Friday, 29 July 2016

What To Pack in Your Disneyland Paris Park Bag


Do I need to take a bag into the parks? What should I leave at the hotel? What will I need when I'm in the parks all day?
Despite not being the most seasoned Disney Park visitor (by far) I tend to still get a few people asking me the above questions. Well, hello if you're new, I am Danielle and I am a serial planner and over organizer so yes, I do have some tips haha.

I am gonna give you two situations below, the first my actual bag and contents and the second a more condensed version for people who live life more on the edge than me!
But first up...no matter what which way you pack, I would always 100% suggest taking a backpack over any other type of bag. They are most comfortable and easy to carry, most convenient for getting on and off rides and keep your stuff safe and close to you.
Remember! All of this is from my personal experience as a young adult, responsible for my own belongings, with no children or other responsibilities. If you are a teen or a younger person going with a parent you probably don't worry about a lot of this stuff or if you are a parent, my bag will seem drastically under packed no doubt, but this is my base suggestion for anyone going to Disneyland Paris.


Scenario One - The 'Just in Case' Packer.
This is the actual bag I will be taking this year to Disneyland Paris and I have packed it exactly as I will in November (minus the Autograph book as I don't do those anymore). You will be surprised how much is in there, as it looks a lot from the list but I swear is only really the essentials for me and is packed quite condensed.
I like to be prepared for all eventualities and some items have been added for this trip, after I wish I'd had them during my last visit in the Autumn of 2014. The full list of what is in my personal park bag is below!

Camera Equipment -
Nikon D7100 DSLR with 18-105mm Lens (not photographed as it was in use...duh!)
GoPro Hero 4 Black with Head Mount & Wrist Mount
A Portable Charger with Go Pro Charger Lead
Lens Wipe

Clothing -
Spare Socks
Spare Hoodie or Cardigan
Waterproof Coat
Scarf & Gloves (for Winter, not pictured)

Travel Organizer / Wallet - 
Park Passes
Photo Pass (if you have one, not pictured)
Room Key (not pictured)
Luggage Keys
Meal Vouchers for the Day Only (if on meal plan, not pictured)
Limited Amount of Cash for that Day Only*
Notepad with Restaurant Reservations In
A Pen
Spare Memory Cards
Family Photo (optional :P)

Health and Beauty Kit -
Wet Wipes/Face Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
A Flannel
Plasters
Any Personal Medication, ie. Inhaler for me
Throat mints
Comb
Spare Hair Bobbles/Grips
Lip balm
Concealer
Eyebrow Pencil
Powder & Fluffy Brush
Sun Cream (in Summer, not pictured as I don't have a mini one currently)
Mini Deodorant/ Body Spray

Miscellaneous -
Sun Glasses in Case (in Summer)
Autograph Book (if you collect autographs)
Canvas Shopping Bag (not pictured but fits easily)


So yeah, as you can see I am ready for all eventualities. I always have to have my camera stuff because you can bet if I don't there'll something I need to photograph! Usually, I'd just have my DSLR but this year I'll be taking my GoPro to try and get better video shots. I have quite shaky hands as it is so when trying to film with a pretty heavy DSLR the footage ends up extra shaky. I don't vlog or anything but I like to do a 'montage' type of deal to remember my trip by (check out my 2014 video here!).
As for the extra clothing, the waterproof coat is obvious but the hoodie is because last trip I froze so bad while waiting for the fireworks one evening because of it being warm during the day and I just didn't think. Plasters are for any blisters from all the walking and hand sanitizer is easier to use than washing hands in the toilets.
In normal everyday life I never take extra makeup out with me but as it's quite likely for me to get photos taken at some point in DLP it's nice to have the option to touch up if it gets rained off or something. Everything else? JUST INCASE okay!? haha

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Scenario Two - The 'As Little As Possible' Packer.
I'm nervous even looking at this list haha. I know most people probably pack this light but I dunno how you do it! What if? What if you get cold when waiting for the fireworks? What if you walk so much you get blisters? What if you can't remember what time you booked dinner, or where? See, there is method in my madness of taking everything except the kitchen sink.
Anyways, yeah, this is the list that I would suggest as minimum must-takes.


Camera Equipment - 
Point and Shoot or Small DSLR in a Compact Case
(I 100% think this is a better option that just a mobile phone, not pictured as I don't have one.)

