Sometimes, you just don’t want to carry a purse or tote bag around all day throughout Disney World. And when that happens, you’re going to need a really good, reliable backpack. But what are the best women’s backpacks for Disney World?
Well, in this article, I’m going to provide you with my picks for the top backpacks you should most consider for your upcoming trip to Disney.
Best Backpacks for Disney World
Here are a few good options for an all-purpose, no-frills backpack that are great for carrying almost anything throughout Walt Disney World.
The Jansport Right Pack has been popular for decades, and for good reason. It’s a classic piece that is durable, practical, and comes in a variety of colors. Key features include a suede leather bottom for extra durability, an outside pocket to fit a water bottle, and a padded laptop sleeve.
Two zippered outside pockets make it easy to organize phones, wallets, keys, sunglasses, and the oh-so-important spare phone charger. The large inner compartment has plenty of room for bigger items such as snacks, a poncho, a light jacket, and the park souvenirs you know you won’t be able to resist buying!
The straps are wide and well-padded, making it easier to carry a full pack without your back and shoulders feeling fatigued. The padded laptop sleeve is nice if you have anything fragile that might need a little extra cushioning.
The Stowaway Packable Backpack is similar in size to the Jansport Right Pack, but ithas the unique feature of “stowing away” – meaning the whole pack folds up and stores into the front pocket! It’s perfect if you’re not planning to use it as a flight carry-on and want a backpack that will easily fit into a suitcase.
It comes in a variety of colors and is made of lightweight but durable ripstop polyester fabric. There are two side mesh pockets that will easily hold water bottles, as well as two outside zippered pockets. The inside is roomy enough for extra clothes as well as other park essentials. The straps are nice and wide with padding. The lightly padded mesh back panel provides a little extra comfort, especially on hot days.
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The Osprey 12 Hydration Pack is a slightly pricier option, but the unique features are worth paying for. This pack is designed primarily for hiking and bicycling, but it’s the perfect size for carrying at Walt Disney World. The best, and most obvious, special feature of this pack is that it carries 2.5 liters of water in the special liquid reservoir.
An attached tube acts as a straw to make it easy to get a drink whenever you need it. It’s lightweight and roomy enough for all the gear you’ll need for the day. Small zippered pockets are great for storing smaller items.
While this bag does feature a wrap-around hip belt, you might want to consider not attaching the belt around your waist. It’s a nice feature, but it might be easier to slip the backpack off to go on rides without having to unbuckle it from your waist.
Best Stylish Backpacks and Backpack Purses
If you’re looking for something a little more stylish, you can’t go wrong with one of the many licensed mini backpacks or backpack purses! Don’t let the word “mini” in the description fool you! These packs (more like backpack purses, really) are roomy enough to carry a surprising amount of items!
Loungefly mini backpacks are extremely popular, and are even considered “collectible”. These cute packs feature a wide variety of Disney characters and designs. They’re a fun option to show off your love of a favorite character or movie or to perfectly accessorize a Disney bounding outfit.
It’s not uncommon to see these bags being worn by adults and teens alike. While the inside compartment is fairly roomy, and most designs feature a good-sized zippered outside pocket, one disadvantage to Loungefly Mini Backpacks is that there isn’t a side pocket big enough for a water bottle. However, a closed bottle of water easily fits inside with room to spare.
Dooney & Bourke is another well-known designer with a large following. While these Disney-themed backpack purses are more expensive than Loungefly, they are well made and very stylish. They’re about the same size as the Loungefly bags, and they also don’t have an outside pocket for a water bottle.
A closed bottle will fit inside one however. There are two zippered compartments on the outside, making it easy to keep smaller items secure. The straps aren’t padded, but they join together at the top of the bag, ensuring that they don’t slip off your shoulders. Having the straps close together also helps to distribute the weight of the full bag so you won’t feel fatigued from carrying it.
Mickey Mouse Faux Leather Backpack
This Mickey Mouse faux leather backpack from ShopDisney is understated and affordable. It’s a bright, cheery red color with gold-tone Mickey Mouse icon accents. Although it’s not a huge backpack, the interior of the main compartment is roomy, with two outside pockets on each side as well as a large zippered compartment on the front.
This bag is fun for a day in the theme parks, but also sophisticated enough to carry for a night on the town. What makes this bag unique are the perforated front panels made to show off your Disney pins! This is a fun way to show off your collection, or display pins that you want to trade. Disney pins are cute and affordable souvenirs. Pin Trading at Walt Disney World is a great way to interact with Disney cast members as well as other guests.
Backpack Diaper Bags for Busy Parents
Backpack diaper bags are a parent’s best accessory while visiting Walt Disney World. Instead of a bulky, oversized bag to carry all your baby’s necessities, backpack diaper bags are a convenient way to have everything you need while keeping your hands free.
Here are a few backpack diaper bag suggestions that Disney parents will love.
The Backpack by Petunia Picklebottom is a popular choice for Disney moms! Not only does this bag come in adorable Disney prints, but it’s also roomy and well made. There are several zippered outside pockets, as well as two insulated bottle pockets.
The insulation helps to maintain the temperature of the bottles. Inside is enough room for a good number of diapers, a container of wipes, and a change of clothing. There is also a matching changing pad included.
The Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bagmakes organizing a breeze with a total of 14 pockets, including 6 inside pockets. One exterior pocket is a “quick grab” design to hold a package of wipes, with an opening to allow you to just pull the wipe out directly.
An insulated bottle pocket is big enough to hold two bottles and help keep them at the desired temperature. This bag also includes a matching sundries bag for small items and a changing pad. It’s made of water-resistant material and comes with a lifetime warranty.
It would be hard to find a diaper bag with more organization features than the Ruvalino Diaper Backpack. This bag has 18 pockets, with ten of those being interior pockets! Two insulated bottle pockets are located inside one of the zippered compartments.
The extra-wide main opening makes it easy to find items, and the convenient “mommy pocket” on the outside allows quick access to smaller items like phones, keys, and wallets. The straps are wide and nicely padded, and the bag is made from waterproof materials.
Best Cooler Backpacks for Disney World
Cooler backpacks are perfect for keeping water and snacks cool in the Florida heat. They’re also practical for storing any medications that might need to be kept at cooler temperatures.
While the Disney parks do allow you to bring in outside food and drink, they don’t allow loose ice or dry ice. Reusable freezer packs are the best choice to use with a cooler backpack.
Stitch Cooler Backpack
The Disney Store website has several cooler backpacks, but the Stitch Cooler Backpack, inspired by Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, stands out! The fully insulated leak-proof interior can hold up to 20 cans.
There are also interior mesh pockets to keep smaller items handy. The straps are nicely padded, and a zippered exterior compartment is a perfect size for one’s phone, wallet, and keys.
Titan Deep Freeze Backpack Cooler (Arctic Zone)
In addition to having space for a ton of cans of your favorite beverage, the Titan Deep Freeze Backpack can keep ice for up to two whole days days. This is a backpack cooler that of course is going to be dealing with a lot of wetness, so it’s built to not leak all down your back (though admittedly, the zippers are not leak proof).
And, should the inside get a little wet or messy (from melted ice, for example), this backpack cooler comes with a pretty easy-to-clean lining.
The back panel is padded, as well as the straps, for extra comfort. Several color choices make this an appealing backpack for anyone’s personal style.
Igloo 24 Can Mickey Mouse Insulated Backpack
Igloo is a long-trusted brand for all types of coolers and outdoor gear. The 24 can Mickey Mouse Insulated Backpack is one of several licensed Disney designs they sell. This bag is whimsical as well as practical. The cute graphic of Mickey peeking out of one of the exterior pockets is complimented by an allover Mickey Mouse print on the lining.
It’s foam insulated, with a leak-resistant antimicrobial interior. It has a large inside capacity, in an overall compact size. A nice wide opening for the main compartment makes it easy to get to your snacks and drinks.
Best Sling Backpacks for Disney World
Sling backpacks are perfect for anyone who wants to carry more than just their wallet and phone but doesn’t need the capacity of a larger backpack. Slings are basically one-shouldered backpacks, making them easy to take on and off.
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Naples Convertible Backpack (Baggallini)
Baggallini is a popular brand of travel accessories, designed by women who fly frequently. All of their products are designed with style and optimal function in mind. The Naples Convertible Backpack is a perfect example of this. The roomy interior features several organizational pockets and card slots, as well as a padded tablet pocket.
Easy access exterior pockets are perfect for anything you need to grab in a hurry, like your phone or wallet. The straps unzip from one wide strap to two narrow straps, allowing this bag to convert from a sling to a more traditional backpack.
The Atom Sling Bag 8L (Patagonia)
The Atom Sling Bag 8L, produced by Patagonia, is made of 100% recycled, water-resistant polyester by Fair Trade certified labor. This asymmetrical bag is roomy without being overly bulky, and is designed for optimal comfort as well as practicality. The ergonomic design carries the weight close to one’s body, reducing stress on your back and shoulder.
The strap and back panel are well padded, for extra comfort. It features two large interior pockets, as well as a zippered outside pocket that is more than big enough for your phone and wallet. Additionally, there are two “tuck away” adjustable front straps that can be used to hold a rolled up jacket or even a small blanket.
Utility Sling Backpack (Vera Bradley)
Fashion designer Vera Bradley’s Utility Sling Backpack is stylish, versatile, and practical. This sling backpack could easily become your favorite “everyday purse”! It’s made of durable, water-repellant, quilted performance twill in a variety of colors and prints.
This sling is perfect for a full day in the Disney Parks, but pretty enough to wear for a night out, too. Six separate compartments keep your belongings organized, with zippered and buckled closures keeping everything secure. The strap is adjustable so it can be worn as a sling, a cross-body bag, or even a belt bag.
It’s important to note that Walt Disney World does have a size restriction for bags that are allowed in the park. Bags cannot be larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. All of our recommendations for the best women’s backpacks for Disney World meet this size requirement.
Disney security does inspect bags before you enter the park, so be sure to have a backpack that is easy for you to open. The bag check lines can appear long, but they generally move pretty fast. The cast members who are checking bags just need to take a quick look inside to make sure no prohibited items are being brought into the park.
It can be helpful to make a list of what you need to pack in your backpack for each day. That will vary from day to day, but essential items to include are your phone and a portable charger, water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses, snacks, and small first aid items such as aspirin and band-aids.
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