What to Bring to Orlando: The Ultimate Packing List

April 26, 2018

Between the theme parks, the outdoor adventures, and the endless entertainment, it is all too easy to over-pack for a trip to Orlando, Florida.

Before you know it, you’ll have three suitcases full of clothing and travel items just for you! Instead of pondering what to bring to Orlando and stuffing your luggage to the brim, use our ultimate packing list to narrow down your needs (and number of suitcases.)

Begin with the Essentials

No matter what you plan to do on your Orlando vacation, you’ll need these crucial clothing items and toiletries:


Although Orlando is known for sunny weather, that’s not always the case. With all-too-common rain showers and cold seasons, you’ll want to organize your outfit choices in layers. With this in mind, pack at least these items of clothing:

  • Undergarments
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Tank Tops
  • Pajamas
  • Sweatshirt
  • Flip Flops or Sandals
  • Socks
  • Sneakers/Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hat

Of course, if you happen to forget a vital piece of clothing, there are endless places to go shopping in Orlando.


When figuring out what to bring to Orlando, remember that most hotels offer complimentary bath amenities, hair dryers, and other useful items. You can choose to bring these necessities with you or use the hotel’s and pack lightly.

All in all, remember to have these toiletries handy for your Orlando trip:

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Eyewear Necessities
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Face Wash
  • Soap
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Tweezers
  • Q-Tips
  • Makeup
  • Hairbrush/Comb
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair Products
  • Personal Medicines
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer


layout of travel items including yellow suitcase and passport

Decide Which Travel Items You Need

No two trips or travelers are ever the same. Some travelers prefer to pack as lightly as possible, while others would rather be overly prepared. With this in mind, you need to decide which travel items you will need for your Orlando vacation.

I recommend bringing the following:

  • Camera
  • Camera Batteries and/or Charger
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Laptop and Charger
  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Ponchos
  • Large Ziploc Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pens
  • Book/Magazines
  • Neck Pillow
  • Printed Hotel Reservations
  • Printed Theme Park and Attraction e-Tickets
  • Travel Itinerary and Map
  • Beach Towel

Of course, what you decide to pack for Orlando also depends on if you are flying or driving. Keep in mind that certain travel items are not permitted in carry-on luggage or on airplanes.

What to Bring to Orlando: Pack Per Activity

With so much to do in Orlando, you’ll also need certain items for your planned activities and attractions. Choose from the packing lists below to find out what to bring to Orlando:

kids eating popcorn and smiling with parents in the background in front of Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA

What to Pack for Orlando Theme Parks

From Walt Disney World resort to LEGOLAND Florida, Universal Orlando Resort to SeaWorld, it’s no secret that Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. No matter which parks you intend to visit, these items will come in handy:

  • Printed Theme Park Tickets
  • Cash/Credit Card
  • Drivers License/ID
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Extra Camera Battery
  • Sunglasses
  • Cell Phone
  • External Charger/Battery or Charging Cable
  • Snacks
  • Autograph Book
  • Sharpie/Marker
  • Poncho
  • Band-Aids
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes
  • Swimsuit and Towel (If going to a waterpark)

A few tips before you go:

Download the Park App
If your theme park of choice has an app, such as My Disney Experience or the Universal Orlando Resort™ App, download it before your visit. Since your Orlando hotel likely offers free WiFi, take advantage of it and get the app before you go. These apps often provide park maps, tips, and other services.

Remember to pack your phone charger for continued access to the app throughout your theme park visit.

Know the Rules
While some theme parks allow guests to bring coolers and other convenient items inside the park, others do not. Before you go, make sure you know what items are permitted. As a rule of thumb, most parks now prohibit selfie sticks, so leave those at home!

aerial view of crowd watching the Blue Man Group with colorful lights

What to Pack for an Orlando Show

On top of the theme parks, Orlando shows pack a world of entertainment into a few short hours. While you don’t have to dress like the stars to attend a show, you will need a few things for a great time:

  • Appropriate Attire
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Purse, Wallet, or Day Bag
  • Printed Show Tickets
  • Light Jacket or Sweater
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Valid ID/Driver’s License
  • Extra Cash

You may be tempted to bring your camera along for the show, but you’re better off leaving it in the hotel. Most shows do not allow flash photography or videography during or before and after performances for the safety and security of performers and audiences alike.

Also, be sure to double check the dress code for the theater. While they won’t require you to come in your finest attire, they may prohibit certain outfit choices such as baggy clothing.

What to Pack for a Night on the Town in Orlando

With an abundance of award-winning restaurants, attractions, clubs, and more in Orlando, it’s worth spending a night (or two) out on the town. Plus, if you’re planning a Disney vacation, there’s nothing better than a night of fun and entertainment at Disney Springs.

When deciding what to bring to Orlando for a night out, consider packing these items:

  • Comfortable Attire
  • Your Choice of Shoes
  • Cell Phone and Charger
  • Purse and Wallet
  • Extra Cash
  • Valid ID and/or Driver’s License
  • Camera and Charger or Extra Batteries

What to Pack for Orlando Outdoor Excursions

Although Orlando is known for its over-the-top theme parks, it’s outdoor excursions and activities are also popular among visitors. You can embark on an airboat tour through the Everglades or zip through the tree line. Or, if water sports are more your thing, head out on the water and kayak, jet ski, or stand-up paddleboard!

To prepare for your outdoor adventures, make sure to bring these items with you to Orlando:

  • Swimsuit and Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Hiking Boots
  • T-Shirts or Tank Tops
  • Hiking Boots
  • Bug Spray

Since outdoor excursions do come with a risk, be sure to review what attire your chosen activity permits and restricts for your safety.

Start Packing for Your Orlando Vacation

Now that you know what to bring to Orlando, there’s only one thing left to do: pack!

What item can you not travel without when visiting Orlando? Share your thoughts with fellow travelers in the comments below.

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