Travel Organizer -  (same as above photo)
Park Passes
Room Key
Luggage Keys
Meal Vouchers for the Day Only (if on meal plan)
Limited Amount of Cash for that Day Only*

Health and Beauty Kit -
Smaller pack of wet/face wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Any Personal Medication, ie. Inhaler for me
Sun Cream (in Summer, not pictured as I don't have a mini one currently)
Powder & Fluffy Brush
Mini Deodorant/ Body Spray

Miscellaneous -
Sun Glasses in Case (in Summer)
Cardigan


Although this probably even looks over prepared to some of you and would do me fine, I could not deal with only carrying this. It makes me feel nervous just looking at the photos and I'm not all about going back to the hotel to get stuff I may need during the day so obviously the first option is always what I'd recommend :P


I thought I would also mention something you might have noticed. No mobile phone is mentioned. I for one do not think a phone is needed or necessary really at a Disney Park. I see so many people who are on holiday, no matter where it is (not just Disney), constantly updating statuses, adding photos to social networks and tweeting updates multiple times an hour...you are on holiday, take a break!
Remember the days when you had to put your film into Boots and a week later could pop along to your friends to tell them your stories and show off the photos? Well surely waiting until your home to update Facebook isn't that much of a stretch? For us, my phone doesn't work abroad and we use my Mam's but it is left locked in the suitcase in the hotel room until we need it. Usually, we'll only call home when we arrive to say we are safe and then use the laptop to go on webcam to Baker (and Jake and Dad) some evenings.
I know some people will argue the point of needing the apps for photo pass etc but there are other ways, meaning my phone would be 100% useless to have.

After that longer than anticipated tangent, I'll bring this post to a close. Make sure to let me know in the comments your top 5 items that must be in your park bag (minus a mobile!!!)!


*Amount of money depends on if you are on a meal plan or not. To work out a rough estimation of how much food may cost you, you can visit this site to see menus with prices. We always go half board (and I'll be doing a post shortly all about it and why I recommend it), therefore usually take around 50 euros per day. On my last day I'll take the remainder of my money to use on anything that I've had my eye on during the rest of my stay.

13 comments:

  1. Goodness, you take alot of stuff, lol even your as little as possible bag is far more than I take. I do agree though that a backpack is the way to go, far better than a satchel type of bag. I go to Disneyland California every year and Disneyland Paris every 2 years and most times I am solo in the parks.

    My last trip to Disneyland Paris in February 2016 this is what I had in my bag
    small handsized point and click camera
    wallet
    travel sized deodorant
    book
    water bottle
    park ticket, room key, hotel easypass in a lanyard pouch attached to my bag
    pins for pin trading
    print outs of restaurant reservations

    As it was February, I had gloves in my big winter coat pockets and work a hat to keep warm


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    1. You have just about the same amount in your bag as the 2nd option has ;) I just don't have lanyards, pins or books. I could never imagine having a spare second to need to read at DLP!

      xo

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    2. lol, maybe I do. The book is for meal times, even though I am on my own I still go to table service and buffet restaurants. For example in Restaurant des Stars it was almost empty and indoors, so not really a people watching place while I ate. Plus the book comes in useful at buffets, to let wait staff know the table is in use. My pins are not on a lanyard, I keep them in a small ziplock sandwich bag.

      I guess I am just low maintenance. I don't need any medications during the day, I don't use hand sanitizer or wipes, I keep a small packet of tissues in my jeans pocket, I don't wear makeup.

      For a winter visit to Disneyland Paris, my winter coat has a hood and high collar so I didnt need a scarf. Honestly I try to take a little as possible, as I find I can walk faster and do alot more with just the bare minimum :)

      Also I don't carry my shopping around. I do my shopping before 3pm so that I can use the Disney shopping service and get it delivered to my hotel :)

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  2. Awesome post! In my bag (not including Lux's stuff) I would definitely need snacks! And also a hat if it were Summer. Also, a bottle of water!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. We usually grab an apple or two from the breakfast hall but they go in my Mam's bag. I could do without eating until evening meal haha.

      xo

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  3. As someone who has just visited her first theme park (not disney) I find it really interesting what everyone takes. It is a particularly tricky day to pack for. I do love all your bags too <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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    1. I find there are a lot of 'what ifs' especially if you are going to be away all day through changing weather and stuff. People seem to think this is loads of stuff, even the second option, and it makes me wonder how they deal with certain circumstances throughout the day haha.
      Thank you!

      xo

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  4. Man, that is a lot of stuff in the first bag, but good to have all bases covered! I feel woefully under prepared with my WDW bag!! You must be so excited!!!

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    1. I really didn't think it was a lot. It certainly isn't when it's all packed up, considering I won't have the sunglasses or autograph book it's all compact. It's a lot different for DLP as opposed to the US parks too as you don't need to think too much about getting cold or anything.

      I'm not that excited just yet as it's still a while away. :P

      xo

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  5. This is really useful and I love all of the little Disney nods in your make-up bags and other cases you take with you. I always try to travel as light as possible so seeing the essentials listed here is great for someone like me. Brilliant and really helpful! - Tasha

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    1. Thanks! It seems literally everyone thinks I pack far too much, even in my smaller bag which I suppose you could omit the deodorant and make up from and sunglasses aren't always needed if you don't mind squinting all day lol.

      xo

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  6. The fact that you are so prepared and organised makes me excited to go with you. Chances are all I have in my bag in my camera, some tissues and some painkillers... and then a million cables and battery pack for Kris, because filling my bag with his junk is his favourite hobby I reckon haha!

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    1. I'm glad you appreciate it and don't think I'm mad like most people haha. We'll be prepared for most eventualities at least ;)
      Yeah, if Jake was going I'd have his rubbish too.

      xo

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