Guides and Tips

Inside My Bag: What to Pack for a Day at Universal Orlando Resort

April 27, 2018
Inside My Bag - Universal Orlando Resort Map

I try to prepare as much as possible when I spend a day at Universal Orlando Resort. I make a mental list of the rides I want to tackle, pack my bag the night before, and try to get a good night’s rest (but I’ll admit that sometimes it is hard to fall asleep when I’m so excited!). Being prepared has always helped me make the most of my trip!

I’m here to take you through the essentials you need in your bag while visiting Universal Orlando. Tie up your sneakers, strap on your backpack, and load up these 9 items that will guarantee an amazing day.

GIF Inside My Bag at Universal Orlando Resort

1. Bag: Let’s start with the bag first. In the park’s gift shop I found the cutest lightweight tote bag to keep everything in! It was the perfect size and fit all of my items inside. A backpack is a great choice too.Inside My Bag - Universal Studios Orlando New York Library

2. Portable Power Bank: Imagine standing in front of the iconic Universal globe with your phone, ready for the perfect selfie… then the battery dies! This has happened to me more times than I care to admit; now, I will only travel with a portable power bank. If you’re like me, you’ll be taking plenty of photos, posting on social media, and keeping in touch with friends and family back home. Throughout all of this mobile activity, your phone battery is probably going to take a hit. Having a portable power bank comes in handy, because you can keep enjoying the park while charging your device! No need to sit down and look for an outlet.

3. Map: Be sure to grab a park map as soon as you enter. You can always download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App, but a paper-copy of the park’s map comes handy as backup. It alsodoubles as a great (and free!) souvenir.

Inside My Bag - Hogwarts Castle Journal

4. Journal: I love carrying a journal with me whenever I travel. It’s so exciting to document my adventures! Whenever I visit Universal, I try to find time to sit down and write about my day. Sometimes I’ll even sketch what I see in the parks. Doodling and writing is also a great way to pass the time if you’re waiting in a line. Just don’t forget your pen!

5. Suntan Lotion: You’re going to need suntan lotion if you’re spending a day in the bright Florida sun! Remember, fall and winter visits need protection too. Even on cloudy days powerful rays will seep through. I know, I know! I sound like your mom… But it’s true! Suntan lotion is always a necessity.

6. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are needed just like the suntan lotion, After all, you’re going to be in Florida and you don’t want to be squinting in all the family photos.

Inside My Bag - Universal Orlando Resort Umbrella - Splash Zone

8. Umbrella: You’ll wish you had an umbrella handy for those unexpected showers! This is a must during summer visits. Have you ever spent the day in soaked clothing? It’s pretty uncomfortable. Plus, if you pack a compact umbrella, it won’t take up much room in your bag.

7. Sweatshirt: Don’t let the sunny Florida climate confuse you! While you’ll need suntan lotion and sunglasses during the day, it can get chilly after dark. A light sweater or jacket will keep you cozy at night.

9. Water Bottle: At Universal Orlando, there are water fountains all around the parks, so you can conveniently fill your water bottle or reusable cup whenever it’s running low. I try to keep water with me at all times. This way, I don’t have to rely on standing in line for rehydration. My adorable Minions cup kept me cool throughout the day!Inside My Bag - Universal Orlando Resort - Minion Cup

I hope you find this list helpful! Of course, you can also try being a minimalist for the day and travel bag-free. But for me, having everything I need throughout the day makes my vacation more enjoyable.

What do you typically pack for a day at Universal Orlando? Tell me in the comments below!

Epic in your Inbox

Never miss a thrill. Subscribe now to get email updates from Universal Parks & Resorts.

Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Pinterest

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Rebecca Solnitz May 15, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Good list!! I totally would have forgotten the portable charger

  • Reply Linda May 17, 2018 at 7:13 am

    I would add to the suntan lotion, lip balm with spf!
    The portable power bank is a good one for me to add to my list!

  • Reply Kara May 17, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I always forget the umbrella!!

  • Reply Robb Rice May 17, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Great list! Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Robin May 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Great tips!

  • Reply Brenda May 17, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Great tips. Love Universal
    Umbrella can be used to protect from summer sun!!

  • Reply Jo Ann Corvino May 17, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    All great ideas of what to pack. Not sure I would have remembered the umbrella.

  • Reply James (YALE) May 17, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Great list and a cool ring

  • Reply Maureen May 17, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I have never been to Universal but it is on my bucket list. Hopefully I will get there soon. I enjoyed your article and think your suggestions are great.

  • Reply Josie May 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Great list

  • Reply Sharon H May 17, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Great tips. I love the journal idea. I enjoyed reading this article

  • Reply Joyce Mooney May 17, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    Good suggestions; especially the portable charger.

  • Reply Debbie Mastranduono May 18, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Great advice! Would’ve never thought of bringing a journal. What a cute idea to help remember everything you loved about the experience!

  • Reply Ginger E Rotella May 18, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Great job once again – now I just have to make plans to get there

  • Reply Brenda May 18, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Love the journal idea. Definitely, bring your chap stick and I like to pack a couple of small snacks instead of loading up on a big meal. (Slows me down and then I want to go take a nap 😉 )

  • Reply Tina May 18, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Great article!

  • Reply Catherine Bird May 24, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Great list, though I’d probably go for a poncho rather than an umbrella, can use it on the wet rides then if I don’t want to get too soaked.
    Also, for me a handheld fan is a must in the Florida heat, as well as some wet wipes to freshen up.
    I agree with the other comments that lip balm is also a must.
    143 days to go…

  • Reply Jenny Friesen May 27, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Great List! The only thing I would add is a small bottle of ibuprofen or Tylenol. Sometimes the combination of the heat + a thrill ride can bring on a headache, especially for those of us used to cooler climates.

  • Reply Kathryn Negron June 3, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Hi! great list! and great comments too! I do have a question though. Where are you putting a bag when going on rides?? TIA

  • Reply Kat Lollipop May 27, 2019 at 11:51 am

    OMG, your a life saver! I’m going to Universal’s Islands of Adventure tomorrow and am absoutely siked. I would have forgotten almost everything i need!

  • Leave a Reply