One of my favorite videos to watch on YouTube is the “What’s in My Bag/Purse” tag. I find it fascinating to watch what people like to keep with them in their bag. Not only is it entertaining, but it can be helpful too. You’ll often see something you wouldn’t have thought of carrying around before.
Today I’m going to talk about all of the items I like to bring into the parks. Besides the obvious (wallet, phone, charger) what else do you bring for an all day park visit? I’m not a Disney local, so my bag is going to differ from someone who isn’t there on vacation and can run home, or just come back any ol’ time if they forgot something. Here we go…
Quarters and pennies + Disney Coin book: One of my favorite souvenirs to collect are pressed coins! So before my son and I leave for a trip, I make sure to fill a clear sandwich bag with quarters and pennies, and grab my coin book. If you don’t have a coin book, they can be purchased at the parks. Putting your coins in a sturdy sandwich bag is a great way to keep them organized and ready to grab.
Hand Sanitizer: Think about how many things you touch when you’re in the parks. Off and on the busses, rides, etc. I’m grossed out thinking about it! And I don’t always want to run off and find a bathroom to wash my hands again and again. So I keep my Belle hand sanitizer clipped onto my bag, making it super easy to access. I also like to bring antibacterial wipes for sticky hands and wiping off tables when need be.
Autograph Book & Character Friendly Pen: I created a simple autograph book for Liam on his first trip. It has so many blank pages, we’ve been using it for years. You can either make your own or buy one in the parks. But remember to bring a larger pen for our furry friends to sign with. Regular ballpoint pens make it difficult for them to grip. I bought this one in the parks and it works perfectly.
Pin Trading Lanyard and Pins: This isn’t something we do all the time. In fact, we only really trade pins when visiting WDW. But, I love it! I mainly collect Beauty and the Beast and Duffy the Disney Bear pins. I also like to collect various limited edition pins from time to time. I don’t carry around a pin trading binder. Instead, I like to bring my lanyard and 4-5 pins I’m willing to trade for pins I’m in need of. I think this is an easy and hassle-free way to pin trade. All of the pins I’m not willing to part with are safe and sound at home.
Disposable Rain Ponchos: If you’re visiting one of the resorts where it rains at least once a day (I’m looking at you, Walt Disney World) you’ll need some sort of: poncho, rain jacket, umbrella, etc. I like to go to Dollar Tree and stock up on ponchos for a buck. I literally have an entire drawer in my kitchen full of rain ponchos. You never know when you’ll need one.
Glow Sticks: Another Dollar Tree find! When I took my son to Walt Disney World the first time, I made the mistake of buying every light up item known to man before the parades and fireworks. It was a rookie mistake. I buy a couple of packs of glow sticks/bracelets ahead of time so we can use them at night in the parks. Again they only cost a buck per pack, and when you’re done, just throw them away. In my opinion that is a better option than those light up toys that you’ll have to carry around for the rest of the evening. And your wallet will thank you.
Makeup: This is a no brainer, for me anyway. You can check out my post here about what beauty items I like to use at the parks. I will be doing a “What’s in my Disney Parks Makeup Bag” soon. But for now, I can tell you to bring your favorite items with you to touch yourself up with.
Sorcerers of the Kingdom Cards: Liam recently got into playing Sorcerer’s of the Kingdom at WDW. You can get free cards at the Fire Station, and purchase expansion cards at various spots throughout the park. We haven’t quite grown our collection to the point where we need a binder, so I just keep them in a clear sandwich bag so they all stay together.
Buttons: While this isn’t exactly in my bag, but rather on it, but I like to deck my backpack out with buttons. You’d be amazed at how many people will stop and talk to you about them. Most of these buttons are from Parkbound Buttons which you can find here, as well as random buttons I buy from Hot Topic and the Disney Store.
What do you like to keep with you in your park bag? Let me know in the comments!