What am I forgetting...

KateMW

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 7, 2009
I don't lug a ton of stuff to the park, we are on the DP, so we get big snacks there and thank goodness we are not in diapers anymore...

But what should I be bringing to the park for my almost 5 year old? He has a snack box a friend made for him that will put goldfish and other small snacks if I find he's hungry during the day. I got ponchos, autograph books, sharpie, lanyard for pins, birthday button, stroller tag...

What did you wish you had?
 

themommy

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 15, 2013
I don't lug a ton of stuff to the park, we are on the DP, so we get big snacks there and thank goodness we are not in diapers anymore...

But what should I be bringing to the park for my almost 5 year old? He has a snack box a friend made for him that will put goldfish and other small snacks if I find he's hungry during the day. I got ponchos, autograph books, sharpie, lanyard for pins, birthday button, stroller tag...

What did you wish you had?
It took me years to figure this one out: When my first two were little they got autograph books. They loved them....for about 2 weeks. When my third one came along, the first time we took him to the parks we realized that we had forgotten the book in the room. I snatched up his backpack and got them to sign that instead. That was the best “mistake” I ever made. He wore that backpack to preschool for 2 years and loved it! After that trip we started taking random things to get signed. Wooden Christmas ornaments that we prepainted are my favorite. They get hung every year on the tree. So my point is you should think about taking something to be signed that they will use or see more often. Those autograph books are long gone and all of the other things are still being appreciated. Including the small backpack! It now holds our discs for disc golf. I wish I had someone tell me about doing this years before.
 

KateMW

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 7, 2009
My daughter LOVES her autograph book, he is getting one so they can compare. :) We also have the character encyclopedia that somebody recommended to me IRL but not sure I want to lug that around.
 
  • momma2ethan

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jul 20, 2014
    We tend to keep our park bags simple because I hate lugging a heavy backpack everywhere. The only things we bring in are ponchos, chapstick, ID, debit card/gift card, lanyard/pins, autograph supplies, a can of spray sunscreen and portable charger. We leave our room with 2 bottles of water each and drink one on the way to the park and the other shortly after.
     

    3gr8boys

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 22, 2014
    I always carried silly putty when my boys were little....you can actually fit two or three eggs worth in one of the eggs. Great amusement for waiting in lines (and other places). Over the years, there were very few situations in which we couldn't use it (either because we thought it might stick to something or would pick up too much filth). They would make shapes, form letters, stretch it, press patterns.....
     
  • halfpintpeggy

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 12, 2015
    It took me years to figure this one out: When my first two were little they got autograph books. They loved them....for about 2 weeks. When my third one came along, the first time we took him to the parks we realized that we had forgotten the book in the room. I snatched up his backpack and got them to sign that instead. That was the best “mistake” I ever made. He wore that backpack to preschool for 2 years and loved it! After that trip we started taking random things to get signed. Wooden Christmas ornaments that we prepainted are my favorite. They get hung every year on the tree. So my point is you should think about taking something to be signed that they will use or see more often. Those autograph books are long gone and all of the other things are still being appreciated. Including the small backpack! It now holds our discs for disc golf. I wish I had someone tell me about doing this years before.
    This right here is nothing short of genius.
     
  • ramee

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    May 30, 2017
    My kids were just 4 and 14 mos and we packed what would fit in this small sling bag.

    https://www.amazon.com/G4Free-Sling-Shoulder-Backpack-Chest/dp/B07BWNC1ZT

    Sandwich bag of baby wipes
    3 diapers
    Diaper cream
    Travel size hand sanitizing wipes
    Sandwich bag of goldfish
    Cereal bar
    2 squeeze pouches
    Change of clothes per kid
    Chapstick
    Sunscreen
    Refillable Brita water bottle!!
    Kid’s sunglasses
    A couple hair ties
    My wallet with ID, some cash and credit card
    Magic bands (when they didn’t want to wear them)
    Baseball cap for the baby strapped to the bag

    We did keep the water bottle and sunscreen in the double stroller (or carried the bottle of certain rides). Umbrella stayed in the stroller. I used the rain cover once.

    And we had a travel potty seat in a bag in the stroller for the 4 year old for the first days and during that trip she learned not to need it anymore!
     

    themommy

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 15, 2013
    My kids were just 4 and 14 mos and we packed what would fit in this small sling bag.

    https://www.amazon.com/G4Free-Sling-Shoulder-Backpack-Chest/dp/B07BWNC1ZT

    Sandwich bag of baby wipes
    3 diapers
    Diaper cream
    Travel size hand sanitizing wipes
    Sandwich bag of goldfish
    Cereal bar
    2 squeeze pouches
    Change of clothes per kid
    Chapstick
    Sunscreen
    Refillable Brita water bottle!!
    Kid’s sunglasses
    A couple hair ties
    My wallet with ID, some cash and credit card
    Magic bands (when they didn’t want to wear them)
    Baseball cap for the baby strapped to the bag

    We did keep the water bottle and sunscreen in the double stroller (or carried the bottle of certain rides). Umbrella stayed in the stroller. I used the rain cover once.

    And we had a travel potty seat in a bag in the stroller for the 4 year old for the first days and during that trip she learned not to need it anymore!
    A travel potty seat? I’ve never heard of one.
     

    Gafnorin

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Sep 5, 2018
    We have this one from Amazon and it has been a game changer. Haven't used it at Disney... but we've used it all over near home! Folds up and comes with a carry bag. Best $12.99 I've spent lately!!
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZZXQHYK?th=1
    We have this one in frog form. Folds up so small and doesn’t pinch the butt. Kid didn’t use it in the parks but did use it at the resort for #2. Yay!
     

    REINALDO MONTANO

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Oct 18, 2018
    The less is the best. For the kids some roller cart so they can relax while moving from one place to other. This also works for moving your stuff.
     


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