15 items to bring on a trip to Disneyland (and what to leave at home)
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After shutting down for over a year during the pandemic, Disneyland is officially back and fully reopened. While vaccination against COVID-19 isn’t required to visit the resort, Disney recommends that guests are either vaccinated or receive a negative test before entering the resort. Masks for guests ages 2 and older are required indoors and recommended outdoors.
Packing is always a major consideration when planning a trip to Disneyland — as is avoiding the urge to overdo it. Here are some tips on what items absolutely need to be in your suitcase when you hit Anaheim and which ones are better left at home, whether because they are unnecessary or because they aren’t allowed inside.
What to bring to Disneyland
A backpack is an ideal way to transport items you may need while you’re enjoying the parks, including most of the essentials we’ve got on this list. Disney restricts the size of bags taken inside Disneyland to 24 inches long by 15 inches wide by 18 inches high, so the smaller the better.
This Disneyland 2022 backpack meets the resort size requirements and your shoulders will appreciate the padded straps after a long day of carrying this around the parks — especially if you head home from the park with extra weight from the Disney gifts you've purchased.Mickey Mouse Backpack – Disneyland 2022disneyshopdisney.com$39.99Shop Now
Between handrails, ride seats and bathrooms, you’re going to be touching a lot of things during your time at Disneyland… things that have also been touched by many people before you. Keep germs at bay by carrying around hand sanitizer to use between hand washings.
If you’re going with a group, grab an 8-pack of Purell and let everyone in your party carry one.PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Variety PackPurellamazon.com$18.83Shop Now
You’ll want to bring along an extra mask in case you accidentally lose yours while you’re riding Gadget’s Go Coaster, or if it gets wet during a turn on Splash Mountain. Masks are required for all guests over 2 while they’re indoors, which means a couple extra kid-sized masks would also be smart to have handy.
These KN95 masks are on the list of the best face masks for the omicron variant.KN95 Face Mask 25 PackWWDOLLamazon.com$16.77Shop Now
Speaking of Splash Mountain, make sure your phone and other items stay dry by bringing along some plastic sandwich bags or a waterproof phone protector, which offers an affordable way to get peace of mind regarding your most essential gadget.(2 Pack) Waterproof Case for Apple iPhoneNjjexwalmart.com$8.98Shop Now
If you’re traveling to Disneyland during the winter months, a poncho is a must-have for rain or the water rides. Disney sells them around the parks for about $12 each, but you’ll save big by getting some ahead of time.
This five-pack comes in several colors and costs about the same as one poncho in the resort.Hagon PRO Disposable Rain Ponchos for Adults (5 Pack)Hagon PROamazon.com$12.98Shop Now
A phone is a must at Disneyland. Not only will you be using your phone to take pictures and stay in touch with the rest of your group, you’ll want it for mobile ordering at restaurants and for Magic Key access. If you’re not staying in one of the official Disney hotels with easy access to an outlet, or even if you are, a small portable charger can be great to have on hand to make sure the fun doesn’t have to stop because your phone is running out of juice.
This palm-sized Ainope charger weighs just 9.6 ounces. When fully charged itself, the portable charger will give 50% more battery life to your phone in about 30 minutes.Portable ChargerAINOPEamazon.com$29.74Shop Now
Walking is one thing most visitors do a lot of at Disneyland. Make sure you choose footwear that’s going to be comfortable all day, and ideally something that is water-resistant or will dry quickly if you decide to visit any of the water rides.KEEN - Men's EVOFIT ONE Water Sandal for Outdoor AdventuresKEENamazon.com$69.95Shop Now
Disneyland prohibits selfie sticks, but it does allow guests to bring folding tripods and monopod stands that can fit inside a standard backpack. It can help you take those selfies near the Millennium Falcon to the next level.Amazon Basics Lightweight Mini TripodAmazon Basicsamazon.com$9.43Shop Now
A reusable water bottle can ensure you always have water on hand and save you from overspending on drinks around the resort. An insulated stainless steel choice like a Yeti will give you a good shot at keeping your water cold during warm days.RAMBLER 18 OZ BOTTLE WITH CHUG CAPyetiYeti.comShop Now
California nights can get a bit chilly. Having a windbreaker on hand can ensure you’re comfortable well into the night and are prepared for a cooler or windier day without taking up much of that precious backpack space.Women’s Houdini JacketPatagoniarei.com$99.00Shop Now
You’re going to be outside all day while walking around Disneyland and standing in lines. Make sure you carry sunscreen to help ensure you come home with memories and not sunburn.Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen & SunblockBare Republicamazon.com$14.99Shop Now
If you’re traveling with little ones, an autograph book can be fun. It lets them collect signatures from their favorite characters and will be a nice souvenir to revisit as they grow too cool for such things.Walt Disney World Official Autograph BookDisneyamazon.com$9.95Shop Now
Walking around all day around thousands of enthusiastic young people and eating fried foods can take its toll on parents. Bringing along some Tylenol and some antacids can ensure you’re prepared for the unexpected.Tylenol Extra Strength CapletsTylenolamazon.com$9.49Shop Now
If you’re planning to stay at the parks after dark, some glow sticks or other small light-up items can be a nice thing to have on hand for little ones. Like other things on this list, buying them ahead of time will save you some cash rather than waiting to buy them once the sun goes down and the vendors come out.Party Sticks Glow Multi-color Solid Print Party Favors, 100 CountParty Stickswalmart.com$35.09Shop Now
You’re allowed to bring outside food into the resort. While hauling around your whole lunch might not be ideal — there are lots of great food options within Disneyland — you may want to bring along some protein bars or similar treats in case you need a snack while you’re waiting in line.CLIF BAR® Energy Bars, Peanut Butter Banana with Dark ChocolateClif Barwalmart.com$5.78Shop Now
What to Leave at HomeMore
While it might be tempting to bring along a scooter or wagon to help you get around, Disneyland doesn’t allow any of those (sorry, no pogo sticks or unicycles either). While strollers are permitted, they can’t be larger than 31 inches by 52 inches..
Suitcases, backpacks or similar bags that are larger than 24 inches long by 15 inches wide by 18 inches high and any with wheels are not allowed in the parks.
While you can bring folding tripod stands or monopod stands that can fit inside a standard backpack, selfie sticks are expressly prohibited within the parks.
After a day of walking you’ll definitely want to take a seat — however, bringing your own is not permitted.Written ByEmily Price Reach Emily on
Emily Price is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. Her work has appeared in Fortune, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel and more. You can follow her current adventures on Twitter @Emily and Instagram @EmilyP.