This is your comprehensive guide to what you should consider buying on Amazon before visiting the parks! Before leaving for vacation, I highly suggest pre-purchasing any sunscreen, over-the-counter medications, or other necessities on Amazon (or your nearby Target/Walmart) before going on any Disney vacation. The prices are hiked up in the parks and you don’t really want to be scouring gift shops for sunscreen while trying to make it to your lunch reservation on time. Purchasing items beforehand will help you feel prepared and avoid any extra costs. Hopefully, this list will help you save some money and stress before you start your vacation! Click on my affiliate links below if you want to see my recommendations on Amazon. Or, find any of these products at your local stores. You won’t need everything on this list, but it should give you some ideas as to what you might need in the parks. Let’s get shopping!
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1) TSA Approved Travel Kit: This is helpful if you don’t plan on checking a bag, as it brings together all of your necessities, such as toothpaste, deodorant, and sunblock, in a handy plastic bag. The best bit? Everything is TSA compliant! Amazon also sells empty plastic bottles that are under the 3.4 ounce limit, which you can then fill with your personal products. You can find these in the travel-sized section at other stores like Target as well.
2) Lightweight Water Bottle: One of the best cost-cutting tips I can give is for you to bring your own water bottle to the parks. Water is free anywhere on Disney property and by carrying a lightweight water bottle you’ll avoid paying $5 per bottle whenever anyone in your group is thirsty. The best place to ask for a water refill is at any quick-service restaurant. I’m personally a fan of the silicone bottles with an attached carabiner because you can both hook them to your backpack and collapse them when you’re done.
3) Over-the-Counter Medicine (a.k.a. Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Tylenol, and allergy medicines): Believe me, you’ll be glad you brought some Ibuprofen by day two. The price of these medicines in the parks is jaw-dropping!
4) Second Skin or Band-Aids: Given that most guests walk about eight miles a day at Disney, at one point or another, you will most likely have some blisters show up. Second Skin blister pads are preferred by hikers and I highly recommend using them at theme parks too. The sticky side stays firmly on your skin, while the felt side reduces friction and helps the pad stay on your foot for longer. You do have to cut the squares down to size though, so it might be a good idea to do that before leaving. Regular Band-Aids will also be useful to have on hand too. If you run out of either, Band-Aids are provided at first-aid stations in both parks.
5) Sunblock: SPF 30 is a good level of protection for any skin type. Just remember to take it with you in the parks and reapply as the day goes on. I’ve come home cooked to a crisp on too many vacations! I prefer the sunscreen that comes in spray bottles, so you get a nice even layer of coverage.
6) Lip Balm: Just like your skin, your lips need protection too! Make sure the lip balm has SPF protection and throw a couple in your park bag before leaving.
7) Aloe Vera: I obviously don’t suggest getting burnt on a Disney trip, but if you do, cooling gels like Aloe Vera will help soothe your skin. Buy a small bottle so you can carry it around and apply as needed!
8) Poncho: Ponchos at Disneyland are mostly useful if you’d rather stay dry on Splash Mountain or any other wet ride. And if you get stuck in a rainy season downpour, a poncho is a good thing to have to hand.
9) Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads: To help stay cool, Frogg Toggs cooling towels are a popular choice for Disney guests. Run the towel under a faucet and wrap it around your neck or shoulders. The towel will keep you cool without getting you wet. These are my lifeline!
10) Misting Fan: If a cooling towel isn’t your thing, good ol’ fashioned misters are incredibly pleasant while standing in line. They can be heavy though, so do opt for a small, portable fan. This fan can be charged via USB!
11) Dr. Scholl’s Insoles: These things have saved my poor aching feet in the past. They are especially necessary if you don’t own a good pair of tennis shoes and need some extra arch support.
12) Autograph Books: If character autograph books are a must, I recommend you buy one online. However, I’ve also seen some creative alternatives used for signing, like Disney storybooks, frisbees, backpacks, or t-shirts! Either way, don’t forget to bring a large pen for the characters to use. The clickable Sharpies are a great choice and choosing a lighter color will help the characters avoid staining their clothing with dark ink.
13) Portable Phone Charger: You have a couple of options here. You can purchase a charger from Amazon like this one. Or, you can purchase a Fuel Rod charger when you arrive. The Fuel Rod charger can be switched out at any Fuel Rod Charging Station in the park and costs $30. Additionally, both parks offer charging lockers for $2 per hour. You can use the cords provided to charge your phone or use a regular outlet and your own cords to charge your portable charger or phone.
14) Park Bag: I’ve seen several variations and options for guest park bags. In the past, I’ve used hiking backpacks because they are made to be carried over long distances and I can use a Camelbak instead of a water bottle. I also find a slingback most convenient when I’m packing around my DSLR. Another popular option is a simple crossbody bag like a Vera Bradley bag or you can get yourself a fanny pack. You can always put the majority of your heavy load into the lockers located at the front of every park.
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