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The Perfect Backpack Size for Disneyland: What to Pack and What to Leave Behind 

 May 15, 2023

By  Keith Terrell

Are you planning a vacation to Disneyland? While part of the fun of going to Disneyland is riding the rides, meeting your favorite characters and trying new snacks, the key to the perfect Disneyland experience is packing the right items. Picking the perfect backpack size for Disneyland is essential if you plan on bringing enough supplies for a day in the park, but not getting weighed down.

A medium size backpack is usually best for Disneyland so you are able to carry the essentials but not be weighed down by something too big. Consider how much you'll need to carry and choose a backpack size accordingly. 

To help you make sure you have everything you need while also avoiding an overloaded backpack, here’s a guide to what to pack and what to leave behind when you pack the perfect backpack size for a day at Disneyland.

Disney Parks Bag Checklist

A visit to the happiest place on Earth is made even better with the perfect backpack. When packing for your Disney park trip, it's important to think about what you'll need to bring and what you can leave behind. To help you plan ahead, here is a Disney Parks bag checklist:

First and foremost, it goes without saying that you must bring any necessary tickets, passes, or vouchers - these are the most important items! In addition, bring a camera or smartphone to capture all of the magical moments. Be sure to also pack sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and waterproof clothes – as you know, you never know when the weather could take a turn in Southern California. Depending on where you’re standing in line may require an item of comfort like collapsible chairs or snacks.

Next up - dress appropriately; shirts with shoulders that cover your cleavage and shorts that cover at least half of your thigh will be needed in order to enter attractions and venues. And don’t forget - stay hydrated! It’s hot during summer months so make sure you bring enough water for everyone in your party.

Finally, if you plan to do any shopping after a day at one of the parks definitely include an extra bag in your backpack. That way any new purchases won’t force you to carry them around by hand all day long.

No matter what size backpack you choose to bring on your park adventure, remember that packing lightweight items is key. Plus, leaving unnecessary items at home can help ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience without too much weight on your back.

While packing light is essential for a hassle-free park experience, having enough room for all essential items is also important; although no one wants to have an overly bulky bag slowing them down all day long. With this in mind, read on for details on choosing a roomy yet light-weight backpack for Disneyland trips.

Roomy Backpack

The choice between a small and roomy backpack for a day at Disneyland is a debate that might weigh heavily on one’s mind. Those in favor of the roomy pack point to the convenience of having extra storage, ensuring all needed items make it in but not feeling weighed down by a bulky bag. Roomy backpacks are also praised for their added durability, as they can easily fit protective cases, which helps avoid wear and tear on electronics or delicate items.

A disadvantage to taking a roomier backpack is that it makes it easier to be tempted to bring more than necessary, leading to unnecessary weight during the long days at the parks. Additionally, bags deemed too large may be denied entry as they might not fit into secure lockers provided at certain attractions and locations.

Ultimately, it's best to decide what works best for you ahead of time and find a suitable bag size. Bearing these considerations in mind will help ensure choices related to backpack size are optimized for your experience at Disneyland.

With an appropriate choice of pack size carefully weighed based on the needs of the day, one can equip themselves with a few additional accessories such as a water bottle holder for further convenience during their park visit.

Water Bottle Holder

Having a water bottle holder is another important part of the perfect backpack for Disneyland. Water is a must; both for beverage and for staying properly hydrated in the blazing sun of a California summer. Having a built-in water bottle holder then, can be essential.

It makes it much easier than having to use up your precious backpack storage room with multiple large brick-like bottles of water - which will take away from what you need to take while always leaving the possibility that the weight of all those separate containers may tip you over forwards as you move around the park.

On the other hand though, having a water bottle holder limits your options in terms of size and type. Not everyone wants to be stuck lugging around one particular bottle all day, and when teamed with a built-in holder, it may prove more time-consuming to replace or switch out depending on preference. It also takes away some flexibility if you want to buy drinks in plastic bottles within the park and bring them along with you without having to carry them manually.

Ultimately, whether the decision to use a water bottle holder inside the backpack is based on personal preference and anticipated consumption needs - especially if there are going to be multiple people sharing a single bag throughout the operational day. If roomy compartments overall are still available within the main container due to space left over by other items such as jackets or food containers, then this could offer more flexibility than might be allowed by opting in to have an attached water bottle holder installed.

