What Do You Carry Around the Parks?

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What Do You Carry Around the Parks?

I'm curious about what folks carry/pack when in the parks.

I'm pretty fanatical about carrying/pocketing ... Nothing. Stuff in my pockets drives me crazy. It's nearly a disorder. laugh I won't even carry a little bag or put a camera in my pocket. I used to just have a lanyard with my ID and ticket in it, and my cell phone in a pocket. I finally solved the camera problem by buying a tiny little Elph and a case that strings onto my belt. And now there's Magic Bands! Poof! stars You know what's magical to me? Literally no carrying anything! I love it!

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I keep up with a water bottle and Dh will keep a small camera in his pocket. But really the less the better. Might be different story if we had kids with us.

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If it won't fit in my pockets, I don't need it.

So...driver's license, a credit card or two, health insurance card, and park pass and/or WDW room key (haven't toured with the Magic Band yet). A couple of eyeglass lens cleaning wipes because I'm obsessive about not having smudges on my eyeglasses. Some money. My cell phone. A little piece of paper listing ADRs and FastPass+ times. And I have a new tiny little digital camera that will fit in a pocket, so I'll bring that next trip.

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I usually bring my ids, debit card/cash, phone, keys and maybe my autograph book with camera or sorcerer cards.

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Wow PhillNYC...You are really good getting it down to almost nothing!! I don't like carrying things in my pockets either. Before my WDW trip last fall I bought a LeSportSac Shellie Crossbody bag (at Marshall's on sale of course!). It is small, super lightweight and durable nylon and has a cute color/pattern that pretty much goes with everything! It perfectly fits my essentials and even a few extras. (phone, camera, ID/other cards, chapstick, bandaids/moleskin, etc) I have a small water bottle that I can hook to the strap as well. My Food and Wine passport fit in one of the exterior pockets so I could easily find it and get it stamped at each booth...great free souvenir! I can even fit a thin lightweight sweater rolled inside if needed for cooler evenings.

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A SMALL bag (used to be a back pack) and I tell my "2 children, age 28, 26, and 60) to carry their own crap. In this small bag is a small tin bottle of asprin, travel antacids, pink stuff, travel size sunscreen, lotion, and lip balm AND travel wipes ( sometimes it's worth it to wipe the sweat). A poncho and a zip lock bag wrapped in a rubberband for the rides and rain.

My phone is my camera iif my DH wants better pics he carries the camera.

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I usually bring a small bag with my wallet, camera, phone etc. But sometimes I leave the bag behind and just put essentials in my pockets. And of course I don't go anywhere without Mister Penguin mickey

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We're ALMOST to the point where everything is contained in my very small and wickedly awesome pin trading bag. My Magic Band takes the place of my room key, ticket, and credit card ( awesome ). My camera case has a belt loop, so I string it on the strap of my pin trading bag. The bag has a pocket that nicely secures my cell phone so I can access MDE and text DH when I inevitably lose him! I also slide several strips of moleskin and bandaids in this pocket just in case. And of course, each pin bag holds roughly 60 pins as opposed to the 25 I can fit on a standard lanyard. On our last trip, I carried a sling backpack with water and snacks, but we decided that on this trip, DH will put the water bottles in his pockets (he wears cargo shorts every day) and we will forgo the snacks since the in-park options are so delicious.

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NHshorty and I generally carry one backpack with 2 water bottles, ponchos, extra socks, Glide, bandaids, gum, NHShorty's wallet, rental car keys, phones, camera supplies, sweatshirts (seasonal), and possibly a plastic folder with our travel plans and documents. I usually carry my money clip for cash and plastic and my point and shoot digital camera. NHShorty carries a few things in her pockets too.

For some rides, the money clip and camera go into the backpack.

We've only used Magic Bands for our 3 day visit at the end of 2013. I can't say they changed what we carry. I also found that about half the time I kept my MB in the backpack.

We don't want to carry a lot, but we don't want to have to run back to the car for something either.

We are pretty careful people, so we both know where the backpack is 100% of the time. Which includes the time I left it in the WL lobby (I knew where I left it).

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Well with awesome phones like my iPhone a lot of what we used to take now is there in some kind of app form, I even use it as my camera as we use memory maker in the parks. Next trip will will have every thing on out arm band, we put ID, back up cash and cards in our laynards but we do take a small bag (an awesome Minnie Mouse one from primary kids) which holds, all my meds and medical details, water bottles, ponchos, snacks, sun cream and hats, if we are going to animal kingdom or IOA and plan on getting soaked on raft rides we take a change of tshirt and flip flops to wear on the ride.

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I have a leather, fanny pack that holds everything and I bought a slightly bigger Disney one while we were there simply because I liked it. I do carry my camera with a neck strap and that's probably my biggest hassle. But I'm hands free to take photos with everything being in my bag.

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DH carries a backpack for the two of us that has a filtered water bottle, ponchos, sunscreen, our IDs, room keys (pre Magic Band) our printed and laminated excel sheet with park hours, ADRs, etc, and a plastic baggie with our camera, cell phones, and chapstick to keep them dry on water rides.

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VelcroPooh, I'm the same as you. I use a fanny pack to carry money, credit cards, health insurance card and sunscreen. I'm a freckle-faced redhead. I HAVE to have my sunscreen. Sunglasses go in there if we go on a ride where we're likely to lose them. Camera is around my neck. If I get tired of it flopping around, I just tuck it down inside my shirt. It looks funny with this square bulge in the middle of my shirt, but I don't care.

