For the longest time I was against carrying a backpack around the parks all day long. I never wanted to get in that long security line and wait longer to get through the gates.
A couple years ago I decided to give it a shot as I had more items I wanted to carry around with me. I have been hooked ever since and cannot believe I waited so long.
But what do I carry in the parks that warrant needing a bag for? Well let’s take a dive into my theme park bag.
What Kind of Backpack
To start the backpack I landed on using was the Disney Vacation Club bag. You can get this bag at any of the Deluxe Villa gift shops and do not need to be a DVC member to buy it. It is sometimes available on ShopDisney.
I chose this bag because it had organization with not many pockets (security will require each pocket be opened). It has a slot for laptop/iPad so I can travel down on the plane with it, two water bottle holders and a chest strap for support.
Amazon has a ton of Jansport designs that are a great option as well.
What’s In the Bag?
Well let’s get down to it – what is in the bag?
- It’s nice to put the camera away on rides as well as store extra batteries
- The weather is widely unpredictable in Central Florida so just throw a $1 poncho in your bag so you don’t have to spend $10 on one in parks
- Toiletry Items
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Contacts
- Clorox Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Cooling Towel
- These things work like magic – just wet the towel under a faucet, rinse and snap it and you’re instantly cooled. We bought the Disney design ones in the park but Amazon sells these as well for cheaper.
- Water Proof Bag
- To go with the Cooling Towel I also carry a water proof bag. These bags are washable and re-usable which is nice. Take your wet towel or clothes from a water ride and toss them right in here. Amazon has some good Disney designs available.
- External Charger
- You use your phone with everything these days – and with how many times you’ll be logging into My Disney Experience a external charger is necessary. Disney does offer the Fuel Rod service in the parks and resorts which are a good choice.
- Ziplock Bags
- I throw a couple spare empty ziplock bags in the backpack to throw valuables in when going on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids.
- Brita Water Bottle
- These bottles are great for needing to use the water fountains around the parks – it helps make the water taste less like Pirates of the Caribbean.
- Extra MagicBand
The backpack is also great to have to throw some merch in that you do not have sent to your room. This lets you not have to carry the bag around in your hand all day.
Also if you plan on doing a long touring day you can throw a sweatshirt, different pair of shoes or clothes in your bag so you have a fresh set on you.
The bag is also great to have to throw hats, sunglasses and loose items into when doing attractions. You don’t have to worry about losing something as you whip upside down on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
What do you have your bag? If you haven’t used one in the past will you start now? Let me know!