What to pack for school age kids for Disney WorldSo you’re planning a trip to Disney World with your school age kid (a.k.a elementary schooler; we are talking about kids aged 5-10 years old).  What do you pack?

You’ve made your FastPasses long ago, and your ADRs even longer ago.  Now it’s time to make your packing list.  We’ve made a customized packing list for each age group, babies through adults, to make life easier.  This packing list is customized for school aged kids.

For example, maybe you have 8 month old, a 3 year old and a 7 year old.  We’ve got a customized packing list for each of them, plus one for the adults.  This is the list for the 7 year old.

Some supplies are not on this list, because they are on our packing list for parents.  This list is designed to cover your school aged child’s suitcase.  We also wrote it so that you can hand it off to your (older) school age kid, so they can help pack themselves!(Wishful thinking, ok?)

Seasons

We’ve taken it a step further and also broken down some of the seasonal items by season, to the extent reasonable.

Orlando, Florida does not have a classic 4 season climate (spring, summer, fall, winter).  Instead, there is a hot season and a cool season.  Hot season is reliably HOT and extends from May through September.  Cool season is more variable, and requires being prepared for a range temperatures from the 50s through 80s, with potential for 20 degree temperature swings from day to night.  There is some variable transition between seasons, especially during April and October, which we labeled “warm season” below.

There is also a rainy season, June through September, with heavy afternoon rainfall common.  There is a dry season November through May.  We recommend being prepared for precipitation regardless of the season.  In the rainy season, you’ll want an umbrella and poncho in your park bag.  During the dry season you can bring them in your suitcase and leave them in the room if no rain is forecast.

Note that we’ve provided (affiliate) links to Amazon for convenience, in case you want to stock up on some items.

Now, let’s get on to what to pack for Disney World with school age kids.

School Age Kids Packing List

Apparel
☐ Underwear and Socks (More than you think you'll need, unless you plan to do laundry.)
☐ Swim Suits (I recommend 3, 2 is the minimum. You want one drying while one is in use.)
☐ Swim shirts (Avoid sunburn by keeping those shoulders covered.  Again, I recommend 3.)
☐ Sunglasses with strap
☐ Pool sandals / flip flops
☐ Shorts (Cargo pockets can be helpful in the parks. You will probably wearing shorts every day.)
☐ T-shirts
☐ Jeans
     Hot season (May-Sept) - none
     Warm season (Apr, Oct) - 1 pair
     Cool season (Nov-Mar) - 2 pairs
☐ Pants/Capris (as above)
☐ Long sleeve shirts (1 or 2)
☐ Collared shirts (1 or 2, if you want to dress up a little for table service restaurants. For the most part, this is optional.)
☐ Light Sweater / Sweatshirt
     Hot season (May-Sept) - none
     Warm season (Apr, Oct) - 1
     Cool season (Nov-Mar) - 2 or 3
☐ Pajamas 
☐ Light weight, water resistant jacket (omit during hot season)
☐ Costumes if desired 
☐ Athletic Shoes (for walking the Park) 
☐ Cooling Hat (Find one on Amazon) 
☐ Hair bads / accessories 
☐ Watch / jewelry as appropriate
Toiletries
ToothbrushToothpaste
☐ Floss
☐ Hairbrush or Comb
☐ Hair gel or spray if desired
☐ Travel shampoo if desired (Disney World resorts supply)
☐ Soap / Shower gel if desired (Disney World resorts supply bar soap)
☐ Nail Polish if desired
☐ Contacts if needed
☐ Travel contact solution if needed
☐ Glasses if needed
☐ Face wash if desired
☐ Lotion if desired (Disney World resorts supply)
☐ Children's tylenol / ibuprofen
☐ Medicine / prescriptions
Gear
Backpack or fanny pack for parks (what's best backpack for Disney World?)
☐ iPad or tablet (to stay busy on the plane, waiting at dinner, or even in lines)
☐ HeadphonesChargerRefillable water bottle (we like the Yeti, it will keep beverages cold for hours) 
☐ Mini first aid kit / Band-AidsSunscreen (year round) ☐ Sunscreen Lip Balm (year round) 
☐ Travel hand sanitizer (to go in park bag) 
☐ Travel wipesAutograph pen (if desired for younger kids) 
☐ Autograph book (if desired for younger kids) 
☐ Glow sticks / glow necklacesTrading pinsLanyard for park ticket (if not using Magic Bands) 
☐ Rain ponchoTravel umbrellaCooling towel like Frogg Toggs (warm season only) 
☐ Misting fan (warm season only)
Snacks
☐ Gum for airplane (not sold at Disney World)
Snack needs will depend on dining plan
Snacks can also be bought online and delivered to room

Did we forget anything?  Let us know in the comments!

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