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I have in my fanny pack the following: tissues, lip balm, sunscreen, money, id, reading glasses, hand sanitizer, and my phone stored in a plastic bag in case of water ride. My husband has in his fanny pack money and a camera. He than asks me for lip balm, tissue, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and sometimes even my reading glasses! laugh

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My hubs carries a small backpack with water, sunscreen, ponchos, and extra camera equipment. On rides that I can't take pictures, he puts my camera in there for me. Smile

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This upcoming trip I'm planning on carrying a backpack to hold water bottles, ponchos, maybe some light snacks (like fruit), ibuprofen, bandaids, sunscreen, sunglasses if they're not needed, etc. I'll also have a small wristlet that I can loop around a belt loop so I have quick access to my cell phone, ID, cash, and chapstick. And if I have to, I can stick it in the backpack! And I'm sure I'll be putting my magic band in there too if I ever get annoyed by it.

I'd love to be able to not carry anything but my phone and magic band, but I just can't do it. I'm too needy.

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I like a crossbody bag because I can't go anywhere without some sort of handbag. Go figure my age I guess! laugh I put in ID, phone, gift cards (I don't carry credit cards), hand sanitizer, extra set of contact lenses and lens case (don't have glasses), sunscreen (fair skinned), and medicine (aspirin, ibuprofen, Zantac).

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PirateGirl wrote:
I like a crossbody bag because I can't go anywhere without some sort of handbag. Go figure my age I guess! laugh I put in ID, phone, gift cards (I don't carry credit cards), hand sanitizer, extra set of contact lenses and lens case (don't have glasses), sunscreen (fair skinned), and medicine (aspirin, ibuprofen, Zantac).

This sounds just like my list! I just got one of the Dooney & Bourke Disney letter carrier bags, and it fits all those necessities perfectly!

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We try to keep everything in a bag small enough to fit in the ride pouches. It holds our two phones, camera, wallet, kleenex, any medication we may need, a couple of bandaids, chapstick, a couple of ziplocs (in case of heavy rain/water ride to protect the electronics), and any coupons we might use that day. We also have one of those Brita water bottles so we can stay hydrated all day without spending a ton. It's like Mary Poppins, I don't know how it all fits! I think I need smaller wallet though.

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SpamGoddess wrote:
I'd love to be able to not carry anything but my phone and magic band, but I just can't do it. I'm too needy.

I totally get it. We're in the same boat, but opposites ... I can't carry anything because I'm too easily crabby and irritated! laugh

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I have a super lightweight string bag for my back. Always have that rain poncho, phone, a little $, AP and ID to get discount, Chapstick, sunglasses (have to have prescription ones), and I carry my water bottle in my hand so drink a lot of it!

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Depends on the weather. Smile If it's hot (or I have a race the next day) and I'll need my water bottle, I carry a string backpack. If it's rainy I take it so I can have my poncho.

If I don't need my poncho or water bottle, I have a little wristlet I can carry all my cards/license/cash and phone in.

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I normally bring my wallet that has cash, debit card and ID card (Usually my driver's license. Everything else goes into the safe in the room.) camera, water bottle, park maps, cell phone for emergencies, sunglasses, autograph book and pens, glasses case all in a drawstring bag.

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I carry my lanyard with all my ID and my camera bag. Sometimes I leave the camera back at the room which always ends up being a mistake since amazing things seem to happen and I don't have it with me!!!!

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this will be our first trip in 6 years without having a stroller, we used to bring everything with us and just leave it under the stroller, but now we will bring nothing but id and money cant wait. no more bag lines

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senseicj wrote:
this will be our first trip in 6 years without having a stroller, we used to bring everything with us and just leave it under the stroller, but now we will bring nothing but id and money cant wait. no more bag lines

Ah, yes! I forgot how much I love no bag check lines!

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When my daughters were small, I don't remember carrying very much on my person, I guess we put everything in the bottom of the double-stroller we used so much. However...

Now, I seem to have become the pack-mule, and I'm afraid it's my own fault. I have a medium sized backpack with a hydration bladder that gets filled with ice each morning before we head to the parks. Into the backpack goes 4-6 bottle of water, any snacks that we may decide on, and any other sundries I deem necessary.

I have also lugged around my semi-pro camcorder on many WDW trips, and have not regretted it. I have captured some really good shots of family and WDW happenings.

On recent trips, I have replaced the large camcorder with a pair of GoPro cameras mounted to a monopod. This odd looking contraption captured this ride on Expedition Everest:

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Pay no attention to the double-chin! Middle age is not being kind (the hot-wings aren't either)!

Somewhere in all this, I also stow away a Leatherman multi-tool. I tried carrying on my belt once, but a well-mannered cast member (a management type, by his attire) informed me that knives were not allowed, and he let me put it away, rather than take it out of the park.

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I carry a cross-body camera bag for my DSLR. I keep sunglasses, ID, CC, cash, bandaids, water, and a few other small items. We usually take turns carrying the bag around.

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For me, carrying a bag is the worst. It's down to wallet, smart phone, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen in a cargo pocket.

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Here's one that some can relate:

My DH and his partner-in-crime were taking the band and choir into Epcot for the every-four-year trip performance. I really didn't think about the long term, just wanted to make sure my double reed equipment was with us in case some of my private lesson kiddos had a problem. As we entered the gate, I checked my bag of "mom" stuff and went thru, when all of a sudden I heard the band director scream my name and "get over here NOW!" Apparently the knives and other tools we use to adjust reeds and fix boo boos on instruments wasn't appreciated by the management. I had to go over and explain that our friend was not a terrorist, just a prepared band director. If they still doubted us, they could hear the performance and judge if it was criminal (did not get a smile from the director). So Disney made us put it in customer service at the front of the park (basically useless for quick fixes), so I asked if I could pull a reed out for "just in case" and while they weren't looking the knife and the eye glass screwdriver (for tine screws on oboes) along with the spare reed went into my bag.

No one knew the better, but we had to put the "terrorist equipment" in with the actual instruments from then on. wink

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