Passholder ranks best backpacks to take to Disney
When you’re picking a bag for Disney, it’s important to remember that there are some restrictions on the size and type of bag guests can bring. That said, most reasonably sized bags and backpacks are going to be well within the sizing limits. Specifically, bags or backpacks under 24 inches long, 15 inches wide and 18 inches in height are permitted (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm). Also, per Disney’s website, all bags and persons entering the park are subject to security screenings. With that in mind, as someone who visits Disney several times a year, here are my top recommendations for backpacks:
Disney has size restrictions when it comes to backpacks. So when you’re packing for your Disney World trip, you will want to consider a bag that will specifically work for Disney World. As a Disney World passholder, I take several trips to Disney every year. The OutdoorMaster Sling Bag is one of my favorite bags to take, but I also recommend lightweight backpacks with lots of compartments.
I have five kids, so for me, the best backpack is any backpack that Dad will carry. And this lightweight crossbody bag fits the bill. It comes in a variety of colors, many of which are gender-neutral. There’s also an adjustable padded shoulder strap with a hidden front pocket for easy access to cash or credit cards. It also has an external water bottle pocket. It is currently $23 on Amazon.
This pack comes in 14 different colors and has a 25-liter capacity. In addition, the mesh side pockets can hold water bottles for easy access to keep your family hydrated on your Disney vacation. It is only $20 on Amazon.
I used this diaper backpack as my everyday diaper bag with my younger set of twin boys. It comes with a matching changing pad that fits into an internal sleeve. Inside, there are pockets for diapers and wipes so everything can stay organized. The waterproof fabric protects your belongings from spills or water rides. Plus, the insulated pockets are perfect for keeping bottles cool in the Florida heat. It is currently discounted to $33 on Amazon.
This packable backpack weighs only 4 ounces and can be stored in a small nylon drawstring pouch. It is currently $16.99 on Amazon.
This backpack has dozens of pockets and compartments designed to keep everything you need to care for your baby within easy reach. It also has insulated compartments and straps for attaching the bag to your stroller to give your back a break. It is about $42 on Amazon.
Dad will be happy to carry and manage this manly backpack. It comes with a rain cover to keep your belongings dry during afternoon thunderstorms. It ranges from $26-50 on Amazon depending on your selection.
My sister has this bag and she raves about how well it worked for her family at Disney World. She has a toddler and preschooler and was able to pack diapers and wipes, pacifiers, changes of clothes, water bottles and snacks for them. She told me she’s had other way more expensive diaper backpacks that are way less functional. It’s listed for $78 on Amazon.
This adorable Mickey Mouse backpack has a large main compartment that is insulated and water-resistant. The polyester cooler backpack can hold up to 23 soda cans per Amazon’s description. The manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee as a testament to their product’s durability. It is currently $49.99 on Amazon.
This Loungefly backpack is the best-selling Star Wars Loungefly mini backpack on Amazon. Admittedly, it might be difficult for a mom to fit everything she needs for her kids in this small backpack. However, these faux leather packs are the perfect size for older kids to carry some of their essentials like sunscreen, hand sanitizer and snacks. You could also just make your spouse carry the larger pack while you carry baby Grogu. This backpack is currently $66 on Amazon.
This backpack-style diaper bag has multiple pockets and compartments to keep all of your baby gear and supplies organized. It is currently $56 on Amazon.
This backpack is extremely lightweight yet strong and sturdy. While it’s a mini size, it’s quite roomy, making it a great theme park option if you pack light. It is one of the more affordable backpacks on the list for only $19 on Amazon.
Are coolers allowed at Disney?
Coolers are also allowed, but ice is not. But Disney’s website does recommend using ice packs if you need to keep things cold. Disney changes its security protocols periodically. As a result, the layout and procedures in place in the screening areas are not always the same. Sometimes, guests with backpacks simply take the bags with them through the metal detectors. However, items in storage baskets of strollers typically must be removed.
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