoid the unpleasantness of walking barefoot on the airport floor.

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Light-Up Travel Mirror

Last up, you just need to invest in a light-up travel mirror.


You know that lighting isn’t always the greatest for when you need to touch up your makeup or check your appearance. They’re typically compact and incredibly useful.

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Those are just a couple of the packing hacks we swear by (and some we didn’t learn until just now), and we’d love to hear about yours in the comments! Until then, keep following DFB for more!

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Oh boy, planning a Disney trip can be quite the adventure, and we totally get it! But fear not, dear friends, we compiled EVERYTHING you need (and the things to avoid!) to plan the ULTIMATE Disney vacation.

Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro, our insider tips and tricks will have you exploring the parks like never before. So come along with us, and get planning your most magical vacation ever!

What are your favorite packing hacks for Disney World? Tell us all about them in the comments! 

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