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Disneyland Article
15 Items To Bring On A Trip And What To Leave At Home
Emily Price
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

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.

Hand Sanitizer

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.

Extra Masks

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.

Waterproof Phone Protectors

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.

A Poncho

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.

A Portable Charger

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.

Comfortable Shoes

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.

A Lightweight Tripod

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.

A Water Bottle

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.

A Windbreaker

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.


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.

An Autograph Book

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.

Pain Reliever

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.

Glow Sticks

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.

Granola Bars

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.

What to Leave at Home

Most Things On Wheels

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..

Big Backpacks

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.

Selfie Sticks

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.

Folding Chairs

After a day of walking you’ll definitely want to take a seat — however, bringing your own is not permitted.

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