In any case, backpackers should consider their individual needs before making this decision since having enough room for refueling during breaks can be just as important as finding space for jackets or medical items before setting out towards one of Disneyland’s world famous attractions - which our next section will be discussing.

Jacket or Coat

When thinking about Disney Parks, a jacket or coat should absolutely be brought—it is always better to be prepared for any type of weather. While the temperatures often remain warm during the summertime, the late evenings and mornings can often be a bit chilly. Plus, many of the indoor attractions are kept quite cold to keep their guests comfortable!

A few lightweight options might work the best—a basic hoodie could do wonders, as it will easily fit into your backpack. But if you’re looking for something warmer, perhaps look into getting a jacket with Polar Tec insulation; this kind of jacket is extremely lightweight and travel-friendly but will also keep you warm in colder temperatures.

And while they are more expensive, they are definitely worth it!Another option would be to bring something like a blanket scarf that could double as a coat. These items are usually made out of softer materials and can add a bit of style, too! Depending on how chilly it gets, this might be an ideal choice for those cool-weather evening strolls through Disneyland.

Whatever you choose to bring when traveling to the Disney Parks in terms of outerwear, don't forget that comfort and packability are key. With that, you'll be able to move on to choosing the perfect size backpack for your magical Disneyland adventure!

The Perfect Size Backpack for Disney Parks

When considering the perfect size backpack for a trip to Disney Parks, it is important to take into account comfort and convenience. Too large of a backpack can be a burden and impede maneuverability; too small and you won’t have enough room for your essential items. Ideally, the backpack should be lightweight and provide ample space for all your items without being bulky.

A good rule to follow is to get a backpack with 10-20L of internal storage capacity that fits comfortably on your back. This allows enough room for a raincoat or jacket, snack items, your cell phone, spare clothing, and other must-haves while keeping things light and comfortable. You'll also want to make sure the pack has multiple pockets of various shapes so that items can be organized properly – extra features like waist straps may come in handy as well.

No matter the size, your bag should be able to withstand some wear and tear as each park in Disney Land can get quite crowded at certain times of day. Consider purchasing one that is made from durable materials such as nylon or polyester so that it retains its shape long after the visit has ended.

With an appropriately sized backpack on hand, you will be fully prepared for your day at any Disney Park. If you ensure that all necessary items are safely stored away in its constructed compartments then you will have a much easier time navigating the crowd!

Before we dive into what exactly should go inside the bag, let's first discuss what kind of clothing may best suit your experience – after all, comfort is key when visiting Disney Parks!

What to Pack In That Bag

Once you’ve decided on the perfect size backpack for your day at the Disney Parks, it’s time to figure out what exactly to pack in that bag. Those who prefer to be lightweight and practical should bring only the absolute essentials, such as a few snacks, your wallet, an extra layer of clothing for cold weather, and necessary medication or toiletries.

If you agree with this school of thought, be sure to keep it slim and trim—leaving behind any souvenirs or bulky pieces of clothing until they are actually needed.

On the flip side, many individuals believe in being prepared for any occasion while out enjoying a fun day at the Disney Parks. So if you’re someone who wants to have your entire home comfort with you on-the-go, then feel free to stuff your backpack with items like an extra pair of shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera or phone charger and even some childhood games or coloring books for waiting in lines. Here, the goal is to make yourself as comfortable as possible when away from home.

Ultimately, what you choose to pack in your bag is entirely up to you and your individual style when it comes to backpacking. But either way—lightweight or fully loaded—it feels great knowing that everything important is safe and sound inside your perfectly sized bag! And with all those belongings situated correctly in place, now it’s time to make sure that your clothes and other essential items come along too.

Clothes and Essentials

The next important aspect of the perfect Disneyland backpack size is clothing and essential items. Depending on where you live, the season in which your visit is scheduled, it may be necessary to bring rain gear or even just a jacket – though if you are unable to fit multiple clothing items into that bag then it would be wise to leave them behind.

If visiting Disneyland during wintertime, it may also be beneficial to bring an extra set of socks and/or mittens. Aside from these clothing items, it may be helpful to add some hand sanitizer, a small first-aid kit with any needed medications, sunscreen, and of course a water bottle (especially during warm weather months).

When considering what items to include in the backpack for your Disney outing and what items to leave at home, balance is key. Being at the mercy of walking from ride to ride means having excess weight can slow you down. However, bringing too few essential items can put your health and comfort at risk.

