Things You’ll Pack for a Disney Vacation that you’ll Never Use

Being prepared for a vacation to Walt Disney World can be expensive, but there are items that can find their way into your suitcase that you may not use.


Toiletries at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

This is a big one, mostly because you’re actually taking up valuable space in your suitcase for something that is a staple in every hotel room. The number of times that I’ve spent a couple dollars on a travel size bottle of shampoo just to have to take it back with me because the hotel already had it…well it’s just embarrassing now!

IF you need specialty items to make your vacation better, then this tip isn’t for you. Just sharing my own personal opinion, as I’ve taken everything including:

  • Hair Gel
  • Face Cream
  • Mouthwash
  • etc

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Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht / Beach Club Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Unless you’re actually planning to be at the hotel during the day, leave the swimming stuff at home. This was a “first trip to Disney” mistake, as I tried to predict everything that I’d need…and then realized that we spend most of our time in the parks and didn’t even have time to play in the pool.

Don’t worry about this tip if you are going with your family OR if you really do plan on relaxing;)


Dustin with the Coffee Vacuum Percolator at Victoria & Alberts

Unless you’ve got a reservation for Victoria & Alberts OR California Grill, there’s not really a need to pack a fancy wardrobe. Even when I’ve got business meetings, there’s nothing that a good polo shirt and non-wrinkle slacks won’t work with.


This is a new one, but the number of times that I choose to bring my iPhone instead of the big n bulky camera…well it’s become so regular that I actually leave the DSLR at home. Know ahead of time what your goals are and whether or not you’ll want to be carrying around extra equipment (batteries, lenses, etc).

If you feel like you can get away with just your camera phone, then make sure that you’ve got space on your Dropbox account or bring your laptop to upload photos daily.

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Books at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

I’m 100% guilty on this one – multiple times! Even as recently the last trip, I brought down reading material that literally didn’t leave my suitcase.

From travel guides (like the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World) to puzzle books and…honestly…the Walt Disney biography (yea, the one that’s like 500 pages) are all things that I thought would be a good idea to pack. Learn from my mistake and save the space:)

Are there any items that you bring down that just sit in the suitcase? Let me know over on Instagram @StepstoMagic! I’m always up for adding things to the articles!

Dustin Fuhs
I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality!

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