With a careful assessment of items needed for the trip and clothes required for the weather conditions, you can identify what needs to stay in that bag and what needs to remain behind. This will ensure that your backpack contains the perfect size for your Disneyland experience. 

As you transition from selecting clothing and essentials for your bag, consider adding games and snacks for passing between rides!

Games and Snacks

Now that we have discussed the essentials for a successful Disneyland trip, such as clothes, let's move on to items like games and snacks. Depending on your personal preference, both can be a great addition to any vacation.

On one hand, games can help children and adults alike feel entertained while waiting in line or passing free time between rides. Many families choose to bring small board games or decks of cards, such as Uno or Old Maid, as they offer an easy way to play together without the need for screens. Furthermore, if you plan it properly, these activities will not take up much space in your pack so weight won’t be an issue either.

On the other hand, some parents prefer not to bring any games on their Disneyland trips in order to save space for more practical items. Moreover, distractions offered by rides and entertainment at Disneyland often make it unnecessary to keep family members engaged with alternative activities.

Ultimately, this decision is yours and will depend on how easily your children get bored and whether or not you think that an alternative method of entertainment will be necessary to them.

When it comes to snacks, these are especially important for younger kids who require energy throughout a day full of activities. As previously mentioned, bringing food into the park is permitted but there are some guidelines that must be considered: water bottles must be no larger than two liters and dry snacks should be in individual (or very small) containers instead of bulk bags.

Some people also choose to pack meal alternatives such as sandwiches and wraps which can be stored in cold-resistant bags. While food brought from outside the park might save you money compared to buying at concessions inside the park, remember that too much food could become a nuisance when carrying it all around or even worse if it gets spilled inside your bag!

Understanding what games and snacks to bring along with you when travelling requires careful consideration of space availability coupled with assessing personal preferences according to those who will use them during the trip. Taking the extra time before packing can make all the difference during an enjoyable yet busy day at Disneyland!

When planning a successful Disneyland trip, consider bringing games and snacks for entertainment and energy. Games such as Uno keep people engaged without the need for screens, while snacks provide young children with the necessary energy for an action-packed day.


Make sure food is brought in individual containers to abide by guidelines and that too much food won't be a nuisance when carrying it around. Ultimately, planning what games and snacks to bring requires assessing personal preferences according to those who will use them during the trip. Taking the extra time before packing makes for a more enjoyable and organized day at Disneyland!

Frequently Asked Questions 

What size bag is allowed at Disneyland?

Disneyland allows guests to bring backpacks that are smaller than 24" x 15" x 18" (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm). Guests can also bring a soft-sided cooler as long as it is smaller than 9 ½” in any dimension. All bags, including diaper bags and medical bags, will be searched prior to entering the park. It is important to remember that since space is limited, packing light is key. Bringing only essential items and a few souvenirs will help ensure that your bag fits within the size constraints.

What are the most important things to consider when choosing a backpack for Disneyland?

When choosing a backpack for Disneyland, it’s important to think about how much you can realistically carry comfortably throughout the day. Weight is an important factor to consider, as a heavy backpack will strain your shoulders and back. Choose a lightweight backpack that won’t add too much weight to your load.

Additionally, consider the type of materials used when selecting a backpack. Look for backpacks made from durable material so they can last through all of the rides and attractions at Disneyland. Finally, the size of the backpack should be taken into account- make sure it’s large enough to hold your necessary belongings, but not so large that it will be cumbersome or difficult to carry around all day.

What kind of items should I pack for a trip to Disneyland?

When you’re packing for your trip to Disneyland, there are certain items you should always have on hand. The most important items to pack are a map of the park and a reusable water bottle. These will help you find your way around and stay hydrated throughout your day.

Additionally, if you plan on riding any attractions or watching shows, it’s a good idea to bring a few snacks along with you, such as trail mix or energy bars. This will help keep your energy up throughout the day and provide sustenance between meals. Lastly, depending on the season you’re visiting, bring appropriate clothing - a hat during summer or a coat during winter.

By packing all of these items, in addition to any personal items such as sunscreen or an extra phone charger, you’ll be prepared for an enjoyable experience!

About the author

Keith is a one bag traveler and the owner of Backpacks Global. His go to backpack is the Osprey FarPoint 40.

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